10 Accessories I Use to Bullet Journal

When I started my first journal around 18 months ago, I went with a Moleskine Hard Cover Grid. Then switched to a Dot Grid. Then purchased a Leuchtturm 1917 in a traveller size. Now I’m using a plain Moleskine Cahier. And that my friends, is the beauty of bullet journaling! The flexibility.

The most important thing to keep in mind when starting a bullet journal is to keep your mind open! Ryder Carroll, the inventor of the Bullet Journal, created this system of sorting your time, your memories and keeping track of collections and lists. There have been many variations of his system created since. And that is wonderful! Bullet journaling has the power to make you feel creative, to explore new creative techniques, as well as track your days. Can you tell I love bullet journaling?!

You can just about use anything to create a Bullet Journal. From the top end Midori, Hobonichi, Leuchttum1917 and Moleskine journals, to a humble Spirax or a wad of computer paper, you can start anywhere. You can make mistakes. You can add artwork. You can use whiteout or washi tape to fix mistakes (or learning experiences, as I call them). You can literally use whatever supplies you can get your hands on and make your journal your own. It’s a really powerful tool, especially for people like me, who don’t have the most creative of jobs and enjoy writing and drawing.

I will add however, there are some accessories that I absolutely love using to work on my bullet journal.

  1. Stickers: as I’ve mentioned before on This Melbourne Mum (see here for my ode to The Rabbit Tribe and their awesome planner stickers), the only really decadent splashes of colour I use in my Bullet Journal are Jasmin’s stickers (available here). They are functional, pretty, colourful and to be honest, I love collecting them. Takes me back to the good old 90’s when sticker collections were it and a bit!
  2. Pens: I am a stationery addict. I have hundreds of pens. I’ve always loved writing, changing my writing styles and drawing in pen. My favourite pen to write with in my Bullet Journal every day is the Artline 200 0.4 Shachihata Fine Point, they never seem to run out of ink and are so smooth to write with. For every day scribble and my running to-do list, I use an Artline Flow 1.0 Four Colour. For any colour, I use Staedtler Triplus Dry Safe Finerliners (I have the 30 pack I think?), as well as Papermate InkJoy Gels in 0.7
  3. Journals: As far as journals are concerned, there are three I totally recommend and cannot separate in terms of quality. I am currently using 3 Moleskine Cahiers in Plain for my planning Bullet Journal, my Collections Journal and for my calligraphy practice. I love using Rhodia A4 Grid Pads for making study notes and I also love Leuchtturm Dot Grid Journals. I’ve used a lot of journals and notebooks in my time, and I can not fault these brands in any way, shape or form.
  4. Free Printables: I am a big Pinterest fan and love exploring Free Printables in Pinterest. Except for the fact that you need time to search for what you’re after, how can you go past saving a little bit of cash to make your journal your own? My recent searches have been for succulents, herbs, geometric shapes, arrows, crystals, brush script quotes and frame vectors. Printables can really jazz up a journal!
  5. Pinterest: You cannot go past Pinterest for Bullet Journal inspiration as an accessory for your own journal! I visit Pinterest around 5 times per day (yes, I’m happily dependent) and I am currently interested in Quotes, Humour, Printables, DIY Journals, Planner Inspiration and Bullet Journal Spreads. The possibilities on Pinterest are endless! I really enjoy the hunt for new ideas that I can shape into something tangible for my journal. From templates, to layouts, printables, links to journal blogs and more, Pinterest is my biggest source of inspiration by a mile.
  6. Markers and Brush Pens: I use Zebra Mildliners to highlight important parts of my Bullet Journal. The softer colours are a great contrast to the bold neons most people are used to and the double ended markers are really handy to change up line depth. One of my most favourite purchases! Took a long time (over 5 weeks) to get to Melbourne but was super happy to start using them. I’ve only started using brush pens in the last 3 months and started with Artline Stix Brush Markers as well as a Japanese Brush Marker (apologies, but I’ve used it so much the name has worn off). I’m working towards neater, more fluid brush script and can’t wait for my new Tombows to arrive this week!
  7. Washi Tape: Washi Tape is a big favourite in the Bullet Journal Community. I personally love it as a border and page liner. I mostly own monochrome tapes and can’t wait to get my hands on some thinner styles to add some more colour to my Bullet Journal. I usually buy from Washi Lane on Ebay (you can find the store here) but Etsy stores have a massive range on show. Can’t wait to buy some more! One of my favourite functions of washi? To hide mistakes!
  8. Post Its: Post It Notes are the ultimate in flexibility when it comes to Bullet Journaling. Set up a permanent template on a page and just replace the Post It inserts and voila, you have a really functional tracker! I usually buy the 3M brand (in all shades and sizes) and JB Burrows from Officeworks have brought out some really cute shapes lately, another thing I’ve added to my Wish List! My all time favourite Post It Notes would have to be the JB Burrows Grid Sticky Notes. They are around half the size of an A5 page and I use them profusely throughout my study notes. Love them, and there’s usually no bleed or ghosting through.
  9. Desk Supplies: Other supplies I use include a ruler, white out, eraser, and protractor.
  10. And don’t forget: your number one asset when starting a Bullet Journal is your creativity! Go with the flow, scope out Pinterest, YouTube and Google for ideas and just go with it. Really, there are no wrong ways to Bullet Journal as it’s such a flexible planning system. You can change your layouts from week to week or even daily and you can keep any list or collection. That’s the power of the Bullet Journal. You really can do whatever you want.





Day 6- 30 Days of Brave Challenge: April 30th, 2017

Day 6 of 30 Days of Brave



Choose one metric to use that can measure the results of my 30-day goal.

Measuring progress will help me stay on track, reach my target dates, and experience the achievement that will propel me to bravely charge forth in the face of fear.

I will reach my goal by:

  • I will sleep 8 hours + per night
  • I will eat cleanly
  • I will reduce my sugar intake
  • I will not make unnecessary purchases
  • I will bin or donate what does not spark joy
  • I will get more fresh air
  • I will walk each day to clear my mind

I will know whether I’ve achieved my goal by whether my house is in better shape than when I started this challenge and whether I feel less anxious about the amount of work I need to do at home.

Navigating towards what I most desire.

PREPARED: make ready or able to do or deal with something.

As I connect deeper with myself and have an awareness of my life at this present moment, I establish clarity on my brave intentions. These intentions provide me with a compass towards the experiences I wish to have. Knowing what I want and creating a clear vision will help keep me oriented on my journey towards a braver, bolder life and allow exciting changes to follow.

If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.



I have 24 days left in my 30-day goal to (be living a simpler life in a happier home).
Which means within two weeks, I need to (declutter my home).
Which means in a week, I need to (have a task list prepared).
Which means in the next three days, I need to (complete a weekly plan for the next 3 weeks).
To hit that 3-day goal, today I need to (relax).


The future unfolds from the tip of intention.






Day 5 of 30 Days of Brave- April 29th, 2017

Day 5 of 30 Days of Brave



Spend time listening to my thoughts of “not enough”.

These voices of ‘not enough’ are there because there’s something to be learned. Today, write down all the ways you’ve been telling yourself you are not enough. Thank those thoughts for helping you better understand yourself, and let them go as you say, “I am enough.”

The beautiful story of me.

ENOUGH: sufficient for the purpose.

As I journey forward, through life’s ups and downs I have come to appreciate who I have become. I am willing to let go of who I think I should be, in order be who I am. I will share the story of who I am, with my whole heart, by letting myself be deeply seen. I am worthy of love and belonging because just as I am, right this very moment, I am enough.

You are enough, just as you are. Each emotion you feel, everything you do in your life, everything you do or do not do… where you are and who you are right now is enough. It is perfect. You are perfect enough.


What can my voices of ‘not enough’ teach me as I spend time listening to them?

  • Stop trying to be someone I am not
  • Stop trying to please people
  • Focus on the positive
  • Redefine happiness and success
  • Make achievable goals
  • Keep realistic expectations




Day 4: 30 Days of Brave Challenge- April 28th, 2017


Live in the breath.


Breathing in through the nose,
Breathing out through the mouth.

Breathing in feeling the lungs expanding,
Breathing out feeling a sense of letting go.

Breathing in to feel the body getting fuller,
Breathing out to feel the release of any tension.

Breathing in feeling alive and awake,
Breathing out feeling muscles relaxing.

Breathing in that sense of fullness,
Breathing out that unnecessary tension in the body and mind.

PRESENT: existing or occurring now.

I will not allow my past fears and failures to limit the potential of who I could become today. Only this present moment, holds the opportunity for powerful life-changing action.  As I live today in the present moment, I free myself from any stress of the past and anxiety for the future.


“There is only one time that is important – NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power.”– LEO TOLSTOY


Here are 4 tips to help harness the power of every moment.

Focus on your breath.

The breath is the simplest and most powerful way to stay present in every moment because the breath is always present!  We can’t breathe into the future or the past. There is always only one breath and it’s happening right now.

Let go of the past.

Even if you wish you could change things from the past, you can’t. And the only thing you can change is how you’re living right now. So let the past go and step fully into your power in this very moment. Live the life you want to live TODAY.

Set your goal and let it go.

While we can’t predict the future, it is beneficial to set an intention or a goal. But the key here is to set the goal, then let it go. Keep your energy in the present moment and trust that the process is unfolding according to plan.

Remember to enjoy the journey.

Is there ever really reach a final point where we’ve done it all and you feel totally satisfied? In either case, there will always be endless present moments to enjoy, unfolding infinitely.

Enjoy this link from Inspired Intention


Recall a past moment that left me feeling powerless or afraid …

I have never felt so lost as the night my mum died. I can still remember the feeling of shock and confusion. I felt powerless because I didn’t notice the warning signs that she was seriously ill. I accept that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t foresee her death coming at that time. I felt afraid because I never thought I would have to experience the death of a parent for the second and final time, so soon after the loss of my dad. For some reason, I just didn’t think it would happen because I was in denial that it might (and yes it had to eventually) happen. I felt powerless because my body and mind were in shock and took over. I struggled to speak, which I never have trouble managing. All I could do was focus on my children minute after minute and I didn’t look further than the end of each hour. If I had not have done this, I’m not sure whether I would’ve survived.

How can I let go of that limiting past experience based on what I know now?

In some way, I do not want to let that moment in my life go. Because life felt raw and I felt my most vulnerable. And while shock, and trauma, and bereavement are horrible to experience, they are experiences most of us will have. Maybe I would have coped more poorly in the following days, months and years if Mum hadn’t have passed at that time. I don’t know. The parts of the experience I let go are the shock, the disbelief, the hurt and the anger. These are not happy emotions and feelings to continue my life with. I know now that life moves forward, no matter what or who we try to hold on to. We can’t pause time and living in an emotional bubble filled with denial that we are immortal is deluded.


The future unfolds from the tip of intention.

30 Days of Brave

Day 3 of 30 Days of Brave- April 27th, 2017

Day 3 of 30 Days of Brave


Today’s brave act

Ask a friend what my greatest strength and weakness are

Strength: the love and support you give your friends

Weakness: letting emotion take over


You must know yourself to grow yourself.

SELF-AWARE: having conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings.

My capacity to confidently charge forward, relies solely on my ability to know who I am, and who I want to be. Through self-awareness, I can begin to leverage my strengths and accept my weaknesses. This deeper understanding helps me mindfully manage emotional reactions and skilfully navigate challenging situations.

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.



Write down one of my greatest strengths as well as acknowledge one of my biggest weaknesses.

My greatest strength is my passion for learning.

My greatest weakness is my lack of confidence in my decisions.


You can join the Inspired Intention 30 Days of Brave Intentional Living Challenge here


3 Online Stores I Can’t Live Without

I’m one of those Mums who is 98% tired, 99% of the time, so my idea of fun is NOT taking my kids to the local shopping centre to browse and taking my time, taking in all the bargains to be had. JUST NO. Our trips to the shopping centre mostly involve bribery, countless offers and purchases of snacks, jaw-dropping tantrums and the return home with bags full of items not on my pre-written shopping list.

With work shifts that rule out more of these happy family adventures (oh damn!), a few years ago, I turned to online shopping to fulfil basically every need I wanted covered (except fresh food).

Admit it as a Mum, you’ve been through a “must buy every item of kids bedroom decor phase”. Or clothing. Or toys. I did. Bejazzling up your family is actually pretty satisfying. And I really enjoy doing it. Now that I’ve toned down the excess, I can really savour my online adventures into a few of my favourite online stores to see what’s new in the world of retail.

So here are my Top 3 favourite online stores!

Skinamarinky Doo


Skinamarinky Doo (Online image courtesy of https://goo.gl/MKxGE6)

The ever-talented seamstress Jody Stack-Carrodus brings you handmade children’s wear and accessories. Some higher power sent Jody my way when I needed a summery dress for my little one a couple of years ago. Not only did Jody deliver a tea party dress in the fabric of my choosing as a RAOK, she went above and beyond to accessorise my darling’s christmas outfit and to this day, my little one can still wear this beautiful dress with its matching handmade headband and necklace with pride. Jody is based in the dreamy state of Tassie (next on my list to finally visit) and I watch her page like an eager hawk, enjoying seeing every item of clothing she makes. Her creations are extraordinary. There is nothing more to say. Stay tuned on This Melbourne Mum in the next couple of weeks, where I’ll show you the next creation Jody will be making for my darling girl. I seriously cannot wait……Now to tempt Jody into making a matching plus-size for Mummy…..

You can find Jody from Skinamarinky Doo on Facebook here

You can explore Skinamarinky Doo’s online store here




ASOS (Online Image courtesy of http://www.asos.com/)

Being a plus-sized Mum, it’s difficult to find local stores that suit my taste. Or my shape. I don’t know how to describe that taste, other than to say my wardrobe involves stripes, polka dots, monochrome, comfort, stretch, skinny ankle grazer denim, loafers, sneakers and a lot of soft fabrics. And scarves. My favourite woollen duffle. So in walks ASOS into my life. I love their range of clothing for women with curves. Orders typically arrive within a week. If you’re a student like myself, you can sign up to Uni Days here and receive 10-15% of each order you make. I don’t have a problem with not trying on clothes beforehand and have never had a problem with sizing being off. I love ASOS. I really do.

The Rabbit Tribe


The Rabbit Tribe (Online image courtesy of https://goo.gl/nFtF0A)

Jasmin Walsh, owner of and talented artist from The Rabbit Tribe, brings colourful planner stickers to journal and planner lovers and has one of the largest and most modern Australian ranges I’ve seen. Every Wednesday, Jasmin hosts “$1 Wednesday” where you can stock up on the cutest labels, dots, images and reminders for your journals and planners. As I’ve mentioned in previous videos and Instagram posts, The Rabbit Tribe’s digital beauties are the colour in my Bullet Journal. Stay tuned on This Melbourne Mum because in the next week, I’ll show you my Rabbit Tribe haul. Safe to say I’m addicted. Thanks to Jasmin for bringing colour to my world.

You can shop The Rabbit Tribe here

You can visit The Rabbit on Facebook here

You can follow The Rabbit Tribe on Instagram here



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Why Reliance on Tech Apps is Not Always a Bad Thing

“There are no boundaries or borders in the digital age”- Karim Rashid

There are many reasons why apps are so popular. I’m talking mobile phone apps here. They help us work, they aim to make us more productive, they connect us with friends, family and strangers, and they help us enjoy the world from our beds, our cars, our workspaces, public transport, waiting lines, doctors offices, lecture halls and at that overcrowded, sweaty kids play centre you’re “enjoying” for the second time in three days.

What some people who suggest we need to unplug more often forget, is that there are apps out there who help us relax and switch off (so to speak). We often see reliance or dependence as an addiction, in relation to drugs, alcohol, video gaming, food, exercise, social media, or sex. But what if there are some apps that help us hold on?

For me, someone who lives with high functioning panic disorder and GAD, I use iPhone apps as a distraction technique. To help me meditate. To practice mindfulness. To listen to peaceful music. I can safely say there are some apps I rely heavily on, not just to ease my nerves. But to relax, have a laugh and to learn. Pinterest is an app I browse each night before I switch my phone off. I flick through the Humour section for a smile. I search for new journal layouts to inspire me. I save images to folders to investigate later. I search for new books to read. I search for interesting ways to start a research thesis. I search for research papers. I flick through art work and hand drawn graphics in a way that most people would used to have read the Age in paper form.

I use Instagram to communicate with people. I show my journal work and photos I’ve captured. I link to stories I’ve written and poems I love. I rely on Instagram for inspiration, for a smile and to share my world.

I rely on Spotify to help me float through work and study. I rely on music and I depend on discovering new sounds. I use this app more than once a day. I have a monthly subscription. Because music is a HUGE part of my life.

I rely on Facebook to communicate with friends and family. Doesn’t everyone these days?! I share my thoughts (which may or may not be well received each time), photos, links and quotes which inspire me to smile, to live better and to appreciate my world.

I rely on this blog to communicate. The piece I wrote for my beautiful Mum was an outpouring of love, which I couldn’t have shared on paper or in words any better. Writing is therapeutic and sharing for me, is therapeutic.

I depend on my bank’s app. It has no brick and mortar branches! How would I know how broke I am otherwise?!

I depend on email for work and for study. I depend on Moodle for my research. I sue Google Scholar up to 10 times per day. I share photos to Google Drive to free up space on my iPhone. I rely on News apps to see what is going on around Australia, to follow the sport and to connect with other news readers.

I am happily interweb-connected. I rely on apps and while I don’t sit with my eyes glued to my phone while I’m entertaining my kids, I need these apps in my life. And they don’t take away anything from my life, like any other addiction might.

What apps do you rely on?