Suddenly I started seeing bullet journaling. And the first thing I thought was: I can't do this. I can't even read my own writing.
Which, of course, is true. My handwriting was never pretty, while so many girls could write so beautifully.
Not only is my handwriting not pretty. Or readable. It is abysmal to tell you the honest truth.
So why would I try this task? I guess because I hate to say I can't do something.
I seriously want to try it.
Here's a great blog post on it by Creative Savings. She also lets you know about Instagram accounts of other great bullet journalers. (Yeah, I still need to get moving on Instagram. Where does the time go?)
Here's another post by gurl.com.
The thought of taking a pen and putting it to paper, intentionally trying hard to make whatever I doodle look good, is kind of a scary thought.
But then I read there are erasable pens.
I guess that tips my fear a bit in the other direction.
A little bit.
I mean, this isn't sky diving or anything. It's taking pen (or pencil) to paper.
(This is by Boho Berry and she has built a huge following with her blog in a really short amount of time.)
So I've been reading up on various kinds of journals. (Creative Savings will touch on that. And as you can surmise, she's all for frugal.)
I think I'd like the journal pages that are full of small dots. It would help me draw a straight line if I had a ruler at hand.
And then there are the plethora of pens and pencils I've never even heard of that I'd like to take a look at. Starting small.
I can see that it doesn't have to be an expensive hobby, unless you want it to be.
I can also see where it could actually be cathartic. Because every writer knows that the very act of writing something down is a step in the right direction.
So I started a Pinterest page the other day on bullet journaling. You can find it here.
5 Reasons I want to start a bullet journal:
1. I can't keep a doctor's appointment card to save my neck. I always lose it. This would get me organized.
2. I have all these goals in my head, and before I can hope to achieve them, I've forgotten what they were.
3. I need a reminder for things like birthdays, etc. Yes, I've purchased planners, but manage to forget about them until the year is about over. I'm hoping that doing something creative would get me motivated.
4. I want to hold myself accountable for things I want to accomplish.
5. I want to prove to myself that my handwriting is not completely hopeless. Yes, there will be a learning curve.
So if you're interested, why don't you start one with me? We can compare notes. Literally.
Write down books we've read. Things we're grateful for. Things we need to remember.
I even joined a huge Facebook group of bullet journalers. It's called Bullet Journal Junkies.
From what I've seen so far, this seems to be kind of a millennial-aged kind of thing. But surely there are Baby Boomers out there doing this.
I mean, we're the ones that are getting forgetful and need to remind ourselves about things! I had a pretty good memory when I was their age.
Now I'm lucky to remember what I wanted to comment about when I get to the bottom of a blog post and my brain refuses to clear.
Here's a Buzzfeed post you might want to read as well.
And I've also started a blog list of bloggers who focus on bullet journals. It's on my sidebar.