Setting up my Bullet Journal

Approximately one week ago I was standing in the journal section at Books-A-Million. This is a place that I find myself often. Sure, I come to browse the books, but being the stationery lover that I am, I always gravitate towards the section with shelves upon shelves of beautiful, empty notebooks. However, last week was different. I was on a mission. I had randomly decided that it was time for me to take the plunge into the vast world of bullet journaling. 

I found what I was looking for. An A5 size, black notebook, with good paper quality and a dot grid format.

My bullet journal and tools of choice.

My bullet journal and tools of choice.

I had already spent quite a bit of time browsing Pinterest and Instagram. Honestly, I have been eyeing bullet journal spreads for over a year now, always contemplating, but never following through. As I have stated previously, I started planning with a personal size Filofax. A little less than a year ago, I added an Erin Condren planner to the mix and for a few months I felt stable. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I started to feel that itch again. If you are a planner girl, you probably know what I'm referring to. It's that nagging feeling that you need to switch things up. Sometimes that means putting a lot of cash into yet another planner, in this case, it meant simplifying my system and adding my own creativity to it.

The inside front cover of my bullet journal.

The inside front cover of my bullet journal.

The first thing I did was number all of my pages. It was a tedious task, but I felt it was necessary because I was going to be including an index. I went ahead and wrote out a list of what I knew I wanted to include and added it to the index. It will take me weeks to add all of the collections I want, but now they all have a page number assigned so I know where everything will be. After I finished the index and the page numbering, I decided I wanted a "dashboard" of sorts. So I decorated the inside front cover and first page with inspirational stickers from a MAMBI sticker book and wrote out one of my favorite Bible verses. 

My September monthly view.

My September monthly view.

Next, came setting up my monthly view for September. I wanted something simple. I use my monthly spreads as an "at-a-glance" view of what I have going on. I also like to list out the things I need to get done before the month is over. Some of those tasks will be added to my weekly and daily spreads as needed.

My first weekly spread in my bullet journal.

My first weekly spread in my bullet journal.

Then, it was time to dive into a weekly spread. I used some inspiration from my previous research and just went for it. I have a ton of planner stickers, so I plan to use those as much as possible in my weekly spreads. Also, one of the awesome things about bullet journaling is that just because I chose this layout for this week, that doesn't mean I have to use it all of the time. Next week I will most likely change it up. That feeling of having complete control over my planner is amazing!

My reading list, bullet journal style.

My reading list, bullet journal style.

Collections are another reason I am excited to start bullet journaling. I have seen the book shelf layout probably about a million times, so I know it's not very original, but it was a good place for me to start. Currently, this is the only collection I have, but I will be adding many more over time and I look forward to adding my own style to it.

Decal by MoonAndStarCo on Etsy!

Decal by MoonAndStarCo on Etsy!

The most recent update I made to my new bullet journal was the decal on the cover. I ordered this from Moon and Star Co on Etsy. Her shipping was fast, and I absolutely LOVE the decals!

So that's it. This is just the beginning though. I can't wait to explore bullet journaling more and make more spreads and collections. Let me know in the comments if you have any advice for a newbie bullet journaler.

Much Love!

Kimberly