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!

BuJo Collections: Reading

I love record keeping, tracking, measuring, and recording data. That’s probably why I became a scientist. And it’s also a big part of why I switched from using a Hobonochi planner to a bullet journal system. I love being able to record and track aspects of my life, hobbies, and work which was hard to do in a more traditional planner. Being able to add collections in my BuJo makes my soul happy 🙂

The latest collection I’ve been working on is based around reading. I go through stages where I read a ton. I’ll devour books faster than I can find them. Then I may not read for six months! Right now I’m craving the written word and I have an ever growing list of books that I want to dive into.

I have a simple list of the books I’ve put into my mental queue, but the ones I’m most excited about, and currently reading, are in this spread…

To keep all of each series together, I boxed it off with the series title and author at the top. Then each novel gets a progress bar. The two vertical dots represent 25, 50, and 75% of the pages. When I get the book, I put the page numbers there so that I know when I hit a certain page that I’ve gone halfway through. And of course, for tracking I’m coloring in each progress bar as I go.  The dot on the left of some of the progress bars represents that I physically have the book, and there is space on the right to write down the date it was finished.

I went through the first 3 Game of Thrones novels really fast! I loved them! But the fourth one… I’m having a hard time getting into it. Rather than force myself to read it, I’m taking breaks and working on other books in the meantime. Since it’s such a big novel, and each chapter is a character’s name rather than a number, I recreated a page by @craftyenginerd to serve as a chapter tracker.

Every time I make it through a chapter I add the colored detail to the flag. Not only does it help with my motivation to finish, but I love looking at it in my journal.

What different types of long-term collections do you have?

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

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!

Bullet journal: May review and June plan with me!

First off, let me just say… Better late than never, right? It’s mid-June and I just now published my May bullet journal review and June planning video!

Having a newborn makes it difficult to get filming, editing, blogging, etc finished. But it is so worth it! There were many times where I chose to hold her and stare at her sleeping face rather than work on this video. And I would make the same decision every day 🙂

I almost didn’t post it because it’s so late. But then I got to thinking… The video is super late. But that’s ok. At least I got it done. I wish some things in the video were better. But that’s ok too. And really, isn’t that the true basis of bullet journaling as a whole? To make mistakes, accept those mistakes and move on with your life, get things done, and improve next time?

With that in mind, here is my May review and June set-up!

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
Highlighters: Pilot Frixion erasable highlighters

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!

Pilot Frixion Highlighters Review

Hello there! I’m sure you all know I have slight stationery addiction. And I’m not ashamed to admit it! My pen collection is a bit on the rediculously large side, I have numerous sets of markers, but highlighters? I usually don’t buy highlighters unless they are seriously special.

To me, highlighters tend to be garish. A little too bright and in your face. But that’s the whole point of them, right? You want the text you are highlighting to stand out. To be highlighted! But in my personal journals, craft journals, and bullet journal… That’s just not my style. I like color, but not too much. I like crisp clear and bright color, but not fluorescent.

Every now and then, I will venture down the highlighter path and see where it leads. A few months ago, I purchased the ever popular Zebra Mildliners because the colors are beautiful! They are understated and gorgeously muted. But… They bleed straight through the pages of my Leuchtturm bullet journal. And this is a sin that I cannot forgive.

I figured that I was just out of luck on the highlighter front. But then I was tempted again. I saw a ‘soft’ color set of the Pilot Frixion erasable highlighters on Amazon and couldn’t resist. My thought was that since they are erasable, maybe I could use them every now and then and erase it when it gets overwhelming or bleeds through.

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Well, was I in for a pleasant surprise. These highlighters do not bleed through at all! For them to be able to erase, they don’t soak into the paper, the ink dries and sits on the top so it can get rubbed off. And the colors aren’t too bright (except for the yellow) in the ‘soft’ version.

I’m slowly working on incorporating them into my daily spreads. I started by using them to fill in my sleep tracker rather than use the angled lines from a pen. So far, I really like it! Next is probably going to be highlighting my top 1-2 tasks for the day.

WARNING: I did notice that sometimes they smear the ink from my Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica black pen. I’m not sure why this is because it isn’t consistent. I need to do more research on that…

Maybe I’m not out of luck on the highlighter front. Now hopefully they will expand their ‘soft’ color range. I would love to see a grey!!

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
Highlighters: Pilot Frixion erasable highlighters

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!

Hello Again!

Well hello there, it’s been a while!  I haven’t been blogging or updating the website lately because I had my baby girl!  Baby Ohayo Bento was born on May 5th, 2016 at 2:42PM.  She weighed 6lbs 14.9oz and measured 20.5″ long.  And she’s absolutely perfect!

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What an adventure her birth was!  I managed to deliver naturally without any epidural or medical intervention, which I’m still really proud of.  But I have to admit, there were a few times when I thought ‘uh-oh, I’m in serious trouble, I don’t think I can do this’.  But once it’s started, you’re committed so it’s time to grin, bear it, and scream a little.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day.  I get tons of questions about each picture!  How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.?  I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can.  But, it’s a lot easier to add it and archive it here on the blog.

So without further ado…

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#PlanWithMeChallenge 5.2: First Page. I so rarely look at or use this page, but it’s the first page in my #BuJo. It’s surprising for me to see how much my style has evolved in these few short months. What a fun adventure this has been!

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#planwithmechallenge 5.3: Daily. My daily spreads aren’t very big or super detailed, they tend to just have the basics: my wellness tracker, the date, and tasks and appointments. I’m thinking about setting up a weekly system since I tend to allow tasks to be open until I have to switch pages and migrate them. But, so far, I haven’t found one that I really like, so the dailies are here to stay for now! #bujo

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#planwithmechallenge 5.12: Fresh Start. What a perfectly appropriate challenge prompt for me to finally get back to my bullet journal. Baby Ohayobento is 1 week old today! And we are starting to figure out our routine together. Both of us are getting a fresh start! I was super surprised to step on the scale a couple of days ago and see that I am surpassing my pre-pregnancy weight!!!! I started this journey overweight so it is a welcome sight to step on the scale and see the smallest numbers in over a year! Here’s to fresh starts in life, family, and health!

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I’m trying hard to get back into the planning groove but it’s tough. A good number of these tasks have been done either by my mom or my husband, but at least they are getting done. Im not going to migrate anything until I have to switch pages.

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#planwithmechallenge 5.16: overwhelm. Taking care of a newborn means not getting chores and tasks done, lol! I find that if I don’t write a task down as soon as I think of it, I forget. So I find that the tasks get piled up in my dailies and constantly migrated which feels really overwhelming when I look at all of the things to do (of course there’s all the regular daily stuff too). I tried using my brain dump page more, but it didn’t help because I didn’t look at it. To help with the overwhelming feeling I’m going to start flagging my daily top 3, and anything beyond that is a bonus.

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

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!

Last Week in Bujo: April 25 – May 1, 2016

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day.  I get tons of questions about each picture!  How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.?  I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can.  But, it’s a lot easier to add it and archive it here on the blog.

So without further ado…

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I can’t believe April is almost over! This month has both flown by and crawled so slow all at the same time. Only 4 more days until my due date and I am so excited to see what the month of May has in store for our family!

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I set up my first weekly spread for my baby BuJo. I want to track things like diaper changes, eating times, sleeping habits, etc. but also have space to record notes, milestones, and journaling. For the tracking, I’m going to use the hourly bar created by @boho.berry to shade in sleeping times. Then for everything else, I’ll put the symbol on the lines above and below the bar (diaper changes below, eating and baths above). I’ll also have an arrow for milestones which I will journal about in the space below. The boxes on the right are for total sleep hours and average sleep length. I don’t really know how much of this will be fun, useful, or easy to record but I thought it was a good place to start!

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#PlanWithMeChallenge 4.28: Oops! My first try at writing the header for my Countdown to Baby page has a big oops! I totally messed up the ‘W’ on the left page. Can you see it?? Oh well, once it’s done, it’s done so I just went to the next page and started again. I’ll probably end up covering it with some decorative paper and washi tape, but for now it’ll just have to be there 😆

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Planning my May planner dashboard. Really only minor tweaks this month like switching the order of the pages and eliminating a couple of things. I made an April BuJo walk through video if you want to see it, there’s a clickable link in my profile!

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

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!