So I started a bullet journal.
I bit the bullet, you can say. Honestly, I’ve been wanting to start a bullet journal for a while now, and I was going to start on for this year, but I got so comfortable in my personal Filofax for planning out my life, I didn’t see a point in having a bullet journal too. But I’ve recently reconsidered this. I don’t have to use a bullet journal to plan my life really, it could just be a log of my life. And the more I researched inspiration and the more thought about it, I realized this to be true.
I have been meaning to begin daily journaling. It’s something that I have always struggled with and while I’ve come to terms with not journaling everyday, I still want to journal in a consistent manner. I figured starting this journal could help me do that.
And like all the times I begin a new journal, this one won’t be spared a bit of art journaling. Seriously, all of my journal end up being art journals in the end, so I just accepted that fact right from the start and have dubbed this journal my artsy bullet journal. My intention is to keep it part bullet journal, part art journal, and part daily-ish log of my life. I’m hoping to stuff this baby full with all the things.
If you’re curious, I’m using a B6 Stalogy 365 Notebook. What I like most about this notebook–and why I chose it–was that it’s very similar to a Hobonichi. While it doesn’t have the beautiful Tomoe River paper, it has a suitable alternative, which is very Tomoe River like. This notebook is big–it has 365 pages–and like the Hobonichi I expect it will become very chunky. What I like the most about this notebook is that it’s undated. The pages are grid and there’s a date header section at the top of each page, but it’s so faint it can be easily ignored. What really annoyed me about the Hobonichi was that each page was dated and when I missed a few days, I felt really awful like I was falling behind in my journaling. I absolutely hate that feeling and I realized it’s because of dates. I cannot use something that its dated. I’m much better off working in a non chronological manner. It just eases my mind.
Yet, like a proper bullet journal, I did create a monthly calendar spread for the month just to have on hand. I only use a monthly, even in my Filofax, so having a copy of it in my journal seemed fitting as I’m planning to carry around this journal instead of my planner. I want to be able to scribble into it wherever I am, whenever a thought crosses my mind that I wish to get down on paper. It’s going to replace my A6 traveler’s notebook I recently setup and I’m going to begin using it as my field guide journal too. In the end, my intention is to put everything into this little notebook, for that’s what their used for right?