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Sticker Book Artist Interview: Chelsea Jenna

Sticker Book Artist Interview: Chelsea Jenna

In celebration of our recently launched Women’s Empowerment Sticker Book, we are featuring the six talented female artists who contributed their gifts to make these stickers come alive.We sat down with artist and Passion Planner graphic designer Chelsea Jenna to find out the inspiration behind her designs and artwork. Find her contributions in the Women’s Empowerment Sticker Book or Sticker Pack (Version 1). Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into your art initially? A: Growing up, I always felt like I would be in the art/design field in some way, shape or form. At a very young age, with my parents working full-time, my grandparents took care of me most of the time after school and wanted to keep my young mind active and engaged. Rather than sitting in front of a television or playing games on the computer all day, they always bought me art supplies and crafts to keep me entertained and pass the time. We would take many trips a month to Michaels Arts & Crafts and I’d always…

How to Organize Your Day With Task Batching

How to Organize Your Day With Task Batching

If you’ve found yourself with a never-ending to-do list and dreaming of all of the things you could have accomplished during the day, then it’s time to reconsider how you organize your Passion Planner. Instead of a to-do list or a schedule that bounces from a meeting to a project and back to a meeting, you can plan your day by grouping similar tasks together — a process called task batching.What is Task Batching? Task batching is a scheduling system that works by breaking down your tasks, labeling them by their core function, and then building out your planner with similar functions grouped together. The idea is that you can better focus on work that is similar, reducing your mental strain and allowing you to get more done more efficiently. The other core component to task batching is what you schedule when. Every part of your day should have a block in your schedule, including simple tasks like emails. If you’re always answering emails then you’re breaking your brain’s focus…

5 Tips to Reclaim Your Productivity

5 Tips to Reclaim Your Productivity

You want to be more productive.Yet you look back at the end of each day, wondering…“Where did the time go?!”We’ve all been there. But it doesn’t have to be that way.Here are 5 mind-blowingly simple tips to reclaim your productivity for good…1. Create “The List”98 years ago, Charles Schwab asked a guy named Ive Lee for help.Schwab was president of one of the largest steel companies in the world. And he wanted to make his executives more productive.So Ivy Lee spent 15 minutes with each executive, and Schwab sent him a check for the equivalent of $400,000.What was this $400,000 advice?Before you finish work today, write 6 things you have to do tomorrow. Then number these things in order of importance…First thing tomorrow morning, start working on number 1, and stay with it until it’s done…Then do number 2, and don’t go any further until that one’s completed… And so on.At first glance, this sounds like a to-do list. But there are 3 reasons Charles Schwab said this lesson was the most profi…

Sticker Book Artist Interview: Carolina He

Sticker Book Artist Interview: Carolina He

In celebration of our recently launched Women’s Empowerment Sticker Book, we are featuring the six talented female artists who contributed their gifts to make these stickers come alive.We sat down with artist and Passion Planner graphic designer Carolina He to find out the inspiration behind her designs and artwork. Find her contributions in the Women’s Empowerment Sticker Book or Sticker Packs (Version 1 and Version 2). Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into your art initially? A: I started drawing ever since I could hold a pencil! It’s always been something that I loved doing, but not necessarily something I was good at, haha. I didn’t take many serious art classes growing up so I was more self-taught -- until I got to college. I graduated from SDSU in 2017 with a BA in Graphic Design, and I owe a lot to my art teachers and professors throughout the years. They’ve had a big impact on helping me evolve into the artist and designer I am today. Artwork by Carolina He (2019,…

#PashFam for Black Lives Matter

#PashFam for Black Lives Matter

Dear #PashFam, I have taken some time to educate myself and listen so I could write this from the humanity of my heart, and the logic and reasoning in my head. - I was raised racist. I was told to not be friends with Black people. I was told not to get darker. I was told to put a clothespin on my nose to make it look more “white.” I see now how problematic these things are. I am sorry for not taking action and using my privilege sooner. I am sorry for not taking the cries of our Black siblings as seriously as I do now. - I am committing to doing better now. I do not take commitments lightly. My word is something I hold sacred. It is the magic that manifests. This is a movement. This is not a moment. This is not action out of reactive shame. This is a game plan to make systemic change. This is not a newsletter. This is a commitment. Committed, consistent action is what this movement needs…

#PashFam Interview: Self-Care and Mental Health with Dr. Stephanie Wong

#PashFam Interview: Self-Care and Mental Health with Dr. Stephanie Wong

Passion Planner offers an entire library of free PDF downloads to help you organize and improve your life. In honor of our recent Self-Care Reflection PDF launch, we sit down with licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Wong, who worked with us to create reflection questions to boost your mental health.See below for her answers to your questions on self-care, therapy, and building a routine.Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into your career initially? A: I became interested in Psychology when I noticed that in my immediate Asian American community, not many individuals were seeking help, despite stress, sadness, and academic pressure. It was not because individuals were lacking financial resources, but they did not want to "lose face" for seeking professional help. When I was in high school, the student body and administration were shocked to learn that a student took his life. I realized that depression cuts across demographics (ethnicity, race, social class,…

How to Curb Negative Thinking and Retrain Your Brain

How to Curb Negative Thinking and Retrain Your Brain

Although it is normal to have negative thoughts, regularly engaging in negative thinking patterns can be problematic. Negative thinking patterns, also known as cognitive distortions, can have a negative impact on mental health, and although it may be challenging to always remain positive, it is important to work on viewing life through a more positive lens. This post will further explain what cognitive distortions are and provide actionable tips for curbing negative thinking patterns.What Are Cognitive Distortions? Cognitive distortions are thoughts that cause individuals to inaccurately view reality and can lead to worsening negative emotions, anxiety, and depression. The way you communicate with yourself can have a significant impact on your mental health.In his 1980 book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, David D. Burns identified the following 10 common cognitive distortions:Personalization and Blame: You feel responsible for everything and even blame oneself for events that you h…

How to Set Financial and Career Goals

How to Set Financial and Career Goals

Finding financial and career success is easier said than done. For a lot of us, knowing what to aim for is already a major challenge. In that case, you need a plan — a plan for making plans. Here’s how you can get started:1. Write down SMART goalsSweeping declarations like “I’m going to be rich!” don’t often lead to fruitful action. That’s why you should opt for goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound — or SMART. Ambition is empowering, but remember to stick to goals that are realistic and achievable within a working timeline to keep the drive and passion going. Here are some examples: I will pay off 50% of my student loans five years after graduating.I will save $500 on eating out for this month.By this time next year, I will be working one rank higher than my current position.2. Break down big goals into small goalsYour Passion Planner can be your reliable sidekick when you set goals. Write down your bigger objectives in the Passion Roadma…

42 Remote Classes and Resources for Students and Lifelong Learners

42 Remote Classes and Resources for Students and Lifelong Learners

In today’s world, everyone is a student. These harrowing times force us to navigate a new way of living, especially for those who are still in school or have become full-time teachers unexpectedly. Whether you’re a student, a parent teaching your child at home, or a simply a lifelong learner, we have a list of 42 remote classes and resources for both students and students of life alike. 1. Free online AP classes and info for students to earn college credit and placement2. Time for Kids digital library keep children informed while having fun3. Use Get It Guide, a math resource for students and families at zero cost4. McGraw Hill provides support for distance learning5. Take over 400 Ivy League courses ranging in a variety of subjects6. Respond to Daily Writing Prompts as provided by the New York Times7. High school students and teachers receive free digital access to the New York Times8. The New Teacher Project shares resources to learn from home9. Take a virtual college visit10. Go fo…

9 Passion Planner Layouts Based on Your Enneagram Type

9 Passion Planner Layouts Based on Your Enneagram Type

We’re all about self-discovery and learning more about ourselves at Passion Planner. The Enneagram, a personality test based on how you see the world and deal with your emotions, has become more popular in recent years.In this article, find Passion Planner layouts based on your Enneagram Type! (Don’t know your type? Take the quiz here!) 1. The Reformer or PerfectionistAs a Reformer, your Passion Planner reflects the discipline and structure you deeply value. Motivated by a strong moral compass, your agenda includes pursuits that are always in service to the greater good. Those around you know that they can depend on you to show up and keep your promises. Notorious for your organization, you are definitely a “planner person.” 2. The Helper or GiverThe name says it all. Just like the Helper you are, your Passion Planner features what you love most: helping others. Your planner pages may be filled with inspirational quotes that demonstrate your warmth and empathy. For you, Passion Plannin…

The 7 Day Visualization Challenge

The 7 Day Visualization Challenge

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve all experienced significant changes in our schedules, really teaching us that we can only take life one day at a time. What better time to visualize our ideal lives? Through the #PashFam 7 Day Visualization Challenge, we believe collectively that we can change the world for the better, together. We at Passion Planner want to offer you a visualization tool as we strive to shift the collective consciousness and create more positivity in our everyday lives. What is Visualization?Visualization is a tool to help us imagine as clearly as possible what we want to happen as if it has already happened or is already happening. Through visualization, you create an inner experience of what it would be like to have your desire come true. Inspired by Shakti Gawain’s “Creative Visualization,” this challenge encourages you to visualize boldly and without limitation. The ChallengeIn this challenge you will find a visualization technique, and 7 different journal prom…

Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol

Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol

Dear #PashFam, We hope you have been able to take care of yourselves during this unprecedented time. Our team understands the importance of social distancing and sanitation and want to ensure that your packages are being taken care of and handled with the utmost care.In an effort to protect both our team and the PashFam, our Warehouse Team is currently enforcing the following protocols:Signage:Signage is posted at each public entrance of the facility to remind all employees of the Social Distancing Protocol: Avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or feverMaintain a minimum six-foot distance from one anotherRefrain from shaking hands or engaging in any unnecessary physical contact. Measures To Protect Employee Health:Everyone who can carry out their work duties from home has been directed to do so.All employees have been told not to come to work if sick.All desks or individual work stations are separated by at least six feet.Break rooms, bathrooms, and other common areas are…