Bullet Journal Giveaway!!! (Closed)

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Congratulations to @letteringgrace for winning the giveaway.  Thank you all for participating, but this giveaway is now closed.

 

I am so excited, humbled, and amazed because @ohayobento made it to 10k followers on Instagram last night!!! Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey. I have learned so much from all of you and I cherish the time we get to interact, share, and grow together! I truly cannot say how amazing the bullet journal community is because my words could never do it justice.

As a small attempt at showing my appreciation, I would like to give away what I’m calling a Bullet Journal Discovery Kit. It has all the basics: a Leuchtturm1917 dot grid notebook, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, a pack of Zebra Mildliners, a Pilot Razor Point II pen, and my absolute hands down favorite set of pens the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm

The giveaway is only open on Instagram, so please click here and follow the rules and guidelines in the post to enter!

Happy Journaling!

 

The evolution of wellness tracking in my BuJo

I have been tracking my wellness since I started bullet journaling, but the format has changed quite a bit over time.  This video shows the evolution of my wellness tracking and how I’ve made it simpler, faster, and more useful.

I hope you enjoy!

****Get 10% off with code OHAYOBENTO at Jane’s Agenda****

The supplies I used in the video above are the following:*
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black
My Bujo: Leuchtturm Graph in Emerald
Ruler: Midori multi-ruler

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

 

Finding comfort in September with my BuJo

The last few months have been full of change. Some of these changes, like the birth of my daughter, have been truly magical! And others, like the round of layoffs at work and the news of the company closing the majority of the business have been awful. Change, whether for the good or bad, can be stressful.

Even change in a planning routine can add stress. In our ever gnawing need for higher and higher productivity we constantly change our system, our style, our materials, etc to the point where the very thing that is supposed to bring you peace becomes an object of frustration. I dearly love my disc bound notebook from Jane’s Agenda! Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing! It’s so much more practical than a traditional notebook and it’s perfect for a bullet journal!!

But, there it was. Another source of change. Another new thing in my life full of the unfamiliar. And I just needed to step back and return to something normal, comforting, and familiar. Something I could control. So for September, I switched back to a Leuchtturm. Shock! Awe!

Even though it is loads less functional than a disc bound notebook, I craved the romance of a traditional journal. I still have all of my long term collections in the Jane’s Agenda notebook. And they are likely to stay there and continue to grow. But for daily planning, I’m back to a Leuchtturm.

Wait a minute??? Didn’t I say I would probably never go back?? Yep. Never say never! It’s like that old sweatshirt you swore you would never wear again, but then one day you are feeling so down and out of control that you put it on for comfort.  Yeah, that’s the Leuchtturm for me.

I did switch it up a little, that’s just my way, and went for a straight up grid notebook. I like dot grids, but after using the graph paper in my disc bound book, I realize that I like graph a lot better. I mean a lot!

I’ve also simplified my health tracker a good bit. I don’t track in my dailies any more, just in the monthly spread. This makes it so much easier.

Simplicity is good. And so is familiarity. Sometimes, being able to control such a simple thing as a notebook can make a world of difference.

However, if you are in the market for something new and want to try out a disc bound notebook, Jane is offering 10% off until the end of September with code OHAYOBENTO. They are seriously great notebooks.

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black
My Bujo: Leuchtturm Graph in Emerald
Ruler: Midori multi-ruler

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Jane’s Agenda Disc Cover Review

Jane, over at Jane’s Agenda, sent me one of her cute disc bound notebook covers and dot-grid paper to review.  I’ve been using and abusing it over the last week: carrying it around everywhere, throwing it in and out of my backpack, removing and replacing the cover every day to see how it wears, etc.  And it has held up really nicely!

****Get 10% off with code OHAYOBENTO at Jane’s Agenda****


She customizes the covers with your name before heavily laminating and punching them.  Don’t you just love this design?  How cool is that anchor!  I lived on a sailboat when I was little, so this just tugged at my heartstrings.  But if you aren’t the anchor type, she has a variety of other styles.  The laminated cover is just as thick as the Arc and Tul plastic covers and it’s very sturdy!


The back cover has an elastic attached with eyelets.  The elastic is pretty loose if you have a thin notebook, so thicker notebooks will benefit from it better.  My only criticism would be that it is too close to the edge.  The strap is right at the edge of the paper, so it wants to bend the edges of the cover together.  If it were about 2cm further in, the stack of paper would help keep everything straight.


She sent the notebook filled with white dot-grid paper, so of course I had to do a pen test… and I’m impressed!  The paper is super smooth for writing, even with a fountain pen, ghosting is very minimal, and there is only a tiny bit bleed-through on the wettest ink.  The paper quality is much better than in the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks, and better than the Tul!  The boxes are slightly bigger than the Tul paper and dot grid in the Leuchtturm1917.  You get 22 boxes across opposed to 24 for Tul and 26 in the Leuchtturm1917.  I like to write small, so I like the smaller boxes better, but that is a personal preference.


I used and abused this cover over the last week.  Putting it on and off my notebook everyday is a lot of stress on a disc bound cover.  Typically this is something I would do only if I were changing covers, so it would rarely happen.  The cover held up really nicely to this abuse, but there are a couple of spots where the lamination is just starting to separate.  But it isn’t bad considering how many times I removed it!  I give it a big thumbs up!


Overall, I like this notebook and cover a lot.  The quality is great, and at the end of the day you are supporting a small business, which is wonderful!

Jane was kind enough to give a 10% discount with code OHAYOBENTO until September 30th!

Happy journaling!
Edit: I got a request to compare the dot grid paper from Janes Agenda to the dot grid of a Leuchtturm. The photo below shows the Leuchtturm paper on the top and Janes Agenda on the bottom. You can see that the Janes Agenda paper is a lot whiter and the spacing is a good bit larger. Combine this with having a little less room on the page and you end up with less boxes.

Disc-bound notebook for long-term BuJo collections

Come hang out with me as I talk through why I am switching my long-term bullet journal collections over to a disc bound system!

The pens used in the pen test*…
Pilot Metropolitan Fine http://amzn.to/2aqzWru
Sakura Micron 01 http://amzn.to/2aqzTfd
Stabilo Point 88 http://amzn.to/2azKEif
Pilot Maica http://amzn.to/2an0LBe
Staedtler Triples Fineliner http://amzn.to/2azBWU6
Zebra Mildliner http://amzn.to/2aqApde
Paper mate Inkjoy Gel http://amzn.to/2ayHKXT

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

 

Week in Bujo: July 1-12

It’s been far too long since I’ve done a Week in BuJo post!  I just haven’t had the time.  When I do get free time I spend it working on my BuJo rather than talking about working on my BuJo, lol!  But, it’s been long enough and it’s time to get back to business.

I don’t want to bog you down with a ton of photos, so if you would like to see the photos that I skipped, hop on over to my Instagram feed.  I hope you enjoy!

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#planwithmechallenge 7.11: planning ahead. I’m trying out a redesigned future log. I thought about doing a calendex (see @boho.berry for gorgeous pictures and descriptions of the calendex) but it was too much flipping around the book for me. I settled on this super simple list style spread. It makes it easier to see the whole month at a glance rather than my first spread which just had space for writing down dates, times, etc with no timeline structure. I haven’t finished filling it in, but so far, I love it!! Do you guys use a future log? What do you find most useful about it?

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#planwithmechallenge 7.3: today. Today has been a great day. I didn’t cross off a lot of tasks, but I’ve spent a ton of wonderful quality time with Baby Ohayobento. I would rather spend my time with her than cross off a hundred tasks. I wish that every day could be the same! She is growing up and changing so fast, I don’t want to miss a thing!!!

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#planwithmechallenge 7.4: Relaxing. Finding time to relax is difficult with a newborn. There aren’t any long stretches of time to take a bubble bath, go to a cafe, etc. But I’ve found a lot of peace and relaxation in doing the #zenartchallenge It usually takes me 2-3 days to finish a prompt, so I don’t do them all, but it is a wonderful way to take 3-5 minutes, clear my mind, relax, and doodle. And it pulls double duty by also being a good creative outlet. A big thank you to @mindfulcreativity for hosting this challenge!!!!

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#planwithmechallenge 7.5: experimenting. I’m experimenting with a new addition to my wellness tracking this month. Inspired/stolen 😁 from @honeyrozes is the page on the right. I’ve always tracked my happiness, calmness (lack of stress), fulfillment, physical health, and energy and tried to correlate dips in my overall wellness with events and shifts in my lifestyle. But, it hasn’t really been quantitative and I didn’t have specific actions for improvement. That’s exactly what this spread is supposed to help with. I set a goal and actions to take for improvement for each aspect. Then at the end of the month I can see how I did, how many actions I took, and reflect on the progress for the next month. Tracking is great but being intentional and actionable is what really drives improvement.

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Dreaming of the weekend when I made some good progress reading Legend by Marie Lu. I can’t wait to finish it and start on the next one. I still love my reading tracker as well but I’m almost done with this notebook and I’m not sure what the best way to transfer some of these long-term collections… Any suggestions?

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#planwithmechallenge 7.8: My last planner. Before my current setup, which is my #bujo and Midori traveler’s notebook, my last planner was actually a system of 4 planners! I used 2 Hobonichi Techo planners (one for work and one for personal), a Sugar Paper calendar for finances, and of course my Midori traveler’s notebook for journal and creative planning. It was a lot. Too much really. I love the Hobinichi but it just wasn’t working well for me (the paper is my absolute favorite, the setup is amazing, but it just wasn’t right). I find that I still miss it though 😫 Bullet journaling has been light years more effective for me both in getting things accomplished but I find the planning process a lot more enjoyable!

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All inked up, organized, and ready to go to my first planner meet-up at @whimsodoodle I’m so excited! I’ve never done a planner meet before 😁 Any day that contains a new adventure is sure to be a good one!

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Just another simple daily spread. I’m having a lot of fun with the #zenartchallenge and I’m thinking of making a dedicated page for it rather than keep it in my dailies.

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#planwithmechallenge 7.12: break. I’m taking a break from doing any large #BuJo spreads or collections and focusing on the basics so that I can try my hand at a new adventure… Art journaling! I’ve only just started by I’m really excited and inspired to get creative!! Do you guys art journal? Any suggestions for who to follow for inspiration?

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Midori Travelers Notebook in Brown
Art journal pen: Sakura Micron pen in 01
Backpack: Herschel Supply Co
Pen Roll: Saki Collection

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!