Hello again, friends! I know I’m a bit late for this post (it is the third day of July, after all), but I’d like to formally blame my family for making us have fun all weekend. Sorry guys! So without further ado, here is my July monthly set up!
Last Month’s Spread
First, I wanted to show you some of my completed spreads from last month. It occurred to me that I haven’t ever shown you a filled in month before, so I obviously needed to fix that. It’s super easy to make everything look pretty when there’s nothing written in the journal! It gets much messier when real life happens and you write all over the place.
As you can see, I did not accomplish all of my goals last month. That’s okay! I did pretty well, I think. They’re supposed to be difficult that’s why they’re goals! I didn’t do as many posts to the blog as I’d like and I didn’t complete my Morning Pages. However, I kicked ass on exercising and hydration. I have been really pushing myself on the health front, so that was a success for me. I’ll just try to do better in July for the other goals that weren’t so successful.
Here you can see my Gratitude Log all filled out. I think I’m going to try to use a single pen color next time for uniformity. There isn’t anything wrong with using a couple pens, but I’d like a cleaner look. I might have to do that when I finally settle on a single color ink for one of my Pilot Metropolitan fountain pens.
Next you can see my lovely Habit Tracker. God I love this thing. I can see that I did really well with some things and let some habits suffer. It’s wonderful being able to see my habits in detail. This month, I did the colors in rainbow order and I really liked it. I am continuing this for my July monthly tracker. For coloring in my boxes, I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. I use the 10 pack so I can slip them in my purse and take them on the go, which is wildly convenient, but I’d like to upgrade to the larger pack for more color options. I would love to have a unique color for each habit!
Here is my June memories tracker all filled out. I rather liked doing this, even if I don’t feel like it looks particularly good. This was my first month doing it after seeing Kacheri and her awesome memory pages over at Passion Themed Life. By the way, do you see my screw up here? I’ll give you a second.
(Here’s a hint: I wrote Game of Thrones season 6 ends twice! Whoops!)
My Instagram challenge pages really look weak for June. It pains me to look at this, so let’s move on, shall we?
After that, there’s my old blog stats page and my blog goals. Boy have things changed since then! It’s been an incredible month for the blog – but I’ll let you see more about that further down. For now you can just see my goals and the ones I successfully accomplished and those I didn’t get around to. I like being able to have this all in one place. I’d totally recommend this for people who have blogs or who want to track their side business.
July Monthly Set Up
Now, on to this month! I tweaked a few things in my Leuchtturm to see if I can find something that works even better. I really like the way everything is looking for this month. I broke out my new Tombow Brush Pens and I love how they feel and how they look. I’ve become a little bit obsessed with brush calligraphy. Can you tell?
And of course I used my Microns to do the black lines. Microns are the workhorse pens of my collection, they take my abuse so well. Anyway, the changes I made for July are not enormous, but still different enough to shake it up for me. I moved the calendar to the right instead of the left. I somehow always forget that I don’t want to draw in all those empty boxes on the top row and the bottom. I really dislike them taking up needless space. Yet there they are!
I completely forgot to add my goal progress bars under my calendar (not that I left myself much room) and my next month preview. I’ll find a place to squeeze my progress bars, I actually really like having them around.
After that, I have my trusty Habit Tracker. I also have my new July Memories page next to it that I look forward to filling it out with fun new adventures!
For my Instagram challenges, I decided on a whim to put them vertically onto one single page. I didn’t really think through the fact that I would have a big fat blank page next to it. So I figured I’d try one of those really cute simple pattern designs that I see so many bullet journalers do! I think I’ll just work on it when I’m bored and have some spare time for little zentangle doodles. Sounds like a plan, right? I’ll let you know if and how I design it when I’m done.
Then of course I have my blog stats page! I really had a huge jump in traffic and sales this month, and for that I thank you! I really appreciate you giving me your time to read my silly little blog and giving me a reason to keep pushing myself to grow and create. I love doing this and I am so happy that you guys keep coming back. You’re all sweethearts, you know that?
So there you have it! I really look forward to filling out my July monthly spread and getting stuff accomplished. I think it’s going to be great fun, don’t you?
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If you’re interested in checking out my top posts from June, here they are:
- 30 Ways to Use a Blank Notebook
- How the Morning Pages Changed My Life
- How to Start a Bullet Journal
- Setting up a New Month – June
- How to Build a Master Grocery List
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