Changing the World One BuJo at a Time

Why I Love My #BulletJournal, & *Hey Look* I’m Giving One Away!

I was keeping a bullet journal before the concept existed, but now that it does, I have so much more direction and purpose in doing so. I used to have many notebooks for different things. I never considered keeping one for everything.

My mom left her earthly body last month, and since that time my bullet journal (BuJo for short) has adopted even more meaning and value.

I didn’t know my mom’s inner world when she was alive, and I know no more in her death. I bought her a journal for Mother’s Day last year, suggesting she write her way through her experiences — she had terminal cancer and knew she was going to die. In hindsight, the gift was selfish. I wanted an intimate look at her life, a tangible reminder of her. Always. She was a woman of few words; she asked more questions than gave answers. She was selfless in her care of others. Writing just wasn’t her thing. Maybe that’s why it IS my thing.

I discovered the bullet journal concept early last year, at the same time that mom landed in the hospital for about a month. She came close to death but persevered. I have a record of that time, and I’m thankful for it.

Journaling, in general, is important to me so my daughter has the opportunity to take a long glance back over my life, to fully explore my heart and inner emotional landscape. I wish I had something like that from my mom, but I don’t. And it’s okay. It has to be. We do things because, and in spite of, those closest to us.

Eleven Reason I Love My BuJo

  1. I have one book I carry with me everywhere. It contains all of the notes pertinent to current life in one place, and it includes work and personal matters. In it I jot down my to do lists, things I want to remember, books I plan to read, notes from things I’m studying, and so much more.
  2. My bullet journal allows for daily reflection. In fact, it begs for it. I spend two to twenty minutes at the end of the day, looking back, observing how well (or not so well) I lived life that day.
  3. Each morning, I enjoy a few quiet moments, sipping tea and making a list of the things I’m grateful for. It’s a beautiful practice.
  4. My BuJo keeps me focused and productive. I keep daily pages that outline appoinments and meetings, notes about them, and important tasks to complete.
  5. While I also record appointments in my iPhone calendar, I no longer keep my to do list in my phone. Having those lists in my BuJo lessens screen time each day — a must for this yoga teacher turned digital media professional.
  6. I love the ability to read about a previous time of my life, to feel those emotions again just by reading the things that happened.
  7. I have a creative outlet at my fingertips each day. I like to draw and color the beautiful images I have stamped in my bullet journal.
  8. My BuJo provides a great way to track habits and progress. Check out this amazing post about how to create a habit tracker.
  9. The bullet journal community is wonderful and inspiring. Have you checked out #bulletjournal or #bujo on Instagram?
  10. As I mentioned before, it’s a historical record of my life — a legacy to leave behind for those who love me.
  11. Did you know there is an inner connection to your heart when putting pen to paper? Our hands and arms are outward expressions of our heart. Beautiful, right?

I love my bullet journal so much, I introduced the concept to my daughter and two nieces, two teens and a tween. I know it will help them each as they move through junior high, high school and college.

And I thought, why stop there? So I’m offering a giveaway to one lucky winner! My journal of choice is the Leuchtturm 1917, the journal used by many BuJo’ers. After many years with Moleskins, I decided to try out Leuchtturm, and I like it so much better. It’s wider, the dot paper allows for more flexibility in the various uses my little notebook takes on month after month, and the numbered pages make things easy to find.

Giveaway Details

  • Clap for this story (as many times as you’d like) and leave a comment about why you’d like to win, or any personal stories you have about journaling/bullet journaling.

All names will go into a hat throughout the month of February and the winner will be drawn on February 28, 2018.

Thanks for reading and good luck!