One-Year Bullet Journal Recap

With January coming to a close, I realized that it’s been almost a year since I started my bullet journal!  I began my current journal in the middle of February 2016, and did a One Month In post last year.  From the posts and videos that I’ve seen on bullet journalling, spending an entire year in a journal is actually fairly pathetic.  I think 6 months might be the standard, but yet here I am, with pages left to fill and only a month left in my journaling year.

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There are a few reasons for this…

  1. I rely mostly on weekly spreads to do my planning, so not EVERY day has a separate list
  2. I tested out a Happy Planner for awhile after wandering into the scrapbooking section of our local Michaels (obviously this didn’t stick, but it was so pretty!)
  3. We went to Scotland for vacation in September, and I didn’t do a blessed thing in my bullet journal the entire time
  4. Shortly after we arrived home from Scotland, I found out that I was pregnant, and also that I would be be one of the many mothers-to-be that spend months feeling AWFUL.  I completely lost interest in most things during this time, and therefore had no need for planning/bullet journaling

Yes, it took awhile to get back into the swing of things once the morning sickness ran its course, so most of the autumn is missing from my bullet journal.

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But, as this is a bullet journal…  None of that matters!  This set-up as you go system makes it easy to pop in and out without having any blank sections.  It’s there for you when you need it, and I love that aspect of the bullet journal.  I’d say the only facet I’m not crazy about is the time it takes to create my monthly and weekly spreads when it’s time to move into them. 

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If you visit the Bullet Journal website, far-future planning is not a focus of the system.  You can create monthly lists of events, and there is a popular 6-month spread that most people like to use for future events, but setting up weekly/monthly spreads for the rest of the year all at once doesn’t work very well.  You want to have your planning, notes and daily lists all together (or I do at least!).  But like I said, sometimes I put off using my notebook because I don’t feel like creating my weekly and monthly calendars when I need them. 

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I don’t see a way around this small nuisance in my bound Leuchtturm 1917 notebook (which I love), but I’m toying with the idea of using a disc-bound system for my next year’s journal…  In the past, the discs seemed to get in the way, but maybe it’s worth being able to simply print off my weekly and monthly pages and stick them in as I come to them.

Just an idea!  Watch this space 🙂  I also thought it might be interesting to do a flip-through video when I’ve filled my journal, but we’ll see!

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A Winter Capsule Wardrobe : the Maternity Edition

Maternity Capsule.jpgHello friends!

As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, I’m expecting a little one in May, so this winter’s capsule wardrobe process has been a little unusual.  Over the past couple years, I’ve been able to roll with most of my pieces throughout the seasons, adding just a few things here and there.  I’m incredibly picky (thanks mom!), so finding too much has never been the problem as I’ve tried to create well-built capsule wardrobes each season.  In fact, I have a few items that I’ve been searching for since I started the process!

Now that I’m carrying around an extra little – growing – bundle of joy, finding clothes that I feel comfortable in has been a challenge.  I hate to spend much on clothes that will only have a purpose during this relatively short period of time, but I also don’t want to feel like a frump!  There are enough feelings swimming around without adding that to the mix.

After taking a trip to a Motherhood Maternity store, and scouring the local thrift shop, I’ve come up with a small collection that I believe will serve me well over the coming months.  Feel free to let me know if you have any good ideas for filling out this group on a budget!

A Place to Call One’s Own

I have a cat, and her name is Evie.  She’s a beautiful long haired tabby with the classic kitty attitude, and although she is often hard to predict, she’s convinced me that she truly likes having me around.  And of course, the feeling is mutual!

I’m not one to buy toys or presents for Evie.  She honestly seems to care less about any of the things I brought home when we first adopted her 3 years ago, so I gave up pretty quick.  She’s not even into catnip!  However, as we will be moving soon, I thought it might be nice if she had a refuge that would move with her, and was a place of safety and security. 

Enter YouTube!

 

I’m a self-proclaimed YouTube addict, and one day I spotted a cat teepee (or tipi!) in the background of a beauty-blogger video that looked so chic and sweet that I knew I’d like to get something like that for Evie.  After searching online, I found that I’d have to spend about $60 for what I wanted, which wasn’t too surprising I suppose.  If you’re interested, check out http://www.cattipi.com/.

Remember, I said that my kitty has a record of being completely uninterested in everything I present to her, so I wasn’t about to spend $60 on something that she may not even use. 

On to Pinterest!

So here’s what I found:

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http://fudgeandjoy.com/crafting-2/diy-teepee-learn-to-create-a-teepee-of-any-size/

These teepee’s are perfect!  The only catch is that it’s fairly complicated for someone with my skill level (keeping in mind that my kitty may not even sniff it).  So I decided to keep looking for something easier.

I was successful!

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http://blog.boatpeopleboutique.com/diy-cat-tipi

This tipi* DIY is incredibly simple – not that it’s impossible to make a cutting mistake…ahem…

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After just minutes of construction and minimal materials, I came up with this:

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Not bad!  I actually love the look of it, and was very pleased when the kitty started popping in to nap.  Perfect?  Almost.  It’s just not sturdy enough, and would definitely need some more reinforcement to be a permanent feature of our living room.  But it’s a start!  I plan to experiment a bit with bracing the bottom somehow, and may even decide to use the Fudge and Joy tutorial in the end.  Until then, the kitty seems pretty happy, and so am I!