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You'll Shoot Your Eye Out themed week in my Bullet Journal - Planning for the week before Christmas, handlettered & watercolor painted

December Week 4: Official Red Ryder Air Rifle – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

The Theme of the Theme! But Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah the reason behind A Christmas Story movie – the Official Red Ryder carbon action two-hundred shot range model air rifle. How could I have A Christmas Story movie theme without paying homage to “you’ll shoot your eye out”?! I had a lot more included in the sketch – I had a quote from the original Red Ryder, but the drawing didn’t come out right, so I didn’t include it. Have you seen those gorgeous hand-lettered pieces of art where the text makes the shape of something (in this case, […]

Holiday Bucket List and Collections

Holiday Bucket List & Next Month’s Plans – Collections

Monthly Collections Did you know that 2017 is nearly over? I just got used to writing 2017 now I have to learn something new. Something else new: This spread! Both pages are completely new. I’ve never been big on writing down goals I think for two reasons. 1) I am afraid of them – what if I don’t succeed? 2) What if I succeed? A controversy – I know! I believe I am not the only one to fall into this ‘what if I do and what if I don’t’ trap. Seasonal Bucket Lists are Tradition-Keepers and Memory Makers This just […]

December Monthly Log + Santa's Naughty & Nice To Do List

December Planning: Monthly Log

Monthly Log: Why Repeat if it Didn’t Succeed the First Time? I failed miserably with this layout in September. You’ve never seen it – I turned the page on that spread, used a box-grid calendar and glance at it only occasionally. And no, I didn’t give this spread a C+, that is simply a nod to A Christmas Story – which is my monthly theme for December. So why did I go back to this Monthly Log Spread if I didn’t succeed the first time? Well, there are a couple of reasons: First of all, I really want it to succeed! […]

December Sneak Preview - A Christmas Story Theme - Plan the planner + Video walk through

Plan the Planner: Introducing the Theme – A Christmas Story

December Here Already?!? It’s nearly December and almost the conclusion of 2017. The end of the year always makes me reminisce and this is time is no different. 2017 has been extremely eventful. I had my 3rd (and most likely last) baby in February, just after we were getting back on our feet from my husband being out of work for 5 months in 2016. My parents spent several weeks going between my house and my sister’s house due to the baby, weddings, missions, etc. They managed to catch a few of my nephew’s sporting events too. Summer was a […]

Hello December! Bullet Journal welcome page

Hello December! A Christmas Story Theme

December Plans Begin! Hello December! It’s knocking on the door. Do you have your decorations up? We don’t put them up until after Thanksgiving – and take them down the 1st Saturday(ish) after – rarely, if ever, are they up after New Years. Some years my husband ventures to the roof to put up Christmas lights on our house. And other years, the feeling of dread for this task is too great. Last year we didn’t put up the lights on our house. It devastated my kids. They were certain that Santa would skip over our house. He kind of […]

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 – […]

A Deliciously Simple Weekly Bullet Journal Spread Vertical Open Squared Weekly Bullet Journal Planner Layout with large center margins

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. […]

Life is Happening Now Header

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 […]

Leave white space in design and in your life

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 […]

And like that…It’s November – 1st Week of November – Minimal for Function

And like that…It’s November. What in the world? It’s November! I just got used to writing 2017 as the year. We are in the thick of holiday season (or very near to the thick – is that a thing?) and I am definitely relying on my minimalistic weekly designs to guide me through this busy time of year.  I decided this month to start at the beginning of the month instead of half the week’s spread from October and the other half as November. So I ended up with a couple of half-week layouts. I had big plans for the start […]

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 […]

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. […]

Fall weekly log/layout with wooden signs, apple collection bucket and ripe apples for the picking!

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 […]

Near-Minimalist Monthly Spread with Rounded corners

Keep the Function of a Monthly Calendar Spread with a Touch of Flair

October Monthly Calendar Layout I didn’t always use a bullet journal as my preferred method of keeping track of my life. I used other planners. In fact, I used a planner once as a journal so I would have just a snippet of space to write in. It worked, for a while. But here is the thing, I was flipping through my old planners and they were so boring. The function was there, but the inspiration wasn’t. I have many half-filled or abandoned planners – it’s really embarrassing. There were planners where there months where there was nothing recorded.  It wasn’t […]

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, […]

Colorful New York City building silhouette at sunrise and reflection | Bullet Journal Inspiration | Weekly Log

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 […]

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 […]