On the second installment of Planner stories from around the world, a new section that I started blogging about a couple of weeks ago, today I am featuring My Summer Touch. Initially, I called this section “Dream chasers” but I am still undecided about the name so, for now, let’s call these stories “Planner stories from around the world”. As a reminder, this is a section where I will be featuring stories from people within the planner community, who are writing their own stories. People who have the courage to be creative, act on their own dreams, be happy and write new beginnings with YouTube channels, online stores, blogs, planner systems and so on.
Enjoy Clara’s story and please, share it widely. Thank you for reading and if you have suggestions about someone I should reach out to, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section. Enjoy!
Planner stories MySummerTouch
1. What is your name, where are you from and where do you live?
My name is Clara, people know me as MySummerTouch on YouTube, Instagram, blogger, Twitter, Tumblr, periscope. I realize that it’s a lot. And I am Marusya Ivanova on Facebook! Ha ha! A whole another story about this name! I’m from Russia, lived for several years in the US and then I came back to a different part of Russia where I am right now.
2. What notebooks do you currently use, what for and why these particular notebooks?
I have quite a long history of using different planners and journals. Originally I “came out” on YouTube as a planner lover, showed a lot of Filofaxes, and then my love explored in using Franklin Covey, Midori Traveler’s notebooks, Hobonichi, Lovedoki. Fairly recently I started to show my journals, and this love turned out into the love of art journaling, which I am yet to show.
3. Why do you journal or plan?
I just recently realized that I have always loved planners and journals, loved to collect books on time management, artist journals, traveler’s notebooks, sketchbooks, and have always watched those on the Internet, on YouTube particularly. I love to be organized, love to organize, and love to write things down. Even poured out myself on paper, and I love beautiful things, so it all came into what I’m doing today. I’m on Instagram every day, and I try to post out videos on my YouTube channel MySummerTouch every week on weekends.
4. Why did you decide to open your youtube channel?
After some time after getting back from the US, I realized that I forgot my English, and started to listen and read books in English. It wasn’t enough, I wanted a real chat with people from all over the world. I always loved YouTube, and the main thing that I was watching on it were planner videos, so it was a no-brainer to start a YouTube channel about planners and productivity in English.
5. What drives you to continue working on your channel?
I have the need to share my joy and my happiness with other people, and I enjoy the interaction with people literally from all parts of the world. It makes me happy.
6.What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?
I’d say, there is no failing, just not enough attempts. If you won’t stop achieving your dreams, you will get what you want! Don’t ever stop, it’s worth it to continue to pursue your dream! My only dream right now is to be happy, I’m getting there, I’m much happier now than before!
7. What are your favorite stationery shops?
I like to visit one of the big towns that are closest to where I live, there they have a huge bookstore that sells stationery and art supplies, and I spend there half a day just choosing things I love to try out.
8. Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?
My absolute favorite instagrammer is @janethecrazy, I enjoy beautiful Midori Traveler’s Notebooks that she writes in, her style is absolutely perfect, I would say, it’s creative mess. And I consider my art journaling teachers Mary Ann Moss and Teesha Moore, love their color sense and artistic expression!
9. How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?
I started to journal because I needed to clear out the mess in my head. It’s almost necessary, I’d even say it’s necessary to keep me thinking clear. Then I was bored with just plain pages, then I bought my Midori Traveler’s notebooks in China, and started to decorate my journals with magazine clippings and writing over them. Now I am fully into painting and sketching. There is nothing more inspiring than an artistic journal to me. Just yesterday I received two private messages on Instagram, one said that my all my work is just amazing, another one said that my journals inspired the person to make her own artistic journals. I was surprised and pleased. I’m glad I get to inspire people!
10. Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there?
I hope to turn my journals into something more beautiful and pleasing to my own eyes. I am my own harsh critic, I try not to destroy pages when I don’t like them. My next steps will be improving my calligraphy and to combine my art journaling and journaling together in one place, even to combine it all with a planner, all into one place, so it will be one journal for everything – journal, art journal, sketchbook, commonplace book. I also want to learn to paint as a professional that will be a lot of work, but I’m willing to go there. Just recently I have drawn a model’s face in my Hobonichi, and I was so immersed in it, that I almost physically felt happy. I completely forgot about time, and I had something to show as a result! I want to draw more faces and people in general. It makes me relaxed and feels like meditation. I encourage you to try it too!
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Thanks so much Clara for sharing your story with us and for inspiring us to do what makes us happy!