Bullet Journaling for Newbs

Bullet.  Journaling.


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?!


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.  


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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.


Photo by Monika Karnani