To be honest, I can’t remember how I stumbled across the term “bullet journal”, let alone come to understand the worldwide following this type of personal planner concept has! It was two and half years ago and I was keen to get cracking with creating my own journal.
My aims for my journal were simple: to keep track of what I’d done each day and to keep track of what I was about to do in the coming weeks and months. This aim has been accomplished with ease.
What I’ve gained from keeping a bullet journal is much more cool.
I’ve come to use my journal as a meditative tool! I’ve lived with panic disorder and PTSD for the majority of my adult life and while my symptoms have become well controlled over the last few years, being able to sit and create spreads in my bullet journal has helped me slow my mind down. I take my journal everywhere with me for this reason. It’s become part of my health management!
I’ve learned creative lettering and drawing techniques, such as modern calligraphy, bounce script and I’ve even created four of my own fonts.
I’ve discovered new tools, like brush and calligraphy pens. Leuchtturm1917 and Moleskine notebooks. Humble grid paper! Rhodia journals. Watercolour paints. Whitelines books and its application.
I don’t remember having forgotten a deadline since I started my first bullet journal. I complete tasks on time and my bills are paid. Loving this!
I am more mindful of the activities I am engaging in each day and in my thoughts and behaviour. I have also been coincidently able to say no to more because I am more aware of my schedule. This has had a very positive effect on my mental and physical health.
I am much more calm with myself and my children because I have found an activity, as trivial as it might be to some, that I enjoy, that I get lost in and that I look forward to engaging in every day.
I’ve met some very inspiring artists and parents who share passions for drawing, writing, creating a work-life balance and bringing art into every day activities. The bullet journal community is fantastic and I’m so grateful for being able to be a part of it. The bullet journal community may be spread far and wide around the globe, but there are always people you can get in touch with for inspiration and encouragement. I love it.
I’ve been able to pass on my knowledge of bullet journalling to others who want to learn or are intrigued to find out more. I’ve stopped compared myself and my abilities to others. I’ve challenged myself to try harder in all activities I endeavour to complete, but I also allow myself plenty of room for mistakes and for learning. Nothing is perfect and all the fun in bullet journalling is just trying new things!
I’ve become more confident in how I develop new skills. I have lost of lot of fear and gained confidence. I believe in my ability to create something each day and it feels a bit magical, I must admit!
As a result of endless hours of searching through YouTube, Google, Pinterest and Instagram, my other interests in reading, history and cinema have widened. This is due to the network I’ve become a part of, better research skills, a more open mind and making sure my documented schedule allows for time for myself.
Keeping a bullet journal has been life changing for me. It might just seem to be a notebook or planner to some, but it’s opened up a new world for me, right at a time that I need a boost of creativity.
This Melbourne Mum