Hi! I’m so sorry I’ve been a bit awol the last week or so, turns out keeping a blog is hard work! Maybe I should make a tracker to help me?
So today, on this fine Sunday evening, I thought I would go through my January Flip-through video in a bit more detail. Some of you maybe have seen the below video, so as promised, here is the accompanying blog post!
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Starting with… the header page!
So, January was a bit of a trial month for me. I have loads of goals set out for 2017, but I wanted a month without loads trackers just to kind of ‘feel out’ how this year is gonna be. I normally use the header page to set out my monthly goals, however this month I used some reflection prompts to change it up a bit. It’s funny looking back at these and comparing them to how I’m feeling now. I’m still eating a lot of shit, and still thinking about Paris, however I have managed to not eat as many sweets at work! (my work provides a ridiculous amount of sweets and the fact that they are just there makes it so easy to eat them all the time!) I’ve not used these prompts again in February, but feel free to try these out for yourself!
If I do say so myself, I am very happy with how this monthly log has turned out! When I first started bujo’ing, I laid my monthly log in the way that Ryder Carrol suggests here, however I personally found it a bit clinical and felt it needed jazzing up! Since then, I have done my monthlies like this. It still gives a good month overview, and gives me more space to practice lettering. The only downside is that I can’t fit my goals for month on the same spread, hence why they go on my header page!
January was the month that I finally found a weekly spread that suits me. I don’t do much in the week (basically work then gym), so I don’t need a whole lot of space to log tasks or appointments.
You can see they get more elaborate as the weeks go on! However, having them laid out like this gives me ample space to decorate and embellish, as well as giving me space to write weekly goals and track my spending (which is what I’ve blurred out in the images). I’ll likely continue this style into February, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Lettering Challenge – #Januaryletteringmotivation
So, some of you may know by now that I always do a hand lettering challenge every month, and of course January was no exception. This month I tried ‘January Lettering Motivation’ and I absolutely loved this challenge! I like to do this as one spread because firstly, I’m not that good at lettering so doing a stand alone piece each day wouldn’t look as good, and secondly, I love having one complete spread at the end of the month – it just keeps things neater! This one in particular was lovely, because now I have a page of motivational quotes to look at whenever I’m flagging or need that little push to make me feel better. I would recommend lettering challenges because it’s a great way to add some creativity to your day, and also it helps develop a really valuable skill!
I normally like to include a couple pages of general hand lettering practice as well as a challenge, so this month we have quotes from Sherlock and also (kween) Linda from Bob’s Burgers. Not integral to to the core function of the Bullet Journal, but it helps make it more individual to you!
This month I only had two trackers, whereas normally I would normally have a few more – but it was nice to have a ‘tracker detox’!
I did, however, track my Birchbox order this month. I signed up to their beauty box subscription, and this was a nice addition to my bujo. I’m not completely convinced by Birchbox if I’m being totally honest (and I am being totally honest, because this ‘review’ is in no way affiliated with Birchbox!), I was a bit underwhelmed by what I received! Here’s hoping that February’s box will bring me something good!
This month I also added a new tracker for my instagram followers. I still think it’s optimistic to track up to and beyond 4000 followers, but hey, a girl can dream right?
Something new that I tried this month was trying to log my dreams. This was a fun exercise but it’s not something I’ll be continuing because It just couldn’t see the point of it! I initially started it because I was curious to see if there was any themes that presented themselves, however the only ‘theme’ from this particular week was dreaming about my teeth falling out – which isn’t something I particularly want to relive! However a positive that came from this spread was that it got me writing every day, and this is something that I’d like to start doing more of.
And Finally, January Review
I know I always bang on about reflection, but I believe it’s really important! I always include a month review because the end of the month brings a great opportunity to look back at what I’ve achieved, and look forward at what I’d like to do. January has been a really positive start to 2017, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into February, not only because it brings me one month closer to our trip to Paris(!!) but because it’s a fresh start to work on some new goals and have some new adventures!