January has been my second month of bullet journaling and I am enjoying the process so far. I find setting up the spreads relaxing as I let my mind wander while creating. For my January spreads, I decided to use the theme of Chinese lanterns as this month sees the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
It was fun drawing all the lanterns and I was delighted to see the result. Opposite my cover page for the month, I decided to choose a bookish quote. My daughter found the perfect one for me from Harry Potter.
It did take me a while to draw all the little lanterns for all the spreads – especially as I use the A4 size journal. The time doodling and colouring, however, passed quickly while I listened to music and chatted with my daughters if they were sitting at the table with me.
I have started tracking certain habits – especially those that are linked with my annual goals. It has been interesting for me to see the trends.
My weekly spreads have definitely been a delight. I am recording any tasks and events that have been planned for the week. I am also using the page as a journal to record my thoughts and experiences.
I am enjoying the lantern lights that I have created for January. Now I need to think of the theme I should use to create pages for February.
Have you created January spreads for your journal/planner?
Since the beginning of 2020, we have been experiencing overcast, grey days (I am really missing the sun and the long walks on the beach we experienced on our vacation). When I get home, the light we do experience is already fading requiring us to put on the lights in our place.
This week I am trying to finish the setup of my bullet journal and the dim and fading light makes it difficult for me to see the dots in the journal. My daughter has loaned me her lamp and now whenever I feel the creative urge, I am able to journal no matter what the natural light.
The lamplight is perfect and enables me to journal a little every day. I do miss the natural light though and wish daily to see the sun and blue skies.
One of the things I plan to do in the New Year is to spend some time with my daughters each week preparing our bullet journals. I have tried bullet journaling for one month now and I find that I enjoy the creativity of it. The bonus, for me, is that I get to spend time with my girls. Now that they are older, we no longer work around the table in the afternoons. Doing this activity with them remedies that and I get to have a chance to chat with them on what is happening in their personal lives.
Today on the first day of 2020, we spent time setting up our journals for the month. It was a perfect way to bring in the New Year.
What did you do (or plan to do) on the first day of January?
On Saturday, I sat with my daughters around the dining table and created this week’s spread for my bullet journal. This week, I changed a few small things to improve on what I had created the week before.
It is extremely satisfying to fill in the page that I have created. I enjoy looking at the colours as well as to flipping back to what I had previously filled in. I like the fact, as well, that I have enough space to write in everything that I want to.