I write this post with severely mixed emotions. On one hand, I want to be ecstatic and share with you all some exciting new pages in my bullet journal, and a little reading challenge I am doing with my best friend. And on the other hand, my family received some tragic news a couple of days ago.
My youngest cousin passed away this week. He was 18 years old. Because I want to respect his immediate family’s grieving process and their privacy, I won’t post too many specific details, but I wanted to just inform anyone reading this, in case you are able to sense that my tone isn’t as upbeat as it generally is.
If you believe in prayers, please send them our way. His family has suffered in a similar capacity before, and they are most likely going through absolute hell right now. I must admit, I am a bit nervous about going to the funeral early next week, but I know it has to be done. So any prayers, good vibes, or words of encouragement you can send to me either here or through Twitter PM, will really help lift me up.
But if you don’t want to, that’s cool too. Grief is a touchy, tricky subject, so I completely understand if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Just think positive thoughts for all of us.
Anyway, I will now clumsily segue into the bookish part of this post.
Over the last week, I’ve been working on some new pages in my bullet journal (or, ‘BuJo,’ as it is affectionately referred to) that I thought I could occasionally feature on this blog. I already track my daily tasks, big picture life events, goals, daily scripture passages, my water intake, marathon training, writing projects, etc. Basically everything that comprises my life. Minus anything to do with this blog, and/or books.
So I thought that I needed to change that. Please excuse the crudity of my drawings and my typography. Another thing I added to the journal was practice for both. But I hope with time, patience, and some assistance from step by step tutorials, I will become better at this.
I have four pages to show you tonight.
The first is just a general goals page for this blog this year. It’s not entirely specific, but definitely a place where I can do some brain dumping. Also, the washi tape blended well with the post-it note I scribbled on in the middle of my work day. You can’t stop inspiration when it strikes. 😉
The page beside it are featured quotes. I set aside two pages for meaningful quotes from my reads for this year. From the aesthetic side of things, I tried my hand at some unique typography, even if I made the ‘quote’ imagery possessive accidentally. I also (accidentally) made the color scheme similar to page one, so I think the two coordinate well together. I don’t know why I highlighted entire quotes though. I think I was going through a phase that day haha.
And then my next two pages I am rather proud of because I think they are pretty unique. Everyone seems to track their reads in some kind of bookshelf doodle, and they beautifully write the title along book spines. I considered that a couple of times, but for me it felt limiting. I’m tracking a Goodreads Challenge and #BeatTheBacklist, and I felt I couldn’t do that within the confines of an orderly doodle.
Therefore, I threw caution (and any sense of order) to the wind, and developed the approach below.
I can note the star rating I give on Goodreads, and can illustrate how many books I have completed from my Goodreads Challenge. I can also indicate the books that qualify for the #BeatTheBacklist challenge. I haven’t thought up a way to show that I’m leaving retail reviews yet, but I’m sure inspiration will strike at some point in time.
Some bullet journal-er’s might say that this is a chaotic display. It might be for some, but it’s very “me,” for anyone who knows me. I’m rather proud of this layout so far, and I have great hopes for it throughout the year.
The fourth and final page I want to show you this Friday is a special reading challenge that I developed with my very best friend. We’ve talked about doing an independent bookclub for a while now, but the difficulty has been with finding time. We finally seized this two week lull in her studies, to start it!
We set goals on how far we would read each week, and even surpassed our first goal for this week, forcing us to create a new one to achieve! It’s been great fun going through this experience together as we have been long distance best friend’s for almost 3 years now. And in those almost 3 years, we’ve talked about reading a book “together,” but due to distance and time differences (she’s from Belgium) it hasn’t worked out until now.
Because this is a pretty big deal to me, I decided to track this wonderful experience in my BuJo, and you can see the result below.
The colors are totally chaotic, and again, I don’t really know what I was doing haha. I clearly was just having fun and not planning.
So there you have it folks. Your first glimpse into my bookish bujo habits.
What do you think? Anyone else out there a BuJo-er? Have some tips for a newbie? I’d love to hear them!