Bullet Journals are everywhere. There are YouTube channels dedicated to it. And though over the years them seemed interesting I never thought about starting one myself. I liked just using a regular planner and didn’t see the use of a bullet journal. Especially when you could just go to the store and buy one that is already made for you, until now. This year I officially started using a bullet journal and here are some reasons why I switched.
I have always used traditional planners my whole life. And I still think they are awesome. But I notice that a traditional planner wasn’t offering me what I needed. As a person that blogs, goes to school, and makes videos; I was found that I started using other notebooks to separate all the aspects of my life, which was overwhelming trying to juggle all of these notebooks and millions of posts it’s. I needed one place that I could organize everything; a one stop shop. Also with a traditional planner I found myself writing down all of these things I needed to do but not actually getting these things done. So not only did the planner not have what I needed but it was also making me a little counter productive.
One of the amazing things about a bullet journal is that it is 100% customizable. Other planners weren’t enough for me, so why not make my own and put in it the things I need as a blogger and student. Now I am able to keep track of everything without having to have 3 to 5 additional notebooks and whenever I feel the need to add a layout I can just do it myself.
I love expressing my creativity in any way possible. The one thing that sold me on starting my own bullet journal was knowing the fact that I would be able to make new themes every month and change up the look often. Sometimes having a planner that looks the same all year round can get a little boring.
Track of Habits and Goals
With a planner I found myself just jotting down things, like a to do list but not really keeping up with daily habits and goals. This year I really wanted to focus on creating good habits and sticking to the goals I set and I knew a regular planner wasn’t gonna enable me to do that. So being able to have something like habit tracker in my planner was perfect for that.
Give It a Try
All in all, over the years I have hear so many amazing things about bullet journaling and just wanted to give it a try. It’s always good to shake things up and try something new. Hell, if I don’t like it I can always make a trip to Target and get me a regular planner!
Would you try bullet journaling?
Habits to Break In 2019
Eating Fast Food
2018 was the year of fast food for me. I don’t know why I was eating so much of it but I did. And I am not a big fast food person, never have been. My two biggest weaknesses were Wendy’s, the Chicken nugget meal!!! and Anything Chick-fil-A!!!! Not only was this habit bad for my health but also for my wallet, especially when your eating it at least 4 times a week. And though I am blessed with a very high metabolism, this fast food addiction made my cholesterol high. So in 2019 I want to cut back eat fast food to at least twice a month.
Going to Bed Late
For the last few months in 2018 my sleep schedule has been all out of wack. I can’t seem to fall asleep before 12 am or sometimes later and because of that I wake up exhausted, especially when I still have class in the morning. So I would like to stop going to bed late.
Instagram Explore Page
I know I am not the only person that can spend hours on the Instagram explore page. Instagram’s algorithm knows me and my desires more than I do. It’s really addictive and super unhealthy. As a blogger Instagram is a must so deleting the app is out of the question but giving myself a set time to use it is something I need to implement.
Over Planning and not executing
I am a very organized person almost to a fault. In 2018 I did a lot of planning but not a lot of executing. This is a habit I would like to break. Planning doesn’t mean anything without you actually implementing that plan. I need to stop saying “What I’m gonna do” and start saying “What I did”.
This goes hand and hand with the last habit to break. I have a tendency to push things off to the last minute. I do this when it comes to blogging and school. I will wait til the last minute to study or start a paper, or write a blog post.
Habits to Take Up
Try new recipes and new restaurants
I am so tired of eating the same things. This year I want to try new foods. So I would like to try a new restaurant once a month and try a new recipe twice a month. I really want to make this a priority for the new year.
I have always wanted to journal but never did it. This year I am gonna start, I think journaling will help me with my stress. My mind is always going 100 miles per hour, journaling is a way that I can get all of my thought out of my head and onto paper.
There is always a better way you can manage your time. I think that I am good at time management but I would like to get a whole lot better at it. This will help me stay on top off everything that I have going on in my life and free up more time for fun stuff.
Be more Social
I am a home body by nature. I just enjoy being alone with some amazing food, watching some movies, and that’s not a bad thing but I would like to get out more and experience new things.
What are some habits you would like to break or start this year?
Happy New Year everyone!!! 2019 is here!! Like every year I wanted to come and share with you guys my 2019 goals. This year I really thought about what I wanted my goals to be and also based most of my goals off of my theme for the year which is consistency and freedom. I want to be consistent in all aspects of my life and have freedom to discover new things.
Goals for 2019
Consistently Post on my Blog - Really push myself when it comes to blogging and take my blog to new heights and that means not neglecting it when I get busy with school.
Consistently Post on my YouTube Channel - YouTube and my blog go hand and hand. So I want to try to commit to uploading a video once a week.
Healthier Lifestyle - I have already made a lot of lifestyle changes but I still have some things I want to get on track with. That includes more vegetables and getting my sleep pattern back on track. My sleep schedule has been off for months.
Get a Job that I love - Rather that’s blogging, being a YouTuber, or being a landscape architect, I just want to find a job I love.
Save, Save , Save - I have big plans this year, for one getting my own place, so that means I need to save as much as possible.
Looking Forward To
Graduating - After this spring semester I will be graduating college with my bachelors in landscape architecture!!
Moving into my own place - I have never lived myself and am look forward to it.
Traveling - I am planning on doing a lot of traveling this summer.
Starting a new chapter - Closing the college chapter of my life and moving onto new things!
At the end of each year I like to reflect on the past 12 months. For this year it is kind of hard to reflect because I was all a big blur, It came and went. This year for me wasn’t grand nor boring it was just there which I am find out has been the case for a lot of people. I believe I’ve grown a lot this year and for most years I feel like I have grown also but for this year I feel like I’ve grown in a different way. I’ve gain so much knowledge about myself, and what I want out of life and what I don’t want out of life which is awesome!! This was the year of realization, learning, and putting myself out there a little more.
What I am Grateful For
Family - This year I spent more time with my family than I have ever done before. And that time spent was fun and memorable.
Health - In past years my health has always been rocky but this year I was able to do things I haven’t been able to do in a long time because my health was so unsteady. I am proud of how far I have come and I will continue to push myself.
Financial Stability - This year I didn’t make a ton of money but I didn’t waste a lot of it either. This year I learned a lot about self control when it comes to shopping and spending money. Next year I hope to expand on this and work really hard to get to my savings goals.
Knowledge - Like I said before I learned a lot about myself this year, and taught myself new skills.
Growth as a person - I can now see what is important to me in life and now that I know that I can work on making those things come to fruition.
Like I said for this year I didn’t have a lot of big wins but these are some things that were wins to me:
The Courage to start my YouTube channel
Figuring out my Blog and YouTube focus
Learning how to deal with stress and not letting it affect my health.
Lessons Learned in 2018
Don’t Compare to others because you are unique in you own way and you should embrace that.
Consistency is key if you want to see something grow
You can be your own boss
Be confident in yourself and your abilities.
My Thank You Letter to 2018
Thank You 2018 for year of knowledge. Although there were no big accomplishments, this year has thought me a lot about myself. Where I want to be, and how I am going to get there. This year has been my preparation year and has gotten me ready for 2019. 2019 will be the year of accomplishments. So to 2018 Thank You for preparing me for it!! - xoxo Manique
One thing I have never done is make a vision board. I’ve heard a lot about them but never decided to make one. So after some research I decided to make one for 2019 and so should you. Vision boards are basically visualization tools to help you reach your goals. Sometimes just writing your goals down isn’t enough, you have to picture them. Our minds respond strongly to visual stimulation. So instead of saying you want abs , find a picture of someone with your goal body and work hard to get to there. Vision Boards will help you focus on that goal.
Creating Your Vision Board
Decide what you want on your vision board
When it comes to what you are putting on your vision board you should start out with your goals for the new year and your theme for that year. What are somethings you would like to accomplish in 2019. For me when I think about goals I want to set I think about different aspects of my life. What are my goals mentally, physically, financially? Where are some places I want to go, What are some things I want to do? What are some things I want to buy? What do I want more or less of in my life?
After you have figured out those things next you need to find images that correlate with those goals. I personally would recommend Pinterest than google to find your images because normally Pinterest images are a little more aesthetically pleasing but it is up to you where you find your images. You can do magazine cut outs, take pictures of your own, it’s up to you.
Mantras and Keywords
So now that you have the images that represent your goals I like to add quotes, mantras, and keywords that are important to me for the new year, things I want to remind myself through out the year. Also I added number goals so say you want to save $10,000 dollars this year put that on your board as well.
Make it your own
Once your done with the all the technical stuff you should make your vision board you. Give it some personality. If you like flowers add flowers, it you like polka dots add those. For mines I added streaks of paint because I like to paint and I like the look of it. Also I picked a color scheme (Pink of course). I made sure the images I picked have pink accents and my lettering is also pink.
Where To Put It
Once you are done with your vision board, you need to put it somewhere that you will see it throughout the year. It can be on the back of your door, in a picture frame, posted it on your wall whatever space works for you. I personally did my vision board digitally. I made it in Photoshop and set it as my screen saver. For me my computer is something that I use everyday and know that I will see my board everyday, plus it saves on paper which is one of my goals to declutter the paper I have and stop collecting more of it. If you want to make a digital vision like I did the size for that is 1920 x 1080 pixels. And you can use Canva if you don’t have Photoshop.
And that’s it now you have your vision board it’s time to get to work on those goals!!