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Habits and Moods mirror each other & provide daily insight, half-circled mirrored bullet journal layout

November Mid-Month Habit and Mood Tracker Check

November Mid-Month Habit Check + Mood Tracker Update When I sat down to start writing this post, I realized this is the monthly insight into my life. There are so many emotions tied to habits, so many excuses, so many passions. I can’t write about my habit tracker {and now added mood tracker} without being a little more personal. Of all the things I have in my bullet journal, my habits and my moods show the most insight into my life on a day-to-day basis. So here is a monthly update on my Habit and Mood Trackers. November 2017 – […]

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A Deliciously Simple Layout

A Deliciously Simple Layout – Minimal Spread The week of Thanksgiving. We are deep in fall and this week can sometimes be rather hectic depending on what your holiday plans are. If you are traveling long distances or you are hosting this festive holiday, a big, elaborate weekly plan is probably not going to happen.  What you need is a minimal spread. Then add to it only the essentials. A weekly tracker, shopping list, sleeping arrangements, travel itinerary. Weeks like this need some versatility, and minimal designs add a lot of versatility. Weekly Plans For me, this week is low-key. […]

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Life is Happening Now – Layout Your Planner To Keep it on Track

Life is Passing by so Fast! Keep Life on Track. Ah yes. November is zipping by. November is great here in the states because the focus seems to shift to gratitude. A whole month dedicated to gratitude. And food.  But it really is a nice time to reflect on the year gone by. One thing I am thankful for – my planner. It keeps my life on track because I don’t just watch it pass by. I may seem like I have my nose stuck in my planner all day; but in reality, I plan at night when the kids […]

The Beautiful Whys of Planning

The Beautiful Why of Planning

Plan Your Life So You Live Beautifully – The Why of Planning Someone very near to me (who will remain unidentified) questioned why I plan. They didn’t see a point to practicing my handwriting and my lettering. They suggested that I get my priorities in order. Um… Isn’t that what I am doing when I am planning? This conversation devastated me, and probably took a month or longer to shake off. It was with someone who I expected to back me up and to understand me – no matter if they understood what I was doing. Their suggestion stated that they did […]

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Give Yourself a Little White Space – in design and life

What my white space looks like in a weekly spread Fresh Starts Good morning! Well, its morning here and the start of a new day. Thank goodness for fresh starts! It is amazing what can happen when your baby doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night.  But I did have a terrible dream at the end of the night – it involved two of my old bosses. In the dream, they were Nazis and had to go through all my stuff and claim anything of worth for forgiveness of their own sins. I really didn’t want them […]

Give your Goals & Plans a Defined Timeline

End of Year Planning – Don’t Leave it to the Last Minute Start Early on Next Year’s Planning with a Super Simple Planning Spread – Give Your Goals & Plans a Defined Timeline. November seems like a great time to set some goals for next year. Specifically the first two weeks of November. Why then? Well because Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving or other holidays have not come yet. Visiting family will not arrive yet, and if you are vacationing or leaving, you have some time before the packing begins. There is a certain quiet about this time […]

November Plans – Focus on Simplicity and Gratitude

November Journaling Focus Simplicity and Gratitude After the fun holiday of Halloween comes a period of anticipation. It feels like there is almost an electric quality in the air – a magic that only comes with the holidays. With that comes the flurry of activity, the parties, the traveling, the family gatherings, the traditions, the end of year hustle that is born around the end of October and dies after New Year’s day. During the first two weeks of November, there is almost a calm before the storm. For me, the holidays become overwhelming. So this is why I chose to […]

November Title Page | Simple black and white Hello November with elegant handlettering text and aspens

Planning for November Starts…Yesterday – November Title Page

Hello November Welcome Page An understated title page heading into a very busy period of time. My best tip for the season is to simplify. Simplify your planning, simplify your tasks each day so to enjoy the season. Simplify everything you can. Remove the fluff, remove all the extras because there are a lot of things to do, see, bake, care for etc that will complicate your life. Simplify everything else so when these extra things creep up into your life, you are not completely overwhelmed. Unlike October or September, I wanted a calming and simplified November’s title page. Serenity, Peace & […]

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Weekly Layout – Mini Time Block + Pumpkins & Mummy Text

Simple Weekly Horizontal Spread with Mini-Time Block with Pumpkins & Mummified text It is nearly the end of October! What happened? This month went by faster than September! This month has had some ups and downs. I think I take on too much emotionally. I internalize everything. Journaling has helped me overcome this and get me out a slump or help me pull myself back up and keep moving on. I created a simple weekly spread with a larger place for daily ‘to dos’ and a small area for time-blocking – focusing on just the area of time that I […]

In a habit slump? Do a mid-month habit check to reignite your motivation

Mid-Month Habit Check – October

Need some re-motivation in the middle of the month? Do a Mid-Month Habit Check. I started doing a mid-month habit check a couple of months ago. The beginning of the month I am completely motivated and know that I am going to conquer all of my desires and do all the things. Well, that’s what I intended to do anyway. By the middle of the month, it seems that I have lost steam and I need a boost of motivation. So the middle of the month, I do a quick assessment of my habits which re-motivates me to keep going […]

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Weekly Time Blocking Set-Up {With Video & Printable Template}

Happy Saturday! Has anyone else felt like this week zipped on by? My boss gave me the day off on Monday since the kiddos were out of school. Having one day off during the week (especially skipping a Monday) makes for a short week! Before I knew it, the weekend was already here! This week I decided to create a time-blocking layout to schedule my blogging and creative time. The Problem: I find that I am regularly distracted by social media and other time-consuming activities and do not seem to get done all the things that I want to. There […]

Things to work on... Free Printable Exercise deciding what you need help with and what you are going to do about it.

What I Need Help With – and What I am Going to Do

Things I need to work on or What I need help with… There’s a question that sometimes is glazed over just like a tasty doughnut. I know I have done it and not just once. No, not glazed a doughnut, but ignoring things that I really want to work on or admit what I need help with. However, one day this last week, I was reading over the #planwithmechallenge prompts for October and this question jumped out. Since I have started bullet journaling I have seen so many improvements in my life. So I decided to take this question on. […]

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Wooden Directional Sign & Apple Orchard Weekly Layout

Wooden signs, apple collecting basket, give me a Pumpkin Spiced flavored drink because IT’s FALL and I can’t get enough of it. Feeling inspired by my apples and apple pie on my October monthly welcome page in my bullet journal, I decided to continue the theme on my weekly log with an apple orchard feel.  Directional signs point you towards each day of the week. A tasty apple is a good place to record your meal plans. This apple orchard weekly layout is sure to provide plenty of space for accomplishing your fall bucket list. The apple basket acts as a […]

Positive Perspective - snails painting and learning to look on the bright side, even after the worst seemed to happen

Look on the Bright Side – It’s About Perspective | Life in Comics

Life in Perspective So this happened yesterday. No, I did not randomly come across snails painting Mona Lisa portraits, but a painting of mine got smudged by a well-intentioned significant other. It was a painting for someone else. There’s no saving it, I will have to redo it. I went to bed last night trying to control my anger. I tried to keep things in perspective – that there are bigger problems in life. However, my subconscious was serving up dreams that would have said that I was angry. My vibrant dreams were riddled with me running away and crying. Perspective is […]

Hello October Welcome Page

Hello October – Smells Like Fresh Baked Apple Pie – Monthly Welcome Page

Hello, October. You smell like fall. You smell like freshly baked apple pie. If you don’t like apple pie, no worries, I’ll make apple crisp – you like that right? I’ll make extra topping. You sound like the leaves crunching under my feet and the cool, crisp fall nights perfect for stargazing near a fire as it crackles into the night and then slowly dies to embers glowing in the moonlight. Oh Hello, October. Hello, October. You taste like pumpkin spice. You feel like the cozy socks I’m always tempted to wear and the heat seeping through the mug of […]

Mid-Month Habit Tracker Check-up

Habits. Sorry for the dirty word. Mid-Month Habit Tracker Checkup

Habits. Sorry for the dirty word. It can even be a dirty word when you are doing something clean like straightening up or doing the dishes. (Please pardon the d-word). Here is a mid-month check-up of my September habit tracker. It is much improved from last month or the month before. In the past, I would create habit trackers and never complete them. But that’s the thing, I wanted to complete them. Eventually, I would fill out a couple boxes on a habit tracker, but nothing real. This month, I decided to just track a few habits. Guess what?! “Habits” is not such […]

Pirate Map Weekly Layout – ‘X’ Marks the Weekend!

We celebrate a random holiday. We started celebrating it before we found out that Krispy Kremes celebrates it too – with free doughnuts. Now we just celebrate more. Pirate costumes and swarthy accents are a staple at our house. I have to admit, the kids have now outgrown their pirate costumes, so we need to get our act together and get new costumes, because… International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19! I had to make my week pirate themed in my bullet journal in honor of such a great day. Bring on the silly puns, the tri-corn hats, […]

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New York City Skyline Weekly Layout

I found a new love. Skylines. I sometimes play a game called “Cities: Skylines” but that is another story. For an Instagram challenge this month, I’ve done a couple skyline outlines and, well, it carried over to my weekly theme. My weeklies start on Monday. As I was planning the weeks, I noticed that 9/11 was on a Monday this year. The date stuck out to me. September 11 is very emotional to me. I truly consider it “the day the world stopped turning”. I remember watching in horror when the second plane hit the building after the first was […]

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Random Thoughts and Great Ideas Collection

If you are like me, there are a lot of thoughts bouncing around inside your head all day long. Some of them are pretty creative. Few are deep. Some are reflections of the past or regrets. Others are just random, funny thoughts. I wouldn’t mind keeping those around once in a while to distract from the crazy of life. Most thoughts are fleeting, but others I would like to develop and see if something bigger will come of these individual thought nuggets. I had never organized these golden idea droplets into a common space, they were all haphazardly written in […]

Autumn leaves sketch for the weekly planner spread in my bullet journal. I can't get enough of September and Fall.

September Week 1: Autumn Colors and Fall Leaves

Keeping with the monthly theme of “Heck Yes! It’s Fall!” September’s 1st week has an autumn look with the changing colors on the leaves. See the September monthly spread here I knew when drawing this out, that the leaves were small and wouldn’t hold a lot of tasks. Maybe I’ll just take the week off and relax. Probably not, but here in the US, Monday the 4th is a holiday, so I will just take one day instead. I am a ‘sketch it out before painting’ kind of girl. So to create this weekly log, I found a simple leaf […]

September Set Up

September is here! Ok, well almost. My September set up is here!   Hello, September. How I’ve missed you. Fall is a time that gives me the…well warm fuzzies. Even though September is not yet full-on fall, there is a certain deliciousness that comes with the crisp nights and cooling weather, the warm hues all over the tree tops as the autumn colors dot the horizon. The reds, oranges, yellows, soft browns, and PURPLE! Purple is a fall color I swear. Apple strudel is definitely on the menu. I don’t care if I have to eat the entire pan by myself […]

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Easy School Lunches Need Two Things: the Right Container and a Plan

Making school lunches is a chore no more with a plan and the right container. If you are like me, the first day of school hits and I repeat over and over in my head “YAY! School is back in session! The kids are not driving me nuts anymore” That lasts all of 2 minutes. Because it hits me now: I have to make lunch for those munchkins because for one reason or another – school lunch is not an option in our family. Making school lunch is the bane of my morning. It is SUCH a chore! I have […]

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Eclipse/Space Layout – Shield Your Eyes!

The Eclipse is Coming! The Eclipse is Coming! Warning: Shield your eyes from what you are about to see or make sure you have the proper viewing spectacles for your eyes. Nevermind, you can look. Monday is the eclipse across North America – and we are very near the total coverage area in the south. We are checking the kids out of school and trekking our way to a better viewing area. Thank goodness we have family in the area and don’t have to find lodging. If I owned a hotel, I would crank up prices because people would pay them […]

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Minimal Open-Side Square Weekly Spread

Minimal Open-Side-Square Weekly Spread {with Monday Start} Great layout for a minimalist design the names on the side added variety to change-up the layout.   The day-to-day planning is down the center of the page (except Sunday) and all the other planning is on the edge of the pages. I left a big part of the page on the right for a quote or to do list. You’ll notice that the week starts on Monday. Not typical for the calendar I use, but I’ve really been liking the Monday start to the week. Whether it’s in my head or not, […]

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Eliminate the Same To Do List – Create a Master Project Checklist

I love ‘to do’ lists. They help organize my brain. Once I get it down on paper, I’m free to think of other things that could be put down on a different list. But to do list-ing (is that a thing?) is tedious if you record the same ‘to dos’ for every project.   In an earlier post, I showed you how to set up a habit tracker in your bullet journal – tasks done every day to form habits. Read the post here. I thought about that layout and decided to transform the same format into a framework for […]

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Arrow Doodle Vertical Weekly Layout

Arrows in my weekly layout remind me to keep my focus and aim true to my goals In addition to the reminder the arrows served, I loved doodling the arrows. I never realized the sheer variety of arrow types! There are so many things around us to distract our attention from what we really want to do with our lives. I think arrows may become this needs to become a ‘thing’ in my life as a daily reminder to aim true and fly straight towards my goals. Believe it or not, the quote “The art of writing is the art […]

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Tips for Erasing Pencil Marks – Without Eraser Fluff

If you are like me, your paintings/drawings/doodles start out in pencil and progress to other non-erasable mediums. It’s necessary for my life. Because, you know, #imperfect and that is totally ok. But if you are also like me, you hate eraser fluff. You know, the stuff left by erasers after erasing. It gets all over everything and is generally annoying. Then I remembered a little secret I had known in my high school art days. I had completely forgotten about these magical erasing devices. Mold them, shape them, and erase with them. They leave no eraser fluff. What else is really nice […]

June Creativity Challenges 2017

June 2017 Creativity Challenges

I think of a challenge as something that stretches your limits, makes you better, identifies points of weakness to enhance and perfect. June 2017 was my first month of participating in any sort of challenge on Instagram. I found several that I really enjoyed. Follow me on Instagram to see them as they happen! I participated in several challenges. I came in late to the game for a couple of them and I didn’t participate all days for all events so here are all my ‘entries’ if you may. I really look forward to future challenges and may eventually create […]

4 ideas for your bullet journal to supercharge your habit tracking

Four Ideas to Supercharge Your Habit Tracker {that you may not have thought of before!}

Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month. Use it to supercharge your habit tracker. Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month and facilitates improvement. Want to know how to set […]

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How to Set Up a Habit Tracker in your Planner

Do you like the idea of a Habit Tracker in your Bullet Journal, but don’t know where to start? Do you run out of room when numbering in a month? (Yes, I have done it too.) I’ve put together some best practices for planning, laying out and implementing your horizontal Bullet Journal/Planner Monthly Habit Tracker. Best Practices I like to create my Habit Tracker horizontally (long ways) So since I am starting with the horizontal layout, so I turn my journal the way I will view the habit tracker – it makes it easier to create and visualize what I […]

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I’m Not a Bad Mom…But More Gratitude Please

There are days when I feel like I have a giant “annoy mom button” and pushing it is the most tempting thing in the world. My kids (ages 7, 5 and 4 months – but this is about the 7 and 5-year-old), like to tease each other and tattle on each other and do the things that siblings who are 2 1/2 years apart like to do. The problem is, they drag me into the mix! When they are finished annoying each other, they see a new, fresh target and set their sights on easing their boredom by asking me for […]

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday

Discovering My Inner Muse

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday. Original quote by me. I have seen many YouTube videos and read {the excerpts of} books suggesting to choose just one word to theme your year/life around. I liked this sentence more than I liked just a word for a mantra. But I guess if I were to squash that sentence down into one word, it would be “INSPIRE”. I want to help other people grow into more than what they were, see that they have the potential to do so much more than they have been. I think I have […]