My 2021 Bullet Journal Setup || Bullet Journaling

Hello friends! It’s 2021, can you believe it! Welcome to my 2021 bullet journal set up! In this blogpost, I’ll be sharing with you a flip through of my completed bullet journal, but if  you would like to see the process of me setting it up, I filmed the whole process and there’s a video up on my YouTube channel now that you can go watch! I’ll link it at the end of this blogpost as well.

Setting Up My 2021 Bullet Journal

The supplies I used this month are very similar to the ones that I have used previously: the Michaels Dot Grid Notebook, the Pentel Energel 0.7 black pen, and the Zebra Mildliners, but this year, I’m also using the Neutral Portrait 10-Pack of Tombow Dual Brush Pens, which I got for Christmas and that I’m super excited about!

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To start off, this is the bullet journal that I’ll be using: I’ve decorated it with some stickers from Redbubble and etsy such as this one (the rest are gifts so I’m not sure where they’re from).

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The first couple spreads in my 2021 bullet journal are my index and grid spacing chart, exactly like the ones I made last year, so I’m not going to show them. The one after that is my 2021 future log: I’m super pleased with how it turned out, and while it’s super time consuming to make, it’s also my favorite spread every year.

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After that, I have a couple of my yearly trackers, as well as my 2021 New Years Goals and Resolutions page. The left column of the yearly tracker is my photo-a-day tracker, which is a habit that I love keeping up, and the right column will be a very similar one, but one to track my reading instead. My goals and resolutions spread is the same as the one from last year: I felt it worked really well for me so I just duplicated it this year.DSC_0018

Next up are some spreads that are new, which I’ll be trying out this year! Instead of doing monthly habit trackers like I have been in the past, this year, I’m going to be trying out yearly habit trackers! It will save me the time of setting it up every month, and I think that being able to see habits tracked throughout the whole year will really motivate me and keep me on track with them!

They are structured like the photo-a-day one, with the months of the year written across the top and the days of the month going down the side. I’ll make a colored dot if I complete the habit that day, and I’m really looking forwards to seeing my habits tracked across a whole year!DSC_0020

Next up is my TBR and my 2021 favorites spread. 2020 wasn’t a great reading year for me, and so I really want to make an effort to read as much in 2021 as I can. On the left, I’ll be writing in books that I want to read, and on the right, I’ll be writing in books that I have read and enjoyed. I will also make another spread to track all the books that I’ve read this year, but it definitely won’t be as elaborate as this spread!DSC_0023

After that is my address book and happy mail tracker! In 2020 I really fell back in love with the art of pen-palling, and I wanted a place to track the addresses of the people I’m writing to, as well as when I wrote to them. On the left is my address book, where I’ll write the name of the person in the envelope “flap,” and their address in the envelope “body.” On the right is my happy mail tracker, with the columns “recipient,” “from,” “sent,” and “notes” to track the letters that I’ve received and sent out. I’m super excited to keep writing letters in the new year, and this spread will be perfect for organizing it!DSC_0025

After that is my social media growth tracker, as well as my blogpost tracker. Like last year, my Instagram growth tracker is in the shape of the notifications on Instagram, which I’ll color in as I hit milestones. My YouTube growth tracker is similar, except instead of Instagram notifications, I’ll be coloring in play buttons.

My goal for the year is to put out 24 blog posts and 12 videos, so the circles at the bottom of the YouTube tracker, as well as the entire spread on the right, is for tracking that. I’ll be able to mark whether I’ve put out a video, as well as write in the title of the blogposts that I publish.DSC_0029

Next up is my minimalism tracker. This is the least thought out spread I have, but on the left side, I’m tracking my decluttering process (the beginning of which I’ve been logging over on my Instagram) and on the right, I have a wishlist of things I want, so that I hopefully won’t impulse purchase as much. DSC_0031

The last spread that I’ll be sharing is my January monthly layout! I’m really pleased with how it turned out: now that I don’t have as many monthly habits to track, it’s much easier to make it pretty. At least, that’s what I think. This year, my goal is to focus on making my bullet journal more usable, and I definitely also want to make it prettier as well!DSC_0033

So that’s a flipthrough of the bullet journal I’ll be using for 2021! Like promised, here is the video of me setting it up:


So that’s my bullet journal for 2021! What was your favorite spread? Are you trying out any new trackers in 2021? What is your favorite stationery product? Leave me a comment and let me know!

August 2020 Plan With Me: Sunflower Theme || Bullet Journal

Hey everyone! Happy August (????!!!!!! Can you believe we’re so close to the end of 2020??? where has this year gone i can’t)!

Today I don’t have a blogpost idea, so I’m just popping on here to let you know I have a new video up! This is a video of me planning out my August bullet journal spread, with a sunflower theme, which I’m super excited for + have been loving using!

I got to try out some new spreads, such as a cover page and a brain dump page, which are both really cute: I’ve never made either of them in my 3+ years of bullet journaling! I also got to use some really adorable stickers from iEmCreativeCo, a really adorable Etsy shop! I hope you enjoy!

Also! Charley from The Miss Charley has me on her blog for her College Declassified series today! I am there to talk about community college! Find the post here and show it some love!


Ok for real though where do you think we should be in this year? Is your brain all caught up to AUGUST yet? Subconsciously I think we should still be in April. Do you have any questions about bullet journalling that you want me to answer in future blog posts? Let me know!

How To Create a Functional Bullet Journal Spread in 5 Steps || July 2020 Plan With Me: Lavender Theme || Bullet Journal

Happy Friday, and happy Fourth of July weekend! It’s the start of the month, which means it’s time for me to set up my bullet journal again! The passage of time really do be like that.

Anyways, this month, I decided to share with you all the 5 questions I ask myself when I’m making a new tracker in my bullet journal. It’s super easy to keep making the same spreads over and over again, without really thinking about what they add to your life. Because of that, I’m always trying to be intentional in fixing spreads that don’t work for me, and making it more functional and practical, so I ask my self these questions to try to make my new spreads as useful as possible to me.

  1. What purpose am I trying to make this spread fulfill? Not a surprise to anyone, but different spreads serve different purposes. The first, and most important step in designing a spread is to make it functional and able to track whatever you want it to do. Obviously this is different for every person, but think about what exactly you want that spread to track: don’t be too specific or too broad or filling it out will only confuse you
  2. How long do I want this spread to last? If it’s a week-long or even month-long spread, then you have more flexibility with how it’s designed, and are more able to play around with different styles to find the one(s) that work best for you. If it’s going to be a long term spread (3 months to a year), then definitely put in more thought into the design, especially so that you will remember to use it. This leads to:
  3. Is it in a style that I will remember to update and actually use? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve made a spread where the spread itself is super pretty and aesthetic, but updating it is simply not easy enough that I would do it regularly. For example, this most often happens to me when I have a spread that I have to fill in with multiple pens. I end up almost never filling those spreads out because it’s simply too much effort to do it!
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  4. What kind of information will go on this spread? This might be more of a personal issue, but I often find myself not being motivated to fill out a spread because I’m not exactly sure what will go into it! Defining what will go into the spread removes my mental barrier for filling in that spread. This is kind of similar to question 1, but this is a little more concise.
  5. What happened to my spread that I used for tracking this thing last time? This only applies to spreads that you’re making multiple times, and not brand new spreads that you’re trying to create. Pinpoint what exactly you want to improve on in your new spreads, which will help you figure out what you need to add or take away from in your new spread to make it more function

I filmed myself setting up my monthly bullet journal again, and this is the first time I’ve done some sort of art/doodling theme in my bullet journal. It’s not the most aesthetic/professional theme, but it’s my first try and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

If you want a more detailed explanation on what each of my monthly spreads are, check out my plan with me from June, where I go more into detail about each of the spreads I make.

Anyways, here’s the video! I hope you enjoy!


Do you have a process when you’re figuring out what to include in a spread? What are some of the questions you ask yourself? What is your favorite length of time for a spread to last (i.e., one week, one month, 6 months, etc)? I think mine is roughly two weeks, haha! Leave a comment and let me know!

June 2020 Plan With Me (+ Big Announcement!) || Bullet Journaling

Happy June, everyone! Today I am going to share what my June bullet journal spread looks like, which is something I don’t usually do, but I’m especially proud of how this month’s spreads look like, so I decided to share it! (Stick around to the end for a special announcement! 😉)

This month I decided to do a scrapbook style in my bullet journal, and I LOVE how it looks! Although it definitely took a lot longer to do, I have lots of free time right now, and I loved the process of making these spreads, so I decided to share it here!

To start off, I have the monthly spread! On the right side, I have a monthly overview. Usually I would make that calendar bigger, but because I don’t have any commitments right now (lol), it’s just a really small one for reference. I also have boxes for my goals, things to do, books to read, blogposts to write, events, art, cleaning, and happy mail to send for the month. Basically, this spread is just a huge to-do list of things I want to get done this month.

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Next is my detailed habit tracker. I find that these habit trackers that are also kind of like a daily “ideal” routine work best for me. I have more structure for my day, and it also helps me remember to fill it out throughout the day! On the left side, I have a box for filling in my goal task for the day: my main focus task of the day. This helps me prioritize what I want to do with my day.

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Lastly, I have a weekly spread. This is just a really simple weekly spread, with spaces for a to-do list for each day of the week, as well as an overall one for the whole week. It’s really simple and really cute!!

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Overall I LOVE what the spreads I made for this month look like!

Now, it’s time for my big announcement! I made a YouTube channel!! I’ve been looking for a new form of art to learn for a while, and I thought this would be a fun way to do it! I don’t plan on making videos regularly, but I wanted to have a space to make relaxing content. The first video I have up is my set up for this month’s bullet journal! Although it’s not much, I’m still really excited about it and to see where it goes!


Let’s talk! How has your bullet journal changed since social distancing/quarantine started? Do you have any ideas for what I should do for my YouTube channel? Leave a comment and let me know!
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4 ESSENTIAL Bullet Journal Spreads I Can’t Live Without feat. Charley from The Miss Charley || Bullet Journaling || Collab

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with another bullet journal post!! You all like them and I like writing them, so it’s the best of both worlds! Today, I have my friend Charley on the blog, and she is sharing some of her bullet journal spreads she can’t live without, and I’m over on her blog with some of mine that I can’t live without!

Find more of my bullet journal posts here!

Bullet journaling can seem intimidating at first glance. Believe me, I know. I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram looking for inspiration. Spreads vary from pieces of art meant to be framed to minimalist spreads created with a basic pen. After two years of creating spreads from one end of the spectrum to the other, I found my four essential spreads I need in my bullet journal. I’m going to share them with you!

Monthly Calendar

My monthly calendar spread is something I play around with depending on how busy I think my month will be. Recently, I have been doing a calendar spread horizontally to fill the page and leaving room on the side for ‘Important Dates’. I don’t have much of a social life, so I can easily fill in work hours, bill due dates, etc. I also keep my school due dates in a separate planner in order to keep my life more organized.

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Finance Tracker Log

In 2019, I made finances a priority for myself. I don’t have a checkbook, so I had to create my own log. With my financlogs, I like to alternate colors for each line. Each log has columns for: date, store, amount, and what’s left in my budget. Budgeting is so important for finances at any age, and I find having a log makes me more accountable for where I spend my money. At the top of my tracker, I will add in each week’s paycheck divided into my budget categories. I also make sure to add a ‘Wishlist’ of two or three items to spend a little extra on during the month.

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Reading and Watching Log

Typically I call this my ‘What I Devoured’ log as a take on Christine Riccio’s ‘What I Eat in a Month’ videos. I find this log important at the end of each month to remind myself what I actually read and watched since time can get away from me. Depending on the month, I make the spread one or two pages. During the quarantine, I will definitely be adding in more pages.

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Weekly Overviews

My personal preference is to plan my weeks out at a time. I don’t do daily spreads simply due to how busy I get during the school semester. I find weekly logs allow me to prepare mentally for the week on a Sunday night or Monday morning. I will write everything out on a to-do list and then move each item into a day.

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Thanks for letting me visit! Make sure to head over to my blog to check out Hanne’s post!

xo,
Charley


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Thank you so much Charley for posting on my blog today! Make sure to go over to her blog to see my post on my most used bullet journal spreads! What was your favorite spread from this post? Do you use your bullet journal to track finances? Leave a comment and let me know!

What’s in My Bullet Journal: Friend Edition! || Trackers for Books, Movies, and Chronic Illness || Hailey Hudson || Bullet Journaling

Hi friends! Today I have a really exciting blogpost to share! At the beginning of the year, I made my friend Hailey Hudson a bullet journal! She was looking at different planners, and I offered to make her a bullet journal, and here we are! She gave me permission to show you all what it looks like, so that’s what we’re going to be doing today!


Hailey said she was going to be using the bullet journal for tracking things, and not so much day-to-day work things, which she got a separate planner for. In particular, she wanted trackers for books/movies/tv shows, as well as trackers for her health symptoms, such as pain and medication.

To start off, I made a standard “future log.” This was for her to track people’s birthdays, and other such important days.

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Next, she wanted somewhere to track the addresses of friends, and also a tracker for letters that she wrote, so I made this tracker. It has envelopes on the left side for people’s addresses and contact information, and just a simple tracker on the right side for letters! I got the inspiration for both of these from mood tracker bullet journal spreads on Pinterest. P1130711

The next spread is the shows/movies to watch spread! It’s pretty simple: there are spaces to write whatever show/movie she is watching, then a check box to tick off once she’s done, as well as five stars to rate it with. I got inspiration for this spread directly from this image from Pinterest.P1130716

After the shows to watch page, naturally, comes the 2020 TBR page! Hailey said she usually reads about 120 books a year, so I made this spread one of the standard bookshelf bullet journal spreads. There are more than 120 books on this shelf (in case you were wondering), just in case!P1130720

The next spread that I made was a “things to check out” spread. This spread is for all of the things that one hears about and says “oh, I’ll have to check that out someday!” and is a good place to log them so they don’t slip away. The four categories on Hailey’s bullet journal are movies, TV shows, books, and music. The inspiration for this spread comes directly from Amanda Rach Lee’s bullet journal set up. P1130722

Lastly, the monthly spreads! Since I was making this bullet journal for someone else, I made the spreads for all 12 months. To track all the things that she wanted tracked, I split the monthly spreads out into two pages. The first page is more of an overview: a monthly calendar, and then boxes for monthly goals, books read, finances, and medical updates. P1130728

The next spread has more trackers. The two boxes on the left side are for her health: symptoms and heart rate/blood pressure. On the right side are trackers for sleep, pain, and fatigue, as well as a standard habit tracker. The inspiration for the page on the right hand side came from this post on Pinterest. P1130729

These are some closeups of the tracker spreads, as they are ones that I’ve never done before.

Overall, I had a lot of fun making this bullet journal! I got to make some trackers that I’ve never made before, and Hailey got a bullet journal!


What are some of your favorite spreads from Hailey’s bullet journal? What is a spread that you would put in a bullet journal? Drop a comment and let me know!

 

What’s in my Bullet Journal: College Edition || Spring 2020 || Bullet Journaling

Hey everyone!! Today I have a post I’ve been really excited to share: my bullet journal  set up for this semester! I’ve been in school for a couple weeks now, but am only just now getting to posting this! I don’t have a lot of pages just for the semester, so this is going to be a shorter bullet journal post than usual, but I wanted to show it anyways!


First up is my semester goals and my schedule for the semester. I haven’t filled out my goals all the way yet, but I have them ranked by how important they are to me (so 1 is most important and 10 is least).

The calendar/schedule is pretty self explanatory: it’s just my schedule of classes! I have each class color coded (this will come up later) and drawn into my schedule! (My inspiration for the semester goals page is this photo by @elizabethjournals and my inspiration for the schedule page is this photo by @probably.studyingg.)

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Next up is the page where I list all of my assignments! This is for mostly bigger assignments, such as projects and exams (homework will be on a page you’ll see in a minute). This is where the color-coding comes back into play: each color on this calendar reflects a class, which allows me to see when I have a major assignment for each class at a glance, which I’m sure will be helpful during the semester!

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The last spreads I have for the semester overview for each class. I have 5 of these pages, all the same with the exception of the first one. The first page is a list of important dates regarding the school (so like first day of school, spring break, last day of school, etc).

I also have a page for each of my classes with more I have the name, email, and office hours for each professor and TA for the class, then I have a detailed breakdown for each of the assignments. This allows me to keep track of all the assignments I have to do this semester and keeps me organized! (Inspired by this photo by Elizabeth Journals and this photo by @b.studies).

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So those are the spreads that I am using this semester to help me stay organized and be productive! What was your favorite spread? Are you in college? high school? out of school? working?? Leave me a comment and let me know!

My 2020 Bullet Journal Setup || Planning for a New Year || Bullet Journaling

Happy 2020! Today, I have a post that I’m super excited for: my 2020 bullet journal set up! I made a poll on Instagram the other day and asked which post you wanted to see, and this was the winner! It works great, because bullet journal posts are one of my favorite posts to write!


This year, I was looking for a new bullet journal, and on the advice of Emily Morgan (@emi1y_morgan on Instagram), I got the Artist’s Loft Dotted Notebook from Michaels, which is a dupe for the Leuchtturm 1917, but roughly 1/5 the price, which I L O V E! I actually like it a little better than the Leuchtturm, because it has white pages and that allows me to white-out mistakes, haha! I also use the Pentel Energel 0.7 Black Pen (my GO TO FAAAVORITE pen 😍😍😍) and the Zebra Mildliners Warm Pack.

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When I open up the bullet journal, I have my index, which . . . is pretty standard, so I’m going to leave it at that.

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The first spread I have in the bullet journal is my grid spacing chart. It’s not entirely done yet, but it would look something like this: it is a pre-counted page that makes my life so much simpler when I’m trying to make a new bullet journal spread! I started doing it last year, and it’s been really helpful!

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Next up, I have my year-at-a-glance, which isn’t going to be used often, but is really useful for reference, and gives me an idea of when things are during the year. On the page that’s facing it, I have my new years resolutions.

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The next two pages are my social media trackers. In 2019, I challenged myself to take one photo everyday, and I did fairly well, so I want to do that again this year! On this spread, I also track my highlights of the year, my instagram growth, and a space to write down my blogposts (my goal for 2020 is at least one blogpost a month, so that’s why the spaces are so small: it’s just for tracking the one blogpost that I need to put up)

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The next two pages are my 2020 TBR, and an art tracker. I haven’t filled in either of these yet, but in the spines on the bookshelf, I’ll write in the books I want to read, and when I finish them, I’ll color in the spine. For the art tracker, I’ll do a quick little sketch of the art I do (so kinda like a tiny, less detailed version of each art piece I do) in each of the boxes. Hopefully I’ll get to fill in both of these and it’ll be pretty at the end of the year!Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

After that is my future log. This is kind of like my year-at-a-glance, but it gives me a space to track events as well. The colors that each month is will also be my accent color for the month!

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Next is my first monthly spread! This is my January spread, and I have boxes for January goals, events, a to -do list, books to read, and blogposts to write. I also have a space to write what I’ve done each day, and a monthly calendar as well, of course. I got to use some washi tape to decorate this spread that are the accent color of the month, and that was really fun and helped it look really cool!

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The next page is also a monthly spread: it’s a spread of detailed habits! This is my new form of habit tracking, and I’m really enjoying it! It’s a list of things I want to do in a day, separated into morning, daytime, and evening, and I mark off what habits I did throughout the day. I also have a box to write my daily focus task each day during the month.

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The last spread that I’ll show you all is my first weekly spread of this year. I’m trying out a new form of weekly spread, a “flowing” spread. With this form, I write in the list of tasks I need to accomplish in the day, without a preset space to write them in, if that makes any sense at all. Each day’s space is only as long as I have tasks for, and it’s really helpful and is making me more productive, as far as I can tell!Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Those are all of the spreads I have in my bullet journal so far! I LOVED putting this bullet journal together, and it might be the most pretty bullet journal I’ve made so far!


Do you bullet journal? I’m always looking for inspiration for new spreads, so if you’ve ever done a bullet journal post, drop me a link! What was your favorite spread from this post? Happy New Year!!