Master your mornings + an Inspired Year Planner giveaway

Master your mornings + an Inspired Year Planner giveaway
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Mornings with kiddos can be rough am I right? When Margsy was a tiny baby I hadn’t realized how important it was for my own sanity to wake up before her and start my daily routine by making the time to just focus my own energy and be alone with my thoughts even if it was for a few short minutes. For nearly a year, I’d wake up with Margs and frantically try to entertain her, wake up from my own grogginess and get myself and her ready for the day. I bet you’re not surprised to know that I often found myself overwhelmed, frantic and exhausted because I really wasn’t focusing on incorporating any “me” time into my morning routine.

A couple of months back, I wrote an entire post about the value and importance of having a solid morning routine. If you’re interested in having a read that post can be found right here —> Starting the day on the right foot: the importance of a solid morning routine. To recap quickly, I explained that I established a predictable period of time to be alone in the morning so that I could meditate, set goals and attend to my own very basic needs which included things like morning coffee and a shower (super basic but so hard to fit in with a young child am I right?).

One of my favorite parts of my routine is writing down small achievable daily goals. My goals are sometimes focused on our home life and include things like catching up on laundry and cleaning the bathrooms while other days they include professional development things like blog development and research. Other times, my goals are focused on simply living in the moment and enjoying my home and family because as an anxiety sufferer it sometimes becomes difficult to slow down my thought process and take things as they come. So, when Kathy from The Cherished Life reached out to join her Inspired Year Blog Tour I jumped on the opportunity.


Inspired Year Planner

Over the summer, Kathy kindly sent me a free Inspired Year Planner to use and play around with in anticipation of the launch of the blog tour this fall and the awesome giveaway found at the bottom of this post.

Receiving the planner coincided with taking a small break from the interwebz which gave me a ton more time in the early mornings to meditate and really focus my energy positively each day. This planner was an incredible tool in helping me make the most of my summer days and provided the inspiration to continue setting and crushing my daily, weekly and monthly goals.

Not only is the Inspired Year Planner absolutely stunning (which makes using it super fun am I right?) but it’s divided in such a way that you can set small and large goals with a special focus on work life balance. Isn’t that awesome?

Kathy, the creator and genius behind the Inspired Year Planner has a goal that I’m sure resonates with just about every person out there I’m sure —>“creating lives full of happiness, purpose and bringing about a healthy [life] balance”.

Balance is so so hard right? This planner helps you really refocus your energy and set goals that lead to a healthier balance in your life whether your a stay at home parent, working parent or a busy professional.

Inspired Year Planner Giveaway

Kathy has kindly offered to give away one (1) 2018 Inspired Year Planner to one lucky This Tiny Blue House reader.

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me what you struggle with most when it comes to balance in your own life.

To earn extra entries: share this post on social media and leave a comment with a link to your social shares. Each social share counts for one extra entry.

Giveaway closes October 15th, 2017 and a winner will be chosen at random and will have a planner sent to them directly from One Love Paper Co.



  1. Sandi Coughlin
    September 15, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I struggle most with staying organized. I seem to get lost in my every day life. This would be a perfect help for me

  2. September 15, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Beautiful! I struggle most with wanting to spend time as a family, and wanting to use the time my husband is home to get stuff done. I’ve been wanting a new planner lately!

  3. September 15, 2017 / 11:57 am

    I struggle most with having too many goals!

  4. Samantha
    September 15, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    What a great giveaway! I *LOVE* planners of all kinds! When it comes to finding balance, I stuggle the most with taking time for myself. The kids/family/house get most of my time, but I would really love to go sit at the coffee shop for a few hours and enjoy the quiet! 🙂

  5. September 15, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Planners are amazing! But if I had to admit what I really need to focus on, it would be self-care. I’m running constantly, but I don’t make time to unwind and take care of myself.

  6. September 15, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I struggle with time for family.

  7. September 15, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    It’s funny that you posted this today and I was just sitting here thinking that I really need to get my life in order again. I go through periods where everything is just peachy and other times when I feel like no matter what I do things just aren’t getting done. Definitely need to start planning more. I think by writing things down I will have more concrete goals and will feel more accomplished when I can cross something off!

    These planners look awesome by the way. I’m on my way over to check out the site right now!


  8. Stacy
    September 15, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    My struggle is with finding time to take care of myself. I focus on everyone else and am always taking care of everyone else.

  9. Fran
    September 15, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Keeping track of everything. Just missed out on something i really wanted to do as I thought it was happening today, not yesterday

  10. Stella Mooney
    September 15, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I struggle with keeping up with every ones schedule.

  11. September 15, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I struggle with getting up earlier than my children as they get up at 6:30.

  12. Kimmy
    September 15, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I have a hard time finding balance in my life while suffering from bipolar depression and anxiety. Every single day is a battle.

  13. Sarah M
    September 15, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    My biggest struggle is taking on too much. I tend to over schedule myself.

  14. September 15, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    trying to find time for myself while taking care of my mom.

  15. Wendy R.
    September 16, 2017 / 3:52 am

    Lately my struggle is with my health. I need to keep track of everything!

  16. clickclickmycat
    September 16, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I struggle with the people opposed for me feeding feral cats in the woods.

  17. September 16, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Hi Jenny, this is a lovely giveaway! I’ve always used journals since I was young and they’ve been so helpful keeping me on track. I also love reviewing it at the end of the year to see how much I’ve done. My biggest struggle currently is having enough time to do everything I want to do. I work full-time while growing my blog, doing my side hustle, trying to cook healthy homemade meals, and keeping to a workout schedule.

    By the way, all the Inspired Year Planner links are not working. Would love to see more about them.

    • September 16, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Thanks for the heads up! I’ll look into that asap!

  18. cheryl s
    September 16, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I struggle with finding enough time for me

  19. September 16, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Taking a full semester of classes, while trying to maintain blogging and my social media is a lot. Many people think that social media and blogging is trivial, but a lot of time and effort has to go into it. Plus trying to incorporate me time- the struggle!

  20. Ronda Patrick
    September 16, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I struggle with three teenagers and one vehicle, who goes to which job when is very hard to keep track of!

  21. September 16, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I struggle to remember to do anything for me… kids ALWAYS come first.

  22. elizabeth miller
    September 16, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    What I struggle with the most is time management between my job, my home to do, and all of my kids activities. I often overschedule myself because of failure to keep a written list.

  23. September 16, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    My struggle is staying on top of eating clean and keeping track of it!

  24. Chrystal D
    September 16, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    A lot of the time I struggle with getting motivated to start a project I know I need to do.

  25. Paula W
    September 17, 2017 / 5:58 am

    I sometimes struggle with fitting exercise into my day!

  26. Sharon Thurston
    September 17, 2017 / 7:02 am

    I am forgetful, need planner to write down future appointments, what is due to pay, what weather is like each day, family birthdays, and comments of things we do on certain days. Makes it so easy to check on groceries and gas totals for each month and what is transferred to Visa to cross check all is balancing well in our lives.

  27. September 17, 2017 / 7:43 am

    i struggle with finding time for myself, which I know is a common problem for mothers. I have a toddler and a new baby so things can get hectic around here

  28. Alexandra S.
    September 17, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I struggle with trying to keep things simple and pared down.

  29. CalviN F.
    September 17, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Struggling with eating more meals frequently throughout the day.

  30. Athena
    September 17, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I struggle with finding me time.

  31. Collete
    September 17, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    What I personally struggle with currently is just managing time between the amount of HW at school, taking care of my family and just having time in General for anything. I really stressed put over it and told my family, I felt better after that. Hopefully I can balance my time and really manage to do things I want to do.

  32. September 17, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I would good at taking time to meditate until last year at this time. Some event put me off balance. and now, I am working more to meditate. Really makes a positive difference for me.

  33. karley moore
    September 17, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I struggle with eating healthy and getting enough excercise to fully take care of myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Janice L.
    September 17, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I struggle with liking my daughter’s choice in a husband. I’m really trying.

  35. Suzanne
    September 17, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I struggle with balancing college, part time job and making time for myself as to eat healthier, go to the gym and feeling my best on a daily.

  36. Erin N
    September 17, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I struggle most with balancing my time to allow for self-care.. This planner would help a lot – so cool! Thank you <3

  37. Mary Warner
    September 17, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I struggle with finding time for me to exercise.

  38. Nicole Lancaster
    September 17, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    What I struggle with most is working to many hours that I don’t have enough time to work on my goals and spend time with my family,

  39. Nicole Lancaster
    September 17, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I shared the giveaway on Twitter-

  40. Barbara Hall
    September 17, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I struggle with keeping everything in order, both real and in my head.

  41. Geena Jean O'Banion
    September 17, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    I struggle with the little things….they sneak up on me and then I am overwhelmed by having to go here and there. Planning is essential…..I try to plan. The planner would help me stay focused.

  42. Lauren Olivia Wood
    September 17, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I struggle with balancing my family and my work.

  43. Jen D
    September 17, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I’m a full-time homemaker and also do the bookkeeping for my husband’s business. My biggest struggle is staying on top of the business books – seems like I’m always playing catch up. I don’t have daily entries, but doing them one day a week would end those days when I’m doing a whole month or two.

  44. Carrie Messer
    September 17, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I struggle with procrastination which leads to panic!

  45. Naira
    September 17, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I Struggle with balancing academic and personal life.

  46. September 17, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I struggle with putting time aside to actually set attainable goals!

  47. Sandi Tymchuk
    September 17, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I struggle with balancing my health needs, my limited energy, and time for helping others.

  48. beewbedard
    September 17, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I struggle with staying organized – i full-time job, 1 part-time job and school.
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  49. Melanie Borhi
    September 18, 2017 / 2:16 am

    My struggle is motivation within myself to balance everything. I find i give up to easily

  50. Theresa C.
    September 18, 2017 / 3:19 am

    I struggle with time – making enough time for work, family, friends, exercise, hobbies and myself!

  51. September 18, 2017 / 8:35 am

    My biggest struggle is being able to find time for myself and time to spend with my boyfriend between work and hobbies. I like to volunteer and I’m active in my temple, so I don’t have much time to just relax. When I do try to just relax, I always feel like I should be doing something! It’s nice to be able to have those small goals and feel accomplished at the end of the day without having to feel overwhelmed. I have a few different types of calendars/planners to try to accomplish the organization, but it still doesn’t always do the trick. I love how this planner has a special section for goals for the week! I could definitely benefit from something like that!

    Shared on my blog:

  52. Jessica Whitehouse
    September 18, 2017 / 11:50 am

    I have some health issues that require me to take medication daily. I have problems remembering to take my medicine on time and use my planner to keep myself accountable and to make sure that I don’t miss any doctors appointments.

  53. September 18, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I struggle with time management, in general. There is just some much I need to do and want to do. I’ve always found that having a planner really helps me.

  54. paige chandler
    September 18, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I struggle with over booking…UGH

  55. September 18, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I struggle the most with really knowing what I want and prioritizing those wants into small achievable daily steps.

  56. September 18, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Finding balance can be bit of struggle at times with ADHD, but I try my best! 🙂

  57. September 18, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I struggle with balancing too many projects but too little time. Between work and family it can be difficult to keep everything on task

  58. Meghan
    September 19, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I struggle with organizing

  59. Nancy
    September 19, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I struggle with getting started with packing and cleaning up.

  60. September 19, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    My biggest struggle is time management. It’s so easy to get distracted and waste time. Or to spend too much time doing something unnecessary.

  61. Sharon Yarrell
    September 19, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    I struggle with just getting started in the mornings.

    September 20, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I struggle with finding enough time for doing things that are just for me

  63. September 21, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I struggle with remembering everything that I need to do. I’ve been getting into the habit of making lists! It really works!

  64. sonya
    September 22, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    what you struggle with most when it comes to balance in your own life: is TIME. Having enough of it to do everything in one day. I struggle with trying to accomplish it all and feeling like failure when it’s not completed.

  65. Alma
    September 23, 2017 / 11:46 am

    College life is a huge struggle because there’s so much pressure to have it all–the academics, the party, the friendships, etc

  66. Rhonda Y
    September 25, 2017 / 2:16 am

    There are so many struggles but the most frequent one is just finding 5 minutes in the day for myself.

  67. September 25, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I struggle finding time for myself.

  68. Darlene Tuling
    September 26, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I always struggle to find time for myself.

  69. Amina
    September 27, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I struggle most with managing my time and staying organized

  70. Stephanie LaPlante
    September 28, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I struggle with organization and finding the time to do something fun.

  71. Lara Ruiz
    September 29, 2017 / 10:41 am

    I struggle with finishing projects. I get them started just fine. A planner would be a great way to help my follow thru as well as keeping track of my #CRPS flares. Thank you for sharing win or not, I think I will give this a try.

  72. September 29, 2017 / 10:41 am

    My biggest struggle is balancing my career with raising my 2 teenagers as a co-parent with my ex-husband. I go through at least 5 planners a year. Needing something to keep my goals in focus!

  73. Jessie
    September 29, 2017 / 10:59 am

    My struggle is with keeping track of me and my appointments and my job

  74. Amber Mangrum
    September 29, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I have two little ones! A 1 and 4 year old. My days are a struggle to say the least. Always on the move. If I do not write something down right away I always end up forgetting it. This would be perfect for me and they are so cute! 🤞🤞🤞

  75. October 1, 2017 / 3:18 am

    I struggle the most with … well, almost everything when it comes to remembering something (like appointments) I am supposed to do to go to. This would help a lot!

  76. Tristin D Childress
    October 1, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    I struggle with staying on task!

  77. Susan V Stirling
    October 2, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I babysit for my 3 grandchildren and with both their mom and dad on shift work, I struggle trying to keep on top of when I can take the long bus/train/UPExpress and car ride to visit the other 2 grands. Oh and also, most importantly, when I can take some trips for myself!

  78. Lorena Keech
    October 3, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Keeping track of lab and doctor appointments.

  79. Jennifer Mill-Irving
    October 3, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I struggle with appointments, taking care of my children, and trying to manage a house at the same time. Anything to help would help

  80. October 7, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    We recently moved so there is so much to do hard to know where to start

  81. Jodi Hassel
    October 8, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    How to make enough time for everything

  82. Anne Sharpe
    October 8, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I struggle with putting my thoughts in order. I have great ideas; I just have trouble bringing them to fruition due to lack of planning.

  83. Megan Benedict
    October 9, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    I struggle with work life balance, I work alot of overtime, often leaving little time for myself.

  84. Virginia B
    October 10, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I struggle with sticking with long term goals.

  85. Aarone Mawdsley
    October 10, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    procrastinating my school assignments

  86. Wanda B
    October 10, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I struggle most with balancing my time. Somehow everything seems to end up scheduled at once or back to back and I can never keep up.

  87. October 11, 2017 / 9:23 am

    BeBeing able to divide my time around. So my things, just run out of time.

  88. October 11, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I struggle with food prep. Just hubby and me but he doesn’t eat what I need to eat because of my allergies, so I have to make 2 meals a lot of the time. If I make what I can eat, he just won’t eat — If I make what he likes I can’t eat it. Hard to find a way around it.

  89. October 11, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    I struggle with getting my sleep as I have a million things of “to-do” lists running through my thoughts. I need to learn how to meditate and relax.

  90. Kathy Scott
    October 12, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    I struggle most with be an accountant and working for home. I never get away from work, especially during tax season.

  91. Fran
    October 12, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I struggle with everyday life since the passing of my hubby…

  92. Rebecca C
    October 12, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I struggle with finding a work life balance. It’s sometimes hard to have fun when there’s work to be done.

  93. Nancy
    October 12, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I struggle with trying to get chores done and staying organized at home while caring for our grandchildren.

  94. October 12, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    I struggle being organized with my life around my trips driving 4 hours away from my home to help my precious daughter as she battles cancer and chemotherapy. I didn’t think about a planner, and it is a possibility in terms of helping me keep it all together during these trying times. Thanks for the chance.

  95. Teresa A Thompson
    October 13, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I struggle balancing my family relationships and working.

  96. Teresa A Thompson
    October 13, 2017 / 12:31 pm


  97. Teresa A Thompson
    October 13, 2017 / 12:32 pm

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  98. busyworkingmama
    October 13, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I struggle with taking on too many projects and then feeling overwhelmed. I need to learn to say “no” more often!

  99. October 13, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I struggle most with balancing my family, work and personal time. It is always a challenge seeing friends because I don’t want to neglect my family because I work out of the home. I’m slowly trying to figure out ways to see my kids more which will make me feel more comfortable scheduling more me time.

  100. Danielle Magee
    October 14, 2017 / 10:42 am

    I struggle with finding extra time for me.

  101. kathypease
    October 14, 2017 / 11:59 am

    I struggle mostly with getting rooms in my home organized..We have waay too much stuff.

  102. Heather A
    October 14, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I struggle with maintaining a cheerful attitude as I cope with worsening pain and mobility from arthriti.

  103. Ed
    October 14, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Staying ahead of my “to do” pile.

  104. October 14, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I struggle with motivation. This has been a really hard, almost 2 years, since I lost my daughter to suicide. I shared the pain on my blog, but I want to start offering hope. It just gets hard to get started on it all. I think this would help me to focus on each step along the way.

  105. October 14, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    i struggle with eating too much. i have my exercise down. i have the types of food i eat down. i just eat too much from time to time.

  106. Richard Hicks
    October 14, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Always a struggle balancing family and work time

  107. Rachel
    October 14, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Not being single-minded and having laser vision for one thing at a time.

  108. Lisa Pecora
    October 14, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I struggle with time management. I get stressed out that I do not have enough time.

  109. Kellie Jurgonski
    October 14, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I struggle with procrastination.

  110. Kelley Shymkwich
    October 14, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    I run my own plumbing company, take care of a 5 and 6 year old, volunteer at their school daily and have to up keep the house. I struggle a little bit everywhere!

  111. gayle bellemare
    October 14, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    I really struggle to stay organized, on task and prioritize, this would certainly help.

  112. Tricha Leary
    October 14, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I struggle with my house cleaning. I am so tired after work I just don’t have the energy

  113. Alex W.
    October 15, 2017 / 2:50 am

    I struggle most with making time for me as well as school studies.

  114. Leela
    October 15, 2017 / 3:39 am

    Never getting a break from anything while being really sick.

  115. stella methvin
    October 15, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    finding a schedule to get that exercise in and stay on track.

  116. Buddy Garrett
    October 15, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    I struggle with having time to do everything.

  117. Hesper Fry
    October 15, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    I struggle making time for myself since I am so busy with 3 kids.

  118. Kathleen Hand
    October 15, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I have a hard time with saying no at work which leaves me not enough time for home.

  119. Jerry Marquardt
    October 15, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I struggle with the weekly and monthly tasks that always need to be done

  120. Lily Kwan
    October 15, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I struggle with finding time for taking care of everything that needs to be done.

  121. October 15, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    I struggle with getting organized. I need a definite timeline to get everything done. If i don’t have things planned out on specific times then I procrastinate.

  122. danielle
    October 15, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Doing things that are not “fun” like exercise.

  123. laura588
    October 15, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    I struggle with my professional life as a teacher and my personal life of being a mom and wife. Both demand so much of my time and full attention and I never want to short change either.
    Laurie Emerson

  124. Philip Lawrence
    October 15, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I struggle with balancing work with my real life since there always seems to be more work to do.

  125. Leah Shumack
    October 15, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I struggle the most with sleeping! Seems like I’m always awake or finding things to do that keep me awake…and then I run out of time to sleep!

  126. Christina London
    October 15, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I struggle with finances.

  127. Sand
    October 15, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Finding enough time to do everything that needs to be done!

  128. Kelsey vinson
    October 15, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    I would say that I don’t take enough time to myself. Granted I have 4 young children, my husband and i don’t really have me time. I think if we both had me time every once in a while we would
    Have less stress.

  129. October 16, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Giveaway is now closed! Thank you to all those who entered! Winner will be emailed shortly!

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