Bullet Journal – June 2020 Cover Page

I’m so late to this. Man, I don’t know what happened this month. I’ve literally told myself that I need to do this every day and just didn’t. I don’t really have an excuse, it was pure laziness on my part. I promise I’ll do better next month.

The Black Lives Matter movement is something that I feel very strongly about and although no one really sees my bullet journal, I wanted to remember this time when I look back and make sure that I feel good about my support.

Personally I haven’t been able to donate much money to the cause, but I’ve made sure to sign the petitions and to share information. I’ve also been having conversations with members of my family. I’m not sure how much is getting through, but hopefully it’ll encourage the people around me to educate themselves about the movement and to support the cause as well.

I think the important thing to remember during this time is that every little bit helps and that we all need to continue to educate ourselves on these issues. If you’re reading this and have the means or time, I encourage you to check out the following websites:

Ways You Can Help
Black Lives Matter
A Growing List of Resources for the Black Lives Matter Movement

We need to do better. We need to educate ourselves. We need to give our support.

This isn’t about politics. This is about humanity and compassion for others.

I was going to post my monthly spread as well, but it feels wrong to add it to this post. Its basically the same as past months, so nothing really necessary to include, and I don’t want to take away from the rest of the post by bringing this back to my journal.

Anyway, I really do hope that even just one person sees this and checks out the resources above. Hopefully the world progresses in the right way and July brings justice to the many families who have been subjected to police brutality.

Bullet Journal – Series Tracker

Since we’ve been on lockdown, I’ve really dedicated myself to the television.

Just kidding 😉 But I have spent a lot of time watching tv while stuck at home. I’ve definitely spent too much time doing this recently, but it’s given me the time to watch some really great shows. Honestly I went through these so fast that I’ve actually started another tracker (look out for the future post) and I’m already 4 or 5 shows into that tracker.

Maybe I should spend more time reading…or go outside haha.

Bullet Journal – Movie Tracker

This is kind of a fun one. Well, it could be more fun…I should really go back to some of my old journals and upload some of the old spreads I would do.

Anyway! This is how I keep track of movies that I’ve watched in my bullet journal. It’s really pretty simple. I used to make it more decorative, but I kind of liked the idea of keeping track of the date that I watched it and my rating.

Side note: did anyone else hate Once Upon A Time in Hollywood? Everyone seems to love it, but I really hated how it ended.

Bullet Journal – May 2020 Cover Page & Monthly Spread

So here we are in May. There’s not much to update you on in my life. We’re still on stay-at-home orders. I’m still working from home. Not much has changed and I’m sure everyone is in the same boat.

I recently purchased a record player on Amazon. It hasn’t actually arrived yet (it got lost in the mail and I had to order a replacement), but that’s why I decided to make the “theme” of my cover page a record player.

I’m actually not really happy with how this one turned out. I didn’t share it on social media because it was kind of sloppy and I wish I would have taken more time on it.

The cover page kind of bled into the monthly spread as you can see above. Just not really happy with it at all.

My sister’s birthday is this month and I’ll see my family on Mother’s Day, so those are things to look forward to.

I’ve just felt really bored and off so far this month. All I do is sleep, eat, and work so it feels a little like I’m wasting my life away. I really look forward to being able to have a drink at a bar again or just to sit at a restaurant with my family. Guess we’ll see what next month brings.

Bullet Journal – April 2020 Cover Page & Monthly Spread

Here we are again posting my cover page at the end of the month. Sorry guys! Things have been so strange with the pandemic and the state of the world right now.

To be completely honest, I’m finding it hard to find motivation to do anything. Working from home is definitely not something that I enjoy. Okay, so maybe it was fun for a week or two to not have to get dressed for work and to sit and drink tea all day long. Now it’s just sort of frustrating.

I used to be able to leave work at work. I would drive the 20 minutes it takes to get home and blast my music if I felt stressed about something, and then go home and enjoy my peaceful space.

Now it’s become a part of my space. I can’t really escape it. Even when I shut down for the day I’m still thinking about it. I’m thinking about if I put in enough work for the day. I’m thinking about what I can do tomorrow to be better. Even on the weekends I’m thinking about doing work just because I don’t have anything else to do and could really get a good start on some of the projects.

I’ve tried to do other things to keep myself busy during this time, but it’s really hard.

I tell myself I’m going to catch up on new Netflix series, read more, exercise more, eat healthier, improve my quality of life, etc. I will give myself some credit – I ordered a ton of painting supplies from Michael’s and have started getting back into making art. So far, that’s the one thing that’s helped me stay sane during this stay-at-home order.

I haven’t really done much else though. Plus my overthinking is getting the best of me and I’ve definitely pushed people away…not going to get into that today though.

So now that I’ve vented all my personal COVID-19 frustrations, lets get back to bullet journaling…

I decided to go with a Spring theme this month. I was inspired by the daffodils growing in my backyard. I guess the blooming of flowers after the cold winter is kind of a sign of hope for better, warmer days. I was obviously feeling a lot more positive at the beginning of the month.

I’ve really slacked on keeping up with my habits. I did get in some reading the last two days, so I’m happy that I’ll be able to fill in those little boxes. Really need to start making dinner more, but honestly it’s mostly that I have so many leftovers as a single person that I don’t really need to make more than 2 or 3 meals a week to keep myself fed.

Not really much else to share about this month. How’s everyone else coping?

Bullet Journal – March 2020 Cover Page & Monthly Spread

You’d think with all the time I’ve had being home because of the coronavirus that I’d get this post done before now, but here we are!

I decided to make March’s “theme” the Salem Witch Trials. I’ve always been interesting in witchcraft, paganism, wiccans, etc. I wouldn’t say that I practice any of them, but I burn sage occasionally and put my crystals outside during full moons. I’m sure there are other things I do that would be considered “witchcraft” but they’re not coming to the top of my head right now.

This month has gone completely differently than I thought it would. I’ve been terrible with my trackers and it’s been 8 days since I left my house. I’m not really sure what’s going to happen, how secure my job is, or if I’ll be able to pay my bills in the coming months. I’m worried about people that I care about who still have to go into work and I’m scared that I’ll get sick.

I know pretty much everyone is in the same boat. It’s all just really scary and I feel like my anxiety is through the roof. Sorry for the kind of depressing post, but it’s a little hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel with everything going on.

I have had some time to organize my house a bit and I cleared all the weeds and dead plants out of my garden this past weekend, so I’m making an effort to be productive. I definitely need to do more though. I need to get exercise. I need to finally post more about my travels. I need to figure out what’s next once this is all over.

Really hoping things start to improve in April!

Bullet Journal – February 2020 Cover Page & Monthly Spread

So I’m super late to this one…

At the beginning of this month I went on a two week business trip to Australia. I spent 5 days in Melbourne before flying to Sydney. I was with two colleagues and although we were working pretty non-stop most days, we did get to have a little bit of fun.

I really wanted to see koalas while I was in Australia, so that’s why I decided on the koala for my February cover page. We actually did get the chance to do this when we visited the Healesville Sanctuary. They were super cute, but very sleepy. Definitely can relate 😉

We also got to see kangaroos, so that was pretty exciting!

I’ll admit, I haven’t done a great job with my habit tracker this month. It’s so hard when traveling! I’ve definitely done better since I’ve been back, but I really need to get back on track next month.

Bullet Journal – Self Care Reminders

My goal for 2020 is to focus more on my overall health. The last few months of 2019 were pretty rough for me and I felt like I was at a really low point. I don’t really make specific New Year’s resolutions, but for 2020 I really wanted to take better care of myself – mind, body, and soul.

Self care has definitely become a trending topic recently and I think that’s a really good thing. It’s definitely important to make time for yourself, and to do things that you enjoy. It’s kind of amazing the peace of mind you can get from just spending a few minutes doing something that you really enjoy.

I’ve seen spreads like this one before, but wanted to make it my own. I made a list of things that I like to do to “refresh” and this is what I came up with.

Reflecting on it now, I like that there’s a mix of things that I do for my own personal self care. I like that I can do something productive like read a book or journal, but also that I’m happy with just spending time listening to music or setting aside some time to take a nap.

It kind of shows that there’s a wide range of things you can do to take better care of yourself and that you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it. Making myself a cup of tea literally takes less than 5 minutes, but it makes me so happy to hold that warm mug and sip something delicious.

Hopefully this spread helps remind me to do these things more often. 🙂

Bullet Journal – January 2020 Cover Page & Monthly Spread

My first bullet journal post! This is so exciting 🙂

For my new journal, I really wanted to start it out on a high note. Things have been kind of rough for me personally the last few months, but the last year wasn’t all bad.

One of the major highlights of 2019 for me was purchasing my own home. I did it on my own and I’m really proud of myself for being in the position to do that. I wanted to start out 2020 reminding myself that it’s okay to do things on your own and to take care of your self. Sorry for the language! Just a quote I found that was funny and completely relevant for how I felt.

My monthly spread definitely isn’t an original idea. If you look up monthly spreads on Pinterest there are tons of spreads that look exactly like this.

What I liked about it was that it included a place for me to track my habits (I’ve never done this before) and it has a space for me to write down my goals for the month. I’m super into astrology, so I added in the little moon phases part. I might end up making a bigger section for that next month so I can keep track of where the planets are, eclipses, retrogrades, etc.

Let me know what you think!

Change is Coming!

I believe in growth and change. It’s hard sometimes, but I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized a lot about myself and that change has been necessary to bring me to where I am today.

Since I first started this site, it’s gone through quite a few changes. When it started, it was just a place for me to re-post articles that I had written for the Tyler Student Life blog. The intention was that I could then send potential employers the link to my site and they would be able to see samples of my writing.

Then back in 2014, my New Year’s Resolution was to start reading more. I decided that the best way for me to motivate myself to read more (and to keep track of what I was reading) was for me to post reviews of the stories on this blog. I figured it wouldn’t hurt for people to see more of my personal writing if a potential employer did happen to stumble on my site.

I definitely haven’t read as much as I had hoped to in the time since, and there have definitely been long periods of time between posts, but I still try to keep up with reading and posting (and I think I’m doing better with it).

I’ve posted some product reviews and even one (embarrassing) makeup tutorial, but for the most part this site has just been about books.

For a long time, I’ve been thinking about how I want that to change. With the start of the new year, I’ve decided that I’m finally going to start making some changes with the site and posting new types of content.

About 4 years ago I started keeping a bullet journal. It’s something that I really enjoy doing and I’m honestly surprised that I’ve been able to stick to it this long. I definitely get inspiration from others when it comes to my bullet journal, but I love that it also allows me to be creative and make it into whatever I want it to be.

I’ve wanted to post some of my spreads on this site for awhile, but it never really felt like the right time until now. I just started a new journal for 2020 and it finally feels like a good time to really get my creative juices pumping and start posting my spreads.

I also have a job that allows me to travel pretty often and I’d like to start posting about the places that I’ve been. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to do this yet, but I’ve been traveling for about 3 years now and it’s definitely time to start sharing it before I forget the trips entirely.

I’ll still be posting book reviews, but hopefully this will add a little more to the site. I hope people enjoy it as much as I do 🙂