Recently I’ve been talking to someone who has gotten me thinking about different things. It has given me a fresh perspective on a lot. Mainly the little things that we take for granted based on where we have grown up or the life we have lived. Things that we don’t stop to think about that are part of our regular life. Now I understand that everyone has a different life and everyone goes through different things and has different things and experiences so that isn’t a surprise to me. No what has given me a new perspective is the things that I don’t think about but are always there.
For starters I live fairly close to Niagara Falls and therefore have grown up being able to see the Falls whenever I wanted regardless of anything else going on. It has gotten to the point that for me it is just some water falling over a cliff and yet thousands of people flock to Niagara Falls to experience everything it has to offer. I do appreciate the Falls and the science behind it all. However this is still just so water for me. I believe this is due to the fact that I am able to drive past the Falls whenever I want. In fact I work in Niagara Falls. However recently I have been talking to someone who is new to the area and thus the Falls is something that they have never seen before. It is this spectacular sight which they are able to fully appreciate. Hearing the way they describe this has made me think about the Falls in a new way. I understand the appeal of this location more than I have ever before.
The same thing has happened with snow. I have grown up getting snow every year. When I was a child it was awesome when snow came and I would eagerly wait for the okay to go outside and play. Now as an adult things are different and I actually really dislike the snow. In fact I dread the winter because I know that snow comes with it. However this person that I am talking to has never seen snow before this week. We are getting a lot of snow right now and so for someone experiencing snow for the first time it is a great first snow. I received a text about this experience and my eyes were opened. It was as if they were a child experience snow for the first time and it was a genuine reaction to it. There was nothing standing in the way of the snow being appreciated fully for what it was, snow. There was no previous thoughts or biases to go off of for them. The snow was simple just something new for them and I tried to look at snow through their eyes.
It is both of these things that has made me stop and think about the little things. These are things that are a part of my every day life. Things I haven’t taken a moment to stop and think about. I probably would never have stopped to think about it if I hadn’t been talking to this person I’m talking to. Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to be able to appreciate things for what they are. I have come to realize the true beauty in both the Falls and the snow. Perhaps I will be able to carry this with me and look at other things a different way.
You hear about everyone having different experiences all the time. Have you ever stopped to think about just your own experience? Taken the time to appreciate those little things that have always been there? Next time you get a chance take a step back and find those things in life that have always been there but never been on your mind. You might start to see things in a different way than you currently do.
Since starting my journey into bullet journalling I’ve tried a few different fine liner pens/markers. I’ve tried some from the dollar store that come in multiple colours. When I’m running low on cash and need some new fine liners the dollar store is a good place to head. I have found the Studio brand to be quite reliable and minimal shadowing. However when I’ve got a little extra money and need some new fine liners I usually go for Sakura Pigma Sensei. I bought the pack that comes with many different sizes so that I could try them out to see what I liked best.
I have found that I prefer two different sizes over the other’s. My go to is the 0.4mm as it is the perfect size for the writing that I am doing. When making lines the 0.4 is the perfect thickness and creates smooth lines. There isn’t too much shadowing either. I am someone who doesn’t draw/write on both sides of the paper so shadowing doesn’t bother me anyway. I have been using pen I have for a few months now with quite a bit of use and it is still writing as if it were new. I haven’t had it run out of ink yet so I am unsure of how long it lasts, however I’m happy with the length of use so far. Sometimes I do things that need a thicker tip and that is when I turn to the other size that I like out of the pack. The 1.0mm is perfect for when I need a thicker line or would like to fill something in with the black. This pen provides a very rich colour and I use it quite often. I think I’m going to get a longer use out of this one than the 0.4 but again I haven’t finished either of them so I’m not sure yet.
Overall I would highly recommend the Sakura Pigma Sensei to anyone looking for a fine liner pen. I have used the pen for bullet journalling, zentangle, card making, and just general writing. This pen has seen me through a lot. I believe this is a great pen for both beginners and the more experienced.
Well hello there everyone,
Recently I discovered the world of bullet journalling and I have to say so far I’m loving it. I bought a Leuchtturm1917 and decided I would start in the new year so I have been setting it up for 2018. I didn’t think I would like using something like this for scheduling so I haven’t done weekly spreads but doing a monthly calendar is proving to work for me. Now I know what works for me won’t work for everyone but I am going to talk about what is working for me and what doesn’t.
For starters I have about five different pages per month. I have a title page, the monthly calendar, a list for that month, a habit tracker and a blank page that I will be using for a spending tracker. The title page is just so I know where the month starts (see below for example). The monthly calendar is just that, a simple monthly calendar. The list changes every month so I have a want list, a movies to watch list, birthdays list, ways to save money list and some others. The habit tracker is just so I can track certain things like no junk food, sleep and water as well as stress and other things. I have found that I don’t need anything other than that in my journal as I have a second smaller journal that I use for my mood tracker.
I really enjoy the size of the tracker I have, some people might find it too big as it is rather large. However I find that it’s easier to design with it larger. Although it is difficult to figure out how to transport it if I am not bringing my backpack with me somewhere. That really is the only downside to the journal that I have. Otherwise I would recommend it to anyone who asked me for suggestions. I also only write on one side of each page as the markers can be seen on the other side. This doesn’t bother me at all as I usually only write on one side of paper in everyday life. Honestly it really depends on what you are looking for if this journal will work for you. Now for ideas and where to get them. While there are a few Facebook groups that I am part of where people share their ideas I usually get ideas from Pinterest. There are so many ideas that can be found. I’ve made my own board to make sure I am keeping everything together and for future reference. I haven’t really found any other places where I can find the ideas I want.
When I was first starting out I was nervous, I’m not the greatest artist and I didn’t know if I would enjoy it. If you are wanting to get started and are worried about it I would suggest a few things.
1. Start small. Don’t jump into it too quickly. If you jump into it too quickly you might lose interest fast or might not be able to find what is going to work for you.
2. Do some research. Make sure you are looking into things so you know what is out there that you can do. What works for one person might not work for you.
3. Believe in yourself. While things might get difficult just keep moving forward. Keep in mind that not everything is going to be perfect especially when you just start out but with practice it will get better.
While it might be intimidating at first it is something that can be done. There are so many resources out there and talking to people who also bullet journal is a good place to start. Are you thinking about starting but have some questions? Feel free to drop them below and I will try to give the advice that I can. I’m just a beginner as well but advice from one beginner to another is a good place to start. Enjoy!