I started my bullet journal back at the end of August / early September 2017. (So it hasn’t been a full 6 months, but it’s close.) I don’t remember how I stumbled across the concept, only that I’d heard of it before, and decided in that moment to give it a shot.
I can become passionate about new ideas very, very quickly, and this was no exception – I wanted to start my bullet journal RIGHT. AWAY. I was so impatient to get started that I refused to order my journal on Amazon, and went on the hunt for a Moleskin that same afternoon. And, funny story, it turned into a wild goose chase because I couldn’t find the correct Moleskin notebook anywhere (the dotted grid). I think I went to three stores before I found it at my local Barnes & Noble.
Going into 2017, I didn’t have a clue what the new year would hold for me. 2016 was an incredible year of life-changing experiences – I’d studied abroad in London for 4 months, which was my first time traveling independently and living away from home. I learned so much about myself and about the world, and I made incredible lifelong friends. So I was wondering how anything in 2017 could possibly “top” that experience, in the sense that I knew my year might not be quite as externally exciting. I was still prepared to grow and to learn, but I wasn’t yet sure what that would look like. As it turned out, 2017 was another “big” year…!
New year, fresh start! There’s something so satisfying about “starting over,” so to speak, in the new year. Day 1. It gives us an opportunity to think about how we’d like to change/grow over the course of the next 12 months. Rather than writing a post about resolutions, I want to write about ways in which we can prepare for the New Year. Rather than entering into 2018 with a cluttered/anxious mind, how can we hit the “reset” button so we feel more motivated to follow-through with our goals and resolutions?
During the first weeks in January, I do these 5 things to ensure I’m entering the new year with a clean slate:
Last month I posted a December desktop calendar I’d designed, and I’ve decided to make it a regular thing. I really enjoy designing themed calendars each month, and I think it’s fun to share them here on the blog! Click on the link below the design to download the full-size image. Enjoy! Happy New Year!