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New Year, New You! Embracing The Artist’s Planner for a Fulfilling Year.


The Artist’s Planner on the beach in Nicaragua a quite place to begin SMART planning your year
Planner for setting goals. Leather cover and refillable yearly inserts

The lunar calendar, with its roots tracing back thousands of years, holds a significant place in human history. Originating from the agricultural practices of ancient civilizations, it served as a vital tool for organizing planting and harvesting seasons. Farmers relied on the cycles of the moon to determine the best times for sowing seeds, tending crops, and reaping the harvest. This connection between the lunar phases and agricultural activities underscores the profound impact of the lunar calendar on human civilization. Though western lands like the United States begin their new year every year on the same day according to a metal ball dropping in time square. The lunar calendars use the moon phases to guide dates, including the start of the new year. This year began Saturday, February 10th, 2024 according to the lunar calendar. While most still hold true to the 12 month, January 1st start date. We understand that as many are getting back to their homesteading roots, that also includes lunar tracking!


As we embark on the journey of the new lunar year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the importance of setting yearly goals. Much like farmers planting seeds for a bountiful harvest, setting goals provides a roadmap for our personal and professional growth. However, setting goals is not merely about wishful thinking; it requires intentionality and strategic planning.


Enter the SMART criteria—a tried and tested framework for goal setting. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. By adhering to these guidelines, we ensure that our goals are well-defined, realistic, and actionable. Whether it’s landing that dream job, starting a business, or mastering a new skill, SMART goals provide the clarity and direction needed to turn our aspirations into reality.


Yet, beyond the realm of SMART goals lies a deeper quest: understanding our WHY. Why do we want to achieve these goals? What drives us to pursue our dreams? This introspective journey is where the concept of ikigai comes into play. Ikigai, a Japanese term meaning "a reason for being," encapsulates the intersection of what we love, what we are good at, what the world needs, and what we can be paid for. Discovering our ikigai not only gives us a sense of purpose but also guides our decision-making process and fuels our motivation.


And this is where The Artist’s Planner comes in—a comprehensive tool designed to help individuals embrace the lunar calendar and plan SMART. With features like long-term and short-term goal setting, an ikigai chart, vision board, and affirmation visualization, it empowers users to align their actions with their aspirations. Whether you’re a seasoned goal-setter or just dipping your toes into the world of personal development, The Artist’s Planner provides the guidance and support needed to navigate the cosmic labyrinth of goal setting and self-discovery.


So, as we usher in the first week of the lunar year, let us set our intentions for the year ahead. Let us plant the seeds of our dreams with purpose and clarity, knowing that with the right tools and mindset, anything is possible. And let us embark on this journey of growth and transformation, guided by our WHY



and the empowering tools of The Artist’s Planner. Here’s to a fulfilling and prosperous year ahead! 🌙✨

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