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It is time to plan out our dreams, leap into action learn from experience with an open heart.

You are here because you are truth-seekers, goal-setters, students and teachers, self-improvers, and dream chasers.

Here we committed to the beauty of the written word and the power of writing it out in a story. 

There is no such thing as perfect but there is right here and right now, the perfect time to find inspiration, plan, and take a leap of faith.

We help dreamers start taking action.

Plan Your Path and Write Your Story is a journey of self-discovery and achievement.

Planners plus journals are your companions in shaping the future you desire and documenting the experiences that define you.

I believe that every page is a canvas for your thoughts, dreams, and aspirations. 

Plan your Path

It all starts with a thought that turns into an idea that with a little bit a time to sit an think will become a goal with actions.

Write your Story

Filled with wisdom from experiences past and with an open heart and a willing mind, you can heal and write your story.

You’re one decision away from a different life!

Are you a truth-seeker who loves goal-setting and personal development?

Are you on a constant mission to improve your life?

Nice! And you’re not alone!

Planner + Journals came into existence to give you tips and tricks to help you live a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life.

I’ll be teaching you how to set goals, but more importantly — how to review and achieve them and deal with the messy chaos in-between through journaling.

So who is the face behind Planners + Journals?

I’m so glad you asked!

I’m Petra Monaco, an artist, creativity coach, partner, an all-boys mom (they are all adults now), and grandparent to four (3 girls, and 1 boy) located in Central Virginia.

I’ve had a lot of ideas in my life and continue to have them and sometimes that can feel overwhelming I discovered that planning and journaling helped me organize my thoughts and ideas.

But more than that, it helped me get to know myself and connect to parts of my story that felt broken so I could take ownership of my own life.

Because at some point in my life, someone told me I couldn’t. I can’t have the cake and eat it too and I need to get my head out of the clouds. 

There are the stories we are told and the stories we still get to write. Through journaling you can connect the pieces and heal the parts of you that are ready to have the light placed upon them.

Imagine being able to change your life through planning, taking consistent action, and writing (and sometimes rewriting your story)!

Blog Posts

Writing Helps Regulate Emotions
Using writing as a means to release pent-up emotions can be incredibly powerful. Whether you’re overwhelmed with stress, anger, or confusion, putting thoughts on paper or screen offers a safe outlet. Once you’ve poured out your feelings, you can clos...
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7 Ways A Vision Board Can Improve Your Life and Business
A vision board is a visual representation of your goals and dreams. It is a collage of images, words, and affirmations that you put together to create a physical manifestation of your desired future. Vision boards can be used for any area of your lif...
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What Should You Journal About?
When you consider what to journal about, understand that there are endless possibilities of things to write about. But the point of journaling is to help you with an issue you’re having.Journaling effectively enables you to process your thoughts and ...
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Is Journaling Effective for Personal Growth?
Journaling can serve as a valuable instrument for self-development and be effective for personal growth. The act of jotting down your innermost thoughts and emotions can lead to profound insights into your character and life. It also offers a means t...
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What to Do With Your Stack of Filled Journals
Boxes. So many boxes. They're stacked high in my closet, overflowing with notebooks. These aren't just any notebooks, though. They're my journals, filled with all the jumbled thoughts and feelings from different eras in my life, foster care, immigrat...
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Tips for Finding Your Voice in Journaling
Foster care can be a whirlwind. New places, new faces, new routines – it's a lot to take in, even years later and I keep going back to journaling to help me process it all. There are so many ways to do it, from classic pen and paper to fancy apps o...
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Journaling Techniques for Healing
Growing up in foster care often left me feeling like a puzzle with missing pieces. Didn't matter what home I lived in a part of me was always unsettled. Creative expression can become a haven, a way to piece together the fragments of your identi...
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