Bullet Journal First Impressions

After a couple months of pondering, endless hours spent watching flip through videos and a little bit of shopping on Amazon… I finally started a bullet journal!

Bullet journaling has been around for a couple years now, but the idea really exploded in the last year or so. After a very brief conversation with my friend Lindsay, I caved and decided to give it a go.

I actually think it’s kind of funny that Lindsay was the person who convinced me to start my own bullet journal. We became friends during English class in grade 10 because we both loved organizing our agendas with pretty highlighters and song lyrics. Six years later and we’re still talking about pretty stationary! Anyways. I’m already off topic. Love you Linds!

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I started with my bullet journal at the beginning of February — and even though many people online suggest taking a few weeks to practice layouts in a seperate notebook I just jumped right in. Like most people, I went for the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted hardcover notebook. Also like most people — I have NO idea how to pronounce Leuchtturm (which is why this post doesn’t include a flip through video).

My goal for this journal is to have everything I need in one place. I love using lists to keep myself organized, but I tend to extend these lists over different platforms: I use a list app, a meal planning sticky pad, my Kate Spade planner and generally any piece of paper that is within reach. It’s so much easier having everything in one place; I like the idea that I can craft a planner based on my day-to-day needs.

I started off with a few collections like a full year calendar, 2017 goals, blog statistics, and blog post/video ideas. It felt good to put all of the little notes I’d pinned up on my bulletin board or stashed on my phone into one notebook. I tried to keep it fairly simple and was actually a little impressed with how my first few pages were looking. So, I took the plunge and started on my monthly spread.

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This is where my hours of research went down the drain.  I started off with a simple outline of a calendar with a little box for notes and a banner counting down the days to Europe. But things went downhill when I tried to make it look like the ones online by adding washi tape and colour. These added details just didn’t work for me, and every time I flip through my journal it’s always these extra touches that I don’t like. The simple pages are the ones that make me happy and actually help me be productive.

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I’ve made SO many mistakes in this journal. I’ve already (carefully) torn out a page, my index is a disaster and I used a different layout for every single week in February. But in the end, I’m actually really happy with the system! I find it calming to create the pages, inspiring to see my goals and ideas on paper and I’m excited to see what else I can do with it. I’ve already started bringing in details about my trip to Europe this summer and I think it’s going to be really helpful with the planning process — especially because the size is so portable and I’ll only need to pack ONE notebook to have everything I need while I’m away.

If you feel like starting a bullet journal I have a piece of advice for you:

Do not, under any circumstances, compare your journal to the ones online or take it too seriously.

Maybe that was more like two pieces of advice… But I mean it! The fantastic thing about bullet journaling is that you can use it however you wish and it really is fun!

If you’d like to see regular updates on my bullet journal, or information about the supplies I like to use just let me know. I could talk about stationary alllll day. I’d also like to know if you’ve you’ve decided to start a bullet journal, or if you’ve been at it for a while!

Sincerely, Rowan

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The Perks of Relaxing

You’ve had a long day. Your muscles are tired from sitting hunched over a laptop and you can feel the tension creeping up into your temples causing a slow, dull ache.

Shutting your laptop with a snap, you walk into the bathroom, light a couple candles and turn the hot water on.

With the tub filled to the brim you slowly dip your feet into the warm water, lowering your whole body until you’re fully submerged. Ahhhhh…

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Why I’m a wallpaper convert

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I’m currently sitting in Lucky Penny — one of Halifax’s many adorable cafes. I’ve been seeing this place all over Instagram lately, and because it was dreary outside and I’m in desperate need of some inspiration I thought I’d spent a couple hours here with my laptop trying to get some work done. Not to mention the fact that I’m always up for a yummy chai latte… And let me tell you, if you’re a chai latte lover you’ll love Lucky Penny.

It didn’t take me a long time to figure out why this place has become so popular. The treats are delicious and the decor is beautiful. Why you may ask? Three words. Dark. Floral. Wallpaper.

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Out with the old, in with the new

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday after the difficult year we just had. In my personal life, 2016 was an okay year. It definitely wasn’t one for the books, but it did make me feel grateful for all the incredible things and people that have in my life.

2016 was a year filled with upsetting celebrity deaths, political unrest, fear and anxiety. We lost a lot of people that we knew through our favourite albums and films, and wept for the lives lost in senseless hate crimes and in war zones. In Canada, we had to sit back and watch as our neighbour voted for a man who makes us terrified for the future.

In 2016 we took three steps back. But in 2017 let’s take a few steps forward. Starting with our homes! There’s a lot a changing in 2017 when it comes to interior design.

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Thrift Haul & DIY Hanging Lamp

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I don’t think I’ve ever walked into a Value Village without walking out with a couple bags full of items. Which is exactly what happened when I decided to go to the 50% off sale at Value Village back at the end of August. What I didn’t know was that the sale excluded homeware and books — which of course is what I was buying. 

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Welcome to my office (nook)

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I’m very excited to finally show you my little office nook! One of the reasons why I liked this apartment was because of the little space off of the living room. I took one look and decided that it would be the perfect spot for a small office. The nice thing about a small space is that you don’t have to spend too much money to make it beautiful. On the flip side, having a small space means everything has to be compact and extremely functional. I had fun dreaming up how to fill my little space, and it makes me quite happy to sit down and work here.

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Five Happy Things #19

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While I was planning my blog posts for this week, I sat down and thought about how wonderful it would be if one of these five happy moments would be about the election. I felt a sense of relief hoping that we might finally be able to erase the past few years of Donald Trump headlines from our mind and enter a new era with a female President. But on Wednesday, myself and the rest of the world, woke up heartbroken and scared. The shock hasn’t completely set in, and I’m still waiting for someone to scream ‘just kidding.’

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behuman

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Okay, I know that I said I would have a home update going up today, but I feel like this subject is much more important than the state of my apartment. I am SO happy to announce that I am now a behuman ambassador!

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Finding balance & moving forward

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Well, hello everyone!

It has been quite a while since I last published a post! I’ve been so caught up in a huge project for school and I haven’t had a spare minute to think about blogging. It’s been so hard to stay away, but I know that I have to make school the priority. I will do my best from now on to schedule posts so that I don’t miss too many. 

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