Bullet Journalling: The Easy Way

Hello Internet!

In a slump at the start of the year: are the motivation and organization goals getting too much for you? Or haven’t you started on the bullet journal trend? Here are my top ten tips to glide your life to the goals you’ve been wishing for. And it’s really simple!

You will need to succeed:

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Sorry for the yellowed lighting on these photographs.

  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • A notebook
  • A pen or pencil
  • Determination

Rules (a rough guide):

To maintain an awesome standard of journaling make sure you take ten minutes of your time every day to get your next day listed, colour-coded and prepared. Ten minutes is a large stretch but having the extra time helps with better consistency (making it good every day, not just at the weekends when there’s extra time.)

To-do lists are your only way of not procrastinating and really getting organized. Setting a schedule and some lists helps you understand what NEEDS to be done. Then, you’ll know that if you procrastinate nothing will get done! So write a to-do list per day, or per week, whatever suits you. Also, make sure you include the little things as it will make you feel so much more motivated to carry on!

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Write a sentence or paragraph to sum up your day. I add a little box to the end of my to-do list that states ‘good thing that happened’, and I’ll write one good thing. You could write a paragraph though if you wanted!

Leave space for notes. Girl, you need to add notes. Make sure you are jotting down where to be, when and why. NOTES, NOTES, NOTES!

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Other helpful, short-hand steps:

Add in doodles, little illustrations that might keep you happy.

Have a page for quotes!

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Leave your bullet journal open on your desk so you see it first thing in the morning.

Have list of your new year’s goals, and choose a certain colour on your to-do list that signifies “things to do that maintain my resolutions”.

Never go un-colour-coded.

Always write ‘next day plans’ on your list!

I hope these tips will help you push forward! You can do it if you try.

Have an amazing week, full of notes and to-do lists!

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WEEKLY INSPIRATION: ‘The sky’s not the limit, look what astronauts did.’

ASK YOURSELF THIS WEEK: ‘Why?’

Bored? I’ve Got You Sorted.

Hey Internet!

Today I’m going to show you what things you can do when you’re bored! I saw Zoe Ware doing one of these on her Youtube channel not long ago and I’m going to use the same step one/disclaimer.

  1. Are you sure you aren’t procrastinating? Make sure you have nothing to do. If you are bored with doing your homework then, *Nike says it all* JUST DO IT! It’s not as if you have nothing you need to be doing, so, get it done with, then carry on with these steps.
  2. If you are following a long at home then now you’ll actually, probably, be bored! Step two is to go outside. At least every day you must go out into the world and just get some fresh air. Whether that’s doing your 30 minutes of excercise by going on a short walk, or going on a bike ride with your friends to a little cafè, whatever suits you!
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Long, long legs!

3) I think this is slightly separate to the second step: go get some excercise! Anything from dancing, to rugby: just go out and get started!

4) Read a book: get lost in a great book.

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Maybe the Princess and Star Wars combination is a bit weird…?

5) Make a den! I’ll make a whole post on this but go back to the future and make a den. Line it with fairy lights, blankets, a book, some Pom-pom makers (maybe only for me then?) and YouTube. You’ll have a whale of a time.

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6) BAKE! Get messy and try out some recipes that seem interesting. Make them as wacky and wonderful as you like. Please send me photos!

7) Sketch or DIY, do something artistic! Maybe a pygmy-puff,  or a glitter globe like this one!

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8) Start a blog, and write your hearts out! A blog is the best thing to do when you’re bored.

9) Practice/start to learn a musical instrument. I play cello, keyboard and a bit of ukulele.

10) Tidy your room, sort out your space. Throw some things away and finally sort your huge clothes pile!

11) Start a diary (bullet journal are awesome! I follow YouTube channel ‘Doodles By Sarah’ for awesome tips on bullet diaries)

12) Take up a new hobby. Easier said than done I’m afraid…

13) Go through your old toys or watch some cringey TV shows from your childhood!

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Catchphrase!

I hope you like these ideas! Please send me some awesome things you do when you’re bored.

Have a great non-boring day,

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A Gentle Crystal Morning | Poetry

Hey Internet!

Long time no see! I’ve been on a short break in Amsterdam from Monday-Wednesday. I did promise you photos! They’re on their way, I just need to download them. And anyway, I can’t do with a photo dump right now. XD

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This morning I went on a walk, and I thought a bit beyond the ordinary. I’m going to show you some descriptive text/poetry that I composed in my head:

“The wind was a river of sunlight, along the gusty trees,

The leaves were delicate pendants, glistening to be seen.

And the warmth was a kiln of Blacksmith’s, over the high-strung moor,

The graveyard started crunching, crunching,

The graveyard of fallen pendants, dying, dying,

Why do we leave these lying,

Along the high-strung moor.

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My Inspiration/Reference

The crystallization of rocks, beside the gliding hopes,

The giving of the houses, leaving them to rot.

And the water was running, running on ropes.

It’s hard to be a good man, good man,

When life’s bad and, bad and,

When lives bad and strung over the world.”

*I’m not the poetic type, as you can tell*

I hope you like it! It’s based around the style of  ‘The Highwayman’  poem.

Please let me know if you would like to see more of my poem-y bits!

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Love, Art And a Few Tangents

Hey Internet!

Thank you so much for likes and comments on my last post. The collaboration was lovely to put together so I’m pleased you loved it!

Just to clear things up a bit:

I will not be posting till Friday or Thursday as I’m going to Amsterdam! I’ll be taking lots of photos in this wonderful city. I hope you enjoy photo dumps! My posting schedule is currently Monday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (definitely once a weekend). So that’s three posts per week!

*sorry for all of my cheesy exclamation mark ending sentences. I’m not talented in this online world :)*

Today I’m dumping some sketches and brainstorms. No, they’re not works of art, however, the stages of becoming an artist are awesome to see. I certainly love stalking other’s social media profiles to see these things…

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*Absolute nonsense*

*CRINGE* I love drawing, painting and doodling. It’s nice to express yourself with simple characters. That’s why blogging is so awesome! Random people from all over the world are seeing your expressions, not your influence.

When I started this blog way back last year (it seems like centuries ago, I do not know how I coped without it) I did it to anonymously speak to teenagers/young adults who need some reassurance and time to themselves. I love being anonymous because no-one can judge what you look like, but only your inner self. And I think that’s the beast and beauty of the world.

People judge you from the outside.

And it’s not the inside they see first.

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Chibi brother and sister ❤

I don’t think I believe in love at first sight. One glance, ‘ain’t enough to fall in love. Yes, Jack loved Rose’s looks, and I can’t blame him, she’s beautiful (I’m not gay, by the way, I know it’s sounds kinda’ weird). But Rose got to new Jack before love started to form in-between them. I think it’s takes more than ‘a glance’ to properly fall in love. What do you think? Do you find love at first sight something to believe in?

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Terrible fail at mosaic!

My main artist cheerleaders are YouTubers and close friends! (I’m such a saddo)

Thank you for reading/quickly scanning my post! I hope you loved my cheesy tangents and weird sketches!

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WEEKLY INSPIRATION

“Do your future self a favour, and work hard today.” – Unknown

Debating Animal Testing | Ft. InfinitelyADayDreamer

Hey Internet!

I know I’ve been mentioning a collaboration with “infinitelyadaydreamer” for a while now. Well, it’s finally here! I can’t thank Maryam enough for this opportunity, but, when within my reach, it’s hard not to take the experience!

We’re today debating the war over animal testing. Imagine a strong, powerful storm is approaching you. That with be me and Maryam. Opening a rainbow full of treasures to explore.

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Here we go!

Maryam’s Vital Opinion:

I could think of a billion reasons why I’m against animal testing.

To really understand this issue, we need to go to the root of the problem.

What’s that?

That is the basis of all destruction.

The belief that others aren’t worthy of the same treatment, the same respect and care that we, as people, expect.

And that is why companies go ahead with their cruel experiments. Because to them, it is nothing.

Hitler. The concentration camps.

Yes, it’s happening again.

That’s what we are like, to them.

Or am I using an overly extreme example?

Animals are like us. Exactly like us.

Let’s not be the people we’re afraid of.

 

I am a vegetarian.

For me, for the animals, for love.

When I found better sustenance, my eyes were truly opened to every aspect of this lifestyle.

I couldn’t be a willing participant in the pain of this world’s most innocent, so I simply stopped.

I threw away all my makeup, and vowed never to buy brands that supported animal testing again.

Vegetarianism is honestly so much more than cutting out meat.

It’s about going to bed with a clear conscience.

Knowing you are doing right.

All life clings to life.

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My Bunny, Tufty-Fluff (don’t ask about the name please…)

My Opinion:

There’s nothing but hate in animal testing.

Why is it that we all say that we are against it in this argument yet it isn’t enough to persuade the big brands?

I believe in equal rights; the same goes for animals.

We are animals, we live on earth, we have a purpose.

So do they.

Before humans, all that animals had to do was to reproduce and bring up their offspring.

Yet we have made one of the biggest impacts on the world and we aren’t here to just keep the race living.

No.

We are here to leave a special footprint.

That’s not where we are going with animal testing. No way.

So consider your choices.

Go out there and make a good impact. Never go back to being inconsiderate.

Little things like putting sauce on chips can make a massive difference. If you didn’t add sauce, your parents might’ve brought up a different conversation. You could’ve not started to draw passionately, who knows? But it makes a difference.

“Thou shall not kill”, taken from The Holy Bible: The Ten Commandments. In this particular quote He doesn’t mention in which species we shall not kill. So why are some Christians killing animals during animal testing?

Just something to think about.

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We have a big galaxy to take care of, not just Earth.

I hoped you over our collaboration! Please leave your debates down below. If you like to see more of Maryam then please check out her awesome blog! Full of photos, animals and advice; what’s not to like?

Have a great weekend. Spend it wisely! (I know how fast they go!) Anything interesting going on in your life? Please contact me!

Take care,

Erin xx