August Bullet Journal Set-Up 2020 | How I Stay Organised + A Pop Of Colour

Bon matin, mes amis! How are you doing? As I scroll through my published posts (almost 300!) I notice that I haven’t done a bullet journal set-up post since April… oops. I got into the rhythm of filming them for IGTV however, due to the poor wi-fi, I couldn’t edit them. That’s a shame. Maybe the YouTube career is purposely telling me to stay away, haha! So, today’s post is going to be an insight into my August bullet journal set-up. August, if you didn’t know, is my birth month. That’s why I decided on a yellow theme, because yellow is my favourite colour!

This font is new to me; I’ve never tried it before. However I was just experimenting with different ways to write ‘Monday’ and this style stood out to me. For that reason, I have incorporated into the rest of my spreads. I also did some weird squiggly lines, and a bit of black pen here and there. In my opinion, it’s cool. What is your verdict?

Although I usually skip over the quote part of a cover page, this month I thought, ‘why not?’. So here’s a motivational quote by Muhammed Ali.

Continuing on, we have the monthly spread. Here’s my calendar for the month, where I jot down important dates, events and to-dos. I do not use this one for any blog planning, just my personal life. I have 5 friends, two of which birthdays are in August alongside me. My best friend shares her birthday with my brother, on the 31st August. It’s a very busy month in the baking department. However, with a bit of 1D playing, it’s always enjoyable.

As we turn the page, you are greeted by a smaller calendar. This is where I plan what content goes out when. I will not write the titles of each blog post, or the caption of each Instagram post. I use a separate calendar for that on my phone, because my blog schedule often moves around due to collabs. This is just so I know that on Wednesday I need to post on Instagram and my blog, and on Thursday I must write a post for The Positivity Club etc.

Now for my ideas spread! I probably made this one a bit too small, but it’s cute. My problem is that I have so many ideas stored up in my little brain, but I don’t have the energy to actually write the full posts. Can you relate? Or is that just me?

Unfortunately, we have reached the final page of my August bullet journal set up. Sad times, or maybe you’re not sad because you want me to get this over and done with. Since it is my birthday month, I decided to make a page for a wish list. I don’t believe this is bratty, I think it’s very useful. Often we get to the week before my birthday and my lovely kind friends and family pose the question: ‘what do you want for your birthday?’. In that moment, I could choose any random article. That’s why I like to refer to a list.

Plus, a wish list also helps when you are swerved to buy something by an advertisement. You might see a bath bomb, for example, and think ‘ahh, I’d love to spurge my money on this’. Things like that, impulse buys, should really go onto a wish list then be contemplated for a few days before you decide whether or not you truly want it. In the process you may see something else on your wish list that you should prefer to buy, because you have wanted it for longer.

And this set-up only took four supplies, plus a old notebook!

I’m so lucky that I’ll be having a safe birthday this year, surrounded by family. I feel desperately sorry for those who have had to spend occasions, since the outbreak in March, apart from family. Additionally, I hope those in unsafe domestic situations are given the assistance they need. For too many people, staying at home has been the opposite of helpful. 

Wear a mask, wash your hands but don’t dehydrate them. Use hand cream! Please!

What are your goals for August? Do you have any plans?

As always, leave your response in the comments so that I can chat with you! To comment, if you’re not allowed directly from WordPress, you will have to click in the top right hand corner and ‘open in Safari’. It is a bit annoying, I do apologise.

Have a lovely week,

catherine x

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May The Force Be With You | Star Wars Themed May Bullet Journal Set-Up

With all of this time on my hands, I decided to be a bit more adventurous with my bullet journal theme for May. Star Wars was a key part of my childhood and I still get excited by the anticipation of new films. This post is only going to be a short one, although I hope you enjoy it.

My cover page is quite simple, though the Star Wars font is recognisable. On the left hand page I decided to do a quote from Yoda: ‘Do or do not, there is no try’. I decided on this as my motto for May because I want to put a lot of effort into everything I do. That includes schoolwork, blogging, music and more.

I’m sure I won’t be using the calendar page for anything other than birthdays and blogging. However it is nice to have! Especially if my school start doing online classes and video calls. Though they’re not the most tech-savvy, so I don’t really know if that will happen haha. 

These are the pages I put effort into, my habit and mood tracker. Usually I don’t keep up with these but I’m going to this month! (linking back to previously – there is no try). 

My habit-sabers are going to be where I track the habits I want to get into daily. Most of these I’ve got into a routine of doing, but tracking them down helps motivate me to carry on. Here are all of the things I want to track in my bullet journal for May:

  • Reading the Goldfinch (more on that in another post)
  • Practise my cello
  • Morning yoga
  • Writing for my blog
  • Catching up on other people’s posts
  • Reply to notifications and comments
  • Following my morning routine
  • Getting ready for bed at 8:00pm
  • Duolingo

We couldn’t have a spread without a bit of wordplay! If you watch Star Wars, you may be aware of the quote ‘that’s no moon’ in reference to the Death Star. For my mood tracker I crossed out the ‘moon’ and put ‘mood’ instead, since it’s where I’ll shade in my emotions. As the Death Star is grey, I’ll be colouring each section in a different shade of grey. If I do fill it in, hopefully it will end up looking like an authentic Death Star.

Now, those are all of the spreads for May! I will be adding in more as the month goes on, such as a TBR spread and blog post ideas etc. However I’m nearing dangerously close to the end of this bujo. At this rate, I imagine I’ll have to buy a new one for June! So keep your eyes peeled for more bullet journal content (setting up my new bullet journal!)

Do you have a bullet journal? What do you want to achieve in May?

May the force be with you,

erin x

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Top 5 Easy Tips On How To Glow-Up/Get Out Of A Slump

Deciding to take a break wasn’t an impulse decision that happened overnight. In fact, the factors leading to my unexplained hiatus were brewing for a few months. I soldiered through my schedule, ticking boxes and the sort, until I realised that I probably need to step back and consider myself for a second. Because though I was promoting self-care and exercise, I wasn’t doing it for myself. It was very hard, at first, to begin my mini ‘glow-up’. Especially because beforehand my schedule revolved around school and being busy. When school closed and all my plans were cancelled, that’s when I found time on my hands. I didn’t spend my extra time productively and ended up binge-eating and watching a lot of TV. It was unhealthy but I caught myself before it got worse. I plucked myself out of my sad hole and said, ‘let’s take a break from social media, start working out, continue with my yoga and stop snacking’. The expectations of myself weren’t realistic, which meant sticking to them felt like I’d conquered heaven and earth. I’m still in the process of keeping to them, of course. Health is for life, not just for January. I’m not an expert but here are few tips for any of you that want to glow up:

1) Exercise

Workouts aren’t my cup of tea but I found an amazing YouTuber called Lucy who does 7 minute regimes that get your heart rate up but aren’t so hard that you collapse on the ground! I found it easy to slip it in to my mornings and it has had a profound impact on the rest of the day, making me feel like I can conquer my to-do list. You’ve heard me rant about yoga previously, and I also do that every morning. At the moment I can only go out for exercise once a day and it’s always a walk with my family. Though I only do a little bit, it has massively changed my life.

2) Waking Up At A Consistent Time

You don’t need to be a morning person to be productive. I always wake up at 6am but if you go to bed later than obviously you still have the same hours in the day (06.00-22.00 or 09.00-01.00). Go to bed at a consistent time and wake up at the same time too. Your body will get into a routine as long as you don’t skip a day (including weekends). I’ve not to a point where I can trust myself to wake up without an alarm but I’m sure you can.

3) No Snacking

It’s tricky, but it’s good for me. It means I can appreciate my meals more and I hardly ever feel bloated. I still have a tangerine mid-morning but I’ve cut out the late-night snacking thing that I really struggled with. 

4) Be Forgiving

I’ll have a packet or crisps every now and then. I’ll miss a workout or wake up later. The key is to not be hard on yourself. And the more forgiving you are, the easier it is to carry on again. I used to do workouts every day but then I’d miss one. Once I’d miss one, I’d think it was pointless then all of that effort has gone to waste. Please don’t do that to yourselves! 

5) To-Do Lists

It’s second nature for me to write a to-do list every day. I find them an effective way to keep on track of what you need to do. Especially with home-schooling, it’s important I’m getting my work done. Sometimes I might need to set my own work just to make sure I don’t fall behind! I keep my to-do lists in my bullet journal. As my bujo is a ‘pretty’ place, I feel a certain extent of pressure to tick off my lists just because it makes me spreads look complete. It’s a healthy pressure though and often means I get things done.

Those are all the five tips I have for you today. I am not perfect and I just want to make it clear that I don’t always keep to these tips. This blog is supposed to be as raw and truthful as possible. This sort of lifestyle is me at my peak, obviously why I’d like to share it with you. I don’t feel compelled to telling you about my unhealthy habits because that’s my past. I only want this to be a positive space, and I am living proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So if you are going through a rough time, please talk to me or someone that you trust. I am always here for those of you that need me. If you don’t want to share with me, just try to follow these few tips. They helped me out of a rut and I’m sure they’ll help you too. 

Do you have any glow-up tips? How do you get out of a slump? Could you share some motivation in the comments of this post, to help someone going through a rough time?

Can’t wait to hear from you,

erin x

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April Bullet Journal Set-Up | Exciting New Video!

Instead of the usual chatty blog post, this month I decided to share my bullet journal set-up in a video. I hope to do more of this in the future… possibly every month? You can see the video on IGTV here.

For those of you who can’t get on to Instagram, here’s a little summary:

This month’s theme is large, pink flowers. I decided it on a whim, not particular thinking about its correlation with the month of April. It was very easy to draw and I did so while watching Miranda! I absolutely adore that show. Instead of using the traditional bullet journal ‘hand-lettering’, I went for this bold bubble letter font. 

My calendar spread was kept simple and, for those of you recreating, the squares are 6×6 dots. I like this page to be functional so I don’t busy it with lots of doodles. Again, I used the bold font and bright flowers for the background.

Now, I don’t usually do these trackers. However I do have more time and hopefully I’ll keep up with it! My goals for this months are working out, yoga, reading 100+ pages a day, practising my cello, less than an hour on my phone and writing. 

On the left of this I have my ‘book’s read’ spread. Hopefully I’ll fill the whole page up, motivating me to start writing reviews again. This past month I have been in a reading slump and it was super hard to get out of. But now I’m reading more, hopefully I can push out more reviews for you! I love reading them but haven’t written one in a long time. 

That’s it for this month! I decided to keep it nice and simple (hopefully attainable) because I have a bad history of never filling in habit trackers or book charts etc. Thank you so much for reading, and watching if you can. I really appreciate the support I’ve received on my first video. Let me know in the comments if you liked it, and I’ll be sure to do more.

What are your goals for April? What amazing things did you achieve in March?

erin x

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Mental Health March Bullet Journal Set-Up | Happy Clouds & Positivity

For a little time in February, I stopped writing myself to-do lists. There was a dip in my productivity, but I also found time for things I never usually had time for! However, now I’m back to school, lists are essential. How else can I keep track of what needs to get done? Though I spent a lot of time with friends and family, those few weeks were so disorganised. You may know that I’m not a fan of disorder!

March’s bullet journal theme is clouds. Now we are entering Spring, there are breaks in the clouds. However, when I was drawing up this set-up, it was so drizzly and grey! In the UK we had two consecutive storms. Luckily I avoided the floods. Please wish the best for those who did get stuck in it. I hope those affected get back to normal soon 🙃

I didn’t do a cover page; it’s not useful and I spend a lot of time rubbing out and recorrecting! So the first page of March is the monthly spread.

The box grid layout works best for me, even though it looks boring. It’s very functional! There is always a little strip on the side which the calendar doesn’t cover. I used this to put my habit trackers. The goals I’d like to track this month are:

To-Do Lists

I want to write a to-do list every day! Last month I got out of routine so I would like to return to routine this month.

Cello

As all months, I want to practise my cello often! If I track it, I hold myself accountable. 

Less Than an Hour on My Phone

Sometimes I don’t do this, and waste the day away. Now it’s nicer outside I will naturally be on my phone less. However, tracking it is always a good motivation. If I finish a week of being below my screen time limit, I treat myself! Usually my reward is to sit down and watch YouTube for a bit. 

100+ Pages Per Day

The first week of March is my readathon and I really hope I read more than 100 pages a day! But, when that’s over, I need a reason to keep reading. My habit tracker always helps me to do this. 

The next spread is my book tracker! I have ambitiously got a whole page to fill. I did track this at the front of my bullet journal, but I couldn’t put my ratings in such a small space. Hopefully there’ll be a few five star reads this month.

I’ve never done this before, but I wanted to make a ‘happy clouds’ spread. Whenever something good happens, I’m going to write it in one of these clouds. It’s more attainable than a mood tracker!

That’s the end of my set-up for this month! Hope you enjoyed reading, if you did stick to the end. 

Do you enjoy Spring? What the theme in your bullet journal this month?

erin x

The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number. That’s approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all shares our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share with you their perspectives on mental health too!

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