If you’re a teacher, chances are you love to organize and you love making lists. Every September, I look forward to purchasing a brand new agenda for the school year. I colour coordinate school events, personal appointments, kids’ activities and our family social calendar. Until Christmas, my agenda has perfectly round bullets, neat check marks, and perfect stickers. By Christmas break, it’s no longer worthy of themed stickers and cute doodles. It’s a mess.
One day, a friend mentioned bullet journaling to me and I couldn’t stop looking at all the results on Pinterest. This entire phenomena is devoted to lists, creative designs, and jotting down memories. I can write down future events and happenings. I can decide my own layouts all the whole using cool new tools like washi tape and stencils. What! Where has BUJO been all my life? It’s also a great place to write down things my kids do (I have a few pages devoted to each kid), wish lists, and future to-dos (a lot of it is for work for next September or for the house).
I came across this new hobby just around the time I turned 40. Not sure if this is a midlife thing or just another new hobby, but anytime I get into something (e.g. stamp collecting, Cricut, Instant Pot, etc.), I’m all in. I mean, I go HARD! I want all the tools, research all the tips, and Google all the sites – usually in a week. LOL.
So after purchasing my bullet journal from Indigo on my birthday, within the week, I also had the fine liners, pencil crayons, stickers, and metallic markers. I also went on the hunt for cute washi tape, correction tape, and the perfect ruler and pencil case. I began to lay out my monthlies and weeklies, all the while keeping in mind what my friend said. “Don’t worry if you make mistakes! I did for the first few weeks and it’s okay.” Clearly, she knows how Type A I am! This BUJO not only gives me a chance to design my own layouts and pick my colour scheme for the pages (much like a scrapbook), I also have an exercise in retraining my mind and keeping my mental health in check. It’s almost like gratitude journal, Smash Book, and agenda all rolled into one. What fun!
Last week, we were in Niagara Falls so naturally, we hit up Target in the dollar section (my fave). Amazing finds including mini-stamps (the Starbucks coffee cup got me), washi tape, and planner stickers. For $3, you can’t go wrong!
Since I started, a couple of my friends are now interested in it and started to gather their materials for their own bujo. I can’t wait to see their layouts and what other ideas they came up with. I mostly modify inspiration I see on Pinterest to suit my needs. Each month, I’ve switched out my weekly layouts to keep it fresh. I’m going to have this current bujo until the end of 2017 and then get a new one for January (it’s hard – my mind has a Sept to June calendar because of work, but I also work on Jan to Dec time). My middle child really wants one for her birthday so maybe she will get a Birthday Bujo. It’s already in my planner. 😛