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Introducing Glam Mail Planner Sticker Kits!

Paper & Glam - February #Glammail

Happy Monday Paper & Glam Family!

For the past few weeks, I've been heads down working towards GLAM MAIL, the new monthly planner sticker subscription!

We're talking monthly planner sticker kits printed, cut, and arriving at your door in hot pink!

As I sit typing at 10 Sunday night, there are 48 Glam February Planner Kits on the shelf waiting for you. They'll be at your door in 2 business days, so get your glam NOW!

If you prefer the digital, instant, on-demand versions, the entire Glam February collection is up in the shop here business as usual. 

This month for the soft launch, I created 100 kits as a proof of concept and pilot. The remaining kits need to sell out as a confirmation of this next step, before I officially launch the Glam Mail subscription service. The pilot announcement went out quietly on the Paper & Glam Planning Facebook group Saturday and on Instagram today, where print and cut was so highly requested. Now I'm sharing here on the blog and humbly requesting your support to continue growing this community, shop, and the seasonal, sustainable lifestyle we're building together.

Paper & Glam - #GlamMail February
Each planner sticker in The Glam Shop is professionally illustrated and designed just for you! I spend hours every week picking each color, pattern, and getting the size of every single polka dot on point. I'm committed to providing you with the very best, wholly original, highest quality planner stickers whether you're subscribing to Glam Mail or you prefer to go digital.

In order to make Glam Mail work long-term, we need to reach 1,000 subscriptions each month.

Paper is my life, it's been my favorite thing since childhood, and I've worked for the last eight years to grow this brand and piece of internet space. I'm humbled and grateful for every order you place at the shop. It's because of you I get to do what I love and share it with like-minded girlfriends. Thank you for all the support. I look back at how far we came in 2015, and I can't wait to see where we go together in 2016.

Looking forward to this next chapter together,
Lisamarie


December Reading List

Paper & Glam Book Club December 2015 - Miracle on 34th Street
In November
, we started the monthly reading list series, and it's time for the second installment!

Here's what I read under the Christmas tree last month while sipping Santa's Secret tea. I hope this gives you some fresh titles for your to-read list! 

1. The Power of Habit: ★★★

The Power of Habit is a book that teaches us much about how the world runs in 286 pages. New York Times investigative reporter, Charles Duhigg, talks us through how Target knows what we'll love before we do, how Starbucks gets us to stop by for $5 coffees, how Rosa Parks started The Civil Rights Movement through the power of community (and how we can too), how Alcoholics Anonymous changes lives, and how to build habits of success into our own lives. 

This book taught me how our successful leaders and organizations leverage habit to change culture. While educational, the concepts taught felt abstract despite the "Reader's Guide to Using These Ideas." To understand the daily application of Duhigg's research, I recommend Gretchen Rubin's book Better Than Before.

2. 7 Habits of Highly Successful People: ★★

Are you sensing a theme? This month I focused on inspiration for building habits for living better in 2016. 7 Habits of Highly Successful People is such an icon I couldn't complete my study of habit without it. This book is a great source of lesser known quotes which I enjoyed adding to my collection. Unfortunately, the rest felt pedestrian and verbose, with analogies on anecdotes on trite expressions for concepts that were self-explanatory. For example, habit #1 "Be Proactive" in my own words: Don't play the victim, own your life. It's your game to win. You're with me, right? Now imagine reading this explained in explicit detail over the course of 50 plus pages. Needless to say, I'm glad I can cross this off my to-read list but I wouldn't recommend it. The knowledge Covey shares is timeless but the concepts are more your ticket to the game these days, not the plays to win it.

3. The Alchemist: ★★★

The Alchemist is encouragement for chasing down a dream. Simple and deeply profound. I loved the inclusion of two beloved Bible stories, Joseph from the OT and the Roman Centurion from the NT. I struggled with the "language of the world" theme woven throughout but overall, a read almost worthy of it's pop-culture phenom status. 

4. Miracle of 34th Street: ★★★★

The 1940s Christmas classic moves from the big screen to between covers in this beautifully written story. Miracle on 34th Street reminds us "Christmas is not just a day, it's a state of mind" of wonder and joy. The perfect book to read with a steaming mug under your Christmas tree. For more on Miracle on 34th Street, we discussed it as a community towards the end of our November Book Club meeting. 

5. The Bulletproof Diet★★★★★

Five-star reviews are reserved for books that are a life-changing, paradigm-shattering force to be reckoned with that I'm compelled to force on everyone I know. The Bulletproof Diet delivers on all counts. I started this book while in bed with terrible back pain because if pain is the truest roadmap to where God is working in our lives, somethings gotta give with my diet and exercise routine. Throughout the course of the next couple weeks I started incorporating minor Bulletproof principles and wow, I'm a new woman. This book not only confirms principles I've known from my own experience that are frowned upon by pop-culture (and the food manufacturing conglomerates polluting our food supply) but also has the "missing links" to fuel my body so I can live fully, engaged, alive, and "bulletproof."

6. Lit: Mary Karr is partially credited for the current pop-culture memoir craze and after reading Lit it's easy to see why. Lit is everything a memoir should be: raw, emotionally-charged, and universally relatable. It's clear Mary learns to live as she writes which resonates with my own story deeply. A must-read for any lover of memoir or aspiring memoirist. 

Is one of your goals to read more in 2016? Try two free audiobooks from Audible here! Since joining Audible last May, I've consistently read six books a month!

It's fun re-living a month of reading with you. What gift of words did you enjoy under the tree last month?

Much literary love going out from here to there,
Lisamarie


How To Set Goals & Reach Them

Paper & Glam - Goal Setting 2016
What's the difference between who we are and who we want to be?

It's a collection of choices and habits that make up our days, and ultimately, our lives.

How do we plan our days so that at the end of the week we can look back and see ourselves living as the people we want be, leading the lives we want to wake up to each day?

Resolutions are about creating habits that build the futures we want to live. 

How am I going to live in 2016, so that I walk into 2017 happier, healthier, and more attune to God's work in my life?

Paper & Glam - 2016 ResolutionsOver the years I've developed a goal-setting system that allows us to create holistic and synergistic goals that touch each area of our lives and the lives around us.

On the top half are personal resolutions aimed at improving our lives spiritually, creatively, physically, and mentally.

What habits can I develop to become spiritually stronger?
More creative?
Physically healthier?
Mentally sharper?

On the bottom half are interpersonal resolutions that impact our own lives as well as those around us in our relationships, careers, and communities.

What habits can I develop to connect deeply to those around me?
Grow professionally?
Become financially stable?
Live generously?

Not only does this format allow us to grow personally, it helps ensure we're stewarding our most valuable resources well: our time and our money.

What changes do we need to make so that our values align with our schedules and our bank accounts?

If you want to set goals that are attainable, ensure they are S.M.A.R.T goals:

S.M.A.R.T. GOALS

Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-bound

As an example, let's take the resolution to get in shape. "Get in shape" isn't specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, or time bound, but let's make it SMART!

Specific - What does getting in shape mean? Eating healthier? Working out? Losing weight? Feeling great?

Measurable - How will you know you're succeeding? By the number of times you got to the gym per week? By the number on the scale? How can you track your progress week over week?

Assignable - Can you reach this goal solo? Do you need buy-in from someone in your home? Do you need to delegate or assign associated tasks to a colleague or partner?

Realistic - Is this goal truly attainable? Is there a definitive finish-line?

Time Bound - When will this occur? When and with what frequency? Can you accomplish this goal in a year's time? If the answer is no, you may want to think about curating a Life List to hold your big dreams. 

If you find my format for resolutions helpful, I've created a free printable worksheet. Please print it and write on it with a pen or open it in a photo editing application and type over it. If this post finds it's way to you at the start of a new year or mid-way through, it's always a great time to redefine success synergistically, according to our values, and the unique purpose God created us to live out.

For more on goal setting, watch the full video walk-through!

The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do… They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose. - Albert E.N. Gray from The Common Denominator of Success

I'd love to know what goals and resolutions you set for 2016! Please share in the comments, it's inspiring to walk this out together!

Cheers to redefining success in 2016,
Lisamarie