Another outfit for the Colour Me Nigerian fashion shoot, if I remember correctly this was the Hausa attire. I absolutely loved the beautiful headdress and pops of green on this traditional garment.
Whether you are looking for a Valentine’s Day theme for your February 2018 Bullet Journal Setup, or spread ideas to help you start, I hope my setup this month offers you some inspiration. My theme for this month was self-love and self-growth, which just so happens to fit my intentions for this blog. I feel like my journey to self-growth and success is reflecting a lot in my how my spreads change and grow over-time, so I hope my setup helps you. My setup this month became quite the labour of love. In the time between taking these photos and editing them for this post, I have been sat with my journal open just so I can admire it. I’m like a proud parent admiring the fruits of my labour. So fitting with the theme of this month, I’m absolutely in love with my February setup.
To represent the month of love and for me, the month of self-growth, I decided to take inspiration from a vector I saw on Pinterest of a light bulb with leaves contained inside it. The original piece had dots in-between the leaves, so I decided to replace those with hearts. I think it represents nicely the idea of self-love, which always starts in the thoughts we have about ourselves. I also think self-love is essential to personal development and growing yourself because compassion for the self is very necessary to grow. Most of the times in my life that I remember going through significant change and growing drastically didn’t come from my comfort zone. It came from deep self-reflection, or realising an uncomfortable fault in myself. It takes self-compassion to qualm the ego and accept ones one faults in order to change. Well… that all got quite deep for a picture of some leaves in a light bulb!
Over time I have experimented with full size calendars, vertical layouts with every day of the month taking up a line and having both a full spread calendar and overview of the month at the same time. What I found out is that my life isn’t quite busy enough to fill an entire calendar, yet. So this month I decided to try a new minimalist approach to my monthly spread. I did one simple monthly overview, with some small boxes to put in important dates and my monthly goals. The small box for the goals is actually key, setting 1-3 intentions for your month and focusing down on specific things makes it easier to make leaps and bounds in a shorter period of time than if you wrote a long to-do list for every month.
Next to my monthly overview I put sections to plan my working schedule throughout the month. Which makes it nice and easy to add coloured bullet points under each category and circle the corresponding date in the overview calendar on the page beside it, creating a nice visual overview of my work through the month. So I have a section to plan out my YouTube videos for the month, to write down projects for clients and circle the due date for that project on my calendar and to write down my blog posts for this month.
My inspiration for my daily affirmations spread came from Caitlyn’s Corner on YouTube. She setup a spread for 28 days of self love in February. I firmly believe in positive self-affirmation to build self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. These things being fundamental to not only loving yourself but attracting the love of others and succeeding in life overall. It sounds very extreme but the way in which you think about yourself is so powerful, it impacts everything from the minute decisions in life to how you respond to the tiny little things that happen to you each day. It could determine whether you see the glass of water and decide whether it is half full or empty, two people can be looking at the same quantity of water and what they see can be entirely different based on their perception. So perceiving yourself as capable, loveable and kickass has a massive impact on your life. So if you struggle with pessimism, self-love, self-confidence or any of that try out the challenge of writing something good about yourself everyday.
I took some more inspiration from Caitlyn and replaced what was once my “brain dump” page with a mind map of bright ideas. My previous spread to spill my thoughts onto went unfilled at the end of each month. Maybe I’d put a few ideas here and there but there was so much empty white space that made me feel the spread idea was being wasted. It sort of went in the name of the spread, it was a place to dump my thoughts, which didn’t sound all too attractive. So when I saw Caitlyns mind map of self-care musts I thought the layout of the mind map would be perfect to pop my thoughts on.
It’s all feeling new and fresh this month, even my spending log had a good revamp. Just like my brain dump page, my spending log went on very much unfilled apart from the small boxes I reserved for my shopping and wish list. So I decided to reorganise the spread a little to focus on my expenses, both outgoing and incoming. My life has recently taken a turn toward financial independence, I’ve had such a breakthrough that I hope to write blog posts to help others change their mindset on money. So this month I want to not only willingly receive and invite more money into my life but also happily spend that money. I’ve started to realise that my limited beliefs around money and it being so hard to obtain, paired with my reluctance to give it up when I have it has resulted in my lack of prosperity. So I think that makes it important to track your out going and your incoming.
I said this month was the month of growth and so yet another spread that previously remained the same for most of last year changed. If it ain’t broken don’t fix it might just be the most detrimental quote to progress, that is if you take it and think that something unbroken should go untouched. We should all be constantly asking ourselves how we can improve on anything we do. So although my Habit Tracker is a spread that always gets filled to the brim and I’ve had great success with it, I decided to ask what I could improve upon this month. So I stripped back the things I tracked to the most important elements that I want to make sure I do every day and I also added a sleep tracker. Previously I rated my mood between from a smiley face to a sad one each day, creating a good line graph of my overarching mood and how my habits impact it. So this month I decided to add a tracking value of 2-10 so that I can not only more accurately rate my mood but also track the hours I’ve slept each day. That way I can see if my sleep also impacts my mood or if any of my habits impact my sleeping hours.
For my weekly spread this month I took inspiration from Bujomanila on Instagram. I loved her weekly layout, she does adorable drawings of herbs. So I thought I could take my drawings of plants, that I copied from Colour Calm magazine and do the same style of weekly spread. I find my incentive to use my weekly spreads and stick to my daily to-do’s increases greatly when the spread is aesthetically pleasing to look at. If it’s aesthetically pleasing then I’ll already have it open proudly on my desk and if it’s open, I’m far more likely to use it.
I finally got around to setting up my Bullet Journal for the year of 2018. Half way through January. It’s best to start later than never, so I thought I’d share my 2018 setup. I felt the need for a stripped down fresh start, so I went for a more minimalist layout. I decided to get a new journal with the new year, I stuck with the same Staedtler but decided to go for a clean black. You can find all of my supplies linked at the bottom of this post.
In an attempt to jazz up my cover page, I added a border, instantly regretted it and then tried to rectify everything with my Sharpie bronze pen. I used a Uniball Signo for the white dots to make it look like bolts in metalic framing. My quote of the year this year is “make it happen” because I plan to do just that this year. It’s been a short start with sudden sickness and big life plans swooping in but I’ve sat labouring over my plan for this year and I’m truly excited to make it happen in 2018.
I decided on a vertical layout for my future log this year to make for more writing room for my yearly events. This spread was inspired by alosthue on Instagram. It does take up 6 pages for the entire log but I really liked the clean and minimalist look. Now to make enough happen this year to fill these pages.
I used the same format as last year to set my goals intentions. I first found this method of setting goals on Boho Berry’s YouTube Channel and have stuck with it since. I sit down and begin noting down my intentions into different categories of my life; financial, personal, mental, relational and physical. I decide what the large goals are that I want, then I split them into actionable steps I can take toward those goals. So this year I have some big goals; to move out into my first home, to be more mindful
To help myself achieve my goals and visually track them throughout the year I made two goal spreads, one for my channel growth and the other for my savings. I created a cute little savings jar tracker, each dotted line signifies a month, when I save up 25% of whatever I earn I colour that section in and write over the ammount I saved. Then the lid of the jar is for the total at the end of the year. For my channel goals I did simple boxes signifying each milestone which I will colour in when I reach them. I set myself a pretty insane end milestone but I invite the challenge of reaching high without being disappointed if I don’t make it.
This year I decided to track things I’ve never tried tracking before, my TV series progress and the films that I watch. I accidentally wrote movies because I was looking at an american spread for inspiration, woops! Trips to the cinema are absolutely my favourite thing to do but for some reason last year, I rarely took the time to go. So I missed out on some big releases last year that I wanted to see. I thought in creating this spread I could arrange some movies nights every month and check off the films on my list as they go, as well as actually go to the cinema this year for the big releases I’m looking forward to. My TV series tracker is also an adorable idea and great for me, I’m always forgetting where I left off with a series and I end up never picking it back up again. So when I finish watching a season, I colour it in to track my progress through each show.
My final spread of the year is a spread I do at the start of every season. This is another Boho Berry inspired spread. I take a look at my yearly goals and decide to pick one or two goals that I want to work toward that season. A seasonal focus is a great way to really make things happen in a year, spreading yourself too thin is an easy way to stop yourself from getting anywhere. I’m actually considering changing this up a little bit for Spring but for now I split my tasks into something I want to finish, do, celebrate, study and start. As you can see all of these goals link directly back to my goals and intentions spread for this year.
So that is my finished setup for 2018. It’s interesting how even when I’ve grown exponentially that I’m still so critical of my current work. I was disappointed at my setup when I looked at it, I thought it could have been so much more aesthetically pleasing. Then I opened last years bullet journal to look at my setup for 2017 and my god, it was hideous compared to this. It’s easy to get caught up in scrolling through Instagram and thinking you’re “aesthetic goals” aren’t as good, so it’s always nice to compare yourself to your past you and see how far you’ve come. I’d love to know what your goals are for this year, what big things are you hoping to achieve?
So straight after Halloween I came down with some serious flu and since I hadn’t set up my bujo for the month of September, my life was a mess. So now that I’m starting to recover I thought I’d share my setup for the month. Even if it is almost mid way through November, I hope this will provide inspiration for your own bullet journal. I’m already feeling much more put together and organised with my journal all setup and ready to plan for Vlogmas next month! I took to pinterest again this month and decided to go with a winter woodland theme inspired by the geometric stag trend that was going around this year.
My cover page was inspired by Rozmakesplans and Planningroutine on Instagram. I meshed the “Hello November” title and the geometric stag together to create my cover for this month. I absolutely love how this turned out, it’s kind of got minamilist vibes to it. There’s also something inherently cosy about stags, they’ve got that log cabin in the mountains vibe about them. I’m super happy with the theme I chose, I think it’s a perfect theme to transition into winter with and understand why it made waves as a trend in homeware this year.
I decided to continue with the monthly calendar page this month and I’m happy to report I didn’t mess up the calendar layout this time! I used the same “November” style header as on my cover page and decorated around the top of the calendar with a doodle of some snowy mountains and stars. Then on the bottom of the page I did some quick doodles of trees, I’m not entirely sure if I’m happy with the doodle style, I’m not a pro at drawing tees so I just went with quite a scribbly style to get the leaf effect. I think more of an outlined style rather than fully black would have meshed together better but overall I’m content with how the page turned out.
Last month I tried a new spread inspired by MyLifeinaBullet over on YouTube and I absolutely loved this spread, it was my most used spread of the month and really helped me keep my social media organized. I use my crayola pens and colour code each section with a specific colour and then just dot on the calendar whenever I’m going to post and put the details of the post in the little section page. This really helps me plan what videos I’m going to post at the beginning of the month, so I never waste any time worrying about not having any ideas.
My spending log is the same ol’ same ol’ this month. This is quite a functional page that works well for me, although I do find I never fill out the grid very much by the end of each month I do still fill out my wishlist and to-buy sections. I find them very useful as without it I’d find myself constantly placing orders and kicking myself when I remember the toothpaste or eye cream I forgot order. Plus when move out and have to worry about bills and monthly costs of living I’m sure the large grid will come in handy.
I completely forgot to start my Habit Tracker on the 9th of the month, so if that empty space is bugging you, don’t worry it’s bugging me too! As usual I’m tracking when I sleep over seven hours, that I drink at least 1.7 litres of water per day, take my vitamins, meditate, read an affirmation, workout, shower, write and do a fifteen minute clean. Ideally I’d want to do these things daily but I like to treat my Habit Tracker as a form of self-care and as someone struggling with CFS, I don’t realistically expect myself to workout every day.
I’m absolutely in love with my journal page this month, the little hanging stars are adorable. The feathers also fit my winter woodland theme and looking at this page just makes me happy. I made the same mistake of starting from the first of the month, but I’m happy to do a little extra journaling to catch up for the lines I missed being sick. I got this idea originally from MyLifeinaBullet who does four lines a day of journalling. Using my journal in the more classic style as with actual “dear diary” entries is really satisfying.
For my brain dump page this month I kept it pretty minimalist and decided to do another quote page this month. I’ve started using my quote page as a sort of daily affirmation, just something I look at every day to encourage myself. So I drew a geometric stag head illustration and wrote out the quote “I am the author of my story” which may sound a little corny but I think it’s important to hold yourself accountable for the plot line that is your life.
For my weekly spread this month I changed this up from my usual horizontal line style of sectioning out my week. I’m super happy with how this turned out, it’s kind of a more open plan layout. I’m in love with the little festive fairy light wreaths that I used to border the date. For a pop of colour I used my Tombow clear brush pen and a aburn red pen from my Crayola 50 pack to create a little gradient background for the days of the week.
I’m super happy with how this months setup turned out, I feel like my Bullet Journal is gradually glowing up. I remember being completely discouraged to start my journal at the beginning of this year because of all the aesthetically pleasing setup videos that were on YouTube but my journal really has been a creative outlet and useful tool for me in my life. Plus every month my setups just seem to get better and better looking. Don’t let comparing other journals discourage you from starting your own!
So ASOS had a bomb Halloween collection this year that inspired me to piece together some wearable Halloween outfits. It may be a little too late to get these on time for Halloween but I loved the photos that came out from my lookbook and thought I’d share them anyway, maybe this will inspire someone next Halloween? I don’t doubt this stock will circle back into ASOS next year. Or hell maybe you like to dress like this all year, I’m not one to judge!
My first outfit is this extravagant maxi dress, I think it’s currently for £45 down from £64 so this is definitely more of an investment for those who take Halloween seriously. The dress comes with a nice quality slip and definitely feels like a well made item (but I’d expect it to for that price!) I can’t lie, I feel like a complete badass in this dress. The rose cat ears are also gorgeous and actually have me excited to get them out again next year, I think there’s an elegance to the rose detail that’s almost victorian and I think it ties in nicely with the dress. I then finished the look off with some t-bar heels that were a vintage store find, you can’t see them in the photos but I’ll pop my Lookbook video at the bottom of the post if you want to see everything in full.
Halloween maxi dress ASOS http://bit.ly/2gVuMNf
T-bar heels vintage find (similar but nicer) http://bit.ly/2z1ik4S
Rose detail cat ears ASOS http://bit.ly/2gMsFaD
Black lipstick Nyx Macaron lipstick in Chambord https://www.nyxcosmetics.co.uk/en_GB/…
Nails Nailene 200 short square http://bit.ly/2gUl0us
Nail colour Maybelline SuperStay in Midnight Red http://bit.ly/2xx2pru
My second outfit is perfect for a night out, I actually have already wore this for a Halloween themed night out in Leeds and it’s just the right amount of dressy whilst also being comfortable and warm enough for how cold it is in the UK right now. I’m 5’8 and the skull dress hugs me in all the right places, it’s also not too short and a lot of dresses when you are tall can turn into t-shirts so that’s another bonus for me. The rose garland headband is gorgeous and reminds me of Zombie Dodie circa 2016. I finished this outfit with a pair of black tights, if you’re more confident then feel free to whap your legs out. I also threw on a pair of plain black chelsea boots.
Skull dress ASOS (size 8) http://bit.ly/2zfMPVD
Rose garland headband ASOS http://bit.ly/2zfMPVD
Longline black coat New Look (size 8) ASOS http://bit.ly/2yX1wNk
Chelsea boots New Look ASOS http://bit.ly/2gUG04u
For my final outfit I went with something more wearable. This would be perfect as an everyday outfit to get into the Halloween spirit or wear to a more casual dress party or Halloween event. The pinstripe trousers make me feel like a stylish Beatlejuice. The lace ears were actually from Newlook, I originally saw them in ASOS for £10 but then found the exact same ones in Newlook for £3.99 so I’m quite happy with that bargain. I paired the casual tee with a leather jacket to give it some edge and popped on my fave plain black chelsea boots again just to dress it up a little.
Bowdown witches tee ASOS http://bit.ly/2xxEWGI
Pinstripe trousers ASOS http://bit.ly/2zRscLI
Yellow cross body bag New Look http://bit.ly/2z1kl0Z (similar shape) http://bit.ly/2gUr1rd (similar gold chain and colour)
Leather jacket Boohoo http://bit.ly/2gUj02a
Black chelsea boots New Look ASOS http://bit.ly/2gUG04u
Lace cat ears New Look http://bit.ly/2iearz4
So those are my three go to wearable Halloween outfits. If you’d like to see a bonus fourth outfit I did a Halloween lookbook video which I’ll pop above if you care to watch. I’d love to know your favourite outfit and if you’re more of a generic Halloween themed outfit or costume kinda person. Let me know below!