Starting at around age 13 I began a love affair with calendars.  I love calendars.  I love writing in what I’m going to do or what I’ve done, looking ahead to see what’s up, using colorful pens to note special days.  In the beginning, my calendars were very simple.  I picked up a free one that Hallmark used to give out, use it until the end of the year, then grab another.  As I got older, the calendars got larger, then got smaller, then settled into a nice mid-size.

Through all these calendars and planners, I never found one that really had all things I needed.  Then, this month, I discovered the Bullet Journal.  It’s a pretty tight system that you can alter to fit your needs.  At its most basic, all you need is a notebook and a good pen.  Did I mention I don’t do much basic?

I saw these first on Pinterest and ohmylord…they were glorious.  Tons of cool layouts, beautiful artwork, everyone so organized that my teeth hurt.  I knew I had to be a part of this.

Not giving in to temptation just yet, I bought a basic composition book and a few pens.  Okay, a lot of pens.  And a mechanical pencil.  Or two.  But that’s not the point.  I sat down ready to start my journal.  I made an index and then a future events page.  Okay, I never said I was an artist but it’s fun to pretend that I am!  After this, came the monthly pages.

Look at the grid! Those lines!! I even tried to print really neat!

After the monthly, comes the weekly layout.  I tried a couple of different layouts and the third one, (don’t have a picture of that yet) is the one I stuck with.  I also made a cover, (because the composition book was gross looking) and am slowly making my way through all the things I want to keep track of.  Barely a month in and I really, really love doing this!

Lately, I’ve been spending far more time than I should getting lots of inspiration from Pinterest.  There are some really spectacular, time-consuming journals out there.  There are also the very minimalistic but still stunning journals.

For a girl who loves a good office supply store, this could be a dangerous and expensive new hobby.

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