Another month, another fresh start! I love setting up a new month in the bullet journal because it’s like a tiny version of a new year without all the crazy pressure to make huge resolutions. I like to look at the recent month and review all the things that didn’t work for me, any progress I made toward my goals, and what I want to try. So why don’t you take a look at my fresh set up?
First things first, I have my ever-useful calendar. As you may know, I prefer to keep my monthly spread in a more traditional layout rather than the method laid out in the original explanation of the bullet journal. I plot out my calendar with my Micron pens and write my overall goals for the month in the column next to it. As you can see, I have a lot to keep me busy in June!
Under my calendar, I recently started drawing out progress bars for my personal goals, such as hydrating each day. I count each box in the dot grid as two days, which is why you see the lines through the progress bars. I divided each one into weeks so I can better see the breaks, because last month I had to keep counting from the beginning. I used slanted lines a bit, but I’m not sure if I like them. I might move away from that next month, but we’ll just have to see. Maybe that look will grow on me.
At the bottom I have my little July seedling spread so I can look ahead at a glance. Some people don’t include them in their spreads, but I find it to be handy from time to time. Besides, I don’t like all that empty space, it feels unbalanced.
I went with a color theme of pink and blue for this month because it feels summery and light. I used my Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and their brilliant colors to accomplish this look. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go without color again, these pens are so much fun!
On the next page, I have my lovely Gratitude Log. I was inspired to add this to my bullet journal thanks to Kara from Boho Berry, who in turn got the idea from Kim at Tiny Ray of Sunshine. When something is this good, word gets around. This is a fabulous way for me to jot down a few things at the end of each day that I am thankful for. It’s a great way to stay mindful of the gifts I receive every day. Even when I have a terrible day at work and nothing has gone right, I can remember to be thankful for my husband, my dog, the food in my pantry or the shoes on my feet. This little log is wonderful for reminding me of that.
You might notice the page is a little wrinkly. Hm….let’s dig a little deeper shall we?
The next spread contains my fantastic Habit Tracker (another that I picked up from Boho Berry) along with my June memories. The Habit Tracker is an old and trusted friend, always reliable at holding me accountable for my bad decisions and celebrating my successes. I will have a Habit Tracker until the end of my days, I swear.
The June Memories page is new for me. The idea is to draw little doodles to capture the essence of a particularly nifty memory from that month so you can flip back in retrospect and say “Golly, that memory was neat! I’ll never forget this since I wrote it down!”
I’ve seen Kara at Boho Berry, Kacheri at Passion Themed Life, Kim at Tiny Ray of Sunshine, and countless others keeping some form or another of a memories page and I finally broke down and set it up. But alas! A disturbance on the page! What could it be?
I was a doofus and tried to glue BohoBerry’s challenge printable into my bullet journal with liquid Elmer’s glue instead of a glue stick,which is apparently the appropriate adhesive. UGH. It bothers me so much, especially because the wetness made some surrounding pages a bit wrinkly before I intervened. But instead of ripping out the page, I am just setting my jaw and accepting it as a lesson. That’s something I’ve had to accept over time- mistakes are okay and they happen to all of us. Learn from my foolishness!
After my cringeworthy page of wrinkles, I have my blog stats and goals. Last month was the first time I wrote this out in my bullet journal, so this time I spread it out a little bit more. Last time I quickly ran out of room for writing goals, so I decided to give my blog goals their very own page next to my stats page. I like to draw out my logo with my Fineliners, but in the interest of keeping to my site’s color scheme, I have to borrow my purple Prismacolor illustration marker. Of course, while those are doing all the fun stuff, the Microns are hard at work doing all the outlines and writing.
If you are interested in checking out my top posts from May, here they are:
I’m happy to say that May was a wildly successful month, and I have you all to thank for that. So to all of you, thank you! You really make it fun to write and plan and play each day.
Now that June is all set up, I am ready to take on the world and have more fun adventures, both with the blog and in real life. Hopefully I can start putting a real dent in my Summer Bucket List this month and have a wicked exciting summer. So how do you like to set up your month in the bullet journal?
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