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I’m Shay, and I’m a planner – a budget planner, mainly. I currently reside in Georgia with my husband. We met in my home state in November 2012, but he moved back home to Georgia after a year, and I later joined him in June 2015. I’d like to think it was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve been able to finally focus on me, and I’ve grown so much.
Our relationship has blossomed as well. We tied the knot in November 2016 and were eager to start our lives together. One of the goals that we wanted to accomplish within our first year of marriage was paying down debt.
Challenged with this new goal, I started searching for budget systems and budget techniques. While I explored online tools, I knew I wanted something tangible. After all, I’d always been a pen and paper girl. That is when I discovered The Happy Planner.
We began our debt pay down journey in June 2017 using the Happy Planner Budget Extension Pack. I quickly became obsessed. This new idea of budget planning was nothing short of amazing. I was having so much fun budget planning, and my husband I were having so much success with budgeting because of it. I began to share our results with others via pictures, but they requested more.
I finally caved and created a YouTube channel in August 2017. It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve met so many amazing and positive people who have supported my husband and me as we have paid down debt. It’s been a a little over a year now, and we have paid off a little over $33,000 of debt (mainly our car loan and credit cards).
I have since explored other planning systems, such as fitness planning and memory planning, and I’ve tried other planners (i.e., Traveler’s Notebook and Erin Condren). Currently, I use a few ECs & HPs, and I’m loving every minute of it.
The Planning SweetTarts are doing a Live Plan with Me to show the different ways everyone can use the same supplies! Visit their shops and check out their Instagram to see some inspiration.
Ashley Monda of Sunshine Sticker Co
Candace Jensen of Moore Ave
Erica Witt of Cricket Paper Co.