This is an interesting prompt! I really enjoy seeing how other write and am always amazed at how pretty some peoples’ calligraphy can be! My everyday writing isn’t super beautiful, but it’s clear and has some nice elements that haven’t changed since my high school years which makes it recognizable! What do you notice?
Now, as far as calligraphy goes, I’ve been having lots of fun over the past few months and have been practising using a brush pen. I decided to integrate my brush calligraphy to my bullet journal and create a place where I could express my creative side while benefiting from what a bullet journal can offer. Currently, my bullet journal only contains three sections.
1. The monthly page
As you can see, some of my pages are more elaborate than others. Sometimes, I just don’t have the time or desire to work on them any further. Most of the time, more elements are added as the month progresses and I find the inspiration or courage to add them. You see, I’m pretty critical with myself, so if I don’t think I’ll be able to do something perfectly (for instance, my plan is to have a flower wreath surrounding my April page), then I’ll procrastinate or just avoid doing it altogether. But I’m working on accepting that not everything needs to be perfect.
2. The mood tracker
What I enjoy about this section is that it allows me to reflect on my day and take notice of how I was mostly feeling. This allows me to notice trends and make adjustments if need be.
For instance, for a few months, I noticed that I was feeling tired and or frustrated on a regular basis. After taking a look at the different elements of my life, I realized that I had been spending a rising amount of time on social media (mostly Twitter). This realization is what brought me to set a goal last month of logging less than 2h of screen time daily (which then evolved into not going on Twitter when the kids were awake this month). So far, I’ve seen some positive changes brought about by this goal!
Similarly, I noticed that the days where I was feeling the most productive and energetic were the days on which I was up before everyone else and had some quiet time to myself in the morning.
3. The positive event log
I added this section on a whim after feeling discouraged by all of the less-than-stellar days in a row that I had for a few months. I honestly struggled for a few months both during pregnancy and after giving birth and at times, it felt like I was treading water and barely had enough energy to get to the surface and take a breath before going back under. It was not a good feeling. This section in my journal helps me find one positive thing that happened in my day (no matter how seemingly insignificant). It has truly been a positive addition to my life and contributed to helping me have a growing number of good days.
As you can see, my bujo is rather simplistic. I literally just have my month’s page, a mood tracker and a positive thoughts section. When I first started, I tried the typical layout with the monthly view, and day-to-day rapid logging system, but soon started to feel overwhelmed. I already keep track appointments on my phone and dining room’s family calendar, so writing them elsewhere was becoming redundant. As far as work stuff went, well, I work in a school and they provide an agenda which is where I’ve always written down my work stuff. It just wasn’t for me. At one point, I also had a goal tracking page, but now that I post my goals on the blog, I’ve put that section aside too. But, then again, that’s the beauty of the bullet journal system, right? It evolves with your needs!
Do you use a bullet journal? What do you like about your handwriting?
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