Hey guys! Today I have a post about journaling for you all. So, I never liked to keep a journal, because I thought I didn’t do a lot that was interesting. Well, when I found out about bullet journaling, I thought that was a great idea! I wanted to have something that I could use for planning as well as a journal. The only problem? I never stuck with planners. I’ve had many yearly planners, but I only used them for a month or two.
Well, I’m happy to say that I’m sticking with Bullet Journaling, and it’s been nearly a year since I’ve been consistently bullet journaling. I’m going to be sharing a bit about my bullet journaling journey.
I also don’t know why these photos are so dark. I had like, 3 different light sources.
So, initially I had this simple purple notebook. It was less than a dollar at the grocery store, so I thought I would try it out.
I like the index, but I never kept up with this.
See, I started this in May 2018, but I was done by June.
Originally, I used each page for a week, but I abandoned that when I got serious about bullet journaling.
Here’s something that I still implement in my bullet journal, a mood tracker! I have changed the colors and moods though.
I never actually used this, but it looks pretty nice. Basically, the goal was to put random ticket stubs, photos, and thoughts about the month.
After May, I put my bullet journal away until November, when my dad started to get into it. I decided to finish out the year in this one, and then buy a notebook meant for bullet journaling.
I made a to-do page, and highlighted things that I’d done.
I really like thd font of this habit tracker! A habit tracker is a really useful thing to develop new habits, and I love it!
This was my mood tracker for November. It’s a little turkey!
This was what my overviews used to look like, I don’t like it as much as my current ones.
This was my December intro.
I had a mood tracker Christmas tree and a meal planner in December.
I also experimented with different headers and dividers.
This is my bullet journal for 2019. It’s a really nice millenial pink, and it was $5 from Michaels.
The only problem that I have with it is that the elastic broke. Oops…
I used a piece of scrapbook paper for my 2019 intro. I also used a gold gel pen to write 2019. My theme colors for 2019 are millenial pink, mint green, gold, and of course, black and white.
Here’s my key.
A 2019 Overview.
This is my year in pixels. As you can see, I color each square in according to my mood.
I came up with this idea for priorities. You write all your priorites on a piece of washi tape, and that way, you can swap it around.
My New Years Resolutions. I’m doing good on some of them, but not all.
I made a page for special occassions.
A list of planned trips.
Places I’d like to visit. Sadly, I haven’t been any of these places yet.
I have a map of the US, to color in all the states I’ve visited. Now, I been to more than I colored, but I don’t remember that.
This page has been very useful for me. I write down different movies that I want to see, and the dates of theater and DVD release. I highlighted them whenever that day was passed.
Here is where I make lists of what I love about each season.
I also made a page for Scriptures of the year, though I didn’t do very well at filling it out.
I made this spread, but I think I should have made it only one page. It’s not the easiest to come up with so many ideas.
A page of chores, and a when did I last…(it’s useful for things needed to do monthly or bi-monthly)
A spread of gift ideas and a wishlist.
I have a washi tape inventory! I think it looks very nice, the only issue is that I filled it up too quickly.
See, this is part 2.
This is my January 2019 intro.
I didn’t use a monthly overview, instead I just wrote the numbers of days vertically. I quickly abandoned this.
I used a to-do list in January.
I used a habit tracker again, and I kind of stuck with this. (I just tried out different habit trackers.
I always use a page for blogging.
I drew out a meal calendar for January, but it was kind of a lot of work for just meals.
I also used a gratitude log, but it became pretty tedious to come up with something new to be grateful day each day.
I liked experimenting with different headers in January.
I quickly figured out that I should have put a list of stories toward the beginning, so I just put it at the end of January.
This was my intro to February.
In February, I used goals instead of to-dos.
I altered my meal plan page a little.
I put a little bit more time on the monthy overview, and I’ve stuck with this one from then on.
I came up with the cool idea to make a weather page, but I never really needed it, so I only used this for the month of February.
I tried out some different habit trackers this year.
This was my last Gratitude log, but I thought it looked pretty great!
This month’s blogging page was a bit more themed.
This was the only header I used in February.
I honestly just didn’t know what to do for a theme in March.
See what I mean?
I did try out a new habit tracker though.
I had a nice, yellow and pink floral theme for April.
I think it turned out nicely.
I pretty much just stuck with this habit tracker, or at least some variant of it.
I used weekly spreads, and while it looks really nice, I do also use this as a journal, so I might take up more or less space than I give myself.
I started this in March, I add the highlights of the month to the last page of the month.
Look familiar? It’s a better version of my May 2018 spread.
(I’m not sure why this is sideways.) I used a lovely Galaxy theme for June.
For July, my theme was basically summer.
August didn’t have such a great theme, it was basically just blue flowers.
I brought the To-Do back for August!
I think I should have used this theme in November or something, but it looks nice I guess.
I combined to-do and goals for that month.
I pretty much used the same header.
October’s theme was based on a pack of washi tape I’d just got.
I really like October’s theme. It’s very fun.
I think my bullet journal for 2019 has lots of experimentation in it. (Discovery requires experimentation) I was mainly wanting to see what worked and what didn’t, so for 2020, I’m going to try to have better themes. Speaking of 2020,
I have 2 empty bullet journals. One is hot pink, while the other is purple. I can’t decide which to use, so I’m letting you guys pick!
I’m sorry this post was sooo long, but thanks for reading ‘til the end!
Do you have a bullet journal? Should I use the pink or purple journal next year? What should I call you guys?