Monday, January 9, 2017

I Bit the Bullet (Journal)

To say that notebooks are my thing would be like saying that dogs have a mild affinity for bouncing tennis balls. I buy notebooks like I buy books: ravenously and in quantities that border on wholesale. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate used book stores and the library.

When I first saw bullet journals popping up on Pinterest I ignored them because I already journal, make daily to-do lists, track my runs with an app, and use Goodreads for books that I’m reading. Adding something else in just didn’t make sense, especially since I’m not a particularly artistic person.

Eventually I gave in to Pinterest peer pressure (but I won’t be handcrafting birthday goodie bags, dammit). I'm not doing it strictly by the books (ba dum tss) or using any type of specially-designed notebook, because if I'm going to stick with something, it needs to be on my own terms.

I'm using it to make my daily to-do list which actively replaces what I was using before, but otherwise the bullet journal is in addition to everything else. Because I’m a person who likes lists. They make my life feel tidy and organized even when it’s anything but.

Read #3 was awful. Just awful.

I'm only a few days into the bullet journal, but I'm liking it so far. It combines: 
  • my love of lists
  • bright pens
  • keeping track of the little things that happen throughout my day.
I still journal in my, well, journal, but I usually only sit down to do so at the end of the day, and the bullet journal is handy for jotting down a quick thought, story idea, or just something that happened that I'd like to remember.

Plus, I may not be creative, but come on this is kind of cute.

I hope that you all had a fantastic winter break and enjoyed your holidays. We spent our time being lazy, reading, and enjoying this bomb-ass fire pit that my parents got us for Christmas.

Have you started any new habits recently? Or do you journal regularly?


  1. I used to journal. Now I use my private family blog for that purpose. I love lists though. Maybe finding a notebook to keep all my lists in the same place isn't such a bad idea, plus, I get to buy a new notebook. Looks like a win/win.

  2. Great job!!! I can't draw, so I avoid those types of journals. I did buy a passion planner, but it was just too much work.

  3. I haven't kept a journal for years. But I've started to like to-do lists more and more :-)

  4. I'm trying to get into journaling. I do write in a book, but not all the time. I have started new habits, but I lost them! LOL! I got to get back on track!

  5. I always carry my journal around with me, just in case I come across a coffee shop where I can sit down and write. I love buying new notebooks too; even when I was a kid, I'd always to go to the office supplies section just so I could browse through the notebooks. I like the Moleskine journals best.

  6. I've been journaling since I was 9, and it's so much a part of me...but it's also time consuming. With all these kinds running around, I end up jotting my lists on scraps of paper, the back of envelopes, even on TP every now and then. (Because it's the only thing handy.) Whatever works, eh?

  7. I used to journal in my High School but for some reason I left it.