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.

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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.

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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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Thursday Feature : FOTD

Rainy day today = minimal make up

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• FACE :
Olay Complete moisturizer
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation (220)
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (Medium Beige)
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette
NARS blush (Torrid)
Too Faced blush (Papa Don’t Peach)
ABH Illuminator (So Hollywood)
NYX Dewy Finish setting spray

• EYES :
ABH Dipbrow Pomade (Ash Brown)
ABH Brow Gel
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette (Laetus, Lazarus, Samael)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencil (Smog)
MAC Fluidline (Blacktrack)
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

• LIPS :
Maybelline Babylips Balm
Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil gloss (Papa Don’t Peach)

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Makeup Monday : Too Faced Natural Matte

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This was one of my most used palettes last year (before I got my hands on the KVD Contour Eye palette, that is). The Too Faced Natural Matte eye palette ($36) is a great go-to for everyday no-makeup makeup looks.

• PROS :
– reasonably priced
– sturdy tin packaging w/ magnetic closure
– travel friendly
– great mix of neutral shades for day to night looks
– wonderful pigmentation
– smooth application, no fallout
– blends easily

• CONS :
– small mirror
– eye primer needed
– lighter shades may look chalky on darker skin tones

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• OVERALL :

My favorite shades are Heaven (all over lid and transition shade), Strapless and Chocolate Cookie (crease colors), Risqué and Sexpresso (to deepen crease and as outer corners).

I highly recommend this palette if you’re considering venturing into high-end makeup. The price point is fair and you’ll be able to mix and match the shades to create daytime and even smokey eye looks.

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2017 : Year Ahead Spread

I love this tarot spread! I’ve done this every year for the past three years and it’s always great to be able to look back and see how each card’s meaning/theme applied to its corresponding month (if at all).

For this spread I used my trusty Oracle Tarot deck by Lisa Chow. Here’s what in store for 2017! Clockwise from top.

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January : NINE OF WANDS (patience, perseverance, persistence)
February : JUSTICE (responsibilities, balance, fairness)
March : WHEEL OF FORTUNE (opportunities, destiny, change)
April : SEVEN OF WANDS (challenges, competition, perseverance)
May : EIGHT OF PENTACLES (honing skills, hard work, knowledge)
June : FOUR OF SWORDS (rest, relaxation, solitude)
July : THE EMPRESS (abundance, growth, productivity)
August : THE HANGED MAN (sacrifice, transitions, enlightenment)
September : SIX OF PENTACLES (prosperity, generosity, balance)
October : THREE OF PENTACLES (teamwork, planning for the future, rewards)
November : KING OF SWORDS (clarity, communication, logic)
December : TEN OF PENTACLES (family, abundance, security)

Theme for 2017 : PAGE OF WANDS (change, new beginnings, passion, creativity)

I also decided to choose two bonus cards, to support the theme of the year, from the Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle deck by Siolo Thompson.

CLOVER – nurture
HUCKLEBERRY – resourcefulness

2017 looks quite promising, don’t you think?

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MMYuleChallenge [ 31/31 ]

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THE WORLD – How can I start fresh in 2017?

BURDOCK (tenacity)
THE EMPEROR (take the lead, self-discipline)
JUSTICE (strive for balance, make wise choices)

Yay, challenge complete!

This will most likely be the last tarot challenge I partake in for a while as I’m (we’re) in the midst of preparing for the newest member of our family to arrive – only about 6 weeks (give or take) to go!

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