Bullet Journaling for Newbs

Bullet.  Journaling.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

You guys, this is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY!

  • Lists
  • Planners
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Washi tape

I cannot believe it has taken me THIS LONG to figure out the missing piece.

So, as you can tell, I recently fell hard over Bullet Journaling (or BuJo-ing, as the cool kids say).

And to commemorate my newfound love, I wanted to share with you my favorite tools of the trade thus far.

First off, the chosen journal:

Essentials Grid-lined Notebook – This guy is kind of like the poor man’s Moleskine, which is fine with me.  I wanted to get something inexpensive for my first BuJo endeavor because… what if I messed it up?!

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Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens – These pens came highly recommended from a lot of YouTubers.  They’re India ink and won’t bleed through pages… unless you go crazy with them.  So don’t do that.  

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Pilot MR Retro Pop Collection Fountain Pen – This is completely unnecessary but super fun. A BuJo-ing friend of mine introduced me to fountain pens… and now I don’t really like writing with anything else.  They’re intimidating as hell at first (yes, I had to watch a YouTube video on how to “install” the cartridge), but well worth it for the writing satisfaction.

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Compass and Geometry Kit – And just for kicks!  After Pinterest searching something like “bullet journal doodles” or something… I came across mandalas.  So, to aid me in my mandala-crafting adventures, I purchased this little kit, complete with compass AND a straight edge that’s small enough to fit in the back pocket of my BuJo.

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And now, some pages from my first BuJo:

15799914_10102223769505303_8823364164184145003_oThis is my pride and joy of the whole damn thing.  I can’t take ANY credit for the creativity aspect.  I searched Pinterest for ideas and merged a few together.  I will pat myself on the back for the execution, however.

15875147_10102233769894443_2143106742246202034_oAfter trying a one-page weekly spread last week, I decided to spread out to two pages this week.  At first I thought, “That’s a ton of wasted space!”  But since this photo, I have filled in the blank space with a Catch-Up Projects type list.

15895827_10102225577033003_2576060691555761745_oMy first monthly spread!  Completely unoriginal, but for my first time, I didn’t want to get TOO crazy.  Originally, I had a whole separate page dedicated to a January Tracker.  But then I realized I had added things to my tracker that other people had in theirs, and they weren’t necessarily things I cared to track.  So, I crossed the whole thing out and added a smaller tracker to my monthly spread page.  Now, I’m tracking the things that really matter to ME.

And if you don’t think I’m crazy yet:

Join my Friends of BuJo Facebook Group and share your BuJo adventures with us!

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Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Essentials Grid-lined Notebook

Pilot MR Retro Pop Collection Fountain Pen

Compass and Geometry Kit

2016 Reflections & 2017 Resolutions

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This has been a year of all things: great, challenging, and new.

This year, I had the honor of being a part of the remount production of You, or Whatever I Can Get with Flying V and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.  It was a small but significant (added-for-the-remount) role that was the perfect transition back into the theatre world after having Dez.

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Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography

I became a Beachbody Coach at the end of August.  I’ve learned that although I know that the products and programs are amazing and they work, people have a hard time investing in their health and wellness.  Their kids, ALWAYS (hey, I get it!).  But themselves, it takes an epiphany or a really “down” period for that a-ha! moment to hit.

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I got the chance to play a GREAT role in an innovative production of The Who’s Tommy.  Open Circle Theatre’s mission is to create opportunities for and spread awareness about actors with disabilities.  This production incorporated American Sign Language, and opened my eyes to an entire deaf culture that I (embarrassingly) had no clue existed.  The experience sparked a desire to learn ASL and get the learning process going for a possible new life path.  We’ll see!

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Photo by Wilder Photography

This doesn’t usually happen, but just one month after closing Tommy, I started rehearsals for a brand spankin’ new world premiere play, Mack, Beth! at The Keegan Theatre.  It’s a modern day version of the Scottish play, AND my first play-play since moving to the DC area in September of 2008 (aside from readings).  The cast is amazing, and I am THRILLED to be back at Keegan after too long of a hiatus.

Matt played a role that was very different than anything he’s ever done and NAILED IT.  (I had no doubts.)  He also got a promotion at work recently because he’s super smart and awesome.  (Also, no doubts.)

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Photo by Cameron Whitman Photography

Kevin is in his last year of preschool.  His handwriting, although crazy messy, is getting better.  He’s starting to read and sound out small words.  I don’t work with him nearly enough (#momfail), but regardless, he’s excelling in his school, and I’m grateful for his teachers.

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Desmond had been working with the Infants & Toddlers program for a possible speech delay.  We worked with them for about 7ish months.  I was never worried.  I knew he would speak when he was ready.  But just to be safe, we got services every couple weeks.  I learned a lot about “teaching” him to play (never thought I’d need that, but alas, I did) and how to help him develop his speech.  We recently stopped services as I didn’t think he really needed them anymore, and his vocabulary is really taking off.  Soon, he’ll be talking nonstop like his big bro.

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On the last day of the 2016, we lost Matt’s grandpa who had been battling cancer for about a year.  He was one tough guy, and he had a special bond with Kevin.  Matt was able to drive to Ohio on New Year’s Eve to be with our family and pay his respects to the man that raised him.  I’m so very grateful he was able to go.

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But now, on to 2017.

I have high hopes for this year.  And I have very specific resolutions… because ain’t nobody got time for broad, generic sh*t.

  • Pay off one particular loan that drives me BANANAS.  Both because debt is terrible AND the customer service at this place is literally the worst.  Rude as hell people.  The thought of paying interest to them makes me wanna puke.  So, they’re the first to go this year.
  • Workout: Weights 3x/week & yoga 3x/week — see?  Specific.
  • One blog post/week.  Eeeeks!  Hopefully I’ll have enough to share to fulfill this one.
  • Learn ASL.  At the very least, the basics.  Enough to have a rough convo.
  • Start the prerequisite course-taking process.  “For what?” — you might be thinking.  I have been feeling a strong pull to go back to school and pursue a Master’s.  I think I’ve *finally* figured out in WHAT, but there are many prerequisite classes to take before even beginning the Master’s program.  More on that later 😉
  • Live simpler.  Just… less stuff.  Less commitments.  Saying “no” when I really don’t wanna.  Less clutter.  Less stress.  Stop overthinking.
  • Badass tattoo.  Because I want one.  That’s all.

Again, 2017 — HIGH HOPES.  It’ll be busy.  I have a lot to do, a lot to work towards.  But by living simpler and paring down on the unnecessary things in life, I can do it.

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Photo by Monika Karnani

 

 

Mama Goes Paleo… Again

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Yesterday, I had a scare with my tummy. Doubled over in pain with agonizing stomach cramps while driving the boys home. I had to pull over until the episode was over.

Today, now that Thanksgiving is over and I’m back in town, home in my own environment, I’m reevaluating my food choices. Continue reading

What’s Your ‘Why’?

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I recently watched a very powerful video that said every business, to be successful, needed to have a strong WHY.

Why is it you do what you do?  What’s DRIVING you?  If your WHY isn’t strong enough, then what’s the point? Continue reading

That Pesky Nose Piercing Bump

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For Mother’s Day this past year, I decided, WHAT THE HELL, I was going to treat myself to something I had been wanting to do for AGES: Get my nose pierced. Continue reading

Smiling through the workouts.

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**Photo Courtesy of my almost-5-year-old.

I usually strategically plan my workouts for when Dez (16 months) is napping.  He prefers to be on my body at all times, climbing up my legs, being held, sitting on my lap.  Sometimes I’m convinced that he’s trying to get back into the womb.  So working out, especially with weights, seemed like more of a naptime activity for me.

But then I had a thought.  When I start evening rehearsals at the end of the month, how am I going to get my work done AND my workout in?  I usually use naptime and after bedtime to get those things done.  But when I start rehearsing in the evenings, everything will change.

Then I had the thought:  Working out when the kids are AWAKE, where they can SEE that Mommy is being active and that I’m doing something to make my body stronger, is a GREAT EXAMPLE for them.

While it’s important to take your workout seriously, especially FORM (I have a lot to work on in that department), it’s equally important to HAVE FUN and to show your kids that working out isn’t some super serious thing that you hate but have to do anyway because… adulting.  I can INCLUDE my boys in my workouts.  I can SMILE throughout my workouts!  It’s not torture (although Body Beast Leg Day felt like it..).  It’s a GIFT that I’m giving to myself.

So, that’s my goal: Get the workout in while the kids are awake, set an example for them, don’t take it so seriously, and HAVE FUN.

Pro Tip: Smile when you feel like giving up 🙂

Mama said…

mama said

While it so nice to be able to report on the great days of Mommyhood, I think it’s equally important to share the less-than-stellar days, the ones where I know I am no longer in the running for Mom of the Year.

Today is one of those days.

Kevin is just a few short weeks away from turning FIVE.  (WHAT)  Desmond is almost 17 months.  (WHAT)

Seriously, where did the time go?

I don’t know if there’s a full moon or if this is just par for the course for their stages of development, but they are both DRVING. ME. CRAZY.  And I feel like I am quickly losing my mind.

I hate yelling.  It makes me feel small and mean and… sad.  It doesn’t help anything.

But what is a parent to do when their children only want to scream, melt down, and disobey?

We needed a change of scenery, so I took them outside.  It’s not crazy hot, and my Casper skin needed some Vitamin D.

So today during Desmond’s nap time, I am taking 30 minutes for myself and working out.  It’s all I can do.  I need the rush of endorphins.  I need to block everything out.  I need a BREAK.

Then I’ll reward myself with a cup of tea and get to work.  Fingers crossed he sleeps long enough to get everything something accomplished.

Inhale in.  Inhale out.  Sweat it out.  Glass of wine.

Namaste ❤