My 2018 Bullet Journal Setup
New year calls for a new journal, right?
There's something about the change of calendar that feels like starting afresh, and though I still had a few pages remaining in my old journal, I wanted to start a new one anyway.
And thanks to my great pals/enablers, I've ended up with a Leuchtturm 1917 for 2018. That's right, I've moved away from the ringbound and joined the hoards of journallers that use the Leuchtturm 1917 A5. And I have to say, I love it. I never thought I'd be a fan and I'd resisted the hype for so long, but not being able to get to a Muji store between Christmas and New Year and the wonders of Amazon Prime meant I'm giving the Leuchtturm a trial run. Though the pages are slightly thinner, there is more of them, which was a big selling point for me.
But anyway, I really wanted to share the start of my 2018 bullet journal. I love how the first few pages have turned out. As I'm a bit late to the scene, I'm also going to share my January set up as that's already in use, but first things first.
I haven't filled in the index pages that come with the Leuchtturm and I'm not sure if I will use them. They've always been the most neglected pages in my previous journals as I tend to just flick through and find the page I need. Instead, I've started with this artsy 2018 page I painted. I'm not sure it's finished yet, I feel it needs a little extra something but I suppose I've got a few months to add to it if I want.
Then I have a 2018 at a glance page. I like having a calendar page right at the start as I tend to reference it a lot, so it's pretty handy.
Bullet Journal supplies
I then have 2 double spreads for my future log. I love this vertical format, and separating my future log by months - it makes it really easy to plan!
I'm not sure how clear you can see in these photos but the gold pen I've used to accent my first few pages is so pretty! It's really shimmery!
My next couple of pages include my New Years Resolutions which are:
- Save money
- Pay off student overdraft
- Complete a TEFL course
- Work hard on my blog
- Build a photography portfolio
- Horse riding
I've also included some healthy habits I want to try stick to this year:
- Eat better
I love the moon I painted on watercolour paper and stuck in for this page. I'm going to try add more bits like this throughout my journal this year!
The next page is my savings tracker, I haven't started using this yet as I've got a week or so until pay day but every square will represent £20 and I'll colour in one square each time I've put £20 into my savings account or overdraft. I'll also write in some checkpoints at some point!
I've got a couple of reference pages I took from my old bullet journal. Firstly, there's a page of beauty brands which don't test on animals - it can be a bit of a pain looking them up when I need a new bit of makeup (though I actually don't buy that much), so it's just handy to have to hand!
If you want to see a list of my favourite cruelty-free beauty products, I have a blog post on that here.
I added another mini watercolour painting to this page rather than a sketch of the rabbit. I think this page turned out SO much better than my last journal, both the bunny and the lettering!
I also have a self care ideas page. In 2017, I wanted to focus on improving my self care game and looking after myself and I definitely want to continue that into 2018.
Self care is definitely not something to be overlooked, taking some time to look after yourself is so important for your mental wellbeing. This page not only serves as inspiration for when I need to relax, but also reminds me that I should.
The list is a bit out of focus (wrong lens in hindsight) so this is what the page says:
- Light incense
- Go for a walk
- Long, hot shower
- Light candles
- Listen to music
- Eat some fruit
- Put face mask on
- Get an early night
- Make hot chocolate
- Colouring book
- Turn phone off
- Break a sweat
- Paint nails
I've then left a couple of pages blank, in case I need to come back and fill them in. If I don't end up using them, I'm going to add photos of my best memories of 2018 to them at the end of the year!
And here's my January set up. I've gone for a pink crystal theme inspired by rose quartz. I'm going to be honest here, I'm not actually a fan of this theme. I'm hoping it will grow on me!
I've gone for a pink watercolour page, which I painted and then stuck in after, and a monthly log a little different to my old ones, where I would have my goals and future log also on the same page. Instead I've put them on a later page:
Bullet Journal supplies
I like this layout of habit tracker, but I'm hoping it doesn't get confusing later on in the month. We'll see. I have my running to do list, goals and future log on the next page. I actually quite like this page as it's a bit like a brain dump page! I used watercolour for the headers. It's the first time using watercolour in my Leuchtturm and it didn't turn out too bad - the pages are thin so you can't use too much water but otherwise they're okay! I've also drawn crystals on this page to tie in the theme.
My next two pages are a blog post ideas page and a sleep tracker, again accented with pink and crystals.
My blog post ideas page is very empty so far. I've been doing a lot of thinking about my blog recently and I've come to no conclusions. I just don't know where to take it! This is a ramble for another post probably, but I'm not sure whether I should narrow down the focus of my blog, or keep it as it is? I know you guys love my bullet journal posts, but I also want to share other stuff like travel and the odd bit of fashion, so I don't want to make my blog exclusively about bullet journalling - as you can see, I'm stuck. Any advice, let me know!
I then have my sleep tracker. I've never used one before but I wanted to try it out. I don't sleep very well, I have very vivid dreams, sleep walk and sleep talk and often wake up. I'm not sure this is the best way to log my sleep as it probably looks as though I'm sleeping fine! I think this is one of the things I'll stick to using my phone for!
And finally, I have my weekly log. Again, not enamoured by this page, but it does the job! I've added a water tracker to each day - I got a new Joseph Joseph Water Bottle for Christmas which logs how much water you've drunk so it's been really easy to keep track of! Though so far I'm yet to drink the full amount :/. I really struggle drinking lots of water!
I forgot to take pictures of the next spread (oops!) which are my Norway planning pages! I'm so excited to go - if you have any Oslo tips and recommendations, definitely let me know!
I'm considering whether to do monthly posts on my bullet journal spreads, probably at the end of the month featuring the month just gone, plus maybe the set up for the next month? Or would you prefer me showing my bullet journal in a different way?
I hope you enjoyed this post and having a peek into my 2018 bullet journal - I'm excited to see how this one turns out.