Happy New Year everyone! I know we’re about halfway through January now and I’m (once again) late on posting this… BUT I’m still just as excited to share this with you all!^^ I’ve taken a different approach to a lot of my designs and layouts than to what I used throughout last year – I’d love to hear your opinions!
You’ll also notice that I’ve used a lot of Washi tape in my journal this time (This year is my first time using Washi tape!^^) I wanted to be able to keep my journal looking colourful whilst having little time to decorate it, so I’m trying out the tapes.^^ So far I really like how its been turning out.
So throughout last year, I used the same sort of layout for my cover pages (always having the title in the same place etc.) This year since I’ve recently started working with watercolour pencils I decided I’d try out some different styles for the cover pages!
Last year I had the calendar on a single page and the second page for events and goals for the month but I very rarely used them. I decided to use up more of the space for the calendar this time and a much smaller box for goals and events. I’m hoping that by having a larger calendar I’ll be encouraged to use it more to keep on top of due dates!
Now, I know I already have a pixel year mood tracker in my yearly spread, which I mostly managed to keep up with throughout last year. But I’ve been seeing so many fun monthly mood trackers designs and really wanted to start trying them out!^^
I have a habit of changing my habit tracker layout fairly often (and I’ll probably end up continuing to do so!) but I do like how this one turned out after I’d coloured in the box for the name of each habit to match the colour I’ll use to cross them off^^ (I’ll add a picture of it coloured in next time!)
Daily Gratitude log
One of my aims for this year is to try and be more positive and appreciative as much as I can!^^ I figured the best way to encourage that would be to challenge myself to name something I’m grateful for everyday^^
For each day I can successfully name something I’m grateful for, I’ll also be colouring it in (hopefully by the end of the month it’ll be colourful!^^)
This is an idea I came across whilst browsing through Pinterest one day, I thought it could make some common chores a little more fun.^^
I’ve added colours to the shapes and listed a few jobs I need to keep up with more frequently (Like watering my plants!) by the end of the month I’m hoping it’ll look like a fun Tetris game^^
One thing I’m awful for is writing and publishing posts a lot later then I’d like..^^” Uni taking up so much of my time currently certainly doesn’t help, but, I’m hoping that this Blog planner idea I found (again on Pinterest!) will motivate and encourage me to make more of an effort with my blog!^^
Work to-do Log
I’ve had this work log since some time last year, In fact, it’s one of the few things that I haven’t changed yet! I don’t really have much to say about this one, it is as it looks, a to-do list of uni work and blog work for the month.^^
It’s always handy to have some kind of Budget tracker and this time I designed my own one to keep track of my spending and savings!^^
I’m not the greatest with handling money but I’m also not the worst! Hopefully the more I use budget trackers the better I’ll get at it^^
This simple idea is probably one of my favourites this month. I come up with a lot of random ideas at very random times, so having somewhere to jot these all down in one place each month might just help me piece together my ideas!^^
Last year I used the same weekly spread layout every month. This year, although I’m not sure if i’ll use the same design throughout or try new ones (probably try some new ones!) but I’ve started the year with a new one: much simpler and easier to draw out.^^
End of Month Review
I failed to fill in my end of review most months last year and I think that was because I had too many things to fill out. To keep it a little less overwhelming I created a new one with less, hopefully I’ll start being able to look back and reflect on my month.^^
I’m really happy with how my Bullet Journal for this year has been coming along so far and I hope it provides you with a little bit of inspiration for your own!
Although I didn’t manage to keep my blog updated on my Bullet Journal throughout this year, I at least managed to keep up with it myself, I didn’t miss a single month!^^ It’s become harder to stay motivated this year due to everything going on in the world recently (covid-19 and all that^^’), staying on top of my journal and using it on a daily basis has really helped me keep some structure throughout this chaotic struggle of a year.
This year was my first real attempt at keeping it up for more than a couple months and I think it’s safe to say that, it was a success!^^ Next year I’m aiming to improve on it in as many ways as I can, new spreads, new designs and layouts; I’ve already made a start on my yearly spread pages and they’re definitely an improvement on last years!
2021 Cover page
Last year I only used one page for my cover page, this year I decided to spread it across two and I’m pretty glad I did^^. I also made the mistake last year cluttering up the page a little too much so this time I chose to try a more simple but colourful design! I actually used my watercolour pencils for this (I’ve been practising with them for awhile now^^).
(although its simple, I’m really happy with how this page turned out. Definitely an improvement from last year!^^)
I was never very sure about the calendar design I did last year, this year I’ve actually ended up with a similar style but I completely changed to colouring of it. I used blues for the colder seasons, greens for spring etc and so on~ I thought it was a really cute idea!^^
(Maybe this year I’ll actually use this calendar more^^’..)
Although this design is basically the same as last year, I’ll be doing monthly mood trackers as well (mostly because I’ve seen some really cool ideas I want to try!^^).
I still wanted to keep my pixel year along side the monthly ones so that at the end of the year I can still look at it as a whole and reflect on how my year went, what months were better or worse and why.
Last year for my goals page I chose the simple idea of a scroll and just writing a list of what I wanted to do. This year I’ve decided to take a completely different approach, I’ll instead be setting goals in multiple areas of my life. Not only does this encourage me to think more about how I want to improve my life but it also helps me really keep on top of multiple goals at once!
(I can imaging having more goals will either make things more challenging or easier, in my opinion both are good^^)
I wanted to make my savings tracker a little more interesting then my previous one (a drawing of a jar), so after looking around Pinterest for some inspiration, this brick wall Idea was my favourite, I can colour in the individual bricks for each goal I hit!
( I hope to have a really colourful wall by the end of next year^^)
Weight loss Tracker
This is another page I didn’t make use of nearly enough last year, although I blame that mostly on Lockdown! I haven’t been able to do nearly as much exercise as I’d hoped to have done this year^^”
(I’ve really been enjoying using washi tape as borders to kind of spice up the empty space on the page! It’s especially helpful when you don’t have as much time to spend decorating)
I’m hoping to read more this year, especially since I got the Game of Thrones book set for Christmas (Thanks mum!^^) Im also hoping to try out some new books and I want to keep better track of what I’m reading so I’ve added an extra page to my Books log so I can name more books and maybe even rate them!
(Did anyone else get any good books for Christmas this year?^^)
Again blaming Covid19 – I watched a LOT of new series this year (There really hasn’t been a lot else to do..) and so, I ran out of space on my TV log! Hopefully by having the extra page (like on the book log) I’ll be able to keep track of more.
(I especially plan to watch more Anime again this year, so I’m gonna need the extra space^^’)
Uni Tracker / Assignment Log
Adjusting my time to keep up with Uni, my Bullet Journal and my Blog has been difficult this year. Now that I’m starting to get the hang of a new routine I’m hoping to work on more again and keep on top of it, so with that, I’ve designed a tracker to mark off each week of work, each assignment and keep a log of my assessment results!
Social Media Tracker
Last but not least, although I didn’t see a lot of growth in the last year I want to continue to work hard and remain hopeful and positive^^.
Hopefully by having a social media tracker again, I’ll stay motivated to keep wanting to make those numbers rise!^^
Good luck to everyone this year attempting a Bullet journal, I hope I can help provide some inspiration^^ I’d also love to hear some of your ideas so feel free to comment some of your favourite pages for your yearly spread!
6 Months ago was the beginning of 2020, a year in which most of us hoped to be a good one – a fresh start, a year full of promise and progress. Boy were we all wrong.^^” One things for sure, the world is in a much different place than anyone could have possibly predicted 6 months ago. It’s still debatable whether it’s for better or for worse but in my opinion, despite all the heartbreaking losses and chaos that has spilled across the word, I believe that it’s ending a lot better than it started. People have been spending time with their families again and learning to appreciate the little things more, as well as all that, people have been listening to nature again and finally realising how important it is to look after our environment! All I can hope for is that when this chaos finally ends (which may be soon^^) the world will become a better place again and people wont take things for granted so much.
On another note, 6 months! Do you know what that means!?
It’s time for a fun little review on how my Bullet Journal has been coming along, whats happened so far this year and whats changed. I’m going to share my progress with you all!^^
Then and Now – Bujo Progress
If you aren’t interested in Bullet Journals ten feel free to skip past it, There’s plenty more stuff after this section^^
This year has been my real first attempt at Bullet Journaling and although I have days or a week at a time where I’ll end up slacking, I always manage to pick it back up again afterwards!
As it was my first attempt, my designs weren’t the neatest to begin with. My 2020 cover page just looks like chaos to me now compared to my recent May cover page. My layouts have become a lot more ‘cleaner’ and a lot more simplistic, I really do prefer it! Not only are the layouts drawn better but my photography has really improved too! (If I do say so myself^^)
My habit trackers have also made a big improvement, to begin with it looked pretty plain and the end result was always just plain messy ^^” After a couple of months, I’d only slightly altered it so that I was using pencil instead of pen to fill it in which certainly made it look tidier, but I still wasn’t really happy. This month I’ve used a different design and I just absolutely love it! ^^
Budget – Exercise Tracker
At the start of the year I had a budget planner as part of the reoccurring monthly spread, I never really managed to use it properly, I haven’t really had much of a use for it for a few months so I’ve been trying something new each month. First I tried out having an ‘Ideal Day’ page, but that’s not really something you can put in every month… Next I tried having a Studio Ghibli checklist, which again would have been better as part of the yearly spread(although that month I watched A LOT of studio ghibli movies…) The next month down the line I’d really started to focus on my health and fitness and the Habit Tracker really wasn’t helping me encourage myself to do more exercise, so I designed an Exercise Tracker for myself!^^ And I’ll tell you what, my Exercise Tracker a long with my new Habit Tracker design have really been helping me keep motivated! I’m keeping up with it all so much better now^^
Another big change has been my 30 Day challenge, I honestly don’t think I’ve managed to complete a full months worth even once yet^^” I’ve tried making the challenged easier each month and I still just never complete them all, I can never seem to find the time. This month is actually the first I’ve changed it, I made it a daily gratitude page which I’ve already done a terrible job at keeping up to date with. I actually already have plans to change it for next month already. Ironically, I’m thinking of changing it to a Budget page…
The last big design change I’ve made in the past 6 months has got to be my Weekly Spread. I would’t say its changed much but it definitely looks a lot neater and more carefully done than it did in January, I’m a lot more proud of it now then I was then!^^
So I’ve attempted a Pixel year once before and I didn’t really keep up with it too well ^^” I think I managed about 2 months and maybe a week.. This year on the other hand, I’ve completed 5 months!
It’s been a very up and down year for everyone, a lot of horrible things have been going on and I can only hope that the remaining 6 months of this year be promising!^^
At the start of the year I decided that I wanted to try and keep track of any increases and decreases on my Social Media followings.
I’m not usually one of those people to be infatuated with social media in any way, but its become quite important for my career and seeing as I do love seeing progress in numbers I thought this simple design would work perfectly.
As you can see, although small I have been getting a few more followers across the board!^^ It may only be small, but its enough for me~
Looking back at the goals I made for this year, I now see that some of them may have been a little too ambitious ^^” For one, I haven’t been doing nearly enough on Youtube anymore to gain any subscribers so thats unlikely to happen and going to Japan definitely isn’t going to happen any time soon.
The others though are a lot more achievable, I’m only 3 weeks away from completing my TEFL and I’m due to start an OU course at the end of this year too!^^
Before this pandemic started, I was getting close to achieving a level 1 seller on Fiverr too but work really slowed down recently because of it. I still have 6 months though so theres still a chance!^^
The Biggest Changes Over the Past 6 Months
I’ve been getting a little bit stuck on this recently, so much has changed and I just don’t know where to begin! All of these changes aren’t just because of the corona-virus pandemic, I’ve been working really hard (almost) every day to improve myself and my work^^
Work and Education – What am I doing now?
At the beginning of this year I was just starting my TEFL course and two Mindfulness courses that accompanied it. I’ve very nearly finished them in fact I would have finished it by now but I got a tad distracted and fell behind again ^^” I got a really good deal on an extension with some other really useful short courses which I’ll definitely be looking through soon! There’s some life coaching ones and a course on how to start a business, maybe they’ll help me learn some more useful stuff for my blog^^
Since my TEFL course is coming to its end, I’ve been looking into what else I need to finally become an English Teacher in Japan. Originally I was going to try to get a job with just my TEFL certific ate but after looking into some really good companies that come with a lot of good bonus’, I realised I should really get a Bachelors degree already, so I am. I’ve applied for an OU course and I’m currently sorting out funding for my tuition^^ I’ll be starting my course English Literature and Creative Writing in October this year!
6 months ago I had no intention of going to university (especially with all the current chaos) I guess I forgot that Open University was a thing. I’m surprisingly pretty excited to start it even though I’m very aware it wont be an easy course ^^” I was always good at English so hopefully I wont crash and burn! I’ll be doing my course full time in attempt to finish it in 3 years so I’ll definitely suffer ^^”
(Is anyone else doing an OU course soon? What are you applying for, I’d love to hear about it^^)
Another drastic change has got to be my work focus! At the start I was always focused on working on my music, but I’ve found more enjoyment recently in working on my Bullet Journal and writing blog posts. I’d like to continue to learn and share things, I’d love to help people who are new to the idea of working from home and be able to give advice so with that I seem to have moved my focus to my lifestyle blog. I do still plan to work on some music and maybe release a song every so often, but I’m not sure its what I want as a job right now (maybe I’ll change my mind again one day)
Health and Fitness – How I’ve Improved
By the end of last year I had managed to gain an annoying amount of weight^^” so this year I’ve been trying my best to get back into regular exercise and become a lot healthier! My Bullet Journal has helped a lot with creating a routine and sticking to it each week or month. I haven’t managed to loose a massive amount of weight but I’ve definitely improved my health by a lot recently!^^ I take vitamins everyday as well as have at least one cup of green tea a day, I do a set amount of exercise 5 days a week whilst trying to hit my step goal every day too! I obviously haven’t kept this up even nearly perfectly… I still get the odd day or even a week where I completely lack motivation and can’t push myself to get a single task done. ^^”
I’m confident that I’ve made improvements! I’ve got a lot more strength and a little more endurance than I had in January, not only that but my Resting Heart Rate has gone down!! I used to have a high average on my RHR so I’m really happy to see that theirs definitely improvement there^^
I also can’t remember the last time I got sick, I used to have a pretty harsh cold at least once a month^^” It was awful. But I don’t think I’ve gotten really sick even once this year yet!
Mindfulness and Mental Health – Has it Helped?
I always used to be quite close minded to the idea of Mindfulness, I guess mostly because I didn’t understand it and I didn’t understand it until I did the two Mindfulness courses that I got with my TEFL course. I’m surprised that I found it so interesting, especially since science never was my favourite thing.^^”
I learn’t a lot about the brain and how it functions when it comes to thoughts and emotions, and that in order to think clearly about something and react mindfully, you need to allow your thoughts to pass the amygdala (the security guard of your brain basically) By passing this guard, it allows you to think before reacting. It’s a difficult thing to get a grasp on, I really had to spend a lot of time learning to meditate and breathe properly. I’m still not great at it but now I at least understand how!^^
It’s hard to pinpoint an improvement when it comes to mental health, by using some of the techniques I’ve learnt I’ve definitely learned how to stay calm and think before reacting, It’s also become quite useful in helping myself to focus on a task and actually get work done^^” This is all a major improvement for me compared to 6 months ago, I can handle stressful situations so much better now and I’m finding it a lot easier to relax every so often too^^
I’ve learnt to understand myself better and how to look after myself better, it turns out something as small as making your bed when you get up every morning really does help give yourself a small boost of motivation to then get even more tasks done!^^
There’s always a lot more I wish I could write about but if i write for too long at one time I really start to loose my focus^^”
Aside from the chaos of Covid-19, this year has been somewhat successful so far. I just hope I can say the same in another 6 months!
I hope everyone else’s year has been going well to some extent, tell something good thats happened to you so far! I’d love to hear about it^^
Thanks so much for all of the support I’ve had so far!^^
Hey everyone^^ It’s been a little while since I did a catch up here, so I’ve got a lot to cover!I’m not entirely sure where to start. As much as I’ve been up to a lot of different things, I’m also still in a pretty strict lock-down so not a lot has changed eitherI live in Wales which is currently following a separate lock-down path than the rest of the UK (As frustrating as that is, I also understand why^^”)During this period, I’ve been doing everything I can just to keep motivated and productive! (I have many off days too though)
My Health and Fitness
One of the main things I’ve been focused on recently is my health. I don’t want this lock-down to be the reason I slip up and gain a load of weight again, so I’ve created myself a routine that I’m really trying to stick to^^”
For those who haven’t been following my Bullet Journal Posts, here is a picture of my workout routine for this month. I like to change it up each month so I don’t get bored^^
My goal isn’t just to lose weight either, I’m trying to gain a little more strength and endurance too! I want to be in better shape overall, physically and mentally^^ I’ve even included Meditation and Yoga to my routines now! (I’ll be writing about how Meditation and Yoga can be super beneficial soon too, so look out for that!)
I Completed one of my Courses! ^^
In order to keep productive, I’ve been trying to get as much of my course work done whilst I have a good chance to. When I bought my TEFL course, it came with 2 extra courses for free. Mindfulness for Individuals and Mindfulness for Children. These two extra courses help you learn how to incorporate mindfulness into teaching and how it can make learning easier, less stressful and a lot more fun!^^
I finally completed the Mindfulness for Individuals one last week, I feel like I’m starting to make a lot more progress and I’m no longer half as behind as I have been for the past few months^^”
The Mindfulness for Children course is a little shorter than the Individuals one, so I’m hoping to finish that one next, then I only have the TEFL course left to complete which I’m not too far off completing either!^^ (I only have 1 month left to complete them, so wish me luck!^^”)
I Finally have some Savings! which are about to Disappear…
I think it’s safe to say that before this lock-down began, I was spending maybe a little too much money on going out drinking on the weekends (and sometimes weekdays^^”) I still have a couple of drinks every now and then, but from home now. I’ve actually managed to start some savings which may completely disappear again next month, but for good reason!
Ever since the day it got released I’ve wanted to buy the Animal Crossing Ltd Switch and although it’s going up in price at the minute, I may be able to buy it next month! (I’ll finally be able to stop using my partners switch then too!)
I’m still trying to decide if I completely re-start my New Horizons Island when I get my switch, or if I try and transfer my data over. I can’t decide;-; (I’m so excited to finally buy this though! It’ll definitely be worth being poor again for a while.)
As well as everything else I’ve mentioned so far, I’ve also been trying to pick up some old hobbies that I haven’t indulged in for a while. The first being Art, I tried painting again the other week, turns out I’m still a lot better at using pencils than I’ll ever be with paint ^^” But at least I tried right?
There’s a Japanese workbook that I’d wanted for a long time too, to help me learn more. I finally bought it a couple of weeks ago! It’s the first of a set and this one is focused on Hiragana, which I’m getting pretty good at now^^ The book also turned out to be even better than I expected, it’s got so much in it and it’s so easy to follow and learn from. I even bought a Japanese pen to practice with^^ (What better time to learn a new language than now, when we can’t do a lot else! It’s a great pass time^^)
I’ve also been trying to read a little more, catch up on some Anime and Netflix series and I’m hoping to get a new cosplay soon too! There are always things you can do to pass the time, so make sure you try to stay productive!
Stay Safe ~
I know a lot of people are starting to get fed up with this lock-down, I see a lot of people still breaking the rules every day. Try to remember this will never really end if we don’t learn to follow the rules given to us to stay safe and control the virus
If you keep productive and stay positive then this will all be over with before you know it^^
Thanks for stopping by, I look forwards to sharing more with you all^^ Stay safe ❤