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.

Bullet Journal – January Cover Page

This one is super late, but I have a good reason! February has just been super busy for me. Freya got spayed recently, so I’m taking this time during her recovery to finally update the blog.

January was a good month! My theme for the month was “Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving” because I’ve finally entered my thirties!

Being thirty is definitely an exciting and scary time. I feel like I did a lot in my twenties and I’ve looked forward to seeing what my thirties will bring, but it’s also kind of scary.

I’ve been single for a long time, so I think the biggest question I have is whether or not I’ll get married and have children in the next decade. Ten years seems like a long time, but will I really fall in love, plan a wedding, and have kids by the end of it? When you think about it like that, it doesn’t seem like that much time at all.

I feel like I spent a lot of time in my twenties figuring myself out. Who I really am, what I really want, and who I want to be. I’m not sure I have it all figured out, but I’m certainly in a better place and more comfortable with myself going into my thirties.

It’s strange to think back on the last 10 years. I graduated college, made new friends, lost friends, thought I was in love a few times, got a “big girl” job, traveled the world, bought a house, adopted a puppy. It’s been a wild ride.

So here’s to my thirties! And here’s to continuing to grow and learn more about myself!

Bullet Journal – December Cover Page

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we’re already into 2022. Where have the last two years gone?

I guess with the holidays it’s easy to lose track of time, but this December seemed especially fast. I’m not complaining though. I think we all had enough of 2021 and the beginning of a new year feels like we have another fresh start. I know I’m looking forward to what 2022 brings and I feel like others around me are feeling positive about the new year as well.

December was a really interesting month for me. I was worried that the dog ornament orders would slow down and there wouldn’t be as much interest in them as I had in November, but I was surprisingly wrong. I even had people who were ordering ornaments for after Christmas!

It’s crazy because I really didn’t know how this would go or if I was talented enough to actually do this and have people want to pay me to paint something for them. I feel like with every order I’m surprised and thankful that another person is taking a chance on me. It’s really been very exciting.

After Christmas I also received a few messages from people who had received the painted ornaments as gifts and they were very sweet. One woman let me know that she would forever treasure the gift she received and thanked me, it was really nice to hear that and made me feel good about the joy that I can bring to others by doing this.

I’m really looking forward to expanding this and I have so many ideas that I’m excited to share this year. It’s really been great to find something that I enjoy doing and that I feel exciting about working on. I almost feel like I have too many ideas and need to pace myself a bit, but we’ll see how the year goes. Either way, I’m excited for it!

Bullet Journal – November Cover Page

So here we are with another late monthly post. Should I just make this a thing? It does kind of make sense to post after the month has ended. That way I can actually post about how the entire month went for me. Seems to make sense, right?

The theme for my cover page was another one of my costumes this year. I got invited to a friend’s Halloween party and went as a scarecrow with a sunflower painted on my face. I saw it on Pinterest and it was beautiful, and mine turned out pretty well. It took forever though, and was not easy to paint my face in a mirror.

November itself has been kind of a whirlwind. In the beginning of the month, I posted about my hand-painted pet ornaments on Instagram and the response from my friends was more than I ever could’ve expected.

I would’ve been happy to sell just one ornament, and I’ve sold 32 of them! It’s crazy and literally beyond my wildest expectations. I’ve been painting non-stop this month, but it’s so great and I’m really excited to be doing something that I love. Making a little money on the side doesn’t hurt either.

Thanksgiving was really great. It’s always nice to see family and I had a good time. We went to my Aunt Shelly’s house, but I didn’t stay too long because I needed to get back home to my little Freya.

Speaking of Freya, I brought her into the office for the first time this month. She was a little excited and had to check out everything, but she did surprisingly well. She’s really such a good girl and is growing so fast.

The month ended on a somewhat negative note. I was cleaning up my fall decorations and getting ready to decorate for Christmas and I pulled a muscle in my lower back. It was so bad that I was laying on the floor and had to call my sister to help me out. I spent a few days sleeping on the couch, so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs, and even though I have more movement now, I’m still in recovery.

I’m really looking forward to December. It’s so strange that the year is almost over. I swear it just started. The holiday season is definitely my favorite time of the year. I’m looking forward to the food, spending time with family, and that first huge snowfall. I’m really excited to see how Freya reacts to a lot of snow.

Happy December everyone!

It’s Just A Bunch of Hocus Pocus

I Smell Children Hand-Painted Wood Sign

I know we’re past Halloween, but it can still be spooky season in November, right?

I wanted to share a little bit more about what I’ve been working on with my home decor signs. I mentioned it in my last post and I’m really excited and have so many ideas that I’m working on.

In October, I went on a little bit of a Hocus Pocus kick with my Halloween decor. Even painting a huge sign for outside that I had seen on Pinterest.

Every time I’m in home decor stores, it’s hard for me to justify spending money on signs when I know that I can paint them myself. I love painting and often have re-created art that I’ve seen on Pinterest for my home decor.

I decided to give it a shot and paint a few Hocus Pocus themed signs for Halloween, and I think they turned out really well! I know it’s a little late to be promoting them, but I still wanted to share them with the world.

I plan on working on more fall signs next and then some for Christmas. Like I said before, I have so many ideas so I’m really excited to put them to work. I’m going to be selling them on my Etsy Shop: Kayla Cropper Art

This is something that I’m really enjoying doing, so I hope other’s will enjoy my work too. If you have some time, please check it out! 🙂

Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! Hand-Painted Wood Sign

Another Glorious Morning Hand-Painted Wood Sign

Bullet Journal – October Cover Page

Happy Halloween!! It’s crazy how quickly October flew by. I can’t believe we’re heading into October already, didn’t 2021 just start?

The last few years I’ve always made my October theme the same as my Halloween costume. This year, I was Medusa for Halloween!

I felt like I was very busy this month. Since getting a puppy it feels like life just keeps speeding up. I even took off a week from work this month hoping to catch up on things, but I still felt like I was just going going going. It was nice to have that break from work though, not gonna lie.

I’m also working on getting more products up on my Etsy page. I’ve been working on some ideas for signs as home decor for different holidays. I’ll post the Halloween ones that I did soon. I have so many ideas, but again just need the time. Maybe I’m crazy for adding something else to my schedule, but it feels right to finally be doing something that lets me be creative and that I enjoy doing. I am really excited to see where this can go, so fingers crossed!

Bullet Journal – September Cover Page

So here we are…in October…updating with our September cover page (And we thought the last one was posted late).

For September I went with a pumpkin spice theme. My sister and I have been ADDICTED to pumpkin chai’s lately, so it seemed fitting that I make it my theme for the month.

I don’t really have a lot to update you on with my life. This month flew by and I felt very busy all the time. I guess having a puppy makes time fly. I’m always running around with her and making plans around her schedule. She’s doing really good and getting so much bigger already. She’s a very sweet girl most of the time, though we have been dealing with a little bit of a biting/teething situation. I’m hoping she’ll grow out of that.

Work has been the same, it’s a lot going back and forth with my jobs, but I think I’m handling it okay. I don’t really have a social life, but I’m okay with that.

I do have some plans for October, so hopefully I have more to write about when I get to that post. We can only hope it’s more exciting than this month!

Bullet Journal – August Cover Page

August has been interesting to say the least! The beginning of this month was weird for me, which is partially why I haven’t posted my August cover page until now.

I just didn’t know what to write about. It felt like nothing was going on. I was feeling pretty sad and moody, just didn’t have anything that was going good or anything exciting to write about.

I honestly wasn’t even sure what to make my “theme” for August. I was binging Atypical on Netflix and decided to go with a penguin theme. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll understand. I was definitely just in a weird mood the first half of the month.

Things changed very quickly. I decided to use some PTO to take off at the end of the month, so I was looking forward to that. The week before I was working with my dad and saw that one of my local rescues had a few puppies that they hadn’t received any applications for, and decided to submit my pre-approval.

I didn’t have a lot of hope because I’ve submitted my application for puppies twice before. Later that night I found out that I had been chosen to adopt this little cutie below.

The first few days were a little stressful, but she’s doing really good now. She’s quickly become my little baby and is the sweetest little girl (when she’s not mad at me for telling her no).

It’s kind of crazy how things can change so quickly, isn’t it? My whole life has changed in the span of a week. I wouldn’t want it any other way.