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!

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 – March Cover Page

March has been busy! I feel like everything has been go, go, go this month and I haven’t had a moment to really breathe.

Overall it’s been a good month. I was happy to get back to a normal routine after dealing with Freya’s spay last month. It just feels like it’s flown by.

For the cover page I didn’t do anything original. If you look up cover pages on Instagram there’s a million like this. I hosted St. Patrick’s Day at my house and made homemade soda bread. It was really good and it was nice to have my family over for dinner.

I really don’t have that much else to update on. Just keeping busy and working. I’ve had plans almost every weekend in March, so I’m hoping April slows down a little. Guess we’ll see!


Bullet Journal – February Cover Page

I’m not going to lie, this is not an original design. The beginning of February was really busy for me and I just didn’t have any ideas for what I wanted to be my cover page. I found this on Pinterest and thought it was really cute, so I went with it, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I don’t think I mentioned it in my last monthly update, but I’ve gone back to work 4 days a week with two days in the office. It’s been nice to have a routine again. I have off every Friday to focus on my art and it feels really good to take that time for myself to do something I enjoy. It’s nice also to have it at the end of the week so I can turn on some music to just decompress from the week and paint.

I’ve been doing a pretty decent amount of painting, but haven’t had many sales yet this year. I’m not necessarily worried about that though. I feel like this year is about building up my portfolio and making new pieces to offer on my website so that next year I’ll have this catalog of products that I can just promote and add to.

The second half of February was kind of strange because Freya was spayed. She did well and she’s so active that I was worried she would hurt herself. I had to sedate her a bit, but she seems to be recovering okay and I’m glad it’s over.

I’m ready for March and hopefully some warmer weather. I’m over shoveling and I really just want a nice day where I can clean up my yard and get ready for spring.

One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

I should start this out by saying I was a little hesitant to read this book. I read One of Us Is Lying because I really enjoyed the TV adaptation on Peacock, and the book was just as good. After I finished the book, I realized that the second book in the series wasn’t so much about the original characters but about Maeve and a new group of people that go to Bayview.

At the end of the show, it seemed like the next season would be a continuation of the original Bayview Four’s stories. The book ended differently, so it makes sense that their stories have mostly ended, but I still wanted more of them.

They do make appearances throughout the second book, but the story isn’t about them anymore. This time, the focus is more on Bronwyn’s sister Maeve and her group of friends. A new Simon impersonator has come into the picture and is playing games of Truth or Dare with the students of Bayview.

I was surprised to find how much I really did enjoy this book despite my earlier hesitations. The new characters were interesting and the revelations of secrets kept me reading chapter after chapter. The story had a pretty good twist that was different enough from the first book to keep it interesting. Would definitely recommend continuing the series if you’re a fan of the show and have read the first book.

I’ve seen things about a third book coming in 2023, and I’m pretty sure I’ll read that as well.