It’s hard to believe that December is already upon us! November flew by and before I knew it, it was time to put away the fall decor! I should have started writing my Christmas cards long ago! Does anyone else feel overwhelmed with everything there is to do?! December is always a bittersweet month for me. Not only is it time to cherish family and give light to others, but it’s also a time for reflection as we head into the new year. This year has been a little rocky, with a lot of crazy changes.
Two years ago, Anthony and I put in motion a plan to start building our lives together. Long distance commuting between Maryland and Connecticut was torture, but decidedly worth it. In June, after tying up loose ends at my job and packing up everything, I moved 300 miles away from home to make a new home here in Maryland. It has been quite an adjustment, but I think I’m finally settling in and we are so happy to finally be together in the same state. I truly believe December will be the best month yet, and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings. Keeping that in mind, here is a run down of my December set up in my bullet journal.
My Old Faithfuls
There are some spreads I couldn’t live without, which is why I keep coming back to them every month. They keep me on top of my goals and priorities throughout the month. Take a peek inside my bullet journal, starting with my circular monthly.
I chose a Christmas wreath to decorate the inner circle of my monthly spread this month. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I shifted to a circular monthly back in September and I haven’t looked back. This spread gives me a snapshot of the month and I mostly use it for special events, holidays, and due dates. I also include important appointments, like when I go to the doctor and dentist. If you want to make your own, check out my tutorial from November! If you’d like a printable version of my December version, just scroll down to the bottom of this post.
My Editorial Calendar is my key to organizing my blog posts. This month, I’ve made a slight shift. I’m curbing back a few new blog posts to set aside some time to update some older posts. I include the book ends of the surrounding months so I can keep on top of everything. Forgive the ghosting. It doesn’t usually bother me when I’m using my bujo, but it seems extra visible in this photo.
I kept my gratitude log, memories, and habit tracker the same as last month. These have been old faithfuls for a long time, and since I use them often, there isn’t a current need to change them. If you want to check them out, you can see them in my November post.
My New Addition
I did see a need for a new spread this month. I’ve been struggling to keep track of how I’m sharing my posts through social media, especially once they have been published for over a week. So, I took to my bullet journal and in December, I’m trying a Social Media Calendar. While I still share more than just my posts on social media, this spread is a simple way to ensure that I remember to share my posts until I can afford to put a service like MeetEdgar in the budget that helps automate that process.
Since I schedule my blog posts by the weekday, I decided to have that be the focus on the left side. Then I simply numbered each day. While most of my posts will be in black, I wanted to distinguish new posts and newly updated posts, so I stuck to my December color palette, labeling them green and red.
Moving Forward This December
I have a lot planned for this December! I’m really excited to be wrapping up my Holiday Your Home Series in a few weeks. I’ve begun as a researcher for Wonder, so I’m excited to learn some new things! This will help me bring in some “hustle” income, so I can continue to follow my dream of being a full-time blogger, working from home. So far, I’m really impressed with their system and how much they want their researchers to succeed.
I’m also looking toward some exciting projects that will be coming in the new year, so I have a lot of brainstorming and planning to do there. Plus, there is the wonderful time I’ll be able to spend with family during the holidays. It really is the best time of year, isn’t it?
The future is looking bright, which is all I can hope for in this holiday season. Don’t forget to come back on Friday for the next installment of my Holiday Your Home series! If you don’t want to miss a thing, sign up for my e-mail list below!
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Happy Holiday Season!
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