2018 Bullet Journal Set-Up

I have shared in the past my love of bullet journals, so I wanted to start 2018 off with a peek at how I’ve set up my 2018 Bullet Journal.

I debated on whether to keep going on my current bullet journal or start 2018 in a new journal, and I decided to begin again with a pretty new journal because my old one got a little thick (I went a little crazy with the memory keeping and decided to put some birthday cards in my journal and it pretty much doubled the size of my journal).

For my birthday, my sister got me a new Leuchterrm journal so I am using that one for 2018.

For those who have not been caught up in the bullet journaling frenzy, a bullet journal is a planner and journal all in one. The fun part is that you get to design your own planner. I have always struggled with planners in the past because even though I love them, I would constantly switch from one type of planner to the next. With bullet journaling, the layout is completely up to me so if I get bored I can switch up my layouts.

I’ve really enjoyed bullet journaling and letting my creativity run free. I find most of my inspiration through YouTube videos and Instagram posts. I utilize the bookmark tool on Instagram to save layouts or spreads that I love and want to recreate in my own journal. Below I’ve attached some screenshots of how to use the bookmark function on instagram if you have never used it before. I highly recommend it!

This year I am trying to be more productive so I’ve put more focus on creating feasible to-do tasks for each day that line up with my goals. You can read all about my goals here.

So there’s a little sneak peak into my bullet journal. I am low key obsessed with it and honestly I’m just really happy with how it’s been going. I’m also happy with the structure that it’s brought to my life. I’m so excited to see where the rest of 2018 takes me.

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Holiday Break Rewind

Happy New Year!

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I’m so happy to be back, and I’m ready to kick 2018’s butt! I am well aware that I’m saying the exact same thing a million other people say once January comes around, and just like them, I’m full of good intentions.

Better follow-through is one of my resolutions.

While I start to get back into the swing of things, I figured I would start back with what I was up to during the last couple of weeks months.

Since my last post was in November, I’ll start with Thanksgiving. I spent it with my family in North Carolina. Yes, all those people are related to me. It’s a Catholic thing.

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It’s not often that we are all together, so we had a fun little photo shoot before digging into some turkey and pie!

Here is my family. You know what they say, families that color-coordinate together, stay together.

 

At the beginning of December, Georgia had some unexpected snowfall, which was inconvenient, yet beautiful.

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I turned 23 in the month of December, but I don’t have any pictures to share. It was a pretty relaxed birthday this year spent with my friend, Cassandra, and the love of my life Adam Driver. He was too busy with press for The Last Jedi, but I was able to at least see his beautiful face on the big screen.

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Right before Christmas, MAC was reunited. Amberlyn flew in from Denver, and was able to spend a few hours with me and Cassandra before we all went home for the holidays.

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We met in Decatur at the Highland Bakery. It was such a nice restaurant with good food. Plus, the company was pretty decent too. Pictured below is my shrimp and grits. I’ve lived in Georgia my whole life but this was my first time trying the dish.

 

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Excuse the shadow of my phone. I need to get better at being a foodie.

 

As my siblings get married and essentially LEAVE, traditions tend to change. So instead of having Christmas morning with them, we all get together Christmas Eve to exchange Secret Santa gifts and have a big family dinner. Then, all of us single kids spend Christmas morning with my parents.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and loved ones. Here’s to 2018. May it be less crappy for all!

 

 

New Beginnings: The Art of Starting Over

Starting a blog is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve tried many times, but always ended up deleting everything after a few posts. I’m not sure that this one will be any different, but I’m going to try and make it something worthwhile–for me and for you. Typically, when people create a blog, something momentous has happened in their life, like a new career, or starting a family. Or, they have a talent or a passion that needs to be shared with the world, like crafting or cooking.

I am not sure where I fall in these categories. Nothing really life changing has happened. I recently moved back in with my parents to finish out my college career. My living arrangements fell through, and money was tight, so this really is the best option for me right now. It’s not necessarily what I envisioned happening, but it’s also not the worst thing in the world. I’m so incredibly lucky to be in a situation where I don’t have to pay rent or utilities. I was just so tired of struggling, of staying up crying wondering how I was going to pay for everything. While I will miss living with/seeing my friends, I don’t regret this decision.

At some point in our life, we need to make difficult decisions. Decisions that go against everything we want. If we’re lucky, we won’t have a lot of these decisions to make. Sometimes, you have to go with your gut, and hope the whole world doesn’t come crashing down. I guess I’m still waiting for the pieces to fall, but for right now, I’m okay. It’s a new start. The possibilities are endless, so we’ll where this takes me.

I have always been passionate about writing, but I’ve never found the right outlet to express that. So bear with me, because this process, this journey, isn’t going to be perfect by any means.

“I wish as everybody else to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” –Jane Austen