Category Archives: Life

Bullet Journals

For the last few months I’ve been trying to figure out how to get myself organized and motivated to do anything other than sit on my butt playing computer games and watching shows. I’ve heard the buzz word “Bullet Journaling” floating around but didn’t think too much about it.

I started creating a journal that was going to work for me and went online to look for an idea for a health journal or tracker. I wanted to see how often I get sick and what symptoms I get most often. I also wanted to track how often I exercise and hopefully motivate myself to do it more often. That’s when this “Bullet Journaling” came up again in full force. Apparently that was exactly what I was trying to create.

In case this is your first time hearing about bullet journals, it is a journal that you create yourself. You choose what you want to include, how you want the layout to be, what order you want the pages to be in, etc. That’s the best thing about them; you can customize it to the way that is going to work best for you. And if what works best for you changes, then you can change the layout again or add pages without being stuck with a planner for the rest of the year that you hate.

Original Binder Planner
Original Binder Planner
Binder Planner
Binder Planner

Originally I was just going to use a binder that I had here and pages of loose leaf. I had a really pretty binder already and I didn’t really feel like going out to buy a journal when I had something that would work already. I went on Pinterest and started planning out my pages, and tweaking them if I didn’t like the first layout or font. I moved the pages around to make it flow better. That was the best thing about using a binder; you could move or remove pages that weren’t working.

When I was at work I knew we had some little sketch books and that it wouldn’t cost me very much to buy with my discount ($4!). I wasn’t sure if it would be big enough but I brought it home and it was perfect. I started copying my pages that I had set up in my binder, and my bullet journal was born.

Bullet Journal 2018
Bullet Journal 2018
Index
Index
Weekly Layout One
Weekly Layout One
2018 At a Glance
2018 At a Glance
New Year Goals
New Year Goals
Habit Tracker
Habit Tracker

A bullet journal is not going to be perfect, at least not the first one. There are going to be mistakes and it will be a learning process. But that is another thing I love about it. You will be able to see your progress and growth as you go through the year and you learn what works for you and what doesn’t. I already made a mistake and ripped a page out of my new journal (now the page numbers are off, but no one will notice). There are headers I don’t like and others that I love. It’s all a learning process.

One of my goals for this year is to be more creative and I think this journal is also going to help with that. I have seen some really beautiful bullet journals online with some really beautiful pictures drawn in. I don’t think I am very good at drawing but if I start practicing by decorating the pages in my journal, maybe by this time next year I will be!

Moving Back to NS

I think I always kind of assumed that I would one day move back home to Nova Scotia (NS). That’s where I spent the first 27 years of my life. That is where my heart is. That is where my family are. But lately I’m not so sure.

Last year I ordered free travel guides for most provinces in Canada and started planning out a trip across Canada. I was feeling particularly homesick and unhappy with where I was in life. I had always wanted to do a camping trip across the country and decided to start planning. I still haven’t completed mapping out my “bucket list” trip (which I will post once it’s ready) but it has gotten me thinking.

When I think about moving back home, I try to picture what my life would be like there. While I do like the idea of being able to go to the beach on a hot day, I remember that there aren’t as many hot days in NS as there are here in AB. I picture myself running into people I used to hang out with, but I haven’t talked to them in years so would they even be excited to see me?

I keep coming to the conclusion that the province is small and I start to feel bored. I remember taking a trip with my family from our home near Halifax to the tip of NS in Yarmouth. It was about a three hour drive which to a Nova Scotian is a long way to go and requires an overnight stay (at least for my family). But here in Alberta, we’ve driven three hours down to Calgary and then three hours back as a day trip.

I keep going back and forth about whether I like the fact that Alberta (AB) is so big or if I hate it. I’m jealous of my NS friends who can drive from province to province and then back home in a matter of days. I spent 6 hours driving to go camping and still didn’t make it out of my province! But at the same time, there is so much to explore here because it is so big. There are always events going on or new areas to explore.

Something I do NOT miss about NS is the weather. They get a lot of rain and snow back home. But here in AB, we get a ton of sunshine. And I love the heat. I just wish we had the beaches like NS does. Sure we do have some beaches in AB but they are lakes and not the ocean.

I was scared to come to AB when I first moved here because people always warn you that it’s so cold in the winter. And yes, while it does go down to -30C or -40C (or colder!) it doesn’t feel the same as the cold in NS because it’s not as wet. So I actually like the weather better overall in AB compared to NS. And my skin does too! Because of all the moisture in the air in NS I had pretty back eczema. But it cleared up completely since living in AB. It will occasionally come back but it’s usually if the weather is wet and it doesn’t last long.

The main thing I miss about being home is my family. If I could find a way to visit them easier (come on time travel) or convince them to come move here too, I would be completely content. The flight to visit them is long (5-6hours if you manage to get a direct flight. Longer if you don’t.) and it’s expensive ($500 if you find a deal, $1200 if you go at Christmas). My brother’s family keeps growing (up to 5 nephews now!) and I’m missing out on seeing them grow. I never even get to meet them until they’re already a year old!

But in conclusion, after living in Alberta for almost 6 years now, I am starting to picture my life here. Not necessarily in this exact townhouse, but hopefully in a nice neighborhood close to a park with some walking and biking trails.