My Bullet Journal Journey


Warning: this post is a bit long… apologies in advance!

Let’s start this post with why I didn’t get it done yesterday. be ready for a story you guys because my Wednesday was so comically messed up! The day started out well enough, I met with a real estate agent to look at a few houses (we are trying very hard to get out of our apartment) and then I took Ronan to a play-date at the mall where he got to build with some giant foam blocks and he had a good time. This is where things start to fall apart.

When it came time to leave the mall, I decided to get a pretzel as a snack, except Ronan didn’t like the pretzel I had bought! So he started throwing a fit. I set all my stuff down on the counter so I could pick him up and carry his thrashing body out of the mall, pretzel and jackets and all of our stuff squished into one arm and a screaming 4-year-old in the other. Lovely. Then when we get in the car to head home, I realized how HUNGRY I was. So we shared the pretzel he didn’t want and went home. Then we picked Briar up from the bus and the kids decided to play and splash in the water puddles. I let them because, hey, they’re boys and clothes can dry!

Finally we go upstairs and I sit at my desk to look up our meal plan for the night and start this post…. I can’t find my bullet journal. I look everywhere in the house, everywhere in my car, ask my kids if they moved it, and even checked my Trackr Bravo (a really cool device my mom gave at New Years!)….and found it laying beside my desk where it had fallen out of my bujo. Of course.

At this point I am freaking out because my post is about my bullet journal, my life is in my bullet journal, my kids are post water-puddle nakedly running around the house in the most hyperactive state possible, it’s almost time for supper, and I am by myself. I think the only place I could possibly have left it was at the mall. Which means that I have to take both children, to the mall, alone, where there is a playground they can see, to get my journal back.

Once I finally achieved my journal, which was thankfully just fine and untouched, I decided that since I hadn’t had any caffeine all day that I was going to treat myself to a large drink from sonic. I stop in, order a Route 44 vanilla lime Dr. Pepper because I love them, ordered two sprites for the kids, got our drinks and left. As soon as I picked my cup up, the entire thing collapsed between my fingers and ALL 44 OUNCES SPILLED INTO MY LAP. Thankfully the sonic replaced my drink when I went back and told them what happened (because at this point I WAS GETTING THAT DR. PEPPER DAMMIT) and I was able to take my sticky, cold, soaking wet ass back home where I promptly poured at least 1/4C of whiskey into my drink and we ate corn dogs and ravioli for dinner because I was SO DONE.

That was my day. So I didn’t get this post done and I felt like it was completely understandable.


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So here I am, on a much better day, ready to write about my Bullet Journal! So, after that long story, let’s get to it!

My wonderful partner, Josh, gifted my very first Leuchtturm to me for new Years/Christmas this past year and so on January 1st, 2016, I started my official bullet journal journey!

If you’ve never heard of a bullet journal, it’s a system designed to help keep someone organized. Sounds like any other planner, I know, but the gold of the bullet journal system is that it is completely unique to each person, and there isn’t any pressure to keep things perfect! To find out more, you should check out the official bullet journal website, there is a very active blog community there, too!

Back when I first got started, I had so many dreams and ideas of how I wanted my system to work and what I wanted to use it for. I created these beautiful pages, wonderful trackers, and spent hours on Pinterest looking up new ideas. What I ended up with was a lot of pretty pages that I just didn’t ever use.

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

The ideas were fine, the first was an idea for future planning that just didn’t fit my needs very well, second is a savings goal layout from BohoBerry that I ended up replacing with the YNAB system. The third spread was what I intended to be a tracker for personal care. Where I could write down the last time I had gotten my hair or nails done so that when I started to feel like I wanted to do it again, I could look back and see just how long it had been! I still like this idea… but I feel like I may try to implement it in a new way in the future.

 

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

For this month, I had ambitious plans for tracking all of my spending (again, rendered useless with the introduction of YNAB), a full-page of daily habit tracking so I could BE A BETTER MOM AND PERSON AND FINALLY START MY MORNINGS WITH YOGA AND A SMOOTHIE YEAH!… You can see how well that worked out! Ha! I also had this design for full-page daily spreads where I could plan my activities according to the hour of day as well as keep track of what we were eating each day.

 

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

Introducing: the early stages of meal planning and the beginning of my weekly overview page! I started using this overview because I always have quite a few tasks that don’t really have deadlines or set time frames, and so I try to find time to do them through the week. They sit here until I can find an open spot to move them to. It helps me remember some of the random things that need to happen throughout the week. The shopping area also helps me keep a running tab of the things we run out of during our daily lives so that when I make my shopping trips, I can grab these items and we don’t have to worry about forgetting toilet paper or dish soap! (Which still happens sometimes anyway… but hey, I’m human.) And as you can see, it didn’t take me very long to pull away from the full-page daily spreads! I found that a full week could fit quite nicely onto two pages and I like that it saved room and that there was so much less “wasted” space.

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

Enter February! I decided to make my tracker much smaller and to include a system into my calendar where I have an indicator on the day and the activity matching that indicator in the task list on the next page. It just seems to save room in the calendar boxes! My tracker is much smaller, and although I didn’t fill it in that month, I did soon find it filled to the max in the future months! As for the next two photos, I left my journal at home one day the week before Valentine’s Day and Josh decided to make a cute little pop up heart to surprise me. I just love it!

 

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!
A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

Here you see that March’s monthly spread stayed pretty much the same, but that I added a few new pages to the beginning of my month! Here is where I began the gratitude log, (also from BohoBerry, here!) as well as a payment tracker for bills where I simply tick them off once I’ve paid them so I don’t forget any, and a list of things to do when Josh is home from work so that we don’t sit around playing games all day!

You can also see the spread I used to plan this website! It was so exciting to try to bring this concept together and find a logo for it! I’ll be telling my logo story sometime soon!

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

These are just some dailies where I decided to start using the time tracker for each day, and a few pretty quotes, and my mission statement for my site… once again, from BohoBerry! Imagine that ha!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

This is my meal planning spread. On the left I have the days of the week laid out with boxes the size of these cute sticky notes I got from a local craft store. I like that the recipes are easily moved from night to night if I wish and that I can use the same spread over and over for each new week. To the right is a list of “clean eating” food items so that when I feel stuck with my menu planning, I can look for ingredients that I may have forgotten to cook with in a while!

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

Same layout as before, with the addition of a hydration tracker to encourage me to drink more water! I also had the doodle bug pretty bad that week and everything was just so pretty!

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

 

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

Here we arrive in April! As you can see, I introduced a few new things actually! I have kept up with my gratitude log much better this month, and with the way my weekly overviews and my dailies line up, I always end up with a single blank page on the left side. I decided to start using this page for weekly affirmations! I love spending the time to find an uplifting quote, draw it out, and then draw pretty images around it. I also love looking at it when I flip back to my overview throughout the week!

I’ve also been trying a few new ideas with my headers and time tracker. I have been trying a new “theme” each week to see how I like the layout, and I also switched from one long bar to two bars that are separated by the time of day that my oldest son comes home from school. Because my day is usually naturally planned in those two halves, it made sense to break it up there. I also started using graph lines to indicate certain appointments and activities outside my normal schedule.

 

Finally, here is a look at the outside of my journal. I tend to use tabs and tape liberally but I do have one common theme. I use thin washi tape in rainbow colors to mark each month. I love color theory and am obsessed with the rainbow order, and that means that my months are in correct color order. If you look closely you can see that January is indicated with red, February with orange, March with yellow, and April with green so far! I also use tabs to indicate spreads I use often like my meal plan and my bill tracker!

A Walk-through of my bullet journal, what has worked and what has changed since January!

 

My favorite page up there is this week’s affirmation drawing. I absolutely love what it means to me as a person! Here is a beautiful close up of that page that I took when I initially finished drawing it.

A walk through of my bullet journal! what I've kept and what's changed!

 

So that is the very long post and walk-through of my Bullet Journal! I hope everyone saw something they liked and maybe found some inspiration in this post!

 

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Have a beautiful day! from the lemon bug!


 

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