Years ago — I can’t remember exactly when — we stopped buying Christmas gifts. Since everyone, including the kids, bought what they wanted throughout the year, it felt stupid giving each other gift cards. It felt like just exchanging money — I give you a gift card of 20 euros for Shop X and you give me one of 20 euros for Shop Y.
When my mom passed away, our Christmas tradition also changed. No more dinner with the entire family and Master T in the kitchen all day to create a fabulous dinner, but coffee and cake on ‘second Christmas day’.
I don’t feel more festive this year than last, but I am buying myself a Christmas gift this year.
Forever searching for perfection
I have been on a quest for years to find the perfect diary (agenda) to use throughout the year. A diary that fits my needs. A book to keep track of appointments, but also to jot down a list of things to do; things to write. A place to jot down ideas as they pop up.
I always had to settle for what I found.
For some years, I used the Passion Planner, which was the closest to my demands, but still not perfect. Then Missy flamed my enthusiasms to use my Filofax again, and I did that for a year and a half, but still it didn’t fit my needs.
Some weeks ago, I went to the shops and roamed them until I found a diary that runs from October 2021 to March 2023. It came close to what I needed — a day-to-day diary page on the right side, and a place for notes on the left.
However, it still wasn’t perfect.
Late to the BuJo party
Now, I have heard of bullet journals before — thanks to Posy I know people call them ‘BuJo’ for short — but have never looked into them. I thought they were just to make lists or keep a diary, or using bullets to jot down notes about your day, so wasn’t interested ti find out more.
A few weeks ago, my daughter mentioned she would start a bullet journal in January 2022. I told her I had heard about it before, but didn’t really know what it was.
Then she sent me a link to a video and watching that, I was sold.
How stupid was I to never have looked into this… to never have researched what exactly a bullet journal is!
A bullet journal is what you want it to be.
It’s a dairy, a planner, a book for lists, for quotes, for mood trackers, for doodles… for anything you want it to be. You create it. Want to make a list, do it on the next open page. Want to see your appointments? Create a diary page for the week ahead. You make it what you want it to be; make it work for you.
Google it… check Pinterest for it… but beware, once you start that search, you’re hooked, especially if this is your thing!
A Christmas gift
No, we are still not doing Christmas gifts. It’s just not our thing anymore.
But, this year, I’m gifting myself a love journal (the link is to a Dutch page, but I am sure Google translate can help).
I did the research, and the thing I like about bullet journals is that you create your own thing, your own diary, your own notebook. You create it as you go along. Start a month with an intro page. Add a mood tracker, or a quote, or just start with the agenda for the first week. Need extra space for notes, use the next page for that. Want to keep track of the books you’ve read? Make a page. Want to draw or just doodle? Make a page.
It’s your book, and you make of it what you want.
I can’t wait to get started. Two weeks ago, I went out with my daughter and we bought several calligraphy pens, watercolor markers, pencils, washi-tape, and fine-liner pens. Both of us will start in January, and ideas we have bumped around are:
- An index page to keep track of the contents of the book;
- A key page with legends on where you are with a task or a goal;
- Giving each month a different theme;
- Writing about a day, without feeling ‘forced’ to do that every day;
- A gratitude page;
- A family tree of immediate family (daughter’s idea)
I am excited about getting started with this. In the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I will get the journal ready for January 2022, and from then on, once a week, I will design the next week’s calendar pages. Those will be my zen moments, the moments which take me away from constantly sitting behind a screen.
Watch this space!
Since this is a new thing I am starting, I’m sure this is not the last time I will be writing about a bullet journal. Watch this space, and I will come back to tell you more. Who knows what other creative ideas might strike once I get started!
Happy Christmas to you all!
© Rebel’s Notes
Image from Pixabay