Bullet Journaling- Part 1- what is it and what do I need?

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This sounds over dramatic but I really mean it when I say bullet journaling has changed my life. It has helped me become so much more organised and together. I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through my final year of uni without everything all in one neat little book like this.

After seeing beautiful photos of them all over instagram and reading peoples high praise of the organising method, I decided to give it a go myself last August. I found nice notebook in my collection- just a simple lined one. I popped out and brought some washi tape from ASDA, fished out some coloured fineliners from my stationary hoard and dove straight in. I did a bit of googling to figure out the basics and got experimental from there.

At the start I did feel some pressure to make my bullet journal perfect and include all sorts of different charts and lists. But that’s the great thing about bullet journals- you make them up as you go along so you can change your mind and methods as many times as you want. It didn’t take me too long to figure out exactly what works for me. I’m now onto my second bullet journal and tend to stick to a fairly simple set up, which I think would be very helpful for beginners.

In this part I’m just going to explain what a bullet journal is and suggest some supplies for getting you started. Then, in my next post, I will teach you the basics and show you how I lay out my bullet journal these days.

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Before I get stuck in I’m gonna quickly explain what a bullet journal is for anyone that doesn’t know. A bullet journal is a simple notebook that brings together the ideas of a journal, planner, notebook, list book and calendar. The method was devised by a guy called Ryder Caroll and has a few basic principles that help make it such an effective organisational tool (I will go into those in my next post). Once you have the basics down you can get creative and add anything you want to your bullet journal! Art, collages, lyrics, memories, photos-whatever, it’s yours to play around with.

Tools! All you really need to start a bullet journal is a notebook (dotted or squared is best but lined or plain works just fine too) and a pen or even a pencil. You lay everything inside out yourself so you can adapt it to your needs and preferences. Everything I do in my journal could easily be achieved with those two things and maybe a ruler to help keep things tidy.

Heres a list and links to the thinks I use for my bullet journal:

This all adds up but you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. You can use any stickers for decoration because boy can planner stickers be pricey, luckily my lovely Mum brought me the ones I have for Christmas. Little hand drawn doodles can bee great for decoration too if you don’t want to use stickers. Any pen will do, although I would always recommend a fineliner of some sort. I didn’t use stencils or watercolours at all in my original journal, they just add a nice touch.

Right- that’s it for now! In my next post I will break things down for you and show you how I organise my bullet journal. Trust me, it’s so easy! I have literally no artistic talent and I manage to make mine look pretty good and more importantly functional. This method of organisation really has changed my life and maybe it could change yours too so make sure you check out my next post!

Toodles.

 

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Time To Get My Shit Together

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Time for yet more honesty and opening up from this chick. Things are still pretty tough right now. I’m still struggling with uni, social situations are still tricky and there are still days where I can’t even get out of bed. But I can see improvements. I’m only having to apply for an extended deadline for one essay. I just got a first on a presentation in class. I’ve been out with friends a lot more. I just went away for the weekend to Bristol for a meetup. I am trying and it is working. I’m an impatient person and I wanted things to be better just like that but the realist in me knows that’s not how things work. There’s no magic wand that can fix my mental health. But there is medication, therapy, friends, family, eating well, positive thoughts and actions. I might never be free of this but a mixture of those things sure will help.

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It’s coming up to summer break now and I want to work on making more positive life changes so that third year will be the best yet. I’m a typical Virgo so I love making lists so here’s a list of things I want to do over the summer that I think will vastly improve my state of mind:

❤ Read at least 3 books– I have been having massive problems with concentration lately and I used to be such a book worm so I think working on getting back into reading will really help this.

❤ Have the house tidy AF– My part of the house is embarrassingly messy. I put this down to my depression and my general messy habits. But enough is enough. I am fed up of this and I am going to make this place organised and spotless!

❤ Sort out my clothes– My style has taken a bit of a U-turn lately and I have brought a lot of clothes to go with that… most of which are living in a suitcase cause my wardrobe is full. I need to let go of things that don’t fit and things that don’t make me feel fabulous as hell.

❤ Get back into blogging– Hey I’m making a good start on this already! I’m not going to set myself any massive goals but if I’m blogging at least once a week I will be happy. I have a whole list of things I want to write about so hopefully that will keep me going.

❤ Sort out my sleeping pattern– because going to bed at 3am every night really fucks with my head.

❤ Practice my spirituality more– I have a new, beautiful pack of oracle cards I brought over a month ago that I still haven’t touched. I need to get back in touch with the earth and my soul.

❤ Stop biting my nails– I did achieve this goal for a while, then things got stressful again. I want to get to a point where my nails are so nice I wouldn’t even dream of ruining them.

 

So there we go. This summer I’m gonna get my shit together. I’m not saying I’m going to be all better and hunky dory but I am determined to get myself in a better head space than the one I’m in now.

Thank you for bearing with me!

Toodles!