I am so excited to share my new bullet journal set up for September! My first bullet journal helped me so much over the past six months. I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am to have found this system. While I’m sad to have filled the final pages of my first bujo, I can’t wait to start with a clean slate in this one.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you got a preview of my fall-themed first page. I cannot take full credit for this beautiful wreath of twigs. I saw a similar set up on Facebook a few weeks back. Silly me didn’t realize until weeks later that the original author’s name had been cut out of the screen shot. If that person happens to stumble upon my blog, I am so grateful and please let me know so I can give you credit!
Anyways, following is a walk-through of my FULL set up. The only spread I am not sharing is my brainstorm for a free opt-in e-mail course for newbie bullet journalers. I promise to share the details once I’m ready to launch. 🙂
Here We Go! The Very Beginning
This bullet journal is another Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted* bullet journal, this time in royal blue. I really liked my first bullet journal, so I decided to stick with what I know. I may try something new for the next one, but for now I’m more than happy with this one. The numbered pages and the inclusive index make it so easy. After my index are my “reference” pages:
I keep my key pretty simple. I used (or rather wanted to use) many more things in my last bullet journal, but this time I kept it simple. The dots on the right actually fold over the edges of my pages to mark major categories. This way, I can easily find spreads I’m looking for without necessarily going to my index. I used to have six categories, but consolidated similar ones. I also included my planning routines for quick reference while I try a few new routines. Finally, at the bottom I have a reminder of the number of boxes across and down in my journal. I’m forgetful, and I finally got fed up with counting and wrote it down one day.
To the right, you see my simple yearly calendar. I use this for reference when I forget which day of the week something is, especially when working on my set ups. I try not to be near my phone when I’m planning to minimize distraction, so this is a big help.
Live Your Level 10 Life Spread
This is one of my absolute favorite spreads. Originally, I took the wheel from Kara Benz’s Level 10 Life Post. This post inspired me to read Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). It’s a great read if you’re looking for ways to start your daily routine on a high. While I don’t always keep to the traditional structure, I do incorporate the philosophy into my morning routine. Check it out!
While Kara makes 100 goals (10 for each aspect of her wheel), I chose to stick to 2 for now. Health/Fitness includes 3 goals because I couldn’t decide on which to cut. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get a bit more ambitious. For every goal I complete, I will fill in another section of the wheel. The spread still needed something, so I filled the space beneath the wheel with this quote from Oprah Winfrey:
Start embracing the life that is calling you. Find your calling. Know what sparks a light in you so you–in your own way–can illuminate the world.”
It really captured my philosophy with this blogging journey and inspires me every time I read it.
Books, Books, and More Books!
This spread is pretty basic. I’ve filled in the books on my reading list and created a tracker for the novel I’m writing in my free time. Incidentally, I’ve already read a few of these books, but I haven’t yet colored them in. My Word Count Tracker may actually never be filled all the way (185,000 words–am I crazy?). I just don’t know exactly how long Book 1 will end up being. This is something I’m doing solely for my enjoyment but who knows what the future holds? The maze is a bit representative of how the writing process works for me. Sometimes it’s hard to know which way things will go.
Yes, that is a shameful 243.2 lbs in my initial stats. I haven’t yet printed the front and side shots, but those will go in the empty boxes. This is the first spread I’ve designed completely on my own. I did take a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Facebook, but ultimately I just sat down and plotted it out on my own.
My first weight loss goal is 40lbs (it seemed attainable but challenging). I plan to achieve this goal by a combination of Couch 2 5k and fitness challenges, along with healthier eating habits. I couldn’t fit that all in one spread and I track my meals in my weeklies, so I only focused on fitness here. You can see I’ve included small rewards to keep me going.
Blogging Goals & Stats
This spread is a blend of a few different things I’ve seen other bloggers track in their bullet journal. Now that I’m blogging on a more serious level, I wanted a way of tracking data. I used a combination of goals, action steps, reminders, and trackers. That way, I just open to this page after publishing a post or looking at stats and it’s all there.
Just For Fun
In my humble opinion, everyone should have spreads similar to these. Meet my just for fun, spreads! Anthony and I sometimes have trouble figuring out ways to spend time together that don’t require going out to eat or spending lots of money, so I decided to make a “Things That Make Me Happy” spread. You can actually learn a lot about me just by reading this list. I have very eclectic interests. In fact, I couldn’t even fit everything on this page! For example, there is literally no reference to music, which is very unlike me. I love music. I almost ALWAYS have some playing while I work. Oh well, next time I suppose!
The other side is 30 things I want to do or experience before I turn 30. Since my 28th birthday is just around the corner (9/30!) I suppose I better get cracking! I haven’t even thought of the last three things! Seriously, if you have suggestions, please leave them below. I need SERIOUS help.
And Finally September!
Wow–This post has gotten SUPER lengthy. For that, I apologize. My September Set Up is pretty straight-forward. This month I tried a circular monthly and I LOVE the look. I still have a few things to fill in as I make appointments, but it’s coming along. This month I also created a simple editorial calendar. Hopefully this will help me post more consistently. You can see some of the things coming down the pipeline.
I decided not to post pictures of my Gratitude Log, Memory Page, and #PlanWithMeChallenge spreads because I have so much already, but those are also part of my September set up. Lastly, I made a fitness challenge spread on the opposite page of my Habit Tracker, which I have also opted not to showcase in a photo, but it looks almost exactly like the C25K tracker on my fitness page above. My habit tracker is a staple in my monthly planning, as it keeps me honest about the things I try to achieve each day.
After that starts my weeklies and dailies, which I’ll do more in depth posts about at another time.
Phew! The End is Near!
I really hope you enjoyed a walkthrough of my new bullet journal set up. If you find it all a little overwhelming, remember that I transferred a lot of these spreads from my previous bullet journal. This is not the standard by which you begin bullet journaling!
Mostly, I want to thank you for sticking with me. Bullet journaling has helped me so much and I love sharing that with others. There are a lot of really exciting things coming soon for Adventure & Home, so I hope you’ll consider subscribing to my e-mail list so you don’t miss a beat! You can do it easily by filling out the form in the sidebar RIGHT NOW!
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