February Bullet Journal Month in Review Video and Post

I am really looking forward to setting up my bullet journal for March!  I learned so much this month and I’m excited to start putting some of these changes into action.  There are a lot of things that I’m going to keep, a good number of tweaks, and a few new pages and items.  I want to share this process with you, but I thought it may be too cumbersome for one post or one video so I split it into two sections: a February month in review and then the March setup.

This first video goes through my February setup and I talk about what I liked, what I didn’t like, changes I want to make, things I learned, etc.  If you get a chance, please watch it and let me know what you think.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, etc. I would love to hear them!  Thank you so much for watching!

The supplies I used in the video above are the following:*
My BuJo: Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Lemon
Pens for color: Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
Writing pen: Sakura Micron-01

In the video, I talked about the Stabilo 88 Point markers that I tried.  They bleed through the page and I hate that!  I like them for adult coloring books, but they do not do well with the paper in the Leuchtturm.  I don’t recommend them for bullet journaling in this notebook, but if you are interested for other reasons like coloring, art, drawing, etc. they are wonderful and they come in amazing colors!  On that note, here is a link to the set that I have.  Stabilo 88 Point 30 Color Wallet

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!

 

Simplicity

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Most of my Traveler’s Notebook planner pages are pretty cluttered.  They are a wild creative collage of what has happened during my week.  But sometimes, I just want something a little cleaner.  A little less busy.

Last week, I started down the path of trying to simplify.  I dearly love the aesthetic of minimalism, but it is not natural for me.  I tend to want to fill every tiny space of a page with something.  I see my own blank spaces as emptiness and lacking.  But I see others’ blank spaces as beautiful, minimal, and serene.  Weird isn’t it.  For me, this spread is minimal, and I have to admit, I quite like it.

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In a, perhaps futile, attempt at further simplification, this week I’m going to pare down to one pen and embrace open spaces.  Wish me the very best of luck, because I’m going to need it!

I started the week with an inked reminder towards Simplicity.  We’ll see how well it works out.

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In the photos above, I used:*
Midori Traveler’s Notebook
Midori Traveler’s Notebook Free Diary Weekly and Memo
Sakura, 24 Assorted Watercolors
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen
Stabilo 88 Point 30 Color Wallet
Design Tape by Tim Holtz, Passport, 3 Rolls
Design Tape by Tim Holtz, Correspondence

*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!

 

Bullet journal radar chart video!

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I started making the step-by-step tutorial of how I made my radar chart stamp and how I set it up in my daily pages and I realized that it would be a lot easier to describe with a video!  I haven’t made a Youtube video in years, and I wasn’t very good at it to begin with, so bear with me on this one.

If you like the video and want to see more, please give me a thumbs up or a comment.  If it seems a little blurry, you can watch the video in HD, but you may have to click on the ‘gear’ button and choose it.  A list of supplies used in the video are below and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!  I love hearing from you!

The supplies I used in the video above are the following:*
My BuJo: Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Lemon
Pens for color: Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
Writing pen: Sakura Micron-01
Unmounted clock stamps: Tick Tock Clock Faces Stamp

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!

 

Daily radar chart for my BuJo

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For those of you who don’t know, I am 6.5 months pregnant!  And what an adventure it is!  I’m finding that my general overall sense of how I feel, both mentally and physically, fluctuates pretty wildly from day to day.  And we all know that our energy and stress levels are related to our physical health and overall happiness.  Some of my goals for this year are to feel more fulfilled, present, and healthier so I wanted a way to quickly record how I felt at the end of the day.  My immediate thought was ‘I wonder if I could graph and track this?’ and my radar chart was born.

When I set up my daily, I stamp the circle for the radar chart (more on the stamp in my next blog post) and draw in the spokes.  At the end of the day, or the next morning, I score my wellbeing on a scale of 1-10 and record it on the chart.  I also total up all 5 categories and add that total radar score to my habit tracker so that I can quickly see fluctuations and correlate them with events.

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The 5 things that I track are Happiness, Calmness, Fulfillment, Physical Health, and Energy.  But, you can track any attributes that are important to you.  I’m sure mine will change over time, but right now these are the most important aspects of my overall wellbeing.

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The photo above is my radar chart explanation page.  If I’m not sure where I fall on the scale of 1-10, I can refer to this page as a guide.

The nice part about a radar chart is that you can change what you are tracking, how many things you are tracking (but remember that odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing than even numbers), and what your scale is.  You can use radar charts to describe anything that you can measure!  You can track recovery from an injury (pain, physical therapy, range of motion, etc.).  You can use one for hobbies like wine tasting (sweetness, earthiness, fruitiness, etc.).  If you suffer from migraines that may be lifestyle triggered you can use it to track your water intake, caffeine intake, migraine intensity, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

In my next blog post, I’ll share how I made the circle stamp and how I set it up in a step-by-step tutorial.

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My BuJo: Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Lemon
Pens for color: Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
Writing pen: Sakura Micron-01

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!

Beginning a bullet journal

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Over the last couple of years, life has gotten very busy.  I’ve found myself struggling to find time to do the things I love and failing at remembering to do the things I have to do!  I’ve been trying different organizational and planning systems over the past year, but nothing has stuck.  Nothing has really given me everything I needed.  Since my free time is so limited, I really wanted a system that would solve multiple problems at once.

  1. I need to stay organized, focused, on track, and accountable.  All too often, I get busy and forget important tasks (I know we all feel that way!).
  2. I need a place to jot down tasks, ideas, thoughts, etc.
  3. I need a system that is flexible because I get bored easily.
  4. I need a daily creative outlet.
  5. I want to be able to track, graph, and analyze my routine and tasks.  I am a scientist after all 😉

For me, there have been a lot of crafts, hobbies, habits, etc. that have come and gone.  But some things have always been a regular part of my life: paper crafts, pens (You should see my pen collection, it’s almost embarrassingly large!), stationary, journaling, and planning.  It seems like no matter what new thing I try, I always come back to these.  So, what about combining them all into one?

In pops the bullet journal!  I’m not going to spend time on giving a detailed overview of what bullet journaling is, because there are so many amazing resources already out there.  Here is a list of my current favorites.

  1. For the original and the basics of what it is all about, go visit Ryder Carroll and the Bullet Journal main website.  He is the founder of the system.
  2. Kara of Boho Berry is amazing!  She has been an enormous inspiration for me!  I’ve spent hours pouring over her website, videos, and Instagram.  You will see a lot of her ideas in my bullet journal.
  3. Jessica of Pretty Prints and Paper has wonderful information on bullet journaling and hand lettering.  Her calligraphy is super fun and colorful!
  4. Kim of Tiny Ray of Sunshine has wonderful resources for beginners on the bullet journaling system and how to make it work for you.
  5. Dee of Decade Thirty has fantastic resources for bullet journaling, sketching, and handwriting improvement.

I decided to start my bullet journal in a proven notebook.  I know from my own experiences that Moleskine notebooks always disappoint me with my fountain pens and thicker lined pens and markers.  So I went with the Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Lemon after watching and reading tons of reviews.  So far, I love it!  It holds up well to my favorite Sakura Micron-01 Pen.  I’ve used these Micron pens for years, I even have some some that are 10 years old and they still write!  No joke!  Anyway, I’ll do a post on pens soon and show how my Leuchtturm holds up to various ones.

I wanted to start pretty simple in my first bullet journal because I didn’t want to get overwhelmed or discouraged.  I began with a basic calendar page for 2016 for easy referral.  This was inked with a black Staedtler Triplus Fineliner and I now find that I like the thinner Micron 01 line better.  But, I dearly love the Staedtlers for color!

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I’m thinking of going in the calendar and circling holidays and birthdays, but I haven’t done it yet.  As you can see, the thick lines from the black Staedtler ghost through pretty bad.  This doesn’t bother a lot of people, but it’s not my favorite, I would rather it look a little cleaner which I why I’m switching to the Micron 01 for everything except color.

The next page is my Future Log.  At first, I didn’t really understand the point of a future log, but once I starting practicing in a small notebook I realized that I needed a space to write down appointments and important things happening in the months to come.  Right now it’s pretty empty, but it will start filling up as time goes on.

You can also see that halfway through making this page I completely changed my mind on the layout!  I was originally going to do 6 months, but after drawing it out it was too much space.  So, I put a line down the center of each block and made it a 12 month spread.  Unfortunately, I had already written the months on the sides.  I think this is a good example of going with the flow and making it better next time.  One of my resolutions is to not take less than perfection as failure!  To fix it, I just made a bunch of decorative lines and put the months at the top.  It’s noticeable, but I’m able to ignore it.

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Now comes the fun part!  The actual planning part!  For February, I used a spin-off version of Kara’s monthly spread.  I don’t have as many appointments as she does so having all day, morning, and evening was overkill for me.  But, I really wanted a space to write weekly and monthly tasks.  Please excuse my messed up cursive for February!

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I put a strip of wash tape folded over the edge of the left page for easy locating and split the three columns into All Day, Events, and Weekly Tasks.  On the right are my Monthly Goals and a quick Weekly Habit Tracker.  I love the idea of a Habit Tracker and I wanted something to remind me that every week I need to balance the checkbook, do laundry, water the plants, etc.  Instead of marking it off in a daily Habit Tracker, this one is just for the 5 weeks of the month.  Any extra tasks for the week will go in the task column.

I also have a space at the top for what I want to focus on for the month.  In February, it’s all about being present.  What I wrote to inspire and remind myself is “Stay present as much as possible.  Savor the life I have now.  Aim towards improvement but don’t dwell on the imperfections.”

At the end of the month, I’ll do a review, let you know how it worked, and show any changes I’ll be making for March.

Happy Planning!

Traveler’s Notebook

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For the last 6 months or so, I’ve been using a Midori Traveler’s Notebook and I am in love!  It’s one of those strange things that seems so simple, yet you can’t get enough of it.  If you are interested, I have links at the bottom of the post for the supplies and Midori that I purchased.  I initially got one to be my daily planner, but I found that it just wasn’t working for me.  I saw the notebook more as a creative and personal space, so trying to use it at work and for regular planning, just wasn’t doing it for me.

After a few months of playing around with different inserts and intentions, I finally found my perfect set-up.  Half of the notebook is for my personal journal and the other half is my daily creative outlet for recording life.

Here are a couple of photos to give you an idea of what I mean…

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen all of these photos.  I try to post every week and I’m going to aim for posting more on the blog about how I created the spread, the supplies I used, etc.  I’ve also begun using a bullet journaling system for my everyday planning, so look out for those posts coming soon as well.  I’m really excited to start sharing them!

In the photos above, I used…
Midori Traveler’s Notebook
Sakura 24 Assorted Watercolors Field Sketch Set with Brush
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen
Sakura Micron Pen Set
Stabilo 88 Point 30 Color Wallet

Happy Crafting!

A change of pace

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Some things in life we can’t control. And as much as I wish I could make, share, and enjoy bentos with you on a regular basis, the truth is that I just don’t have the time. Or rather, the very little free time that I have is being spent on things that are more personally rewarding for me. I can’t bear to get rid of the website. I dearly miss blogging. And everywhere online I’m known as Ohayo Bento. So, I’m thinking that Ohayo Bento is ready for a change of pace. 

Rather than being exclusively about bento, I’m going to start posting about all of things that I get to spend my creative time on. I hope that you find it interesting and please bear with me while I re-embark on my blogging journey. 

  
I post a good number of photos to Instagram, so please follow me there if you are interested.  I’m @ohayobento of course :). I’ll post more about what to expect in the coming days and weeks. 

Until next time…

Happy bento-ing!