My 2019 Bullet Journal Setup
Happy New Year!
My first post of 2019 - hi, how are we doing? I hope you all had a lovely holiday period and a fantastic start to the New Year.
My Christmas was really lovely, apart from a couple of hiccups which I won’t bog you down with. I spent nearly three weeks at my mums (longest time in years!), went to London Olympia Horse Show in London, got to see lots of family and had a really nice time in general. I had a lot of time left thanks to leftover annual leave and it wouldn’t be a lie to say getting back into a routine is going to be hard!
I’ve finally finished setting up my bullet journal for the start of the year. It took me a while because I didn’t really know how I wanted it to look.
But I’ve finally done it, and I love it!
Here’s my setup so far:
Like last year, I’ve gone for a Leuchtturm 1917 A5 journal again. This time in a beautiful metallic gold.
My first page which marks the year and my instagram handle and email should it (god forbid) ever gets lost!
I bought these letter stamps before Christmas to make present labels with and I actually love the aesthetic of them, so be prepared to see them featured a lot in my journal throughout the year!
Like so many other bullet journalers I hear say, my index page is, for the most part, unused. I always fill it in, but I can’t say I ever go back and actually refer to it often. I tend to know where my pages are located in my journal and I can flick to them quick enough.
My 2019 cover page and year at a glance spread are of course, the first to feature in my journal. I often refer to the yearly overview when setting up monthly logs or making plans so this is always handy to have at the start.
I created my cover page by painting a piece of watercolour paper with black acrylic paint, and then inking on the details with a white gel pen. I use the Uni-ball 64538 Signo UM-153 Broad Rollerball Pen - White (Amazon link - non aff) and I really recommend it!
I’m so pleased with how my yearly logs turned out. I looooove them.
I used the same layout as my 2018 yearly logs because it worked so well for me - why fix something that isn’t broke?!
life is but one grand adventure
I’m not really setting any new years resolutions as such, but I have set some goals I’d like to achieve including saving money, travel, growing my instagram and veganuary.
I’ve also made (or started to make - I need some more ideas!) a bucket list - 20 things to do before 2020. These are more fun things that I’d love to do this year such as swim in the sea or see waterfalls.
2018 was the year I got super hooked on astrology. It fascinates me. I read my horoscope daily, but I’ve also been enjoying looking into my birth chart more.
I thought it would be handy to have my birth chart in my bullet journal to refer back to if I need. It took me longer than I’d like to admit to draw though! I haven’t used a protractor since maths lessons in school…
I also have the 2019 lunar calendar, which I know I will check often.
These spreads were used often in my 2018 journal so I decided to replicate them for 2019.
I love my savings tracker because it’s so nice to have a visual representation of your progress towards a goal rather than just seeing a number on a screen.
I thought having my wishlist next to my savings tracker would really force me into asking myself whether I need something or not. Saving money, and minimalism, are goals for 2019 so I want this to be the year I really limit myself from consuming mindlessly.
But I still added the spread as no doubt some things will crop up! A new laptop charger will be the first to go on that list!
I think I might have lied earlier when I said that my yearly log was my favourite spread… I think it’s actually this one.
Looking after myself and my mental health is always a priority for me, and if I ever need these pages I like to have them.
They are super aesthetically pleasing and feel calming to me too.
You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first
And that’s my 2019 bullet journal set up!
I really tried to make it unique to me, use elements of illustration and font and paint to make it how I like and I love how it turned out. I also tried to only include pages I know I’ll use often rather than recreating every page I see on Pinterest like I did with my first ever journal!
What do you think?
If you want to check out last year’s, here’s my 2018 bullet journal setup.
And if you want to keep up to date with my bullet journal spreads, I post often on my journaling instagram, including stories of me creating the pages!