363 days ago, I scrapped together what ever cash I had to order a dot-grid note book, and a pack of colored pens, to jump into the world of bullet journalling. Back then, it was a struggle to find a dot-grid notebook that didn’t cost all my pocket money, now they seem to be everywhere (or I got real good at researching). I had also been watching as many videos as I could to not mess this up. I didn’t know if I would keep this up past month 3, I didn’t think that planning could be such a creative release, and I didn’t know that an amazing community of Journalers existed being artsy, inspiring, and calming.
So has it kept me organized?
My time management has improved ten fold. I rarely miss assignments now, and I’m better at scheduling rather than squeezing everything in after school/work. There have been rough patches where I had such a mundane routine, I didn’t feel like I needed a planner anymore, but it’s fine it’s working itself out. There are still things to do before and after work.
Is it hard to keep up?
It’s actually easier. Once I found what I liked, what formats worked for me, and what I actually needed, a routine appeared. Now, it was about making the doodles and washi tape fit into my personal system, rather than fitting a planner in a sea of pen ink and tape. It’s also really nice, that if there was a week where planning didn’t make sense, there wouldn’t be any wasted pages like in a traditional planner. You pick up where you left off. No guilt. No shame.
Couldn’t you do this digitally?
YES! there are so many digital bujo set ups and they are just as creative and useful as the physical journal. That didn’t work out for me, I just love the feeling of pen to paper.
Get to the June set up WOMAN
June is going to be SOOOOO busy so space is essential. I spread out my monthly layout into two pages instead of one. I’m also taking advantage of my local library, so there’s also a library book tracker along with my usual trackers. I made two whole packing list pages for all the events. There also isn’t a theme? I couldn’t think of one I liked enough to settle on, so I took everything I had for journaling and just went to town.
Tell me about your June set ups!
I totally missed out on the 6 months mark to do a general update on how bullet journalling has gone for me. I’m going to try out monthly updates, even if it’s just to show my spreads and themes!
For April, I wanted to do a rain theme. It was a take on April Showers, but as I was sketching out the cover page, I liked the cloud theme so much that it it stuck! AmandaRachlee and her April set up video was also a big inspiration. The main collections for this month are the cover page, the date drop list, the month at a glance, my habit trackers, a shopping list, a bill tracker, and a few doodles/aesthetic pages.
I should have only chosen one accent color, but going through all of my markers every gray, pale blue, and lavender was perfect for this theme. A lot of people would consider this super sad and depressing, but cloudy and overcast days (when it’s not so humid you have to swim everywhere) are my favorite. Next month there will be more color!
On the topic of the bullet journal; do you have any fitness/workout spreads you love? I’m getting more serious about getting fit, and losing a little weight. Figured that I can keep myself accountable by incorporating it into my Bujo, besides the standard tracker. Let me know in a comment, or on twitter & Instagram; @elisabethlovess
So School? It sucks to be starting off on a bit of a down note, but I’m so crazy late to post about back to school. In truth, I’ve been discouraged about life and usually blogging is the first thing that drops off my radar when this happens. Let’s ease back into the swing of things with a bit of an edit! The rest of this post is a list of YouTube videos and other blog posts about style, beauty, and other things that I think will be really helpful for the school year! Some are school specific some aren’t, it’s all about taking what you need from them.
Affordable Outfit Ideas Under $50
BACK to SCHOOL Outfits of the Week Fashion Lookbook | Miss Louie
First Day Outfit
The 10 Best Budget-Friendly Recipes for College Students
33 Healthy Eating Habits Lazy College Students Will Appreciate
10 Make-Ahead Dinners Any College Student Can Cook
Golden Eyeshadow Tutorial + Easy Winged Eyeliner | Jessica Clements
GRWM: I Got No Sleep! Makeup + Skincare | Ingrid Nilsen
Minimal Fresh Makeup | Foundation-less, Long Wearing | Talk Through
* I would like to make it very clear that all of the links below aren’t mine. These are videos and blog posts that I’ve found to be very useful, and wanted to make a nice little list of resources for anyone who may be looking for them 🙂 *
Disney World means it’s going to be a good day! A few friends, my sister, and I had passes so we made a date out of it. Staying true to my favorite color palette, I wore all black.
My top is HM, my bomber jacket is from Forever 21 (Similar here and here) , leggings are from Walmart, my sneakers are vans, and my lip is the Smashbox always on liquid lip in ‘bawse‘. The necklace is from Sparkle Designs. I am planning a post about these necklaces so stay tuned!!!
I was going for the whole athlesiure look. I don’t know how well I did, but I liked it and was comfortable all day. It was hot but thankfully it’s also February. That means once the sun goes down so does the temperature which made completing this outfit possible!
- There is nothing wrong with asking for help
- Even though life feels like a race, it isn’t
- Stop comparing yourself to others so much (still working on this one)
- Leaving the house is half the battle
- If you never ask, the answer will always be no
- Do your school work so you don’t feel bad about it later
- It’s okay if you still don’t know what to do with your life, you’re 19
- Spontaneity looks good on you
- Words and how they are delivered are everything
- Your attitude towards situations sets up your experience
- People aren’t watching you as much as you think
- Love is love is love is love is love
- Hamilton is great, 10/10 would recommend
- Having friends outside of school is hard, but so so so worth it
- Your mental illness is real and valid
- If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all
- Fear isn’t going to prevent what you don’t want to happen from happening (work in progress)
- You don’t have to tell everyone every detail of everything everyday
July 14th, 2016 I turn 20. twenty. XX. years old. Two whole decades, 20 revolutions around the sun. To me this is monumental because in that time, I have graduated high school, made it halfway through college (sort of), learned to drive, figured out how to make friends, learn how to be a decent human being (I hope) etc… It’s been great! I want this age to be the age where I start making memories to tell my kids about. Cliche as it sounds, I want to fall in love, or at least catch someone’s eye. I want to get lost on purpose, not freak out and traveling would be nice too. An enormous list I know, but I’ve got 365 days to do as much as possible. If I don’t get to it, well, there’s always 21,22,23,24 etc.. you get the point
So here’s to the last post I write being 19,turning 20, and everything that will come along with it. I’m ready for you this time.