I am so excited to show you this post. I’ve been thinking of doing a bullet journal for awhile, and kept coming up with excuses of why I shouldn’t, and I finally told myself “no more,” and just went for it. And honestly, this sounds horrible, but the main reason I haven’t started one is because I didn’t think I could make it pretty enough. I don’t know if you’ve seen all those gorgeous pictures on Pinterest, but all the bullet journals I’ve seen are stunningly hand drawn master pieces. I knew I couldn’t make something as nice as what I saw, so I figured, “why bother?”
If you have the same mindset as I did please stop now! Let me let you in on a life secret:
Bullet Journals do not have to be perfect or Pinterest/Instagram pretty. Use them for what you need. So please stop comparing yourself.
There, I said it (and it was mainly for my benefit as well), so hopefully it will stick. But I really do mean what I said. I mean it so much, I’m going to say it again.
What you see online is not always the truth. Please don’t compare yourself to someone else. You may not have the whole story.
Don’t be afraid to start a bullet journal because you don’t think it will be pretty enough. If it’s something you want to do, just start. No one is judging you.
I love Pinterest and Instagram because they are pretty and filled with amazing inspiration, but that’s all they should be. It shouldn’t be a device that makes you feel bad about yourself, or make you think you are good enough, or make you feel you need to “keep up with the Jones.” If that’s how social media makes you feel, maybe you should consider taking a break or a detox. Not everything you post on social media has to be perfect. Not everything you create (especially if you found it one social media) has to be perfect.
Life is crazy, mess, and imperfect, and that’s what makes it beautiful. Society wants you to believe that perfection is beauty, and the only things that can be beautiful are the things that are prefect. I’m not saying society is wrong, but that is not the full truth. Perfection is not the only type of beauty. There is beauty is everything if we look for it. There is beauty in imperfection. There is beauty in tragedy. There is beauty in the broken. There is beauty in struggles and pain. And since there are very few things out there that aren’t perfect, it’s a shame to say only perfect things are beautiful. That would mean only a handful of things are beautiful. Why limit beauty to a handful of items? That is not an optimistic, positive look on the world. The world is dreary enough as it is, we don’t need to add to it.
So with all that in mind, I’m share not only what I put in my bullet journal this year, but pictures as well. Prepare your eyes; you are about to see photographic evidence that my life is not perfect and I am not perfect. I hope it inspires you and encourages you to not only create your own bullet journal, even if it isn’t perfect, but also to look for beauty in all forms.
Alright, here goes.
So there are a couple pictures of my lovely bullet journal, which I love by the way! I split it into three sections: 1. What I wanted to do with my year (goals, plans, and ideas) 2. Mental Health/Self Care 3. Planner. And in case you don’t know, you can absolutely glue/tape things into your bullet journal. At the beginning of each section I cut out scrapbook paper, and glued it to the page.
Here is exactly what I added into my bullet journal.
Goals and Plans for the Year
- Books I want to read
- Movies I want to watch
- Music I will arrange/compose
- New songs I heard and love
- A page that encourages me to do one thing every day that scares me
- Travel log (I glued in a pink envelope to collect post cards from the places I visit)
- Meaningful quotes
- Beautiful words
- Page for funny things my friends and family says
Self Care/Mental Health
- My favourite songs
- 30 Minute Self Care (Different things I can do when I’m feeling stressed or exhausted)
- What makes me happy
- Things I’m amazing at
- Things I can control
- Worry tree (how to stop myself from worrying about different situations)
- I am loved (I use this for nice things people say about me or do for me)
- 20 Journal prompts for anxiety and depression
- 20 Journal prompts for gratitude
- Vent page
- The STOP Method (helps overcome panic attacks)
- When I’m feeling down remember… (mostly positive quotes)
- Motivational quote of the month
- Pretty drawing with month
- Calendar month with monthly goals and habit tracker
- Daily gratitdue
- Daily positive affirmations
- Daily doodle
- Weekly schedule
Now it’s time to help you create you own.
First of all, for those who don’t know, a bullet journal is a planner, habit/goal tracker, meal planner, travel log, journal, and quite frankly whatever you want it to be. Like I said above, I use it for a few different things. In your bullet journal, you can use it for whatever you want. The only limit is your imagination.
Step 1: What Is Your Goal?
What do you want to use your bullet journal for? What main things are you looking to accomplish? What do you want to organise in your life?
- Daily Journal
- Gratitude Journal
- Budget Tracker
- Meal Planner
- Goal Setting
- Mental Health Care
- Self Care
- Travel Log
- Health/Exercise Log
- To Do List
- Home Improvement
- Daily Routines
- Anything else you can think of
For now, keep it simple and pick a couple things you want to focus on. I picked: schedule/planner, self care, gratitude journal, and goal setting.
Step 2: Find a Pretty Notebook
I found mine at Target for $10, and I loved it. I knew I wanted something on the larger scale so I had room to write, but any size you are comfortable with works too. You can also use a binder and loose pieces of paper.
Step 3: Find Layout Inspiration
Now that you have a solid base, think of what exactly you want to put into your bullet journal and where. My greatest source of inspiration was Pinterest. I used the search engine to look up bullet journal schedule ideas, bullet journal mental health ideas, and just plain bullet journal ideas. To make it easier for you, I have a pinterest board with hundreds of ideas. Feel free to start there.
Step 4: Create Your Bullet Journal
Now that you know what you want to put in your bullet journal, do it! Get creative and make it yours. Add stickers, glitter, scrapbook paper, colour, washi tape, post it notes, colouring pages, or whatever you want. This is your time to let that little artist in you shine. Don’t be afraid to get messy or make mistakes. Remember there is beauty in that.
Step 5: Use Your Bullet Journal
Now that you’ve gone through all that hard work, but your creation into action! Take it with you or leave it somewhere you will see it. Flip through it often and complete those goals. Continue to look for inspiration and add to it. When you fill out one notebook, get another, and do it again! There is no wrong or right way, just keep going.
Hopefully now your brain is swimming with ideas. Don’t wait to start, go out and do it now. Then come back here, because believe me, there will be many more posts with ideas and inspirations for your bullet journal. And I would love to see what you create (especially if it isn’t perfect). Post a picture on Instagram and tag me @SuzetteJamy. I love finding new ideas. Happy journaling!