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.

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!

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.

Bullet Journal – July Cover Page

I’m a little late with this one. I had actually meant to do this earlier in the month and thought that I did, and then just realized that it was never posted. Oops!

June was certainly interesting with that Mercury retrograde. If you follow along with astrology, you may know that the Mercury retrograde tends to bring back people from your past, and mine sure did! I didn’t talk to the person, just saw them from across a store, but it hit me hard with all those unresolved feelings. Nothing came out of it because I’ve learned over the years that I can’t be the one always reaching out, but it definitely wasn’t easy this time.

July has been pretty decent so far. I’ve had off work this week and I’ve enjoyed getting caught up on things, watching shows, reading, visiting restaurants that I’ve been dying to try, etc. It feels like I’m finally getting back out there and not just wasting my life sitting at home.

Things are going well, I’m hoping they’ll just keep getting better!