The start of a new year is awesome, am I right? I feel like there are several points in the year that always feel like a fresh start for me; the actual new year, my birthday, and the start of summer. One of the best things about the new year for me though, is a fresh planner.
This will be my 5th year using a Slingshot planner. It's published by the Slingshot collective in Berkeley that also publishes a zine. I got my first one in 2010, I had been at Mills for a few months at that point and had seen some other people using them so I decided to try one out. It was the first time I had a planner that started with the new year and not the school year, and I found I actually liked it way better. Not to mention that a Slingshot planner is awesome in almost every way.
Firstly, it comes with a menstrual calendar. If you have a uterus, you will find this immensely useful. So useful in fact, that it actually really upsets me that this is the only planner I've ever seen that comes with one. If you don't have a uterus it's just one page that you can ignore, if you do it's a wonderful way to keep track of your cycle. (Seriously, the lack of menstrual calendars in planners is a stupid product of patriarchy. Get yourself a Slingshot.)
Second, every date has little notes on radical events that happened on that day in history, and each page is decorated with drawings.
Third, it comes with essays printed in the back. The essays are different every year, some that stick in my mind are one on lucid dreaming, one on better communication during sex, and every year there's a section of tips for dealing with the police.
In the past I've gotten the large size, because I needed the space to write down assignments and such, but this year I got the smaller size. I usually go to Pegasus to get mine, but this year I ordered it from Whoop! Distro. I'm so happy to have this little bit of the Bay with me this coming year.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!