Bullet Journaling 101

Bullet Journaling 101

Welcome back! Today I’m talking all about bullet journaling. I’ve recently gotten into it as a method to plan out my days/weeks/months, and it’s quickly become my favorite planning method I’ve tried. For those of you who may not know a lot about bullet journaling, it’s basically a notebook filled with grid pages that you can customize to your liking. Some people get really creative with their journals and make amazing, artistic spreads for every week. Myself, I’m not that artistically inclined, so I stick to the basics and still find so much joy in it.

A lot of people may think that if you don’t have time to do the super complex and intricate spreads that you see all over pinterest. I thought the same thing, and it wasn’t until I learned a little more about the actual “bullet journal method” that I began to understand that the actual point of a bullet journal is to simplify your life while making you more productive.

Here are some examples of the pages I do on a weekly basis. They’re super simple, and I use different colored markers to make them a little bit more fun. I love that you can use the journal for literally whatever you need, with no set layout boxing you into a set design.

Here is my weekly spread, I like to lay out each day so I can list whatever I have to get done, while still keeping a weekly to do list on the side. I also use this to check off which days I workout, note what is coming next week, and have a monthly visual of the week
This is a typical page I use to track in more detail the workouts that I do on a weekly basis. Super simple, taking me about 2 minutes to create, and it really helps motivate me to get to the gym so I can reflect back on the week with pride!

What I love the most about the bullet journal is its versatility. Before, I used to have a weekly/monthly planner, a blog planner, a journal, and a notebook for lists- it really just got to be too much. By having the blank canvas that the bullet journal provides, I feel like I can put whatever I want in it without feeling disorganized.

The bullet journal is truly one of the best ways I’ve found to plan and I highly encourage you guys to try it out for yourself! I know it can be a bit intimidating but I promise you, it’s not at all, and soon you’ll find yourself more productive than ever.

Xo.

How To Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated

Welcome back! So….with July upon is, we are officially approaching the halfway point throughout the year. At this point, it may seem like it’s too late to make any progress on your summer goals, and now you just want to focus on your end of the year goals. This post is to give you the motivation to STAY on track with ALL of your current goals! Even if you feel like you’re monumentally behind on everything you wanted to accomplish, I want this post to serve as a gentle reminder that it is perfectly okay to be behind on your goals, but that does not mean you should give up on them.

One of my biggest goals for the past year has been to incorporate fitness into my every day routine. Although I have achieved this goal, since I’ve gotten more into running, I’ve really been trying to increase my mileage for a single run. So far my longest run was just under 4 miles, and it was one of my biggest fitness accomplishments thus far. However, since the summer weather has crept up on us, and running outside is virtually impossible now without wanting to pass out, I am forced to run on the treadmill. The treadmill is great and all, but my attention span really does not suit me for 4 miles of running. I’ve told myself that if I can do at least a 5k once a week, plus other smaller distances, I would be satisfied.

I’ve been very good about sticking to this routine, however the past week I’ve been so overwhelmed with moving that my workouts were not as intense. So this past Sunday morning, I told myself I would get up in the morning and go right to the gym, and bang out my 3 mile run. Long story short, I could only manage 2.6 miles, and I felt terrible about myself.

I eventually came to the realization that sometimes, you need to cut yourself a break and appreciate all the progress you’ve already made. It can easy to get wrapped up in the idea of achieving a goal, and sometimes we forget to acknowledge the beauty of the journey-sometimes the journey is better than the end result. Although in this one particular workout I could not complete my 3 mile goal, that does not erase all the progress I’ve already made and I need to learn to cut myself some slack.

So…whatever it is that you may trying to accomplish or make progress on, don’t beat yourself up about it if you’re not as on track as you’d like to be. Everyone is different, and comparing yourself to other people and their goals will only make you feel worse. Focus on your own priorities, and celebrate the small victories. Remember why you started, and what your end goal is. Don’t lose sight of what you want-never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.

keep it klassy, xo.

Beginner’s Guide to: Moving 101

Beginner’s Guide to: Moving 101

Moving is a super exciting time, however moving can also be an extremely stressful process. I’ve had to move in and out of college every semester for four years, and then last year I moved from my mom’s house into my own apartment. And now- I’m moving out of my current apartment into a brand new apartment. I love the idea of moving, being able to start fresh somewhere new, and having a clean slate to decorate and start over with, but the actual process of moving makes me want to pull my hair out. I hate packing and building boxes, organizing everything, decluttering items I no longer need, coordinating new and old lease dates, moving trucks, etc. It can get to be a bit much.

That’s why I’ve created a simple set of steps to help anyone of you out there who may in the process of moving, about to move, or planning to move anytime in the future!

Declutter what you no longer use

When you’re packing up to move, you definitely don’t want to pack a bunch of things you don’t really need, or use. Save yourself the extra space and use moving as a reason to declutter all the areas of your life. This could include clothes, books, shoes, beauty products, random kitchen gadgets, whatever it may be that you have a lot of and never really use, get rid of it. You don’t want it clogging up valuable real estate in your moving truck.

Make a List/ Schedule

There can be a ton of things to do before and after you move, so for me I found making a list to be the best way to organize my thoughts. You don’t want to forget to do something, so instead of having everything floating around in your head, write it down in your phone, your planner, a notebook, whatever works for you so you don’t forget any important steps.

Also, something I found helpful was creating a moving schedule/timeline. This helped keep me on track and make sure I was not forgetting anything at whatever stage of the process I was in.

Give yourself plenty of time

Feeling rushed to move literally just makes everything worse. If you can, try to line up your lease/rentals or selling dates so that there is some overlap between your new and old place. Moving everything in one day can be done, but especially if you’re not hiring movers to help you, it may just be easier to give yourself a few days to a week of overlap time so you don’t have to stress yourself out come moving day.

Label everything

When I moved last year, I made the mistake of throwing things in random boxes and labeling nothing. Boy, did I learn that lesson the hard way. When it came time to go to bed that night, I had to open every single box to find my sheets- which was the last thing I wanted to do after a long day of moving. So do your future self a favor, and label what you put in each box. Even if it’s several stuff from several different rooms, write down as much as you can on the box to save yourself the stress later of ripping through every box to find a cup.

☆ Be smart about packing

Going hand in hand with the labeling tip, be smart about how and what you pack. Try to pack similar things together, and make sure you label them “fragile” if it contains breakables. It’s not always possible to group things from one room in a box together, but try to have it make some kind of sense to save yourself some frustration in the future. Also, if you do have overlap with your moving timeline, prioritize what needs to be moved immediately and what you could maybe wait a few days to move. For me these items include my printer, my winter clothes, and some decor. None of these items are essential, and so since I have a week overlap between my two leases, I’m saving myself one less thing to pack and unpack, and moving them later.

2019 Goals: A Check In

2019 Goals: A Check In

So….we’re almost halfway through 2019 (I know, it’s crazy). I think it’s common for most people to set goals at the beginning the year, with the intent of following through with them. But, then life gets in the way, and suddenly you have a bunch of unfinished goals, motivation is left behind in January and you’re right back where you started. WELL, let this serve as an almost-halfway-point check in! Where are you guys with your goals? Have you made progress on them, or did you find yourself losing motivation soon after you started them?

Usually for me, I have this great ideas of what I want to accomplish or become, and I always fall short. It’s easy to stop when things get hard, or uncomfortable, or just not convenient anymore. The trick is to stay motivated, to find what gets you going and to remind yourself of that every day.

One of my main goals for 2019 was to run more, and specifically, be able to run the 5k my high school hosts every April for Alumni weekend. I knew the date ahead of time and I knew I wanted to be able to finish alongside my two best friends who would also be running it with me. It was great motivation, and I was able to accomplish my goal! I never thought I’d be someone who could run more than a mile, but pushing myself past my comfort point has really allowed me to see my own potential.

I recently completed a run and was able to get in 3.5 miles! I was proud to have been able to run the farthest I ever have, and it’s motivating me to create a new goal of running 5 miles. Challenging myself to work out when I don’t feel like it, and push myself far out of my comfort zone has been one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my life.

I challenge all of you to push yourself, find a new motivation, a new inspiration, something that excites you and makes you want to tackle your goals head on! There’s still plenty of time left in 2019, don’t let it go to waste.

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Happy Friday everyone! Are you in need of some motivation-something to jump start you into being more productive, happy and satisfied with your life? WELL, these two books, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis are guaranteed to get you out of whatever funk you may find yourself in.

Both books focus on readjusting your perspective so you can look at life differently and truly get the most out of it. They’re both extremely easy to read, light hearted and really get you thinking. I love reading them before bed so I can be even more reflective about my day and my actions.

I know the idea of a “self help” or “motivational” speaker type book can be a bit of a turn off, but I swear these are really worth the read. Both authors offer different perspectives and ways to change little things in your life that can really have a significant impact.

What are your favorite motivational books?

Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo.

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Gratitude

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Gratitude

Welcome back to the second Mental Health Monday, with this month’s post focusing on gratitude, something I’m sure all of us could focus a little more on.

Gratitude can be a tricky thing. If someone asked you if you were grateful for the people and blessings in your life, of course you’d say yes. It’s easy to be grateful when it’s obvious: you are grateful for your friends, family, pets, etc. But is that really as far as gratitude goes?

For me, I started to switch my perspective on gratitude. I knew the things I was grateful for, and I knew that I had many things in my life to be thankful for, but was I really appreciating them? It’s good to be aware of your gratitude towards the big things, the things that stand out in your life, but what about not just being aware, but applying that gratitude to every part of your life. Appreciating the little things just a little bit more….not letting the small things get you down, and reminding yourself more often than not that things are never as bad as they seem.

One way I’ve started to adjust my perspective on gratitude is through the five minute journal. I started this back in the beginning of the year and it’s really challenged me to be more reflective on a daily basis. It’s a very simple journal, with you writing down a few things in the morning and a few a night (it’s super quick I promise) and it allows you a few extra minutes to yourself to really think about what would make the day great, and what made the day great.

Some days it’s harder than others to come up with a list of good things that happened that day, but the journal really challenges me to reflect on every part of my day, and see the good in even the worst of times. The past couple of months have been unusually stressful and anxiety ridden for me, so having this time to reflect has really been beneficial.

I challenge you to take an extra minute at the beginning and end of your day to really think about what could make the day great, and even the smallest of things that happened that made it a good day. Your brain is a muscle, and once you train it long enough, it’ll adjust to a more positive outlook on things instead of the stationary negative one a lot of us have.

Always easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere.

What are your favorite tips for gratitude?

As always, keep it klassy. xo.