ONE YEAR OF BULLET JOURNALING
Similar to how I always post my monthly journal layouts late, I'm doing this post late. In my defense, I was so sure I didn't start journalling until May ... which I could have very easily looking into my just opening my old journal. Anyways, that's neither here nor there, so here's my One Year of Bullet Journaling post. I honestly don't have very much to say, so I'll share my few thoughts and then all of the layouts I've done since I started.
I'm the kind of person that, when I get an idea in my head, I have to do it. Like, immediately or as soon as humanly possible. I have no idea how I stumbled upon bullet journaling, but as soon as I did, I was obsessed. I love planning and organization, as well art, so I figured this would be exactly what I needed. Turns out, I was sort of right. When I do take the time to create a new monthly layout, I really enjoy doing it, and they ~usually~ turn out really well (I think, anyways). But, I also can't always be bothered to do them.
When I first started journaling, I immediately failed, but over the last few months, I've been trying to stay consistent and I'm kind of doing it. I think the biggest deterrent for me is that I just don't have a whole lot going on, so once I've created my month title page, I don't really have much use for the rest of the layout (calendar, weekly planner, etc.). For March and April, I made some spring goals and spring cleaning lists, and I've been following those (albeit, slowly), so those have definitely come in handy. As I write this post, it's May 1st, and I still haven't done a layout for May, so we're not off to a great start. But, I'll probably spend some time later (or tomorrow...it's fine) doing one.
After a year of journaling, here's what I've learned about it and myself:
- journaling is a great way to let your creative juices flow if you haven't been able to find a suitable outlet, especially if you're also interested in planning and organization
- if you're like me and don't have very much to plan, it's still a great way to exercise your drawing and doodling skills
- it's a great way to make friends online! there's a HUGE community of bullet journal-ers on Instagram and YouTube
That's all I've got to say, so here are all of the layouts I've done since I started (yes, there's a few months missing ... it's because I didn't do layouts for them AKA I suck at this).
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EDIT: Until either Wix gets their sh*t together and makes the "new blog" more customizable, or I revert back to the "old blog" system, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to display the alt text on my photo gallery. So, instead, I'll just type out a list below in case anyone is interested in what these photos are. In other news, if you're planning on setting up a website or blog, test out other platforms like Squarespace before you commit to Wix.
Photo 1: The first layout I did - birthdays and holidays spread - inspo image
Photo 2: First ever monthly layout - April 2018 - inspo image
Photo 3: June 2018 - one of my all-time favourites so far (obviously, I missed May 2018) - inspo image
Photo 4: August 2018 - not crazy about it
Photo 5: August 2018 goals - super obsessed with this one - inspired by AmandaRachLee
Photo 6: August 2018 habit tracker - not super crazy about it, but still pretty cute
Photo 7: September 2018 - another ultimate favourite - inspo image
Photo 8: October 2018 - first layout - simple and cute, I liked this one - inspo image
Photo 9: October 2018 - second layout - after I saw Amanda's Harry Potter-inspired October layout, I just had to create one myself and it was my favourite month I've done so far; so obsessed with the results
Photo 10: October 2018 quote page
Photo 11: October 2018 calendar spread - so obsessed
Photo 12: October 2018 goals - super simple but absolutely love it
Photo 13: December 2018 - not super happy with how it turned out - inspired by Amanda
Photo 14: January 2019 - I wanted a simple but cute layout for the new year and I'm super happy with how this turned out; another fave - inspired by Amanda's 2018 January layout
Photo 15: January 2019 quote page - Harry Potter-inspired
Photo 16: February 2019 - not super happy with how it turned out, but I wanted to try something a little different and I'm glad I did - inspo image
Photo 17: February 2019 quote page - pretty happy with this page; the bubbles were so much fun to draw
Photo 18: had to start a new journal, so did a few basic set-up layouts
Photo 19: Year at a glance in the new journal - wanted it to be simple and I'm not totally happy with it, but it's still pretty cute
Photo 20: 2019 goals in the new journal
Photo 21: March 2019 - super obsessed with this one - inspired by Amanda
Photo 22: hello spring doodle
Photo 23: April 2019 - absolutely love this one - inspo image
Photo 24: Spring goals doodle/list
After the October Harry Potter layout, I got an idea in my that I wanted to try and incorporate Harry Potter into every monthly layout, and I totally failed. I managed to do it for October, sort of for January, and for February. I ran out of ideas after that. So many next year I'll try to start from January; for now, I'll just keep working on my drawing skills.