Happy Friday! I’m very grateful that another weekend is just about here. It’s been a busy and hectic week, but in such a good way. I might be tired and worn out but I’m doing something that I’m really passionate about so it’s not bad at all. I am hoping that I’ll be able to catch up on some sleep this weekend though.

As far as the weekend is concerned I don’t have much planned other than a couple Group Fitness classes (they’re the Y’s version of Body Pump). It’s going to feel pretty great to have some down time over the next few days. I hope you all have some fun things on the agenda for Saturday and Sunday.

Since it’s Friday I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things from the past week. Read on to find out what I’ve been loving.

A new planner

Anyone who I’ve been to school with or have worked with knows that I love my planner. Basically if I don’t write something down, it won’t get done or I won’t show up to it because I’ll forget. For some reason I have a hard time remembering dates and times. I’m that person at the doctor’s office who always has to ask for the appointment reminder cards.

I’ve been on the look for the perfect planner. I had been using a daily one, but not that I use both Google Calendar for appointments and events, and Asana for to do lists, I thought that I could go with a planner that had weekly spreads instead.

I ended up finding The Happy Planner and instantly liking it. I’d heard about them online before and people loved them, and now that I’ve been using mind for a few weeks I have to admit that I’m really liking it too.

This one runs from July 2019 to December 2020 so I’ll be using it for the next year and a half. With having so much work stuff to do now that I run my own business it’s nice to have somewhere where I can jot things down and have it all in one place.

New business cards

Speaking of my business, I ordered some new business cards this week! They’ve been awhile in the making. Back in June I had a photo shoot to get some photos to use on the blog and to use for marketing my yoga business. I got the photos back from the photographer in July and then it took me a few more weeks to finally design my business cards.

I’m really happy with how they turned out. They’re double sided so I was able to fit in all the info I wanted to get on there without it looking too crowded.

I was really impressed with the service I got from the printer. They were quick to answer my questions and I had them in my hands less than 24 hours after I ordered them.

American Duchess

I just started reading American Duchess by Karen Harper (affiliate link) a few days ago, but I’m already really enjoying it. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, so as soon as I read the description I put the ebook on hold at my library. It became available this week so I dove right in.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

On a cold November day in 1895, a carriage approaches St Thomas Episcopal Church on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Massive crowds surge forward, awaiting their glimpse of heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Just 18, the beautiful bride has not only arrived late, but in tears, yet her marriage to the aloof Duke of Marlborough proceeds. Bullied into the wedding by her indomitable mother, Alva, Consuelo loves another. But a deal was made, trading some of the vast Vanderbilt wealth for a title and prestige, and Consuelo, bred to obey, realizes she must make the best of things.

At Blenheim Palace, Consuelo is confronted with an overwhelming list of duties, including producing an “heir and a spare,” but her relationship with the duke quickly disintegrates. Consuelo finds an inner strength, charming everyone from debutantes to diplomats including Winston Churchill, as she fights for women’s suffrage. And when she takes a scandalous leap, can she hope to attain love at last?

Do you use a planner? Do you read historical fiction too?

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Friday Favorites: A New Planner and a Historical Fiction Book