Today we are taking a few minutes to chat with Jess Stubbs who runs the planner shop: The Hippie Goth.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a person!
Someone just asked me this the other day and the only response I could come up with is that I'm a little bit goth, a little bit hippie, a little bit punk and whole lot of strange. lol
A little more in-depth info for y'all though. I'm 40yrs old, autistic, disabled and a stay at home mom to a 14yr old. I've been married to my husband now for 8 years. I have two cats, Severus and Luna.
I'm a take life by the horns kind of person, and even though being disabled has slowed me down over the years, it hasn't stopped my adventurous spirit.
I absolutely love road trips and if we make stops to admire the beauty of nature and learn something new, all the better! Natural History museums and National Parks are my jam. I like to think that I have a decent sense of humor so I take weird ass selfies of myself all the time. If y'all follow me on IG, you will see them from time to time.
What are some of your hobbies outside of planning?
Painting, Reading, Video Games
How long have you been part of the planner community?
A little over 2 years
How many and what kind of planners do you currently use?
I only use 1 currently and it's a Yellow Paper House Mini Undated Coil
Why do you plan? What do you get out of it or how does it help you?
I started planning to keep track of what I needed to be doing for a vinyl sign shop that I was operating at the time. Planning helps me stay on task for the most part as my ADD tends to get the best of me if I don't.
What products are you currently loving?
Oh my. That's tough as there are so many! I have to say that KGlam Co has my favorite shop related stickers and Keshia's regular kit stickers are pretty spectacular as well.
My newest favorite though is Little Kreeps. Her character stickers are adorably creepy and doing funny things. (Note from Venassa: Little Kreeps is a Canadian shop like me. I hadn't heard of it until now! So cool!)
How did you first get into running a planner-related shop?
When I first started decorative planning, I had a hell of a time finding any shops or stickers that fit my style of planning.
My style tends to be gothic/punk and even masculine in nature so I was super disappointed that I couldn't find very much. It was because this gap in the planner community that it spurred me to start my own shop and almost 2 years later, I'm still going strong.
What is the hardest part about being a shop owner in such a big planner community?
This is a hard question for me to answer as there is just so many things that can make life difficult for a shop owner in the community. I think though it's finding that balance and walking that line between being a shop owner and being just a regular member of the community.
As a shop owner, we're held to a higher standard of conduct so making sure I don't stick my foot in my mouth is a challenge.
What makes it even more of a challenge for me I think, is the fact that I'm autistic and I tend to forget that people don't think the way I do. Thankfully, I have a great group of friends who keep me in check.
What is the best part?
The friendships I've made. Making friends for me has never been easy and the ones I do have now because of this community are absolutely phenomenal.
What is something you wish you would've known before opening a shop?
That buying the most expensive printer is not necessary. lol
What is your favorite item from your own shop?Oh my. It's really hard to pick my favorite as I pretty much lover everything in my shop. But if I was to pick a kit that truly represented me, I think I would have to go with my Poe kit. It's dark, twisted and complicated just like me.
What does ‘planner peace’ mean to you? Do you think you’ve achieved it?
Planner peace to me is actually being excited to use my planner and lay down those stickers. I absolutely do think I've finally achieved it and I actually owe it all to Bess from Lights Planner Action. Her Boss Babe insert was what got me motivated this past year to actually plan consistently.
What advice do you have for planner newbies?
Don't jump on every new thing that comes out. Take the time to explore and find your own planning style. It doesn't have to be super pretty as long as it works for you.
Is there something unique you do or track in your planner that you’d like to share?
Hmm... I don't think I do anything really that unique. I guess my headers could be considered unique as one says Shit to Do and the other one says Fucking Clean. lol
What is something you tried out that wasn’t for you?
Soooo many things. lol. But what stands out is Bullet Journaling. Way too much work for me to design and get things drawn out. I'm an overachiever and try to do the most complicated things ever.
Do you ever get in a planner funk and how do you get out of one?
I do frequently. I have chronic health issues so depression is a norm here. I push through it the best I can and having to keep track of all my shop stuff pushes me to keep doing it, even if I don't lay down stickers, at least I wrote down my to do list.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I just want to say thank you to the planner community as a whole and to those who support my shop. Without all of you, none of this would be possible, so thank you. Give yourselves a pat on the back because you deserve it.
Don't forget to also check out our first annual pagan collab sale Beelzebub's Planner Bazaar. The sale will be held Sept 6th - 8th in our facebook group linked below. Hope to see y'all there!