Bullet Journal – June Cover Page

First of all, this isn’t my favorite cover page. I saw this on Pinterest for a July cover page and it was really cute. It was definitely done in watercolor, which would’ve turned out way cuter, but I guess it’s okay. I did this and I’m honestly kicking myself for not making the theme June from Handmaid’s Tale. That would’ve been way better…

Anyway…May was interesting. I took off work for a week and it was so nice to have a break. I really, really needed it and kind of realized how much I’ve been putting on my plate recently. I went out with some friends and went to a food truck festival in May. It was fun and there was some normalcy.

I also got the second dose of the Moderna vaccine in May. That was rough. I felt okay until I went to bed that night. Woke up with chills and I was shaking so bad that I needed to take a bath just to warm myself up. I was able to fall back asleep, only to wake up a few hours later drenched in sweat. I was nauseous, had a fever, and just extreme fatigue from not being able to actually sleep. My symptoms lasted for three days and then by the fourth day I finally felt normal again. I would 100% do it again though! The relief of knowing I’m protected makes it all worth it.

Now we’re onto June and things feel good. It really does feel like we’re getting closer to things being normal. I’m not gonna lie though, I live in a small rural town and when I go into the grocery store it’s really hard to believe that all these people not wearing masks have been vaccinated. I know I shouldn’t judge, but a lot of people fought wearing masks in the first place. I feel like it’s a really simple choice to either wear a mask or get vaccinated, and the people who aren’t doing either really irritate me.

Hopefully things continue to get better! I’ll keep you posted 😉

Self Portraits Are Hard!

This is definitely a delayed post. For Mother’s Day I painted this photo of myself as a gift to my Grandma. It was a photo that she took of my when I was little and had always wanted to paint. Guys, this was HARD! It’s so hard to look at yourself and to put that to canvas. I’d stare at it and just think things like “my eyes don’t look like that” “the nose isn’t right” “why does my hand look so weird”.

In the end, I think it turned out pretty well. The cat looks cute at least!

Bullet Journal – February Cover Page

Yay for getting this one posted before the end of the month! I really need to get better about this, I’m trying I promise!

I was trying to think of a way to show love for Valentine’s Day and February without being overly Valentine’s Day, you know? I saw this tattoo drawing on Pinterest that was supposed to represent Persephone and knew that I had to copy it for my bujo.

If you keep up with my blog, you may have seen that I read Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton back in October 2019. I mentioned there how much the story of Persephone and Hades stuck out to me and that I wanted to read more about them. I’ve read a little here and there, but really feel drawn to Persephone. I love that she’s the goddess of Spring and the queen of the Underworld. She can be soft and sweet but also strong and dark. I feel that way about myself sometimes, like I don’t really fit into one box.

I like that they’re one of the few couples in mythology that seem like they have a strong relationship. Hades is completely in love with Persephone, and unlike other gods he doesn’t have extramarital affairs and children all over the place.

They definitely have their problems and are only able to spend half of the year together, so honestly not the ideal relationship, but if we’re being honest what relationship doesn’t have problems? If this is what works for them, then that’s cool, right?

Anyway, I just like that I was able to find a way to make my theme about a love that I find interesting. Thought about doing another Bridgerton drawing, but that might be too much Bridgerton even for me.

There really isn’t much else to write about this month. We’re getting lots of snow, the Groundhog saw his shadow so winter isn’t over any time soon, I’m still working two jobs…

Hopefully I’ll have more to write about new month, but no news is better than bad news, so I’ll take it!

Happy February everyone 🙂

Bullet Journal – December Cover Page

So…I forgot this month to post my cover page (how very 2020 of me). It’s actually kind of a blessing in disguise because now I can make it an end of the year post!

December has been a bit of a wild ride. There’s a new vaccine that’s out, we may be getting another round of stimulus checks (not enough, but long overdue) here in the US. We celebrated Christmas!!

It’s funny actually because I had a lot of people tell me that Christmas didn’t feel the same for them this year because of the coronavirus. My family stopped visiting our entire family years ago, so for awhile it’s just been my parents and my siblings getting together for Christmas Day. For us it was really nice. My parents got me a Bissell Crosswave!

Not much else to update on. I didn’t include the monthly spread this time because it’s pretty much the same thing and the cover pages seem more exciting.

I will say, I’m looking forward to 2021. It just feels like there’s some hope for next year to be better. I know I’m definitely looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I’d love to travel again.

Hope everyone made it through 2020 and is looking forward to better times. Happy New Year!

I Finally Did It! Check Me Out on Etsy!

So something that people might not know about me is that I love making art. When I was in kindergarten, my grandmother would bring me along to art lessons that she would take and I fell in love.

All throughout school, art was always my favorite subject. In high school, I took as many art classes as I could. I really enjoyed portraits back then, and would always be drawing pictures of my friends and favorite celebrities.

I *almost* decided to go to school for art, but ended up choosing journalism as my major instead. Even then, I kept up with my interest in art and ended up working as a blogger for the Tyler Student Life page at the Tyler School of Art. I got to talk to students and artists, see their work, and start conversations about art and working as an artist. It was something that I really enjoyed.

Life’s gotten in the way a little bit since then, so I haven’t really had the time to sit down and draw or paint, but thanks to my current job I’ve been able to travel the world. Seeing the beautiful architecture in other countries, visiting art museums, and just enjoying life have really made me want to get back into the art world.

Then came COVID and here I was sitting at home bored out of my mind. Like many others, I decided to order art supplies from Michael’s and Amazon (which wasn’t easy because everything was pretty much sold out). I finally picked up the paintbrush again! And I’m actually not that bad at it.

I decided to open an Etsy account so that my artwork doesn’t keep piling up at my house. It’s really just something for fun, but I appreciate any one who’s willing to check it out.

I have tons of photos from my travels that I plan on painting and selling on the shop, BUT FIRST! I’ve been painting photos of my family’s dogs on ornaments and decided to offer it as a custom ornament on the shop. It’s just a start, but here’s a link if you want to see it for yourself: Custom Hand-Painted Dog Ornaments.

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to share. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and check out my new venture 🙂

Visit KaylaCropperArt on Etsy!

Bullet Journal – November Cover Page & Monthly Spread

So November might be a little crazy, huh? Who would’ve thought that the election would be this close. I decided to do a mail in ballot and dropped it off a few weeks before Election Day, which I think was definitely the right choice. I’m not sure I would’ve wanted to stand in line with everyone on Election Day, it was pretty cold.

I’m writing this before I’m posting it, so I’m hoping we have a better idea of who the next president will be by the time this is posted. Fingers crossed at least!

I took off the beginning of the month just to relax and rest. It felt good to have a little break from everything.

I’m wondering what Thanksgiving will be like this year. I’m not sure yet whether or not my family will be holding it. My sister and I were thinking about doing a Friendsgiving, but I guess we’ll have to see where we are before we can decide for sure.

I’m still feeling pretty good this month. I think I’m doing a good job saving money and getting ready for the holidays. I’m looking forward to Christmas and honestly I’m excited for winter this year. It’s kind of nice knowing I won’t have to drive in to work when it snows. We’re staying positive here, right?

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 – 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.