November Bullet Journal: Plan With Me

November Bullet Journal: Plan With Me

Wow! November is here! October was a busy month for me; I started a new job, continued to travel New England, and visited numerous National Parks and Historic Sites. With all of that in mind, I decided to keep my November bullet journal spreads fairly simple and functional.

The quotes at the beginning of each month in my bullet journal are probably my favorite spreads, so of course, that was a must to keep around. This month the quote is: “She will not worry. She will be just fine. She will brave this new season one day at a time.”

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October Bullet Journal: Plan With Me

October Bullet Journal: Plan With Me

October is here and with it comes fall. I don’t know about you, but I can feel the seasons changing, it’s getting colder and crisper and the sun doesn’t stay out nearly as long anymore. As I set up my October bullet journal, I am making my way out east to see New England in the fall, something I’ve always dreamed of. Because I will be surrounded by many vibrant colors this month, I wanted to keep my bullet journal fairly simple in color, so I stuck with just the cream of the pages and my black pens.

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Watercolor Cacti Tutorial

Watercolor Cacti Tutorial

f you saw my September Bullet Journal article, you may have also seen the cacti art I created to decorate the month. I absolutely love adding art to my bullet journal as a way to give myself a spark of creativity each week. Sometimes I get in a creative funk where I’m just not feeling it and flipping through the art in my bullet journal is one of the ways I work myself out of that rut.

Watercoloring is something I love to do, but I’m not great at it. I just haven’t figured out how to blend well, get saturated colors, and not over soak my paper to the point that it balls up on me. I have an even harder time with it when I’m using paper not meant for watercoloring, like my bullet journal paper. Which is why I LOVE this technique!

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2018 Bullet Journal Refresh + September Plan With Me

2018 Bullet Journal Refresh + September Plan With Me

This bullet journal plan with me post is a bit different this month. Of course, I’m still doing my monthly and weekly pages but before I get to those I wanted to create a few spreads for a 2018 refresh. My life these past few months has dramatically changed from my life at the beginning of the year and I expect it to change again even more dramatically in the next month. Because of all these changes and adjustments, I have been feeling out of sync with the annual spreads in my bullet journal; some of them are still very relevant, some are not, and some could be if they were updated. I don’t feel like there are any rules I need to follow with my bullet journal (that’s why I use a bullet journal instead of a typical planner), so I have no qualms about refreshing my annual pages mid-year. This is not a totally new annual setup though, I’m only going to recreate spreads that need updating and add in new long-running spreads.

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Plan With Me: August Bullet Journal

Plan With Me: August Bullet Journal

Hello! Welcome to August! I hope your July was lovely. Are you ready for a new bullet journal set up? I certainly am. I loved my July setup, but I sometimes felt that the colors were a bit overwhelming. It was my first time using so many colors and specifically colors that were so bright; I felt they were just too much sometimes. So this month I’m simplifying my color selection and only using two colors, both in the same family. Not only does this mean that I don’t need to take as many colors with me on a daily basis, but it will also help my bullet journal to be less overwhelming.

I know there are a lot of people out there who get intimidated by the idea of bullet journaling and making it look perfect, and I want to dispel that idea. First thing, nobody’s bullet journal is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and changes as they go, some people are just better at covering up their mistakes. Secondly, there are so many little tips and tricks you can utilize to make your bullet journal look more put together, as well as easier and/or faster to set up. My favorite trick is to print the quotes or images which I’m feeling inspired by and either trace them onto the paper or simply cut them out and tape them in. Both of these methods are so quick and easy, you’ll have your amazing layout finished in no time. I’ll talk about what I did to set up each page in my bullet journal this month and even have a free printable download of my templates that I created and used to make my August spreads.

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Plan With Me: July Bujo

Plan With Me: July Bujo

Wow, June has been busy, so busy that I almost forgot to plan out July in my bujo! My journal has been keeping me on track though and was what reminded me I need to plan out July.

June has been my best month as far as using my bujo and keeping it up to date. With journaling and planning, I tend to ebb and flow. I’ll be really great for a few weeks and then not so on top of it for more than a few weeks. But I feel like after months of setting up different bujo layouts, I’m finally narrowing in on the perfect layout for me for right now (I recognize that the perfect layout for me could change at any point but this is what works for this moment in time).

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Plan With Me: June Bujo

Plan With Me: June Bujo

As each month comes to a close, I like to evaluate how my month went, both from a planner perspective and from a general life check-in perspective. To check in on the success of my bullet journal, I ask myself some specific questions to decide if I should change the way I’m using my bullet journal or if it’s working the way it is. Were my weeks set up in a usable layout? Is there something that I didn’t use? Was there something that I needed but wasn’t there? Did I use my trackers (if not, how can I set them up to be better utilized)? Are there any changes in the coming month that I need to keep in mind while setting up?

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My Everyday Bullet Journal Supplies

My Everyday Bullet Journal Supplies

Bullet journaling in its true form doesn’t require anything other than a notebook and pen. I think there’s a misconception out there that a bullet journal must be a piece of art and be perfect otherwise it’s not good enough. And that’s just not true. When I started bullet journaling, I used a random dot grid notebook and the pens I already had around the house. Fortunately for me, I had a lot of pens around the house and I could play with what I liked and didn’t like in my bullet journal.

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May Planning: Bullet Journal

May Planning: Bullet Journal

I have been bullet journaling off and on for over a year (maybe two?) now. And in my bullet journaling efforts I have found that I tend to create a layout, use it for a few weeks, then slowly stop and fall out of the habit. This cycle repeats every month or so; I haven’t really found the perfect setup to keep me going long term. I have found inspiration from many other bullet journalers and copied their spreads only to fall off the wagon again. So this year, I decided that instead of using someone’s entire set up as inspiration, I’d just use the parts I really liked and would create my own layout based on the pieces I found.

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Blogger Bullet Journal Setup

Blogger Bullet Journal Setup

Bullet Journaling is something I’ve been doing for a year or so now, and before that, I used planners such as the Erin Condren and the Happy Planner. (I’d be more than happy to talk about why I switched to bullet journaling if you are interested!) But bullet journaling and planning, in general, have always been just personal organizing items for me, I’ve never used them for work or professional purposes. Maybe that’s because I’ve previously had more traditional jobs so kept a more traditional to-do list.

 

But now that I’ve freed my creative soul and am attempting a less traditional path, it feels right to use my bullet journal for professional purposes as well. When I originally decided to use my bujo (the loving term us bullet journalers use to reference our bullet journals) for work, I considered just adding spreads to my personal bujo and keeping myself in one notebook.  

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