Happy New Year!

What an amazing year 2016 has been!  I hope your memories from the past 365 days are full of love and light!  I’ve had ups and downs this year, but in the end the ups far outweigh the downs and for that I am thankful.  For me, this year was full of change, growth, and life and I am so excited for all of the amazing adventures that 2017 will hold for our little family.

By far, the biggest highlight of my year was Baby OhayoBento.  She has spread so much joy in our world.  I’ve never met anyone as genuinely happy as her and every day she inspires me to be more mindful in my actions and live each moment with light and wonder.

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My bullet journal has seen a lot of evolution over the past year.  There was a lot of self-discovery in terms of what I needed in my planning and my style.  One of the best things about bullet journaling, in my opinion, is the ability for constant change.  If something isn’t working, change it!

I started my BuJo with doodle and color heavy pages, taken directly from Boho Berry‘s style.  Honestly, I think that emulating someone that inspires you is the best way to start.  Then as your journal progresses, you start changing things little by little to suit your individual needs and style.

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I quickly found that it was just too much for me and that I naturally gravitate to a more minimal style.  Simplification was my mantra this year.  I needed to get my BuJo functional and not feel like work.  It was just too much for me to try to maintain and all of the doodles felt too busy for me.  I needed cleaner and simpler.

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Then I discovered the Zen Art Challenge and got hooked!  I’ve loved doing Zen Tangles for years, and this challenge renewed my interest.  I love having the prompts every day!  My style was still pretty minimal, and I went through a short stint of trying weekly layouts, but my heart was still in doing daily spreads.

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And, finally at the end of this year I settled on a daily spread that is working really well for me… so far.  🙂  I know that it will change shortly, because it always does.  And that’s OK.  Actually, I prefer it.  I’m looking forward to seeing what new types of spreads I’ll implement next year!

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Happy journaling.  Happy crafting.  And I’ll see you next time!

The supplies I used in the photo 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 Bujos: Leuchtturm Squared in Emerald and Leuchtturm Dot Grid in Yellow BEWARE!! THIS NOTEBOOK SHOULD BE AROUND $20USD + SHIPPING (Try Goulet Pens if Amazon is too expensive)

*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!

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