Starting A New Bullet Journal For 2019

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Are you interested in getting your life more organized? Are you interested in keeping track of habits and timelines? You may want to consider bullet journaling. It’s a wonderful time of year to get started, as we are coming up on a new year. I made a post about Bullet Journaling For Beginners, but I wanted to make a step by step post about how to start or transfer a journal specifically for the new year.


Transferring From An Old Bujo

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Are you transferring a journal from an old book to a new one? Some people choose to do this. They begin in one journal and decide to switch to another. This can be confusing if you’re unsure how to do this. Last year I ran into this problem. I had all my yearly trackers in one journal but ran out of room for the whole year, so I had to continue in a new journal, which left all those trackers behind in my old journal. I had to continuously switch back and forth between the two journals in order to keep track of my progress.

 

Starting A New Bujo

Or perhaps you are starting your very first bullet journal and need a little inspiration and guidance. That’s where this post comes in!

Firstly, if you are starting out brand new, you’ll want to find yourself a journal. I used a moleskine brand dotted journal for my first, but there are so many options to choose from. Some versions have numbered pages, hard covers, soft covers, place marker ribbons, and vary in length and weight. It will be a trial and error until you find one you really vibe with. But for me, I went to my local bookstore and picked up a moleskine because it was easy and readily available.

However, for the new year, I decided to try something a little different. I went with a Leichterm 97. The reason I decided to try this one out is because it has numbered pages and I wanted to make a front index, which is something I’ve never done before in my bullet journaling.


What To Include

 

Index

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This will be a new feature for me. If you don’t have numbered pages, you can number them yourself or skip this step. As I mentioned above, I didn’t have an index for the first year of journaling and this is something new I’d like to try.


 

Yearly Spreads

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Next, you want to list off the habits you want to track yearly. For me, I chose to track all the new people I’ve met, the books I’ve read, and new things I’ve done during the year, as well as adding in a bucket list. 


 

Future Log

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Following these spreads, you can include a future log, which is essentially every single month written out so you can see the whole year ahead. Leave space to write in your important dates like birthdays, vacations, and projects.


 

Months

Then you can get into your months. Mostly everyone separates their journals by months. You make a title page and then get into your monthly spreads. I tend to stick to the same spreads every month; calendar, to do’s, monthly goals, expense tracker, wishlist, daily gratitude, daily habits, mood tracker, notes, and reflection. You can check out many facebook groups for more ideas for spreads.


Design and Aesthetic

Besides all of the spreads, you might want to decide how you want your journal to look. Some people like to get artsy with it by adding colors, doodles, and sometimes full out sketches. I found that I could not stay consistent with the artsy stuff, and fell into a much more minimalist style. I do incorporate colors, but rarely add much else. But that’s what’s so great about it. You can customize your journal any way you like it!

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Essentially your bullet journal is a way to keep your life on track and keep your rooted in reality. So good luck with starting your bullet journal! Don’t worry about making mistakes. Have fun, and I hope bullet journaling helps get your life a little more organized.


Was this post helpful? Do you have any other spreads you always incorporate into your journals? Leave your comments down below!

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Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Kat

Sunday Pep Talk | New Year, New You


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Hello, friends. I hope you’ve all had a lovely holiday. 

They always say the New Years is a time of reinventing yourself, and I full heartedly agree with that! It has become the butt of every basic girl joke. Hashtag new year, new me! As they post an Instagram photo that has clearly been filtered and which will be followed by a bunch of snapchats of them puking in the toilet because they’ve embraced the new year a little too hard and couldn’t keep it all down. We’ve all been there, right?

No no, just kidding. All of the “New Years, New Me’s” are perfectly fine young ladies. And more power to them! Everyone deserves a chance to start over, and what better time to do that than at the beginning of a new year? Everyone has the power to change who they are; to be better, do better, reach out to those they hurt and start working on better relationships and friendships.

For me, in 2018 I swore I would get my mental health under control, and I followed through with that goal. I didn’t set too many for 2018. Just one. Get it together. Now, as 2019 rolls around, I am once again presented with an opportunity to make it a great year. What goals do I have in mind for 2019? Now that I have my mind straight, I would like to get my finances straight too. The wheels for this goal started rolling in 2018, but 2019 I will really try and focus on achieving the career goals I want. That means applying to graduate school. That means stepping into a leadership position and learning to manage groups of people. The old me would have told myself that these things were unachievable. The new me knows that if I work hard and stay focused on what’s important, I will be able to accomplish all of these goals.

What goals have you set for 2019? Whatever they are, I hope that you follow through with them and manifest the life that you want. You do have the power within you!

 

Yule Ritual

Hey there, friends!

I’d like to share with you a little Yule ritual my sister and I performed a few nights ago. We wanted to have a fire, but it was raining as it so often is in Pittsburgh. So instead we lit a candle to serve as our bonfire.

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The purpose of the ritual was to set our intentions for the new year ahead. We made a list of positive affirmations, wishes, and desires for 2019.


On my list I had things like:

Fearlessly embrace love

Spread kindness

Practice yoga

Grow my blog

Use my voice and set boundaries

Buy a new car


After creating the list, we meditated and visualized what we wanted to manifest. This was a very emotionally charged experience, in a good way. I was in a good mood to begin with, and focusing on the person I wanted to become made me that much happier.

When we were finished visualizing and meditating on our lists, we burned them in the candle flame and gathered the ashes in a pot. Mine burned quickly so my sister said I must have had very good energy and that my intentions would surely come true in the new year.

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We took the ashes outside and sprinkled them into the wind. I watched as my wishes and affirmations blew away into the universe with a beautiful moon looking on.

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I wish you all a very prosperous and productive 2019. May all your dreams come true and may your loved ones be happy and healthy.

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

-Kat

In Case You Missed It | 2018 Blog Post Recap

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As this year comes to a close, it is a perfect opportunity to look back at the progess we’ve all made and the things we have created. I have gone back through my blog and reread all of my posts. I am still in disbelief that I have been able to stick with it for so long! I’ve amassed over 62k words just in ten short months of blogging here at Antiquarius. Below is what I feel are some of my best posts. Some of the newer followers here may have missed some of these older posts.

Please give them a visit if they spark your interest!


The Benefits Of Daily Meditation

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I Am

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Loneliness In Adulthood

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Things Become Okay

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Productivity Tips

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Bullet Journaling For Beginners

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Forgive Yourself

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How To Make A Motivation Board

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If you have any posts you’d like to share from your own blog during the year of 2018, link them down below!

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Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

9 Tips To Be More Productive

Even the best of intentions to be productive can be massacred by the urge to be lazy.

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How does one cope when those feelings surface? When you just want to order a pizza and binge watch the office for the fourth time in a row instead of working on your paper, your novel, your art, your homework, your thesis? We’ve all been there. No shame. But sometimes you just have to do some work. I know. It sucks. Whomp. The biggest help is hardening your mental resolve to just get it done, or to at least start. But besides bossing your brain into falling into line, what else is there to do in order to spark productivity? Below is my list of productivity tips, for your viewing pleasure.


Get into the mindset

  • Clean your space
  • Handle all the other stuff first
  • Grab a drink and a snack
  • Find some soothing music
  • Put your phone away
  • Make a to-do list
  • Use the count down method
  • Start small
  • Reward yourself for working hard

 

How can you ever hope to be productive when you have 10,000 other things on your plate that are all vying for your attention? If you really need to get a project done, remove those distractions.

Clean your space

How many  times have you sat down to start working on something only to have your mind start to wander immediately to all the things you also have to do? Laundry, the dishes, that phone call you need to make, taxes, update that blog post, laundry, the dishes, that phone call you need to make, taxes, update that blog post, laundry…

These things can turn into a loop. A loop that succeeds in stopping you from getting them done (because you are trying your darndest to do this other thing), but also stops you from getting the thing done because you can’t concentrate on the task at hand. One thing at a time! Clean up those dishes first. Clean your room. Put in a load of laundry before you sit down (you can take a break when you switch them. It creates a wonderful little ecosystem for productivity). By cleaning your space you eliminate distractions so you can focus on the important thing.

Grab a drink and a snack

Humans get hungry. And thirsty. Surprise, surprise! A great way to distract yourself from getting your productivity on is to get all situated in your work space only to jump up again to go in search for a little something. Think ahead, make some salty popcorn, cut up some cheese and apple, grab a cup of tea or have some plain old ice water. Don’t let the cravings distract you from what you need to get done.

Find some soothing music

I like to listen to music when I’m working on things like art or cleaning, but when it comes to writing, I usually like to have silence, because guess what…sometimes music becomes a distraction for me. I get so into finding something good to listen to that I end up wasting half the time I had set aside to work on The Thing. Or I get super into a song and my mind wanders off to daydream land. But for the instances that I do listen to music, I opt for instrumentals, soundtracks, or classical.

Put your phone away

I wish we still lived in the time of AIM where you could put an away message up saying not to bug you. Unfortunately, there’s not really anything stopping people from texting or messaging your phone at all hours of the day or night. Tell your friends that you are on “Do Not Disturb” mode, put your phone on silence, and put it in a different room. Do you really need to check snapchat while trying to think of a plot hole fix? Nope. Distraction.

Make a To-Do list

Honestly, this is a huge help. If you’re not a list person, at least give it a try. It gets all your thoughts out of your head and down on paper so you don’t have to worry about remembering all those little things, and gives you a great guideline to follow if you get stuck and don’t know what to do next. Plus it’s super satisfying to cross something off your list. I add silly things to mine, like “Make a to-do list” just so I can check it off.

Use the Count Down Method

After watching Mel Robbins’s TedTalk, I was a bit skeptical. After all, I’m a procrastinator who doesn’t do well with getting started with things sometimes. I was wondering if this trick would really work, and guess what? It does. 100% does. This video sort of changed my life in that it changed the way I think about my self parenting and impulse control. The best way to start is to just do it.

 

Start small

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the idea of working on a project, and therefore don’t even bother to start? It helps to break down your tasks into smaller tasks so that you can take it once piece at a time. Not sure where to start? Just pick someplace. Messy room? Start by throwing down your dirty clothes. Start of a new chapter? Just start typing and see where it goes. You can always edit later. The point is to begin. The rest will follow after, and before you know it, you will be in full productivity mode.

Reward yourself for working hard

What do you do when someone you care about does something hard? You congratulate them. So why can’t we congratulate ourselves when we put work into something? Be kind to yourself. The sweet reward at the end of a long period of productivity will encourage you to finish future tasks. Maybe the reward is going for a walk, maybe it’s having a candy bar or a glass of wine, or maybe it’s buying yourself a present you’ve wanted for a while. No matter how big or small, rewarding yourself encourages future productivity and motivates us to get the tough shit over with so we can enjoy the splendor of a really good reward. Even if it’s only a supreme feeling of accomplishment.


Do you have any tips on how to be productive? Link to your posts down below! I’d love to read some of your suggestions.

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications! 

The First Rejection Hurts The Worst.

The first rejection hurts like hell. Everything after that is just fuel for the proverbial fire of productivity.

Do you remember the first time you’ve ever had a broken heart? Maybe you were a teenager in the midst of your awkward, geeky, emotional hormone-rich stage. Maybe it happened yesterday. It doesn’t matter when it happened. All that matters is that it did. This pain is important. It teaches you things. Most importantly, it teaches you how to wipe the tears away, get back on your feet, and take a few more swings at the challenge. Without the pain of rejection, we can never really appreciate the savory taste of victory.

Whether that rejection happened in love, in searching for your “dream job”, or while you were trying to get your novel published, everyone is going to get rejected at least once. Why this rejection happens isn’t important. What’s important is how you deal with it. You must decide for yourself whether you will be a person who gets back up and continues on the journey, or folds their hand and sits in a stew of self-pity and sorrow for the rest of their lives, holding on to the one arrow in their heart that was pulled out long ago but never seems to heal. Which one are you going to be?

The fear of rejection often stops people from trying. After all, isn’t it better to remain in your safe space where nothing hurts and everything is fine? Well sure, it’s nice to live there, but you can’t stay there forever.

As one of my favorite characters, Wolf, says in The 10th Kingdom,

“Well, you may not get hurt, but huff puff, you won’t get loved either.”

Eventually you’re going to have to venture out and take a few hits. Why are we scared of this pain? Yes, heartbreak hurts, but eventually you get over it. Go out there. Get rejected. Then go out there again and do it all over again, and eventually one of those tries is going to end in success.

When I was searching for a job I loved, my mindset was solidly rooted in the idea that a career was the thing that was going to make me happy. I thought that because I didn’t have a passion for something (or rather, because I had too many), I thought that I would never find a job suitable for me. That’s a very negative mindset already to have before you even start to apply to jobs. So naturally when I received my first rejection for a job after I spent the time and energy going through the interview process, I broke down a little. The negativity grew into thoughts like “See, why did you even try?” and “you knew they were going to reject you”. But after a while those thoughts began to fade. The pain and humiliation of being rejected began to fade too, and eventually I began applying for jobs again. After that, it became an exciting challenge. “Ok,” I thought, “let’s see if I make it to an in-person interview with this company”, I would tell myself. It didn’t matter anymore whether I was hired or not. The point was that I was doing it. I was getting my resumes out there and doing the thing that seemed so scary before.

The topic of love isn’t such an easy one. That is by far the hardest rejection to cope with. Going through a breakup is never easy. For the dumpee or the dumper. As someone who has been in both positions, no one ever likes rejecting someone or being rejected, but these are life lessons that you need to learn. If you’ve never dumped someone, I highly recommend it. Just because you are rejecting someone doesn’t mean you have to be mean about it. There are nice ways of letting someone down easy, and the best one is by being honest and communicating how you are feeling, honestly. By going through both situations (being dumped and dumping), you learn how it feels to be in both positions. That’s a great life experience. There’s nothing negative about that, if you learned from it.

Don’t be afraid of that pain or discomfort, because those are the situations that really matter in life. You have to take the good with the bad. You have to prepare yourself for heartbreak in order to gain love. You must consider the fact you may be rejected after you interview for that really awesome job just as likely as you are to get it. And either way, life goes on. Just remember that.

“Why did I let her in? Didn’t I know she was bad? I did. Of course I did. But I also knew that I couldn’t keep the door closed all my life just because it was dangerous. Just because there was a chance that I might get hurt.”

Snow White, The 10th Kingdom

The first rejection hurts the worst. Everything after that is fuel. Use it to light your way. Don’t give up. You will reach your success if you continue to try.


Stay strong, little troopers.

Begin Again, Never Over artwork by Chronographia, a local Pittsburgh artist.

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!