May Bullet Journal Setup

For the first time since I started bullet journalling, April was a month in which my bullet journal actually hit the right tone across all of my spreads. It was colourful, yet uncomplicated, condensed yet not overwhelming, simple yet exciting. It has taken me four months to really understand what I want from this organisational tool and now that I’ve found a method that works (for now) I am going to stick with it… Until my priorities or mindset changes of course.

This is why the spreads I’ve created for May follow a very similar theme to April. I’m really looking to continue the positive steps forward I made in the last month, in terms of wellbeing and decision-making, and I think having a bullet journal is very useful when going through this process.

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April Reflections – Small Steps To Big Change

How quickly we’re steaming through the year, it’s May! And finally it actually feels like spring: the sun popped out to say hello a couple of times throughout April and the UK was pretty excited about it. Unlike my skin, which, translucent from the months of darkness, did not appreciate the sudden warmth and showed me this by becoming burnt. Oops.

If you read my last reflections post, you’ll know that March wasn’t the best of months for me. I struggled a lot with making future decisions and maintaining a healthy level of self-confidence and motivation; I was stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts, making all aspects of my life seem insurmountable. That sucked.

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Why and How to Wake Up Early

Throughout April I set myself a challenge: to get up before 8am every single day. I know, I live a crazy life. I have accomplished this on all but one day, the morning after I got home late from a concert. That’s a pretty high success rate I think! But what is the point of all of this? And more importantly, should you sacrifice your lie-ins?

I’ve been quite an early riser for much of my life really; I’ve only been on the other side of the school system for a couple of years, so early starts are all I’ve really known for the majority of my own lived experience. Even on the weekends though I was never too late up, and I never had that typical ‘teen’ phase of sleeping in past 12 on a Sunday.

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However, even though I never really stayed in bed for too long each day, I was starting to feel like the morning itself was controlling me and dictating my mood for the rest of the day, rather than me taking charge of the time in a way that suits me. This was the moment I realised: getting up early every day isn’t important in isolation, the positive impacts of this action are found in the detail, or rather, inserted into the phrase. It is important to get up early at a similar time each day.

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Want To Be a Featured Writer?

Before we jump into the post… In celebration of hitting 700 blog followers, I thought I’d do something a little different. Publishing this is going to push me out of my comfort zone, and is really not something I’d ever have seen myself writing a post about. Yet, I feel some great things could come out of this, and it’s important to challenge ourselves if we can see positives on the other side. So, in the spirit of challenging comfort zones, here goes nothing…


The last two months I have been plagued by one of the most common blogger complaints: a lack of time and energy to dedicate proper attention to blogging. I have struggled to stay on top of blogging, having written only nine posts so far in April compared to the eighteen I wrote in January. I have had so much going on and so much uncertainty colouring my life that creativity and connection have fallen to the wayside. This saddens me.

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My 8 Self-Care Spring Rituals ft. Mia

Spring is a time of growth and fresh starts; if the daffodils have the courage and strength to push their way up into the sunlight after such a long and cold winter then we can at least try too. The sun has been shining the last few days and my mood has definitely taken notice. I have more energy, am finding it easier to get up early and feel like negative things have less impact on me. Oh, and I can actually wear shorts without risking frostbite. So there’s that!

The world is beginning to thaw out a little and people are starting to crack out the barbecues. This weather actually makes me want to get out more and be a little more sociable (I know right, shock horror for an introvert like me) and so this feels like the perfect time to take part in a wonderful collab with a wonderful human being, Mia from Beautiful, Creative, Inspiring Life.

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How I Use My Bullet Journal to Track Fitness

Since the start of 2018 I have been a huge advocate for bullet journalling. Using a notebook full of organisational layouts has really helped me to stay focussed more often than not throughout the last four months – even when I’ve been struggling a little. Aside from the monthly and weekly spreads I’ve relied on heavily since January, I have had fun experimenting with pages dedicated to developing a specific goal. I’ve done this with food, gratitude, wellbeing and a variety of other things, but April has been the month I’ve turned to fitness.

So many of us struggle to get going with even the most basic fitness schedule, let alone stick at it, and so this month I have been taking advantage of the slightly warmer (and sometimes sunny) spring weather to get outside. It’s easy to make up excuse after excuse to not be active, but I think that becomes harder as the weather gets nicer. The improving weather has been a huge motivational factor for me, but that’s not enough on its own. Not in England anyway…

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Clearing Out My Wardrobe: How Spring Cleaning Promotes Good Mental Health

I don’t know about you, but no matter how hard I try my wardrobe always ends up messy – pretty much like a tornado recently rolled through and couldn’t be bothered to clear up the chaos it left behind… (Wait, am I describing myself?) I have been slightly better in the last six months or so, since the last huge clear out I did… Emphasis is very much on the word ‘slightly’ though. I have reached the point where I wince when I open the wardrobe door; if that’s not a sign something needs to be done, I don’t know what is.

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