Bullet journaling is something I discovered at the end of 2016. I fell down the rabbit hole of infinite Youtube videos and blog posts detailing the magic and mystery behind the bullet journal. At some point maybe I'll make a tutorial explaining my own personal bullet journal system, but really, all you need to know is found on the OG website, bulletjournal.com. For me, having a bullet journal takes on two purposes. Ultimately, it's a tool that keeps me organized in all aspects of my life. I'm an eternal list maker. I make to-do lists daily, I keep lists of movies and music and words and lyrics and quotes and places. The list OF my lists could go on endlessly! I keep my many lists in all sorts of places; on random scraps of paper, in my phone, on the computer, in pretty little notebooks. My scatter brained self easily forgets about these various lists, and that lack of organization leaves me feeling uneasy. I get anxious at the thought of misplacing something, both physically and in my brain [which only seems to happen more the older I get, sigh!]. My personal and professional lives take on so many different interests and having a tangible resource where I can compile all my passions in one spot has been immensely satisfying.
The other purpose for my bullet journal is to give me another creative outlet. I'm a naturally creative individual, who can't really go a day without painting, drawing, writing. The bullet journal gives me a space to itch that creative scratch. It can be as insignificant as coloring in the little boxes on my habit tracker, or spending some time drawing out a cover page [see below]. Bullet journals really don't need to be aesthetically pleasing, but for me, incorporating color and a bit of art is what makes it all the more fulfilling. I don't spend hours crafting the most beautiful pieces of art in it [though there are many people who do!]. It's just relaxing and comforting to carve out a few minutes out of my day to create this functional, beautiful journal for myself. If you're at all curious what one month in a bullet journal looks like, check out the photos below. I didn't include all the pages I've worked on here [by the end of January, I'd already made it to page 51, eee!] but this should give you an overview of the basics of a bullet journal.
There was a super blue moon this month, so I drew out a gigantic moon, wrote out the lyrics to 'Blue Moon' [because of course] and drew a bit of the Atlanta skyline.
I kept with my moon theme and drew out the phases of the moon at the top. I didn't keep a monthly task list like I'd planned, since writing them out for the week or by day just suited me more.
SO many things crammed into one space! The habit tracker was a challenge for me, but it was helpful in having me see which things I really need to focus on in the next month. Gratitude a day is basically where I write one or two words on something that stood out that day for me, something that made me happy in some small way. Money tracker was another hard look at how much I spend, but also how much I make [which was slightly redeeming!]. The ideas and thoughts page I didn't use as much as I'd hoped. I spent most of January getting back into the swing of work after the holidays, and getting myself organized for the year, so I'm hoping February I can focus more on this section.
I honestly didn't eat as healthy as I'd have liked in January, but having a spot where I can reflect back on the good [and bad!] choices I made, and also plan out meals for the week has been really helpful.
This is where I compile most of my to-dos for the day/week. I didn't necessarily write everything I tackled down, though I'm trying to do that more as I start on February! I like to leave a space for a quote at the top, and this one I grabbed from my Rifle Paper Co. Calendar.
I kept the same set up for the entire month, just to see if this would suit me. I've made a few tweaks for February, but generally I like this layout. This week I wrote down the lyrics to one of my favorite Beach House songs, The New Year.
Same layout and another quote, this time continuing with my 'moon' theme. I'd never read this quote before, but it really resonated with me.
Final full week of the month, and another quote with a little bit of lettering practice. I'm left handed and lettering is a constant test in my ability to not smudge the words!
I only wrote out the last three days of January here, and then continued the rest of the week in my February calendar. As a little treat to myself, I wrote out my astrology chart. It's something I'd never looked into before, and I couldn't believe how accurate the descriptions were! It's a nice page for me to look back on and reflect about, though the incredibly tiny writing definitely gave me a strained hand!