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start 2016 off right with the “choices” notebook!

Choices Notebook

I am such a paper girl, I still swear by my Filofax.

I love notebooks and journals and planners, and I can’t imagine ever relying strictly on my phone or computer to organize my life. I need to see things laid out on paper.

So when my fellow blogger, Kimberly Montgomery, told me she was launching the Choices notebook, I was immediately in.

According to Kimberly,  “It’s a 12-Month Planner designed to help goal-oriented, successful people enjoy today and remember to live in the moment.  So often, high achievers are so focused on the goal, they give up happiness today in a mad race for ‘success.’  This planner strives to help everyone appreciate every day.”

This labor of love was three years in the making and Kimberly’s passion for it is obvious.

Choices notebook with coffee

I printed out a few sample pages to test, and I’m hooked. So much more than a planner, the Choices notebook has made me aware of my real goals — the ones that make me happy and fulfilled — outside of my jam-packed daily, weekly, monthly schedule of chores, appointments and deadlines. Best of all, it’s made me put my ideas, dreams and wishes on paper, which, I’ve found, is often the first step to making them actually happen.

I love that.

The Choices notebook includes lots of features that make it special — and effective — like:

  • prompts for actions and attitudes that are proven markers for true happiness
  • an area to note what’s working and what’s not working
  • pages for notes
  • pages for creative ideas
  • pages for mind mapping
  • perforated pages to tear out!
  • a ribbon marker
  • magnetic page markers that can be placed anywhere along the edges for specific markings

Choices notebook open

This is a great way to jump start the new year, and I hope you’ll check out Kimberly’s Kickstarter page, where $24 gets you your own Choices notebook.

Kimberly has also generously offered to give away Choices notebooks to three lucky Midlife at the Oasis subscribers once the campaign funds. (If you’re not a subscriber, first sign up for my weekly newsletter in the right sidebar of this page.)

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below. For a second chance, tweet this:

Contest ends on November 8 at midnight Pacific time. Winners will be notified by return email. Prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.


  1. I’m a sucker for a new planner! Especially a really good one like this. I’m in!

  2. Ruth Curran says:

    I absolutely love both this idea and this practice! What a perfect way to stay the course while bringing it all back to your core/guiding goals and your own personal “why!”

  3. Thank you for giving the starter pages of the Choices Notebook a try Lois. So glad you found them useful and helpful in your busy schedule! We ALL do our best work and are at our most efficient when we’re happy and feeling centered. Thank you for a terrific article!
    Kimberly XO

  4. I have to admit I love notebooks – I am all for getting a clean start in 2016 with one of these. x

  5. That is a wonderful planner! I would love to have one. I am sure a planner like that would make my life more organized. I’d never miss a meeting again!

  6. $24 isn’t a bad price. Wishing her luck with the Kickstarter campaign.

  7. I love my planners. I can’t do it on the computer…I need to write it down, in pen, in front of me. This is a great product – I love the idea that it multitasks (in a very positive way 🙂

  8. That is so neat! I love the cover and the concept. Cant wait until they ome out.

  9. Brilliant! My planner is my lifeline and always falling apart because I use the heck out of it. I love this inspiring and efficient option! You find the coolest stuff 😊 Thank you!

  10. I’ve been following Kimberly’s great idea for Choices notebook and I, like you, still use paper and pen (or marker, pencil – anything I can find!) to use for everything I do.

    But I’m not as disciplined as I should be and I’d LOVE one of these notebooks to keep me on the straight and narrow. It’s an excellent planner and I’m so glad you wrote about it to spread the word about her GREAT concept.

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I think one of these would really help me stay organized! I want one.

  12. What a great way to stay organized and motivated. I love all those features! They really set this apart from other planners.

  13. I. Love. Planners. Seriously, I have a problem. I want all the planners. This is a new one I haven’t seen yet, but I totally want this one too!

  14. Self-admitted planner addict here and I have to check this one out. I love goals and reminders to stay on task.

  15. Oh I would love to have this. I actually need this to stay on track. Will have to check this out.

  16. Great post! I love a planner that as built in space for goals and lists.

  17. Lois, You are such a wonder! Facilitating goals and good thoughts. I grew up as a paper girl. I did not buy a car when I was 16, I bought an office model, professional, electric typewriter, but I never transitioned to an online planner. Calendar, yes, planner – no. I know should use my phone, but it just isn’t right for me to use to capture ideas, organize thoughts, and reference important events and milestones. Right now I have trouble remembering where I recorded what. I have a notepad app, a moleskin notebook, and another small notebook. Appointments are recorded electronically. If this planner could help me replace this unsystematized system, I would love one of Kimberly’s planners.

  18. My last sentence got left off. Need more coffee. Now that people have used this for a bit, how do you all feel? I’m still thinking about trying one.

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