Day Two – One Month in My Bujo

Before getting to today’s page/spread, I wanted to go back and highlight yesterday’s to show that it can accommodate a long task list and still have room left over to journal, if desired.

Today, I want to focus on how I use color in my Bujo. Color can be useful to draw the eye or, in this case, highlight important tasks. While I have a section to focus on important events or tasks, there are also others that need to be looked at or started.

I find this more useful than the Important signifier because it gives an increased feeling of importance and something to focus on. It doesn’t always mean I’ll get the task done, but it does keep it in my mental cook stove, if that makes sense.

What alternatives do use to highlight important tasks or gets you motivated to complete them?

Day One of One Month in my Bujo

For the month of June, I decided to dedicate one page to each day:

Each day has a header featuring…

  • The day of the week
  • The date
  • The weather
  • And important info such as appointments/events, work shifts and very important tasks that absolutely need to be done that day.

The rest of the page is devoted to my tasks with space to journal. You might be asking why one page for one day and the answer is pretty simple: Over the course of a couple months, I found that I enjoyed journaling even though I didn’t do it consistently. While the spreads I saw for two or three lines a day was great, they didn’t accommodate for the days I had more to write and I was reluctant to break up the spread over the course of a month. After some thinking, I came up with an easy to setup design.

What about you? Do you journal on a daily basis? Do you have a dedicated spread for it or do you journal wherever in your notebook?

One Month in my Bujo (June Set-up)

Recently, I’ve been binge-watching the YouTube channel of Kara Benz (aka, Boho Berry). Specifically, her One Month in My Digital Planner series and I’m inspired to try it myself with my plain ol’ paper and pen notebook. I’m also migrating to a new one for a fresh start (just too many mistakes and spreads glued together that I just didn’t want to open the darn thing anymore without cringing).

Above is my key and the start of my Index, while below you’ll see my reading challenge or, as it’s listed on the Index, the books I’ve read and plan to read in 2018:

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I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve become obsessed with Kevin Hearne’s series, The Iron Druid. I’ve added more books to break up the cycle and I plan on re-reading and continuing The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher since I kind of fell off that wagon around 2012.

For June, I decided to go with a palm leaves/tropical theme because it’ll be the start of summer this month. To be honest, though, it’s already starting to feel like summer where I live (ugh, the humidity! T_T).

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My apologies for the watermark at the bottom, I was unaware it would do that when I saved it. Since my calendar contains some sensitive info, the Amino app has a blurring capability built into it’s iOS version.

And that’s it for now! I’ll be posting a Day One entry later today and if not then definitely tomorrow!

Hello February!

As it’s the last full week of January, it’s time to look ahead to February. With a new month, comes a new thing to try in my BuJo and I’m really excited about it!

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For the past few months, I’ve been getting the Felicity Jane subscription box and I’m really happy to finally use some of the super cute things that came with my recent box. It features the adorable coffee loving gal, Reagan, who wears a pretty pink knitted cap and light blue sweater. When I opened the box, she was perfect for February since I did NOT want to go with a typical pink/red theme. Continue reading “Hello February!”

Bye, 2017

2017 was certainly a rollercoaster of a year. It was chock full of political, racial/ethnic, and even ethical upheavels. Personally, 2017 was a ride with many ups and many downs. I think I traveled to see extended family and friends last year more than I did in the last five years thanks to my cousin getting married. 2017 brought new life to friends and saw the unfortunate passing of loved ones. Due to this travel and other factors (an inconsistant retail schedule, some physical, some were just excuses), a lot of the things I said I’d do got waylaid, put off, or weren’t completed (I’m looking at you, baby blankets). Inconsistency has been the bane of my existance for a majority of my life and something I struggle with constantly as a behavior of ADD. Thinking of this, I’m reminded of a quote by Thomas Edison that’s always resonated with me:

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Continue reading “Bye, 2017”

Mini Monday & Outlander

This weeks #minimaniamonday spread in my Mini Happy Planner features black, mint/teal, and red colors. Like another planner by the internet moniker of By Rochelle, I like to use a certain type of sticker in one of the MAMBI sticker packs so until I can find an alternative sticker combo for work disignations, I’ll be introducing some more color into my spreads.

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As you can see, I’ve used up nearly all the cool hues/colors of these stickers – I guess it’s time to start thinking outside of the box! Or maybe it’s time to start thinking about making my own stickers? Hm… Choices, choices…

Recently, a typical element to my spreads is layering random stickers with the boxes mentioned above to designate my work days. These are usually stickers from The Planner Junkie from Summer’s Junkie Samplers. Out of the few Etsy shops I’ve purchased planner stickers from, hers just seem to be a better quality product and she produces things I prefer and will use so I highly recommend buying from her (yes, I realize her stuff is pricey, but I think it’s worth the money). Some splashes of floral motifs are littered throughout this weeks spread to round it out.

My goal next week is to do more stamping in my Mini to save on sticker usage.

Outlander – A Mini Review

Moving onto the bookish aspect of the blog, I’ll be doing mini reviews instead of full-blown ones as I think having to go back and review an entire book makes my brain overthink things. Splitting up my thoughts through quarterly reviews I think will make the project more manageable. That said, my thoughts at the halfway mark on Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander:

Pacing/Style – It’s not horrible; Neither too slow or too fast. Gabaldon writes in a style that’s about the same; She’s not wordy and doesn’t spend an unecessary amount of time giving history lessons (which was a concern of mine given that the book is 200 pages shy or so of 1,000). There are a few instances where I found myself eye-rolling, but like real humans, characters are not perfectly written, either.

Story – I’m enjoying it and there are been a few reading sessions where I tell myself, “just one more chapter,” until I realize it’s four-in-the-morning and I have to be up in three or four hours for work. I am at a point where I’d like Claire to make a choice, but given that this is the first book in the series, I suspect the remainder of the book will be spent in this Zone of Indecision for a while longer? (I only assume this based on what I’ve seen in the series /sheepishlook Clearly she made a choice, whether she was conscious of it or not.)

There were some instances in the story and it’s affect on characters that I was uncomfortable with, but those are thoughts I’m saving until I’ve completed the novel.