Bullet Journal for July

I saw Sowmya last Thursday and she really liked my bullet journal, so I decided I wanted to show off my spread for July!

But first a little history!

The Bullet Journal system is a simple journal system to sort out priorities and to-do lists. I have recently talked about the bullet journal system on my blog and the WTW podcast. July was my first month trying the bullet journal system, and the best part about it is, is that it’s flexible. You don’t waste any notebook or planner space on lines for a to-do list that you’ll never use. It’s so easy! Here’s the video:

My improvised system is a combination of a bullet journal, a brain dump journal, and a journal for note-taking. I’m basically using one notebook for everything. I love gridded notebooks, so for my first bullet journal experiment, I decided to get this National one on Amazon. It was too big, so I turned it sideways, and just split the page in two columns. I also put in a envelope for a sticker pocket! Because you gotta have stickers for planning!

I decided July’s color was blue, and the theme was arrows. I took a monthly spread I mentioned in my stationery post and taped it in for any future planning I needed to do. Anything more than a month away I put in my online calendar. On the bottom is a standard bullet journal month list with dates and days of the week, and next to that is my “Tasks” list. On the bottom I put a “Wants” list, but I decided not to include that for August. I liked having it in one place, but it’s unnecessary, and I found I needed more room for “Tasks.”

I was watching other planning videos, and someone had an “Expenses” page and I thought this would be the most effective way for me to keep track of how I spent my money. It really helped! For August, I’m going to try to color code the expenses to figure out what was necessary and what wasn’t. I had a “Goals” box and a “Schedule” box but neither were needed, so for next month, I’m just going to have expand “Expenses”. I already had to expand “Expenses” for July, so I’m hoping, for August, I stick to one. I also wanted to do an “Expense Planning” page but decided not to do that.

For July, I tried to stick the dates and plans on the left, and my notes or journal on the left. For August, I’m just going to keep it all under the same date. In mid-July, I started putting the weekly spreads in there too. For August, instead of having it on a separate page, I’m putting it together on the same page to save room. Sometimes, there are just random notes on the top.

I also included my legend for July; as the days went on I found I needed different icons and I wanted a daily blog checklist, so I made a new one for August (and beyond).

Anyway, I’ve covered up anything too personal so, finally, here is my July spread!

Some Facts about Me (or: Things I Might Blog About)

My Facts

There are certain subjects that will come up often in my blog, and here is a master list!

  1. I Love Art
  2. First and foremost, I love art. Mostly vectors, illustrations and typography, but I also love a good-looking painting a handsome website, even just a really well-designed couch. I don’t just like physical art; I thoroughly appreciate music, photography, cinematography, story-telling, and dance. I’ve particularly always enjoyed taiko drum performances, which combine dance, music, and storytelling. I will post interesting art I find and want to share! All art will be credited to the artist, unless that artist is me! I hope to also make and post “art” as I make it (by no means do I consider myself an “artist”).

  3. I Have a Podcast
  4. In late 2014/early 2015, I was unsatisfied in my creative side, so I started up a podcast with a good friend, Sowmya! It is called We’re The Worst, and we just hang out! We have a different topic every week, and we answer questions, and it’s generally a good time! It helped teach me a lot about life, like trying to get things uploaded on time, recording with dueling schedules, and trying to promote yourself, which is something I will never enjoy. I also learned a little about podcasting, like microphones, iTunes RSS feeds, and Audacity. I will post links to podcast episodes as they are posted! I will also post about podcasts I enjoy so other people can enjoy them too!

  5. I Crochet
  6. I started crocheting at the end of 2011 and have completed at least 40 projects since then! I hope to occasionally post projects I’m working on, yarn purchases, and maybe some crochet inspiration I find!

  7. I Love Stationery
  8. Stickers, washi tape, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, and everything else in-between! I love it all: anything cute or colorful; anything having to do with planners or scrapbooking; anything that can be found in Maido and Paper Source. I hope to post about my (cheap) stationery hauls and maybe a look into my planner!
    You can read more about this here!

  9. I’m Super Pro-LGBTQI and a Feminist
  10. I love all people equally! Except meanies. I hope to post interesting news articles about equality from all fronts! #LoveWins!

  11. I Am Eco-Conscious
  12. I’ve been trying to be green and save the human race since I was about 5. I learned about recycling, reducing, and reusing on PBS and haven’t stopped since. (I say “trying to save the human race,” because the earth will still be here long after global warming kills us all :)) I hope to post about ways I stay green!

  13. I Love Animals
  14. My favourite wild mammals are giraffes and whales. My favourite breeds of cats are Exotic Shorthairs, Maine Coons, and Birmans. My favourite breeds of dogs are French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Shiba Inus. I also love cows and snakes! I owned two chinchillas, but they passed away in July 2015. I will probably post cute animal pictures to cheer myself up.
    You can read more about this here!

  15. I Have a Boyfriend
  16. Taylor and I got together roughly 3 years ago; our actual anniversary date is sometime at the July, but we agreed to move it to a day we would remember, so officially our anniversary is May 4th, which some of my fellow nerds will recognize as May The Fourth or Star Wars Day. I will probably talk about him from time to time because he’s pretty awesome ♥ and we do a lot together!

  17. More Recurring Friends and Family!
  18. I have a handful of great friends and we do stuff together! I will list them here with their permission, but most of my personal friends are pretty private, so they will just be noted by first name, and if they want, whichever social media they want to promote! Julie, Diana, Dorothy, Kris, Scott, and of course Sowmya! I also have a mom I do a lot with, and various other family I see pretty often.

  19. I Enjoy Pop Culture
  20. Like most people, I enjoy movies, TV, and the occasional book or other reading material, so I’ll probably talk about things I watched or read, or media I’m excited about! I also love a few celebrities! I will refer to these celebrities a lot and I’m letting you guys know now so I don’t have to apologize in the future. They are Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hardwick, Grant Imahara, Tom Hiddleston, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Kristen Bell, Emma Stone, and Chris Pratt. I’m sorry for all the fangirling ahead, and this will be my only apology. (Sorry, not sorry!)
    You can read more about this here!

  21. I love Lists!
  22. …Is it obvious? I will share lists I make! :D

I’m going to take some of these subjects and create full posts, and also edit this list as I go, so I hope you’re prepared to know way too much about me!