Pushing through some quirks

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I’ve been known to be anti-trendy.  Which is to say that if it’s trendy, I prefer to stay away from it… even if I like it.

I’m not sure why I’m like that, but I am… sorry.

That’s why it was so weird a couple weeks ago when I, standing in front of the tape display at Office Max, told my husband I wanted a roll of washi tape.  I blame Shayda!  Apparently I really am last on this boat because my mom and my sister both have collections of the stuff.  Who knew?  But I loved how Shayda used washi tape in her bullet journal.

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Yes, I know.  Bullet journals are all the rage right now too.  But I’ve resisted… until now.  Who has time for all that non-sense (sorry… not hating, I promise!)  I have secretly been stalking bullet journalers on youtube lately.  Have you ever seen a “plan with me” video?  Well, I’ve been watching some of my favorite youtube artists plan their bullet journals and part of me wants to jump in.  But….  I use my phone for my calendar stuff… and it’s working for me.  And I have all my homeschool planning in an excel sheet… and it’s working for me.  I don’t NEED a bullet journal.

But then…

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Just think, if I do a little chicken doodle every month on my egg tracker page, I may figure out how to draw them. 🙂

What about all the things I don’t currently have a system for?  Like tracking my chickens?

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A spot for recording what I’m thankful for?

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My Bible reading highlights? (This doubles as a tracker for reading and meditating on God’s Word every day for me… in addition to whatever I’ve done with the kids.)

I don’t usually jump in to stuff like this in the middle.  I’m a “start January 1st or not at all” kinda girl.  But I’m working on that.  I didn’t have the dot grid journal I wanted either, so I decided to just jump in with what I have as a sort of practice (see, I’m pushing through those quirks).  I’m trying it out.  I’m using the rest of this only half used composition notebook.  It’s not perfect, but it’s working.  And I’ve told myself I’m only doing this on trial for now.  (That’s less pressure for perfection!)

Going forward I’m thinking about using two different bullet journals, one for the “farming” side of my life and one for everything else.  If I can get a book I like, I’d like to start the “farming” journal in March (I’d better get on this).  My “regular” journal would include my prayer journal pages, gratitude, reading highlights, habit trackers (including weight loss), and homeschooling pages.  I’d like to start this one in July when we start our new school year (its a compromise to not starting January 1st).

The best part… when I don’t have time to be illustrating and painting like I would like to, a bullet journal gives me a chance to do something creative in little bits of time and to experiment with less pressure.  And something to share here… even if they are still pretty beginner level. 🙂  Some of my pages may be fancy and others may be plain.  We’ll see what I have time for.

 

Do you have a bullet journal?