My Bullet Journaling Journey

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.

My index…

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?


16 thoughts on “My Bullet Journaling Journey

  1. You have such a cool bullet journal. I never had one but I used to have a regular journal but it was never filled with what happened in my life. It just had stories about my sister and I being kidnapped by pirates and going on other adventures. And while playing those games I NEVER packed food or clothes or anything like that. Just toys. Xd. Shows you what my priorities were.

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  2. Hmm. I’ll check them out.
    Oh, yeah, it totally was. At that time I was super into the Dear America books, and I wanted a diary but I.made my life WAYYYYYY more tragic. And adventure-filled.

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    1. Yeah! Just look up AmandaRachLee on YouTube and you’ll see a bunch or her bullet journal videos, and more bullet journalers videos will come up too.

      I think I might have read one or two of those books…

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  3. ahhh my goodness it’s so pretty! you’ve stayed so committed…how?? I honestly wish I had more time for my bujo, I really love doing it but I never find the time *sigh*. anyways, I love yours. I think I may have drawn some inspo from this post lol. hmm, I think you should use the purple one next yr xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! This literally made my day.
      I just set a goal to write in my journal every day, and surprisingly it’s pretty much worked. I mean, aside from the monthly spreads, it really doesn’t take but like 5 minutes a day. Yay! I’m glad to have inspired you! I’m planning on using the purple one, thanks for your vote! I was kind of leaning towards that one.💜

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      1. aw, yay, glad i could :))
        yeah, i made that goal, unfortunately i’m not good at sticking to goals lol. buuut, i’ve started my december spread early this yr and hopefully that’ll help keep me committed. i aspire to have mine look as nice as yours hehe. ahh ok, the purple one is nice 😀

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