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Mia’s 2020 Bullet Journal

Hey Nerds!

It’s been a minute. I am, as you may have noticed, absolutely terrible at keeping up with a blog. Turns out I write so much during the regular year that I just don’t really have the bandwidth. Though, every year I add it to my goals. We’ll see if it actually happens this year!

In the interest of starting that off on the right foot, I wanted to take some time to break down this year’s bullet journal layouts. Bullet journaling can be daunting, especially when you see some of the insane stuff folks who devote a lot of time to it can pull off. Like keeping up with this blog, I always go into the new year with plenty of hope. The end result is ultimately the same.

With that in mind, I decided to put a whole lot of focus into my “yearly” pages, while keeping my monthly/daily layouts as basic and catered to exactly what I need. That way, when the months where I can’t find the time to eat let alone journal, there’s still something on the pages to help keep me organized.

Please note that the majority of these came from much cleverer minds than mine (I’ll link in the instances where I have sources). As far as supplies go, I use the following:

  • Leuchtturm 1917 dotted journal
  • Micron pens in .01, .03, and .05
  • Tombow dual tipped markers
  • Mechanical pencil + small ruler

Now, on to the good stuff. First up is my 2019 year in review. Excuse the scribbles. Those ones aren’t for you! I kept this one pretty simple, outside of the tiny dino. It just needed a tiny dino.

I like tossing in quote pages. Media was a critical escape for me growing up. I still lean into it today, though less as a crutch and more as something I love. That means a quote from media queen Cat Grant was a shoe in for last year’s fights.

Finally, my 2020 title page. I spent the first day of the year binge watching The Haunting of Hill House with several family members. I’d already seen it, but after some extreme personal challenges at the end of 2019, it felt like exactly the show I needed. I was right. But, that’s a separate story.

If you’re familiar with the show, you’ll notice that this is actually two quotes mushed on one title page. Both felt important, so both were included.

I split my goals page into two sections this year. It’s blank here, but I have plenty of plans for both the personal and adventure sections, don’t you worry! You’ll (hopefully) see some of them come to fruition throughout the year, but I like to keep those things to myself until they’re done.

Holy shit do I hate facebook. It’s a garbage website that has outlived its usefulness outside of being able to keep in touch with people you love who you don’t otherwise see. There’s also that handy birthday reminder. This layout came from here.

If you’re here, I’m assuming you follow me. Which means you know how much time I spend watching movies (and TV). Last year’s movie layout was, um… ambitious? I had to color in individual stars, lol. Seemed like a great idea at the beginning of 2019. Anyway! This year we went with a simpler analogue format, as well as a letterboxd (because Trace is a bully).

Kids, listen to me. Saving money sucks. Especially when you’re living paycheck to paycheck. I have very much been there. But just save something. Anything. $5? $20? Something! Just get yourself in the habit of putting a little away each check. This cutie was my inspiration for the below. Pick an end goal, split it up between your stars, and color one in each time you hit that amount in your savings account.

And then there’s my travel page. As made evident by half of my goal sheet, travel is important to me. I love going on adventures, even if I don’t head out on as many as I’d like. This page is also a solid example of just rolling with dumb mistakes when they happen in your bujo (please see May’s placement). ‘Cause they will for sure happen.

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