Planning for 2014

For the past two years, I’ve used Laurel Denise’s planners because they are awesome. You might remember my post about the 2013 planner last year. I really love them because they break down my days, weeks, and months so I can map out my life. I can see my packed schedule in front of me at once, which is incredibly helpful.

Well today I want to share Laurel Denise’s 2014 planner! I wasn’t compensated for this post — I just can’t help but sing its praises. When my purchased planner arrived I didn’t waste any time filling it up with my future activities and goals.

Next year’s planner is larger (the closed dimensions are 7.75″ x 9.5″), so there’s more space inside on the monthly and weekly calendars to track your activities and tasks. The cover comes in metallic gold, grey, or navy blue. My only wish is that the cover was made out of a stiffer material. You’ll also see that this year’s version offers a slightly modified format on select pages.

Like last year, the first page has space to start planning monthly goals. I love sitting down and beginning to think about what I want to do and accomplish in the next year. Resolutions are great and all, but this page makes goal planning more tangible by taking it month by month.

Then each month, week, and day is broken down on a spread of full and partial pages. On the left, the monthly calendar is always visible — one of my favorite features. The inner columns flip to show days on the left and weekly planning space on the right. This year, the weekly planning space on the inner right column isn’t divided up, enabling you to list or sketch out your weekly tasks with more flexibility. The full right page, which is always visible, has ample room for monthly to dos and notes — more than previous years.

Near the back of the agenda book, the spread above is full of prompts to help you remember books to read, places to eat, quotes, gift ideas, songs to download, websites, and further space to plan your dreams and hopes for 2014. So useful.

The next spread offers space to plan out monthly goals and ideas for 2015. I like that this planner never stops prompting you to think ahead and strategize.

And the last six blank pages offer abundant space to take notes on any subject you want. I’ve used these pages in previous years for blog planning, contacts’ addresses and phone numbers, employee scheduling, research brainstorming, lists of garments or books that I want to acquire for my fashion study collection, and more.

You can purchase your own Laurel Denise 2014 planner right here for $35. It’s an investment that pays out throughout the whole year.

And now a treat — I asked Laurel Denise if she would like to do a giveaway, and she said yes! One of my readers will win a 2014 planner by leaving a comment answering the question below! The winner can choose which color she or he would most prefer — metallic gold, grey, or navy blue.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Erin! And thank all of you for entering!
To enter to win:
-Leave a comment with the answer to the following question by December 11, at midnight CST:
What day are you looking forward to the most in 2014?
-Include your name and email address in the appropriate comment submission fields.
-Sorry this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
-I’ll announce a random winner on December 13, here on the blog.

photos by Travis Haughton


  1. Emilia Jane says:

    What a beautiful planner! Next year I am most looking forward to March 5. It will be my third anniversary of marriage and I’m hoping this new year will bring peace and stability in our lives.

  2. Kaitlyn says:

    I LOVE that planner! I have been using it all year as well! I’m glad they’re extending the pages though – I always seem to run out of room 😉

  3. Claire says:

    I am most looking forward to finishing my RN and starting work as a nurse in 2014.

  4. Erin says:

    Wow, that looks fantastic! Hmmmm…. I’m looking forward to the first day Spring Bird Migration picks up here on Long Island, so probably sometime around April 30th. Thanks, Jacqueline!

  5. Lauren says:

    I love anything that helps me set goals for the new year, and this planner is beautiful! It’s also a great question, and makes me feel kind of stumped. I would say probably the first day of spring, whether it shows up in March or May!

  6. Sarah says:

    I’ve been lusting after this planner since you showed it last year! I think I’m most looking forward to M and I finally taking a real vacation this year, probably for our 3rd anniversary :-)

  7. Sarah says:

    I already have my 2014, so not entering, but I wanted to chime in on how much I love it!! Thanks again for the recommendation!!

  8. Laura says:

    This planner is GORGEOUS. I’ve been searching for one that is just right & this must be it!
    Maybe it’s cheesy to say but I’m expecting my first baby in May so I’m most looking forward to the day I get to meet my little squirt! :)

  9. Jenna says:

    I think I have an organizational boner right now! That looks like a fantastic planner! What a fun giveaway!

  10. Amanda says:

    I’ve been looking for a new planner and this one looks amazing- love all the breakdowns and with plenty of space! Looking forward to some warm weather travel plans in the new year.

  11. Sharon says:

    Such an awesome planner! Love items like these that are both beautiful AND thought out to be really useful and practical. I’m most looking forward to the latter half of March 2014. Jason and I have decided that we’re going to take a trip to Dubai to see some beloved friends who are on a two-year contract there. I love that a) we get to see our godson, and b) we’re making good on our promise to ourselves to prioritize travel in our marriage!

  12. Katy says:

    I’m really looking forward to getting out there and starting the rest of my life! I finished grad school in May, and spent the rest of the year moving back home, getting settled, and figuring out what’s next. In 2014 I hope to get out there and start my career and move on to the next, post-school phase of life! Until I go back to school for my PhD of course, ha ha.

  13. Esther says:

    I bought one for 2013 but just didn’t want to shell out the $ for next year so this is an awesome giveaway! For 2014, I’m most excited for new opportunities/possibilities.

  14. Leanne says:

    I am looking forward to mid-summer, when big changes are on the horizon!

  15. Natalie says:

    I Iove this planner, I will have to master ‘tiny writing’ to fill this. As for dates I’m looking forward too…
    January 1-6, it will be time to work on all the unfinished projects filled with tons of cooking and catching up with friends.

  16. Trillium says:

    I am looking forward to April 7 because I expect to watch my Spartans win the National Championship on that date! Then I will go to North Carolina to continue backpacking the Appalachian Trail. I backpacked 120 miles this year and hope to go further in 2014.

  17. olivia says:

    this looks just so incredible. a friend recommended the inescapable moleskine calendar which i have been using all year, and it’s miserable – i get totally lost in the wash of days and have no sense of weeks/months/the whole year. i think this planner will cure what ails me!

    right now, looking forward to jan 24 (opening event for a big project at work i’ve been focusing on for the last year or so), and my travel plans for mid-may.

  18. I love planners. I would have to say that I am looking forward to June 1st. It’s just the best day for me-my unofficial beginning of Summer.

  19. Samantha says:

    I am looking forward to my new Arbonne business to skyrocket! I am looking forward to getting wonderful business builders who become my best friends and share my vision! I look forward to honoring The Lord in all my endeavors! One last DREAM is to quit my current job as a nurse, stay at home with my kids, run my successful Arbonne business and drive my free white Arbonne Mercedes! This Laurel Denise planner would help me map my goals monthly and help me keep track of my business and family life! Help me reach my goals with this planner! And anyone who is interested in coming with me in my Arbonne journey with either purchases or business contact me at! Thanks!

  20. Michelle says:

    I am most looking forward to December 24th, 2014 – for a number of reasons! It’s my anniversary with my wonderful best friend and boyfriend. It’ was also my grandfather’s favorite day and because of this we celebrate time with our family and make new memories to keep his memory alive in our hearts. Lovely blog! (-:

  21. Eileen Estes says:

    I most look forward to my Son’s 1st Birthday. It will be a delight to celebrate a year with our Jameson! Also – LOVE these planners. I used one last year and it was wonderful! By far the best planner design I have seen.

  22. James says:

    With a planner that well layed out and so goal orientated, I feel like I’ll have to go back to work just to justifying buying one. Got to love it!!!

  23. Rebecca says:

    What a lovely planner! If I’m being honest, the day I’m most looking forward to next year is March 10th. If I’ve survived the week leading up to it, I will be nothing but grateful. Fears aside, I’m most excited to turn 30 in April and spend as much time with my sweet boys as I possibly can.

  24. Samantha M says:

    What a great giveaway! I’m most looking forward to my birthday in 2014 (in february) and i hope to spend it with my friends and family. Thanks so much for the chance to win xx

    – Samantha M

  25. Kristi A says:

    Love this planner! I am looking forward to April 15, the hopeful birthday of my baby. Excited to meet him/her!

  26. Ciera says:

    Oh my gosh, I’d LOVE to win this. I am most looking forward to Alt Summit in 2014!

  27. Ruth says:

    So looking forward to starting a new job in January 2014! Such a fantastic planner!

  28. Mariela says:

    Love that planner!!! My #1 goal for the year is to actually plan things rather then let them happen which always leaves me feeling rushed. The day I’m most excited for next year is 8/31, my 25th birthday. In my head, 25 was always the age when things start to fall into place, and by that time we’ll have moved to wherever ry will be doing his PhD for the next few years.

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