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I did it! I made it an entire year of using my bullet journal. Do you guys know how hard that was for me? Haha! I’m the kind of person who has great ideas, big dreams, and not enough time to ever fulfill any of it. I needed to start small, and it worked.
Around the end of 2016, I posted about my Beginners Bullet Journal. In that time, it’s become one of my most popular posts and has blown me away with repins on Pinterest.
If you’ve seen the other post, I don’t get fancy. I’m just not that talented of an artist. I can’t compete with some of those flowery pages that you see on Instagram.
But that’s OK. It’s my book. I do this for me.
This year has started off a little bit different. I wanted to break away from just the day-to-day schedules and open my creative side to more well-rounded page concepts. My goals this year are to save money in fun and creative ways, lose a lot of weight that I put on due to an injury sidelining me last year, exercise more, and spend a lot more time on me (which I tend to neglect in favor of my kids and husband).
I also upgraded a few of my tools this year as well. Gone are the Crayola colored pencils. I was having issues with them sharpening after a while, so I did break down and buy a nicer set on Amazon along with an accompanying sharpener. I also upgraded my pens from Sharpie fine points to Bullet Journal pens (a set of 18 ended up cheaper on Amazon than 4 fine point Sharpies).
My layout for a few of the pages has stayed the same. I like the look and how easy it is to keep track of the day-to-day. I can prioritize my schedule, work, chores, and a way to relax by day’s end.
I wanted to keep myself accountable for what foods I’m shoving into my pie-hole. Like I said above, I had an injury last year that cut out heavy lifting or workouts for a few months and it killed my motivation. My doctor mentioned that I had put on 12 pounds since last year. Now, I’m a pretty small person, so even 5 pounds makes my body looks like Violet after turning into a blueberry. I love my apps, but forcing myself to write it down and really look at my progress or poor choices keeps me accountable. Since starting this method I’ve lost 10 of those 12 pounds.
30-31 Day Fitness Challenges – This is just for January, but this new page is certainly a keeper! I’m sure you’ve all seen these pop up on Pinterest. Now, I don’t believe that these challenges are the only exercise I should do, but man does it get me going in the morning! I printed off a few different challenges as reference tools and created this for myself. Three of my problem areas/most hated exercises. Although I put “Yoga” down, I’ve been switching things up with videos I’ve found on Amazon’s TV Stick/Prime and Youtube. So, it’s the daily exercises when I wake up and a video after the kids go to bed. Once I’ve completed the day, I color out the block.
Books to read this year – I have a Kindle FULL of amazing books. I have a list written down of at least 50 books that I want to read, but like a lot of people, I feel like I just don’t have the time, or I get sucked into the rabbit hole of social media or Netflix. This year, I told myself that I wanted to read 1 book a month. I’m currently halfway through The Woman On The Orient Express.
Ah, my Get Me Outta’ Here page. Haha. This is playing the long game. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’d know that my house and neighborhood aren’t exactly my favorites. My biggest goal would be to get the hell out of here. But when you look at everyday expenses, bills, necessities, the big bucks to unload this house won’t be possible for a very long time. And really, I’m OK with that. I just want to make sure that we’re on the right path to make it happen. A little at a time, chipping away. We can do this!
Swagbucks and other related side hustles from blogging: This is just a small version to keep track of my monthly earnings. I use my bigger and more comprehensive blog binder to keep track of everything, but it’s always nice to have a compact version to glance at.
All it takes is one Pinterest of Google search to get inspired. I absolutely love the concept of the bullet journal since it offers such a personal touch when organizing life. The journal is what you make of it, and well worth the time put in.
So, show me your pages! Do you use a bullet journal or something like them? What are your favorite supplies? I’m always on the lookout for inspiration!