Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hello August!

It seems the months get busier and busier as they go along.  July was amazing!  I run an amazing summer camp with amazing women and it is the Highlight of my year!  If anyone wants to see what I was up to check out:    More info on that to come and feel free to check out the blog post listed above in my link area at the top of this site!

Now!  Moving on to August.  I find that I am already back to school planning.  Funny how school ran right into camp, now camp runs into school.  I have a few weeks to clean, reset, and prep spaces and programs for the new year.  Busy all the time, honestly, that's how I like it.

This month I decided to change a few things, keeping the simplicity of July's Monthly Layout...
I found I was forgetting to check back to my monthly view for my tracking data.  So this month I will track by the week.  It means I need to leave space for a tracker, and break up some of the simplicity of my layout.  I think I will be able to manage this, as I haven't filled all boxes for a  few weeks.

I also spent a lot of time adding daily trackers, such as water intake and sleep log.  Depending how the rest of the month goes I have have to abandon this plan for the simpler grid trackers, or incorporate them into my weekly tracker.  More to come this month on how well I do with this format.

Summer days are winding down, my garden is producing, and my son is my daily assistant.  Hoping for a little bit of downtime to incorporate a yoga class back into my life, but so far things are looking good for August!

More to come soon....

Happy Journaling!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hello July!

Hello July!

July is my favorite month, because I help run a Summer camp.  I get to make art all day long, and show kids how to think outside the box and use their creativity to make something out of nothing.  More on that later.

July is my favorite month, it is also one of my busiest.  Besides Camp we have been working on several projects around the house and backyard.  We are not all work, though I really like accomplishing things.  July is also the month of summer music and concert season for my husband and I.  All this on top of regular family duties and responsibilities make July a wonderful and fun month.

To reflect all of this I changed my Monthly Layout to a much more simplified and streamlined look.

This month I decided to simplify my trackers from last month, realizing I was trying to track far too many things.  This month I will focus on what I need to track but not necessarily give 100% focus to tracking this month.  The trackers that remained are Yoga, Swim, Walk, Alcohol, Etsy, Journaling, Screen time, and Time out.  These trackers help me monitor how I may be doing emotionally/physically per day.  If I find I am anxious, upset, or unfocused there have been correlation to exercise or alcohol intake, paired with lack of journaling or creative expression.  So keeping an over view of these items has been helpful over the past few months and will remain.

When it comes to tracking my monthly calendar I find this page is left forgotten towards the end of the month as I use my weekly layouts to sustain my planning week by week.  So this month I really focused on upcoming events, dates, and concerts so I have just an overall plan, but not relying on storing additional information on these pages.

So far I'm 6 days into June and everything is working out nicely.  More on the new projects and weekly spread coming soon!

Happy Journaling!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Feature Photo!

Then there was that time I had one of my Monthly Layouts featured in:

I featured this layout in my June Monthly Layout Blog post.

This is an article about Bullet Journal and it's effects (proven or Not) on the writer in form of expression/therapy/mental wellness.  Check out more about the Writer:

Nicola Davis

Nicola Davis writes about science, technology and health for the Guardian and Observer and was commissioning editor for Observer Tech Monthly. Previously she worked for the Times and other publications. She has a MChem and DPhil in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford. Nicola also presents the Science Weekly podcast.

Practicing the Bullet Journal System has really made a difference in my mental wellness.  I am usually very busy, my motto:  "I only need 18 more hours today.... but no one else can have them...."

If I didn't have to sleep I would get so much done.  Alas, I'm not in school anymore (I didn't sleep along high school-college).  I have held several jobs at one time and always seem to put others needs above my own.  This week I fell behind in my journal and I have been in the weeds.  A wonderful night out with my husband on Sunday led to great fun, but cut into the time I usually spend riffling through the lists that roll over from week to week.  I have 7 calendars and emails to match, a 6 year old, a theater company, a home ETSY business, and some resemblance of a life....

Having a Layout selected for a Blog is an awesome reminder that I do good things and spending a little time working though my lists is good for me.

So, check back next week for a new Awesome Layout!

Happy Journaling!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Weekly Layout!

This week has already proven to be super busy... but very productive.

I've been working on a side project for A Broken Umbrella and lots of hours have been spent getting things ready over the past few weeks... and will continue for the next few months.  Which meant that this week I had to create a super quick and simple Weekly Layout.

Last week was a 3 day weekend, and I had ample time to layout the month of June and create a fancy layout last week, they were super detailed.  Unfortunately, I spent my weekend at work on Saturday for 10 hours and another 6 hours painting on Sunday, so I was really short on time.  This week's layout is super simple.  I've kept my daily tasks on the left, last week I found I was cramming a ton into that left page.  This week I separated out a few things, giving myself an area that was about the size of a 3"x 3" post it note to work with on my daily lists.  So far it's been working out nicely.

On the right I plan through my larger (non-day specific lists).  This week I separated out my water and sleep trackers (from my daily lists) this saved so much time!  In last week's layout I had to break each day out for a tracker, which involved many more smaller lines/boxes.  This week I just had 2 small grids to make and was fun!  Also, I walked away from my color highlighters this week.  Trying to keep things simple. I have been filling in my grids with lines with my handy dandy Straedtler 0.3 pen, which is my standard log pen.  No need to carry around all of my markers, though I miss them, I've been far less concerned about tracking by color.

Speaking of tracking by color.  Last week I took a step away from my rainbow food tracking to a simple day plan.  I took things a step further this week by planning out my whole meal plan (work days only).  This has made mornings much simpler.  At night while I'm tracking my notes/reflections/lists from the day I put my food together in the fridge based on meal plan I created and in the mornings I can just throw everything in my lunch box.  The goal is to eat though the refrigerator and not my feelings.  When I'm left to pick out food I will always go with what I want to eat instead of what I should eat.
I love eating my feelings......
my feelings always want cheeseburgers...

This week I've laid out a plan and so far I'm sticking to it, yes I know it's only Tuesday.  So far, I have had enough food with me every day and if I take my feelings of the equation, I find that I can only eat what I have, and it's a much healthier option.

Here's to making a plan and sticking to it.  Making a plan is always easier to follow then making the plan, but I'm working on it.  Thanks for checking out this week and see you soon!  I have a bunch of new listings in the shop and hope to have another post about them coming soon!

happy journaling!