Bullet Journalling for 2018

I really want to utilise my bullet journal more this year.  Towards the end of 2017, I started to just fill bits in for the sake of it.  I wrote a post back in December (link here) about which pages I had enjoyed doing, what I’d like to take forward into 2018, and trying some new things.

I’ve started 2018 with a new lust for the ‘Bullet Journal’ and have found myself a quick weekly layout which I am trialling for this half term.  It takes about 20 minutes to draw it out which isn’t too long.  I’ve started adding my meal ideas to the weekly page, as well as trying to keep track of my fitness / exercise, and a fortnight in, I’m still keeping up!  I’m a firm believer that if you can sustain something for a month, it will usually stick! I often trawl Pinterest for ideas on how to jazz up my handwriting and titles as well as pretty doodles I can add.  If you want ideas, take a look back at my previous posts or the Hayley From Home has some lovely pages.

               

I’m a real list maker and find keeping a diary / to do list really helps me stay organised.  I’ve found the bullet journal really helpful in penning my desires for 2017 and 2018 for both our family, myself and this blog. One of my favourite things to refer to throughout the year is the ‘Bucket List’; sadly, we didn’t manage all the things on the list last year, not by a long shot, but it is good to have dreams, and some of those are back on the list for 2018. 

               

I started out my bullet journal with a plain notebook and some 99p fine liners from Wilkinson’s, after a few months, I upgraded and purchased myself a dotted Leuchtturm 1917 Journal and a pack of 20 Staedtler trip plus fine liners.  For a while, I’ve been lusting at some wash tape and a Faber Castell PITT artist pens, so I took the plunge last week! My Faber Castell pens arrived today as did my Washi tape.  I’m not sure what I’m going to use the Washi tape for yet, but it certainly looks pretty! A bruce bonus of stumping up £2.99 for my Faber Castell black pen, was they randomly sent me a packet of 10 instead, whoop!

For those who want to give Bullet Journalling a go, here are my top five buys:

  1. Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook – I prefer dotted as it gives more flexibility for drawing.
  2. Staedtler Tri plus fineliners – I have a pack of 20, I only bought these because they weren’t much more than the pack of 10!
  3. Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen – Black
  4. Pretty Washi tape – I think I might use mine to edge a couple of my well used pages.
  5. More pretty Washi Tape – Again, not sure where this is going to go!

HAPPY JOURNALLING!

New Year, New Me….

I don’t think I’ve ever made a new year’s resolution, so I don’t intend to start now; they feel a bit like I’m depriving myself something; BUT, I’ve decided to set myself some new year ‘challenges’. These challenges are for me and nobody else as to be quite honest, I’m quite happy with ‘me‘ right now. My mind is happy, we have a good life, I love my family and our time together.

I really enjoyed my (albeit slightly meagre) reading challenge last year so I’m going to do another one this year and I really want to get fitter similar to that of before I had my children, so I have THREE challenges this year:

1. READING – I set about trying to read 12 books last year and I surpassed that by eventually getting through 20 books. With that in mind, I’m aiming for 25 books this year which seems quite a tall order. I’m currently reading ‘Sue Perkins – Spectacles’ (sent to me by the lovely Hayley From Home), which is entertaining, but I think I prefer my romance novels and crime thrillers. My ‘to read’ list currently looks like this (in no particular order):

1. Eleanor Oliphant is Consistently Fine by Gail Honeyman

2. 16th Seduction by James Patterson

3. Cross the Line by James Patterson

4. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

5. Dummy by Matt Coyne (basically the make version of Sarah Turner aka the ‘Unmumsy Mum’)

6. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

7. The Versions of Us – Laura Barnett

8. The Girl Friend – Michelle Francis

9. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

2. FITNESS – spurred on my friends and family who are getting back into running, I want to get out more. I enjoy running and love to see progress, but I often find myself lacking motivation to get out in the evenings once my husband is home and the children are bathed and in bed. People often say I must be ‘fit’ because of my job (I’m a PE teacher) and yes my job is ‘active’ but I don’t do much running or training at work, I’m just on my feet a lot doing what I call pottering about and sometimes after being out in the rain all day, I don’t fancy going out running in the rain too. So, my fitness challenge for 2018 is to run a sub 50min 10k. In fact, the race is in 10 weeks so I haven’t got long to get my butt in gear but I’m hoping the fact that BOTH my sister and brother are running it will spur me on. We all seem to be horrendously competitive so the race is on (literally!). And after banking a run this evening with a meagre 5:46m per km, I definitely need to get the miles in!

3. RUNNING – similar to my reading challenge, I want to try and run a certain number of miles before we see in 2019 (jeepers, that seems so far in the future!). I think with working part time, looking after the children, keeping up playing my netball that 500 miles for the year is a reasonable target. It works out at just less than 10 miles a week which I think is more than enough for me and it will be quite the challenge! To help me track my miles, I’ve set about using my trusty bullet journal to count the miles. 

 

Wish me luck!!