Bullet Journal – December Cover Page

Phew this past month has been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve been pretty busy with work and getting ready for Christmas. It’s weird that once it’s over everything seems to calm down.

At the beginning of the month I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s funny, looking back at it now I’m not even sure what was really bothering me so much. Maybe just knowing that there was a lot happening this month with the holidays.

Everything went well though. I had a really nice Christmas with my family. I think everyone was pretty happy and enjoyed themselves and enjoyed spending time together. We went to a family Christmas party and that was nice too.

It’s strange that the year is over already, but the idea of a new year and a fresh start is pretty exciting.

I feel like I need to make some changes, but I’m not sure exactly what that means or looks like. I will say I don’t think I’m going to continue with these monthly updates. I want my new journal for 2023 to be simpler. I think sometimes it stresses me out trying to make it look pretty, so the cover pages likely won’t be as exciting.

I’ll still probably post book reviews or something similar. Definitely planning on a full website revamp. Stay tuned to see!!

Bullet Journal – November Cover Page

I love the holiday season. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Halloween, but honestly the whole period between October until the end of January is my favorite time of the year.

Although I’m a little sad that Halloween is over, I pack up my spooky decorations and get excited for the Christmas decor.

I’ll admit, I put out Christmas decorations pretty early. I think I waited maybe two weeks after Halloween to start putting things out. I did wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate outside. I didn’t want my neighbors to judge me too hard.

Aside from the decorations, I do really like all the time that we get to spend with family during this time. In November I actually got to see even more family than usual because one of my cousin’s is having a baby and we all attended her shower. It was really nice to see everyone. It had been a few years since I’ve seen quite a few of them.

A couple weeks later we celebrated Thanksgiving. It was really nice and super chill. Again it was good to see everyone.

I know this post is coming pretty late, but I decided that I’m going to be unapologetic about it. Life happens and honestly it’s okay that I’m living it and not just posting about it online.

Bullet Journal – October Cover Page

October might be my favorite month of the year. It’s officially spooky season and it finally starts to feel like Fall.

I copied this cover page from a post I saw on Pinterest, not gonna lie. I thought it was super cute and looked like a tarot card. Plus, after getting back from my trip I was horrible about keeping up with journaling and just wanted to do something that wasn’t too complicated. I think it turned out well, I really like the orange and dark blue together.

Anyone who knows me or has been to my house actually knows that I really love those colors together. In my living room I have a burnt orange accent wall and a navy blue sofa. I have navy all throughout the house actually – my kitchen cabinets, my hallway upstairs, my bedsheets.

Anyway…October is a really exciting month because we get all the scary movies and Halloween! I actually had two weekends of Halloween parties this year, which was super fun. I went as Marla Singer from Fight Club for the first party and as an alien for the second.

This time of the year is truly the best. Now that we’re in November I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving. Just give me all the comfort food!

Bullet Journal – September Cover Page

September was quite the month! As you can see (hopefully), my theme for the month was the Northern Lights!

For the cover page, I wanted to do something different. I thought it would be interesting to take my watercolor paints and try this out with a fully black background. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, though I think it could’ve been better if I had planned it better.

At the end of the month I traveled to Copenhagen, Greenland, and Iceland for work. It was a very fast-paced trip with lots of flights, but I enjoyed myself. I initially had wanted to do a Nuuk, Greenland theme with the colorful houses but at the beginning of the month I wasn’t sure that the trip would actually happen. There were a lot of issues that popped up and everything was pretty unorganized with the tradeshow that I was attending. It all worked out in the end though and I made it there!

I didn’t get a very good view of the Northern Lights when I was there, but on two of my flights the flight attendants let us know that if we looked out our windows we could see the lights. I tried to get photos, but they weren’t great through the window of the plane. It was pretty cool to see though. It looks like something that shouldn’t be happening, it’s weirdly beautiful.

Iceland has always been a place I’ve wanted to travel, but I was surprised at how much I really liked Copenhagen and Greenland as well. I was only in Copenhagen for one night, but I got to walk around a little bit and it was a very nice city. Honestly nothing could’ve prepared me for Greenland. It was insanely beautiful, but also like taking a step back in time where the areas are very small and haven’t been developed the way that cities are here in the US. It was super interesting and I’m really glad I got the opportunity to go.

I was glad to be home and to get back to normal. Work trips are always exhausting for me, and I’m looking forward to Halloween and having fun in October.

Bullet Journal – August Cover Page

We’re getting caught up! For my August cover page I used lyrics from Taylor Swift’s song “August”. I found a similar drawing on Pinterest, so I can’t take any credit for this design. I just wanted something really simple and the song had been stuck in my head all day after hearing it somewhere else.

Isn’t it weird how certain things can remind you of a person? Like a smell or a song, or in this case an entire month. It’s definitely a weird thing to have reminders of people that are no longer a part of your life. It’s almost difficult sometimes to be reminded and then to have to “shake it off” (thanks again, Taylor!) and move past whatever lingering feelings you may have. I guess that’s also why I used these song lyrics. Slipping away felt right at the time.

August actually was a good month for me. We celebrated a few birthdays and had an end of the summer pool party, so I got to spend a good amount of time with friends and family.

Fall is my favorite season, so I’m really looking forward to the colder weather. I also have some exciting news for my September post, so I’m excited to share that. Keep an eye out!

Bullet Journal – July Cover Page

I have no excuse for why this has taken me so long to post, I honestly don’t even remember July at this point. All I can say is get ready for a bunch of posts to make up for time lost!

I wanted to do a red, white, and blue theme for July and Independence Day so I decided to do a twist on the rocket popsicle and attempt to draw a slushie type drink. I think it turned out pretty cute, so I’m happy with it.

I feel like July is really the last month of summer, even though it’s still hot most of the time throughout August (at least where I live). Lots of cookouts, lots of firework shows, lots of fun.

I took off a week in July, but I didn’t go on vacation. I actually really like having “staycations” and being able to clean up around the house, go out to eat, and just enjoy life without the stress of work. It’s always really good for my mental health to just take a break like that.

August post will be coming soon, I promise!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted about something I’ve read! I don’t have a good excuse really, and there was a good amount of time in February? when I was reading pretty regularly. I think it was around this time that the new season of Outlander was premiering so it was hard for me to keep up with what was going on in the timeline of the show verses what I was reading in the first book. Life just got away from me I guess, but I finally picked it back up and finished!

I’ve been a fan of the Outlander television series for a little while now. Of course this meant that I would have to read the books eventually, but there were always other books that I wanted to get to first. It didn’t help that there are so many Outlander books in the series, and that I knew that they were pretty long.

I finally decided to take them on and I’m so glad that I have, or at least I’m glad that I’ve started.

For those who have watched the show but haven’t read the book, the show did a fantastic job of sticking to it’s source material. From what I can remember the storyline follows what happened in the book almost exactly.

I can’t remember if it left off in the same place or if part of the first book was included in the second season. Part of me feels like it did because there’s just so much that happens I can’t possibly imagine squeezing it all into one season of a series. I might have to go back and re-watch just to check.

This story is so exciting and has so many parts, it’s really hard to even write about the plot and how I felt about all of it. I’m not even going to try.

I will say that I really enjoyed getting to see Claire and Jamie fall in love all over again. They’re just so great together, right? I am curious what the books will be like and if we’ll get to see more of the time when Claire went back to the present. I’m interested in knowing more about what it was like for Frank all the time that Claire was away and I feel like it was just a very short amount of time in the tv series.

I’ve already purchased the second book and I’m hoping to get through this one a little faster. My goal is to read them all by the end of the year, but we shall see.

Bullet Journal – June Cover Page

I’m already doing better because I’m writing my June post right after my May post and scheduling it ahead of time.

It’s not a huge thing, but for me this says a lot. June has definitely been a better month all around and I feel like I’ve worked on myself and turned my attention to myself more this past month.

About half way through May, my boss asked me if I’d want to go to a tradeshow in Greenland. I think the idea of traveling again really sparked something in me. Especially since I’d get to travel to both Greenland and Iceland, and these are both places that I’ve wanted to travel to for awhile.

I was still feeling pretty down at the beginning of June, so I tried to just do things that made me happy. This brings me to the theme for the month. The bullet journal version isn’t quite as nice, but I painted a mural on my bedroom wall.

This was definitely a spur of the moment kind of thing and also partly because I was bored, but I think it came together really nice. I didn’t even have to buy any paint, I just used what I found in my basement.

My bedroom was all white and gray before, so this certainly added a pop of color that was much needed. I’m not going to lie, it also makes me so happy to wake up in the morning and see all these colors first thing. I totally sets the mood for the whole day.

There was a lot that happened in June. My sister and I did a backyard BBQ for Father’s Day, and that was really fun. Father’s Day also just happened to fall on Freya’s first birthday so that was exciting to celebrate her birthday as well. I got her a cupcake from the pet store and she engulfed it, it was pretty funny and adorable.

I also have paid more attention to my health this month. I’ve let myself be pretty bad with eating and drinking, so I’m trying to be more mindful of that. I’m not happy with my weight, so I’m trying to just choose meals that are better for me. I’ve also started drinking less and I’ve been trying to go for walks and exercise more.

I’m looking forward to July. I have some time off work and I’m planning on just laying around my parent’s pool the whole time. Taking it easy and living life.

Bullet Journal – May Cover Page

Man, I don’t know why I’ve been so bad at this lately. It’s been even worse than usual and I don’t really have any excuse for it. All of June I kept thinking okay I need to do it this weekend and then just wouldn’t? It sucks because I feel like so much that I could’ve written about is now forgotten. Oh well…

May was an okay month, it started out pretty good. I took off for a few days around the 5th. My family and I got together for Cinco de Mayo and then my sister’s birthday was also that weekend. It was nice to have a little break from work.

The week after that I had some sort of weird stomach bug. I was having major stomach cramps and felt exhausted the whole time and basically just slept for a few days. I thought it might be COVID, but I took a test and it was negative.

The rest of the month is just a blur. I feel like a lot of my weeks have just been work, eat, sleep, clean, and catch up around the house. I haven’t been taking care of myself in the way that I want to and I’ve let too much from the past get to me.

I chose the sage and “Let it Go” theme for the month because of how I was feeling at the end of last month, and I felt like I really needed that reminder this month. It’s so hard sometimes to deal with everything going on and to not let things bother you. I need a break for sure.

Bullet Journal – April Cover Page

Almost a whole month behind on my April post, is that a new record?

Things have been strange lately. I’ve been in sort of a funk for a little while now and then I’ve been dealing with a weird stomach bug for the last week, so I’ve just been very down and out of it. That’s more of an update for May I guess.

April overall was a pretty decent month. I went with the rabbit theme for Easter. I was painting and feeling inspired, especially at the beginning of the month. I was feeling pretty good.

Things got a little rocky about half way through the month. Not to get too personal, but there was someone who was important to me that I lost contact with about two years ago. I found out some information about them that was shocking to say the least. I don’t know a lot about the situation, but what I learned just seemed so out of character it was hard for me to process and wrap my head around it.

Have you ever felt that way? Like you thought you knew someone so well and then you find out later that they’ve done something that seems totally out of character. It’s like you never knew them at all. It’s not a good feeling. Especially when it’s someone that you really cared about and trusted.

I tried to keep myself busy after this so that I wouldn’t think about it too much. Not sure if that’s the best coping mechanism, but it’s what’s been working for me. I turned my focus onto my home and did a little redecorating with my back porch. It’s pretty cute now and has become a nice little oasis for me.

So that’s what’s been going on with me. I’ll be back soon with an update for May.