Thinking & Planning Out Loud

I’m kind of obsessing about starting a (separate) perpetual art journal for 2019.

This nagging thought was/is inspired by Lara Gastinger’s (IG : @LaraGastinger) botanical drawings on her own perpetual journal. Her art is so intricate and detailed and just stunning.

So, I’m here like… Should I even attempt to start one of my own? Maybe I can combine my art/doodles with ‘one line a day’ type of entry? Maybe, finally, put my watercolors and paints to good use…?

I’m still stewing about it. Part of me thinks that maybe when I find the “perfect” sketchbook, that will be the push I need to do it. I just don’t want to have too many creative projects to do next year.

This year I was way too ambitious.

I began 2018 with a traditional planner + bullet journal, attempted the Leuchtturm1917 ‘Some Lines A Day’ book (which I hated because the paper quality SUCKED so I stopped), began another #Tarot365 and was also in the middle of O’s Project365.

In short, I was trying to do too much with very little time.

Fortunately, I was able to complete O’s first year photo a day project (yay!). That made it easy to keep up with my daily tarot readings. I still journal when I get the urge (or time) to write. And I fill out my bullet journal/planner when I can.

I need to have LESS creative projects for 2019.

I definitely will not do Tarot365 for next year. Perhaps monthly readings, recorded and dissected in my bujo, will suffice? And of course any other draws for sabbats and esbats will be done as well.

One witchy planner/bujo and a perpetual art journal for 2019 sounds like a good, actionable, plan – yes?

Now to find the perfect notebook and sketchbook… That’s half the battle right there.

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Bullet Journaling

I’m a journal-er from way back. I can remember keeping diaries and such since I was in middle school. Then online journaling came along around the 2000s and I was pretty active for about 5 years doing that; sharing my life online.

These days almost everyone has a blog of some sort. It’s a great way to express yourself, showcase your art, writing etc and connect with likeminded individuals.

While I have this website, I don’t go into too much detail about my life anymore. The internet is just too big these days and you can’t be too careful especially when you have little ones, y’know?

Enter bullet journaling.


I discovered bullet journaling about a year or so ago but, I wasn’t all too interested nor did I have much time as I was working and then pregnant and then taking care of a newborn, ha. For some reason this year I’m all over the concept!

I use my new Plum Paper planner for basic planning and organizing our lives/schedules. It’s a great system and it works well for me. This year I decided to jump on the bullet journal train. I’ve had this Miquel Ruis graph paper journal but, it sat empty and without a purpose on my bookshelf for years. Finally, I have a use for it!

What I love about bullet journaling is the life tracking and list making concepts. I love creating lists! It’s so satisfying crossing out items I’ve completed.


So far I’ve created the following lists and trackers in mine :

Mood tracker
Monthly Habit tracker
Moontime (cycle) tracker
Weather tracker
Sleep tracker
Weekly Household Chore tracker
Monthly Household Chore tracker
Bill tracker
Savings tracker
Home Improvement list
40 Books to read by 40th Birthday
Bucket List
Places to Go
Monthly Gratitude Log

It sounds like a lot to keep up with but, it really isn’t. It doesn’t take much time out of my day to fill/color in each chart. It has become part of my “self-care” ritual at night.

I’m looking forward to seeing how all my charts turn out at the end of this month. I’ll definitely post updated photos and what not then.

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Witches Love to Plan

At least this witch does!


I’d like to introduce you to my new 2017 planner. For the 3rd consecutive year I’ve decided to use a Plum Paper Planner (PPP), specifically their ME/Family planner. This particular planner allows you to customize seven sections according to how you want to categorize your day, activities or in my case, members of your family.

I find having a separate section for each child and the Husband allows me to better organize our days and seemingly endless appointments, school events and such. I have a section for myself and one for our home/household. I left one section blank under mine for random information I may need.


Quality wise this planner is the best. The cover is sturdy (virtually indestructible), there’s ample room for notes, lists and what not. The paper is smooth and thick enough that there’s no bleed through when using markers and pens. The pocket in the back is great for small/flat keepsakes, stickers, receipts and the like. They also have a ton of fun cover designs to choose from. This time I went for a more simplified color scheme and design.

Overall I’ve been quite happy with this planner. I’m happy I was able to save a little money by ordering it during their Cyber Monday sale, too!


While I’m not a hardcore planner decorator (I probably would be if I had more time to do it), I do use stickers here and there as accents. I do find it therapeutic in a way to sit for a few minutes, gather all the info floating in my brain and write down each new weeks’ or months’ goings on. I do also use the calendar on my phone, but this is much more fun and a nice creative outlet for me.

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