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Adventures in Bullet Journaling

18 Jun

I recently fell down the bullet journal road and have been raving about it to my friends. We are in a honeymoon phase, my journal and I, which may or may not turn into a serious commitment. Isn’t that the mystery in any new relationship?

A friend asked me for my advice on how she could start hers (hi B!) since the internet is full of an overwhelming amount of information that can be hard to navigate. Being the opportunist I am (and since it has been a while since I posted), I decided to write a quick diddly on my initial thoughts.

I started with just a simple Shinola journal I had started using as a gratitude journal (a failed expedition) forever ago that had fallen into disuse.

journal ouside

I didn’t want to invest money into this thing until I knew it would be something I would use regularly. I just clipped off the section I had previously used and started fresh.

clip

I used The Lazy Genius Collective‘s post as a guiding light after watching the tutorial on the bullet journal website.

My absolute best advice is to not try to do too much all at once. Start simple!

I set up my Index first then set up a six month Future Log.

Index fuure lo

In the future I think I am going to set up my future log with a calendar look because that feels more natural to me.

calendar

My next step was to setup the first month and the Daily Log.

June June daily

I kept it incredibly simple and accepted it would not be perfect the first time, sort of a rough draft I could adjust in future months. On the left page, the month and a space for each day. On the right page, my list of things to accomplish. I didn’t have a Key at this point to delineate between tasks, events, etc. so it looks a little messy.

My Daily Log I intend to use as a basic journal. I suck at journalling, but I want to keep a log of events and big moments so that is my intention for this space. If that doesn’t interest you, you can utilize it differently or leave it out all together.

After using June for a while, I realized some of the downfalls to such a simple set up (and saw some fun things on Pinterest), and adjusted when I set up July. (PS can you tell I don’t own a ruler)

July

I needed space for my work schedule because it varies so I added a column on the left of the dates to write in my hours. On the right hand page I separated it into four categories for easier reference.

I also made a key for myself to keep track of different things on my monthly to do lists. There are a lot of cute symbols other people have use, but again, I kept mine simple. This is on the last page on my journal for easy reference.

Key

The last thing I did was set up a few pages of things I wanted to keep track of.

saes shows o wach Readin Lo

These can literally be anything important to you and they can be added anywhere in the journal. Just add them to the Index at the beginning for easy navigation.

That is one thing I am realizing I left out! Number all your pages!! Each time you create a new page in your journal, add the page number and title to your Index so you can easily flip through to find it.

I think that is all for now. Please feel free to ask me any other questions you might have about my experience and have fun with your own if this is something that appeals to you!!

Who Am I?

24 Jan

One of the questions I struggle with incessantly on this blog is personal identity. How we define who we are. What it means to be human.

News flash! I am not the only one. And I am always happy to share my struggle and the struggle of others with all of you.

Way to start off the new year Reckless.

2015 Book Challenge

5 Jan

 

 

 

 

Like my last post, I have some ideas of books to read that touch on this list, but if anyone has any great ideas (preferably ones that knock off more than one category) I would love some input!

Also, I am going to try to update the list as I fill it in (Bold is unread, Regular is read).

 

A book with more than 500 pages (Triangles,Jan)

A classic romance (Little Women,Sept)

A book that became a movie (The Maze Runner,Feb)

A book published this year (The Girl on the Train)

A book with a number in the title (Ready Player One,June)*

A book written by someone under 30 (Grace’s Guide,July)

A book with non-human characters (The Silver Siren,Jan)

A funny book (Grace’s Guide,July)

A book by a female author (The Silver Siren,Jan)*

A mystery or thriller (Lost,July)*

A book with a one word title (Triangles,Jan)*

A book of short stories (The Tales of Beedle the Bard,Aug)

A book set in a different country (How I Live Now,April)*

A nonfiction book (Bossypants,April)*

A popular author’s first book (Carrie)

A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet (An Abundance of Katherines,Jan)*

A book a friend recommended (Last Night I Sang to the Monster,April)*

A Pulitzer Prize winner book (Beloved)

A book based on a true story (Beloved)

A book at the bottom of your to read list (Triangles,Jan)*

A book your mom loves (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

A book that scares you (Carrie)

A book more than 100 years old (Little Women,Sept)

A book based entirely on its cover (Mercury,April)

A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t (Catcher in the Rye)

A memoir (Bossypants,April)*

A book you can finish in a day (Mercury,April)*

A book with antonyms in the title (The Death Cure,Feb)*

A book set somewhere you have always wanted to visit (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

A book that came out the year you were born (Beloved)

A book with bad reviews (Catcher in the Rye)

A trilogy (The Maze Runner Series,Feb)

A book from your childhood (Little Women,Sept)

A book with a love triangle (The Silver Siren,Jan)*

A book set in the future (The Maze Runner,Feb)*

A book set in high school (Last Night I Sang to the Monster,April)*

A book with a color in the title (The Silver Siren,Jan)

A book that made you cry (Apollyon,March)

A book with magic (The Silver Siren,Jan)*

A graphic novel (Mercury,April)

A book by an author you have never read before (The Maze Runner,Feb)*

A book you own but have never read (An Abundance of Katherines,Jan)*

A book that takes place in your hometown (The Crucible)

A book that was originally written in a different language (The Stranger, May)*

A book set during Christmas (Little Women,Sept)

A book written by an author with your same initials (How I Live Now,April)

A play (The Crucible)

A banned book (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

A book based on or turned into a tv show (Orange is the New Black,April)

A book you started but never finished (Catcher in the Rye)

Finishing Touches

13 Oct

At some point this week I am going to finish editing a few things I have been working towards posting. For today, I wanted to share this lovely short video by the enchanting Carrie Hope Fletcher. ❤

Remembrance

7 Jan

Sometimes…or always…it is easy to forget I am among the most blessed of the world’s population. I almost always get wrapped up in my tiny, shallow problems. I forget that there is a great big world where people struggle to simply survive to see another day. It is in the moments I remember, when I feel the weakest. If student loans are suffocating and I am frustrated that I can’t afford to spend as much as I’d like at the Victoria’s Secret semi annual sale, then how could I ever survive living without a reliable source of water or lacking the availability to gain that 8 pounds I later regret over the holidays. I will never know that kind of disadvantage, and at least for today I am thankful for that and remembering those who are not nearly as lucky as I.

Everyone says I am running away

17 Dec

I have a new post in the works, but for now here is someone else’s that I really enjoyed!

http://thoughtcatalog.com/matthew-kepnes/2013/11/everyone-says-i-am-running-away/

Coffee v Beer

23 Oct

Its a two-fur day!

YUP! JK but seriously I do some of my best work while half intoxicated…puts a whole new perspective on things.

http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/79

“Sum Me Up”

26 Jan

I like sharing new artists when I find them. This song is done by an Irish singer/songwriter called BriBry and he’s a recent find of mine. I love this song in particular because if you put aside the specifics of the lyrics, its about someone who basically has no idea what they want in a relationship. They have all these idea of what they don’t want even though half of them are hypocritical and would probably compliment their personality. Then they have all these vague impressions of what they might like, but he can see problems arise if he ever actually got them. Anyway, I’ve babbled enough, just listen and maybe go check out some of his other stuff later.

I get by with a little help from my friends

24 Oct

Social media sights get a lot of negative talk, and for good reason. We as a society have become much to programmed into the techno world with less and less face-to-face interaction. I rant as much as the next person about it on a nearly daily basis (while at the same time, very much misusing my ability to speak to a vast amount of people). But for all the negative things attributed to the internetual modalities of communication, there are a fair amount of positive aspects that can be derived as well.

I wanted to share one example of this because it inspired and moved me during a time I was struggling with some of my life choices (like yesterday).

I posted on my FB wall: “New food for thought: what make a life full? Is living responsibly always the best decision we can make for ourselves or are we supposed to take risks and live as unhindered as we can? In essence what are the things we will regret at the end of it all?”

TS responded: “The idea that we can only have a fulfilled and god-centered life if we only do hard things that make us grow/miserable–I cannot agree with this. If we are to truly be the very best that we can in order to help as many other people that we can, then happiness is key. 

Happy people have more to give than unhappy people. 

And I’m not talking about just chasing pleasure after pleasure. I’m talking about true happiness and finding the place in the world where you personally fit. Some people fit in one place their whole lives. Others need to travel, finding fulfillment in many places. We should look at other’s lives as guidelines, not rules–things to maybe try so we can find what works best for us. 

Good luck my friend.”

BC responded: “Happy people have more to give than unhappy people. 

I completely agree, but your initial statement somewhat contradicts that in a few ways. 
1) people do find pure, unsolicited, genuine happiness through God. Some may say it gives people the strength and the example, as Christianity means putting the teachings of an exemplary figure, (J. Christ) into practice. It’s ACTION rather than thinking. 
2) Religion can bring out the very best in your spirit. Through that constant connection, your esteem, worth and value are raised due to a better understanding of yourself, purpose and direction. You DO have more to give, and an “endless, infinite battery” you use to recharge yourself everyday. 

I think we just need to tap into our source of energy, whether it’s God, individuals in your life, or exemplary figures that show us there is something deeper. It’s finding that energy source that will keep you running and active, being the best you can be in order to, as it was mentioned before, “help as many other people as we can”. Help them reach that happiness you’ve obtained:)”

KD responded: “Its technically about focusing on living in holiness, not happiness…BUT happiness falls into place naturally on our journey because its a gift from God…this is much easier said than done because we are humans. We will never be perfect in this life and God does not expect it, but He does expect us to SEEK holiness above our selfishness. Like I said, easier said than done- just ask me. 😉;) I also like what Tai emphasized- its not about seeking pleasure after pleasure, but finding where we fit.”

Its Only TUESDAY!

27 Mar

I realized today its been a while since I posted and that is unacceptable!

I also realized that in just over a month I will be in Vegas with the love of my life (TOGA). Shortly after that adventure I will go to Phoenix to see LP. You know its going to be a good time when you get into a city on the day of prayer, leave on Nurses’ Day and get to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the middle.

I have been thinking a lot lately about how things change. Life goes by in the blink of an eye. The people that you spend the majority of your time with one day, you barely speak to the next. Shit happens. Lately, I’m assuming because of my age, its been graduation, marriage, babies, moving, jobs…

I feel that I have gotten bitter and cynical because I keep putting in the effort, while everyone else moves on without me.

This has lead me to two conclusions…one, some people never gave a real shit in the first place, two, some people are even more selfish than I am.

I realize that these are both negative assumptions, and maybe its just life getting in the way, but I travel across the world to see the people I care about, and once I allow you into my life I care about you forever. People leave an imprint on my heart and I find it hard to just let that go.

I guess we’re all wired differently, I just wish I didn’t feel so disposable.

But enough with the negative, I choose to dwell on the positive, and soon enough I will get a chance to be with two of my favorite people in the whole world and that had made this Tuesday exciting and worthwhile. My advice of the day: keep the ones you care about close to your heart, because you ever know how much time you will get to have with them.