2019 Monthly Printables Are Here!

2019 Monthly Printables Are Here!

As always – please know I do these for free as a labor of love! We have portrait style and landscape style, Monday start and Sunday start options. Also – these should fit in a standard Moleskine or Leuchtturm1917 journal. If you have any problems, please email me: BulletJournalJoyATGmail.com

 

Portrait Style

    SUNDAY START

January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019

    MONDAY START

January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019

 

Landscape Style

    SUNDAY START

January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019

    MONDAY START

January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point
Goodbye Volume 15, Hello Volume 16.

Goodbye Volume 15, Hello Volume 16.

Since my work situation has changed and my bullet journal was full of unnecessary work pages and labels, I decided to end put volume 15 on the shelf before it was full. I have done this before for various reasons, if the new year starts and I’m past halfway on a journal I’ll go ahead and open a new one for the new year. Since my professional life is turning in a new direction, it seemed like the perfect time to christen a new journal.

This journal is also already quite full of extras. If you’ll recall, my bullet journal motto is #PlanDocumentCreate, and the document part means my journals are filled with postcards & business cards & ticket stubs & kid’s art. This means many of my pages become bumpy and thick, making the entire journal a little tricky to manage past a certain point. And this volume was definitely itching closer to that point.

But you can see, there’s still quite a few pages left so no matter what the justification, I’m still feeling a little guilty starting a new one. IMAGINE HOW MUCH LIFE I COULD ADD TO THOSE PAGES!

Alas, I ordered a new Leuchtturm1917 and put volume 15 on the shelf which is now officially full.

I’m going to start transferring pages from the old journal to the new one, a process I’ll talk more about on Monday…when I’m done!

Have you ever put a 1/2 full journal on the shelf to start anew?


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


Testing Out A 2-Week Layout…Again?

Testing Out A 2-Week Layout…Again?

I’ve been bullet journaling so long that I honestly have no idea what I have and have not done before. I’m pretty sure I previously used a 2-week layout at some point in my bullet journaling history, but if I have, it’s been so long that this feels new.

My work schedule has changed a bit so I don’t really need daily pages anymore. When I used daily pages, I also did a 1-week layout for the “at a glance” type of view. I never really felt like this was enough as I usually start planning details two weeks ahead, especially for the kid’s school stuff. 2-weeks is about the notice you get for school events, at least in our case.

So now that I don’t need daily pages, I’ve decided to do a 2-week layout and just put the scheduled items on there and just keep a running “to do” page that doesn’t necessarily have a date/schedule on it. We’ll see how this works for my new daily life.

Do you use a layout like this? If I stick to this, I’ll post a picture of what my “to-do” page looks like as well, but that one I haven’t quite sorted out yet. I do need to keep it set by day in SOME manner, but every day doesn’t need it’s own page. This 2-week layout I really like so I know this one is going to stick as long as it proves useful.

With this change in work situation I’ll be able to update my Bullet Journal Joy accounts with more regularity. For this reason, I made my photographer-kid take a picture of me and my bullet journals, and I updated a lot of my profiles with the new SUPER DORK photo.

But I kinda love my super-dorky photo.


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


Self Care Chart

Self Care Chart

As summer bids farewell and the cool air rolls into Alabama, I start to remember that I HATE COLD WEATHER. I know this is hilarious to some of you because I live where there are very mild winters. And winter allows me to do my favorite hobby – Trail Running – without snakes our poison ivy! But- I still hate being cold and I find the chilly, gray days make me grumpy and irritable.

What does any of this have to do with bullet journaling?

Well, I decided to finally do a SELF CARE page like I’ve seen other bullet journalers do. If you haven’t seen this, it’s basically a chart with days of the week marked along the top and then a list of self care tasks you can check off for having done. You can set your own goal, maybe 5 per day? Or just use it as a way to inspire you to actually take time to do the things that are good for your soul! And you can make it personal to you, don’t use everyone else’s ideas of “Self Care.” Maybe baking or quilting or playing Zelda is your self care!

Self Care

I’m going to start tracking things next week, and because I’m a Monday-Start kind of girl, that’s when I started my chart. But you can start yours on the weekend or TODAY if you’d rather! I’ll try to report back to see if it actually inspired me to take time out of my day to soothe my soul. Here’s to hoping!


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


2018 Monthly Printables are Here!

2018 Monthly Printables are Here!

As always – please know I do these for free as a labor of love! We have portrait style and landscape style, Monday start and Sunday start options. Also – these should fit in a standard Moleskine or Leuchtturm1917 journal. If you have any problems, please email me: BulletJournalJoyATGmail.com

Portrait Style

    SUNDAY START

January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018

    MONDAY START

January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018

Landscape Style

    SUNDAY START

April 2018
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018

    MONDAY START

April 2018
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


No Frills Bullet Journaling

No Frills Bullet Journaling

Here is my first bullet journal, started 4 years ago this month!

In the four since since I’ve started this system (I’m currently on volume 14) I’ve made some really beautiful spreads and pages using washi tape and zendoodles and brush markers and stickers and hand lettering…and…and…

You get the point.

But most days? 99% of the time even? It’s just the basics. As a matter of fact, I haven’t done anything really pretty in awhile. I don’t have any fun natural lettering talents (although I’d love to learn some day), I don’t always have my washi tape on me, and most importantly? I don’t have the time. Most days I’m just working my way through my weekly spreads which I just barely jazz up with the only letter I know how to do. And it’s not even that great.

But you know what? That’s okay. We see bullet journalers on instagram with these gorgeous spreads marking words of wisdom or daily weather reports or beautiful lettering and sometimes it can freeze us into inaction. But the point of the system is simplicity. Is function. It’s whatever YOU need it to be FOR YOU and it doesn’t matter how pretty your handwriting is or how often you misspell “Tuesday.”

(I misspell Tuesday ALL THE TIME.)

Even when I have something fun I want to document (because remember, my motto is Plan, Document, and Create) I often just throw the memorobilia on a page with scotch tape.

More often than not, I’m writing and taping random stuff in there to help me remember things. We just bought a new house and during the sell/buying/repair/rennovation process I wanted to remember who we used for what. And then I also wanted to remember what I’m allowed to recycle and how I should do it. These things maybe could had been done in some artistic what worthy of an instagram photo but I really just needed the function at that point and didn’t have time to be creative.

So don’t be fooled if I randomly share out some pretty spread or art or lettering on my instagram account. I truthfully only have a few of those “pretty” pages per volume. Most of my pages are function that I sometimes spice up with fun ink colors. That’s the extent of my fancy bullet journaling: SOMETIMES I USE PURPLE INK!

Never Forget: It’s okay to be a No Frills bullet journaler!


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


Fighting Bullet Journal Insecurities

Fighting Bullet Journal Insecurities

I’ve been bullet journaling for almost 4 years now. I first started writing about it on my personal blog and got enough traffic about it that I started this site over here so I wouldn’t confuse any people there for information about bullet journaling when I started to write about boob sweat and politics.

(If you read my personal blog, this is an inside joke. I write a lot about boob sweat and politics.)

My point is? I’ve been using this bullet journal method consistently since 2013 and I’ve got an instagram account and a website and yet…YET…I have lately started to feel very intimidated by the bullet journaling world.

At least once a week someone sends me an article they found on Martha or Oprah or some sort of lifestyle website about bullet journaling and EVERY SINGLE TIME the article is full of these gorgeous spreads and layouts and they are simply works of ART and I think…Um…that’s not quite what I do.

I mean…don’t get me wrong…it’s definitely a system I swear by and promote to anyone who is a chronic list-maker but…I don’t know. I just start to feel insecure that my lettering is kinda boring. Hell, I jazzed up my days just so I could feel more like a real bullet journaler. AND THAT IS THE DUMBEST THING IN THE WORLD.

(Although I do really like the day headings in pretty letters.)

I don’t have time to draw the weather for each day and I’m not talented/artistic enough to have fourteen different gorgeous lettering styles to act as headers and I’m not patient enough to decorate every chart and…AND…AND.

So that’s why I’ve been kinda silent. I felt like I didn’t really match the other bullet journalers I was seeing in these “Must Follow On Instagram!” lists. I wondered why I even bothered keeping up this site when my spreads are just nothing compared to the beautiful ones I see on other instagram accounts.

BUT THEN! Then a friend said to me, “Eh…I’m not artistic enough to be a bullet journaler.” And then, a few days later, I met someone who said, “I don’t have the patience to bullet journal.”

And I realized: WAIT. NO. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE OUT THERE LIKE ME! Who are not artistic or patient!

So I’m going to keep talking about my simple/non-artistic layouts. I’m going to keep sharing my pages-with-no art. I’m going to keep offering printables to fill in those voids because I can do prettier things digitally than manually. And I’ll get back to posting more on my instagram.

And here’s another moment recently that reminded me why I do this. See, my “thing” is that I use my bullet journal to #PlanDocumentCreate. Here’s a story that shows the “Document” side of my method, and exactly why bullet journaling doesn’t have to be perfect or beautiful.

My aunt sent me a VHS tape of Pretty Woman for my birthday a few years ago with a note attached saying she remembered I used to sing every song from the sound track. I didn’t have a VCR so I cut up the case and attached the note in my bullet journal. It was very special as I loved her dearly and it cracked me up that my aunt – A NUN – send me that movie.

Well, three weeks ago that same beloved aunt passed away. After time sent with family and saying goodbye, I pulled out that bullet journal from two years ago and smiled thinking about her gift. And then I took all of the items from her memorial services and gave her another spread as my final tribute.

And now that page will be another I look back on with fondness.

I may not have the prettiest spreads, they may not be the most artistic, but for my life? They all fit the bill.

Mindful March

Mindful March

Life has been crazy in my world and my only goal for this month is to really be mindful. I tend to have so many items on my “To Do” list every day that I franctically zig and zag through my days without really ever taking a moment to breathe. So, I’m not setting any diet or fitness goals…I’m not trying to read more books or write more letters…I’m not going to try new things or conquer fears.

No, for this month, I’m simply going to try to be mindful. So I’ve made a coloring page for a standard A5 Leuchtturm1917 to share with you. It should work in a standard Moleskine as well. Happy March!

Mindful March Printable

The Year I Try Time Blocking

The Year I Try Time Blocking

I am trying to get a handle on the choas in my life right now. I don’t feel like it’s permanent chaos (a lot of it is related to a potential move or other temporary projects) or else I’d make some changes to remove some of it. Instead, I’m just trying to figure out how to adjust so that I can keep all of the balls in the air without dropping any of them or losing my sanity during this temporary time when chaos is reigning.

I went to a work retreat recently where I heard a speech referencing Time Blocking. This is the idea that you should block out certain times/days to do specific things so you don’t get

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I was in the middle of that sentence there ^ and I thought, I have to pee. So I went upstairs and I thought While I’m up here, I should bring down that stuff that needs to go to the street since it’s garbage day. And while I was carrying that stuff to the street I saw the recycle bins from yesterday and thought I need to put those in the back of the house. And while I was back there I thought I need to wheel this one bin to the street too. I did that and then came inside to finish the sentence.
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distracted or lose focus.

Let’s all pause for a minute to consider the beautiful timing of that series of events. LITERALLY, all of that happened RIGHT AS I WAS ABOUT TO TYPE THE WORD “distracted.” It suddenly became very meta around here. Obviously, I need help avoiding distractions.

ANYWAY. My point? I feel like there’s too much constantly needing to be done in my life and I’m not always focusing efficiently on those things. My To Do lists are there every day but I’m not always efficient in how much time I’m giving certain tasks. I stay caught up on some and get woefully behind on others.

So! I’m thought I’d try to start blocking some time. This seemed an easy idea at first. I just sat down and scheduled/mapped out the “ideal” weekday thinking I’d have time leftover to play around with.

HALF OF AN HOUR IS ALL I HAD LEFTOVER. THIRTY MINUTES! And then – after staring at that for a bit I realized – Um. I put NO time to write on that schedule. And I like at least an hour of every weekday set aside for just writing. So, OBVIOUSLY just jumping in and blocking out time was not the place to start. I put the cart in front of the horse in terms of Time Blocking. I realized I needed to wrap my head around my life a little more before actually trying to block things out.

So I thought I’d start with listing out the “categories” or so of time that I need make sure gets scheduled.

These are the categories I started with. I’m leaving the list open because – even as I’ve been writing this – I’ve thought of other “categories” I’d like to include in my days. Things like “communications.” I want to be more disciplined about setting aside time to touch base with people with personal texts/emails/messages. Or responding to emails and blog comments.

I also want to give myself time to “get ready” in the morning. I know it sounds silly, but that is SUCH a low priority in my life and I think it shouldn’t be. I think I should take time to look at myself and dress/style in a way that makes me feel good about myself and not just in a rush to get to the next thing. My appearance is often proof that I prioritize myself very last on the List Of People Who Need Care in my life. On the days I take time to put on jewelry or mascara I just feel so much better about myself! So I want that to be a “category” too. I called it “Self Esteem” time.

I think I’ll leave the list open for another day or two to REALLY get a feel on the “categories” in my life. I’m also going to try to log my time to see how long it takes me to do things like grocery shop and meal prep.

AND THEN…THEN…armed with categories and time logs I should be able to build a time blocking schedule that makes sense. I’ll report back and we’ll give this time blocking thing ANOTHER chance with hopefully a little more understanding of my own personal chaos.

Have you tried time blocking? Any tips or hints you can share?

Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


2017 Monthly Printables

2017 Monthly Printables

I know I haven’t posted much here lately, but please know I’m still a daily bullet journaler! I’ve just been incredibly busy, as I’m sure you all have been. So, since I know we’re all gearing up to prepare our 2017 Bullet Journals, I wanted to remind you that I have free printables available for download. I’ve pulled the 2017 pages out to post here to remind you guys that they exist! I hope to be back more often in the next few weeks as I wrap up 2016 and prepare for 2017.

2017 MONTHLY PAGES

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(MONDAY START) Landscape Style

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017

(MONDAY START) Portrait Style

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017

(SUNDAY START) Landscape Style

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017

(SUNDAY START) Portrait Style

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017



Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point