Passion Planner Sizes: Compact vs Classic

Passion Planner Sizes: Compact vs Classic

What size Passion Planner is right for you?

Passion Planners come in two sizes: Compact and Classic. After using a Classic size for two years, I downsized to a Compact this year, and I adore it!

Here I break down the benefits of each, and my recommendation on where to get started.

Passion Planner Sizes: Compact vs Classic

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Musical Morning Pages

Musical Morning Pages

I start each morning with journaling. 

[This is Heroine Training Lesson 1, after all]

It’s a version of Julia Cameron’s morning pages, but with music. The music is critical. 

I put on one of my curated playlists or set my iPod to Shuffle and let the music suggest tempo, mood, and commentary just by its playing in the background.

Listening to music is like stretching, a yoga for my emotions. 

It energises and inspires, races and slows. A song can cheer me up, or it can understand my struggles.

I don’t listen to much music while I work because it distracts me into a different adventure altogether. I have a typing playlist (mainly The Social Network) for work, but when I write, that is my time to let the music run free.

Musical Morning Pages

I’ve been working on feeling my feelings

Acknowledging my emotions before trying to tape over them with a happier face, or tie up my enthusiasm like a dog on too short a lead, desperate to race around. 

Music helps me figure out what I need. I can find songs that match my mood, or when played randomly, realise that there is another mood perching on the surface that I hadn’t even noticed.

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my tasks that I have no idea what I’m feeling. 

When I push through resistance to get things done, I don’t look around to see what I’m pushing. Musical morning pages are my time to observe. Check out what’s consuming me, what’s fascinating me, what I’m working with today. 

Each morning, instead of pushing it aside, I let it out before plowing through the overgrown grass that is my day. The music tempts my truth out of its burrow and into the open air, so I can see it plainly.

P.S. It is almost summer, which means that more lessons inspired by the theatrical process are just around the corner. Leading Lady is open for its pre-sale next week, for my Secret Garden subscribers only. Join us?

Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

Obviously I would be dressing up for the Beauty and the Beast premiere.

I thought about what I own in blue and yellow, because, you know, those dresses by that character, but I couldn’t come up with a Belle-inspired Disneybound that would be creative and specific enough to consider Dressing Up.

And so I reverted to my usual trend of characters with round accessories: Captain America’s shield, R2D2’s head, and now, Mrs Potts and her lid!

You might have seen my Mrs Potts-inspired outfit, and the behind-the-scenes process on Instagram.

Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

How to make the Mrs Potts Fascinator & Belt

I didn’t buy anything new for this project, working instead with found objects around my parents’ house.

The fascinator is a paper plate, red on one side (shhh no one can see…) and white on the other. I used a lavender sharpie to turn it Mrs Potts purple.

Next I affixed a yellow ribbon around the edge of the plate in a zigzag pattern. I started using glue, but it was taking a while to dry and got a bit messy, so I switched to double-stick tape, which proved more efficient.

I was looking for a pink pompom for the top, but couldn’t find one, so used a pipe cleaner instead. The good thing is I could poke a hole through the centre of the plate and hold the pipe cleaner ball in place. I then stuck a bit more ribbon on around the pink top.

I borrowed a yellow hairband, and attached the fascinator to it with a thick piece of parcel tape.

Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

For the finishing touch, I did a quick DIY belt, drawing on the teapot base’s pattern onto a white ribbon in sharpie. This didn’t look quite finished, so I used more double-stick tape to add matching yellow ribbon to the top and bottom of the white belt.

My Kate Spade wedding dress has become my go-to canvas for these Disney-inspired outfits – I had previously paired it with my R2D2 fascinator. Just add an afternoon at Sweet, and the image is complete!

As for the film…

Here are my thoughts on Live Action Beauty & the Beast!

Have you seen the new Beauty & the Beast? What did you think?

P.S. For more on how dressing up can make you feel like your own heroine, RSVP for my free webinar with Kitty Cavalier, Dressing the Part: Express Yourself like a Leading Lady through Adornment.