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!


#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?


#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!!!


#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!!!!


#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.


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?


#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!


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!


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.


#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!

Last Week in Bujo: April 10-17, 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.


From Instagram “10-day habit tracker restyle update: I switched to a much simpler style for my habit tracker this month and I am in love! 😍 doing colored dots rather than shading the whole square is faster, easier, and looks a lot cleaner to me. I think I’m going to be sticking with this for a while.”


From Instagram: “When you combine not feeling well, waking up late, and a super busy day at work, what do you get?? An empty daily! Sometimes, life just gets in the way. But now I find myself asking, “if it didn’t get written in my BuJo, did it really happen?” The subtle mysteries of life!”

I still get a lot of questions about the dots at the right of each daily.  This is how I track my overall wellbeing.  Please see this post for more information on how it got started.  I streamlined and simplified the recording process and that is outlined here.  I also talk about it in my Plan With Me video for April.


From Instagram: “#PlanWithMeChallenge 4.11: Travel Planning. It’s not exactly travel, but it’s probably the most important overnight bags I’ve ever packed! Keeping a list of what I’ve packed, and still need to pack, for delivering the baby is a necessity because I can’t seem to remember from one hour to the next what I have already done, lol!”


From Instagram: “My newest bullet journal page is a collection of my home improvement wish list. As we come up with more improvements, I’ll add them to the bricks. Right now each brick represents about $100 so that we can easily look at what our next home improvement savings goal should be. As we complete it, I shade in the bricks. I’m still trying to find a good way to record small home repairs… Any ideas?”


From Instagram: “I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday! Be sure to take some time to do the things that make you happy! I’m catching up on my weekly planning with a warm pot of orange jasmine white tea and listening to the wind blow through the trees. Weekends are the best!”


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
Fountain Pen: Pilot Metropolitan Fine Nib in White
Midori Traveler’s Notebook

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!

Traveler’s Notebook

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…




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

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!