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Ahh, the bullet journal. You might have seen some buzz about it on Twitter, Pinterest, and maybe even Instagram, but if you’re like me, you’ve probably just been confused about what it does and why everyone has something to say about it.

Every year, I convince myself I’m going to be more organized and get my life together, so every year, I end up buying a new, “cuter” planner that’s somehow going to magically turn me into one of those super-organized, put-together, most-definitely-in-charge-of-my-life types of people. Shockingly, it never works. So when I decided on New Year’s Day, to start using the infamous bullet journal, let’s just say I had low expectations.

From what I’ve come to understand, the idea behind a bullet journal is that it’s a place for all of your lists, to-dos, and schedules in one convenient place. It’s fully customizable, unlike store bought planners, and the starting cost is relatively affordable – you can use really any journal, even one from the dollar store (hey – no shame)!

Day one, I was feeling apprehensive. Although I’m a writer, blank pages intimidate me. There was so much possibility that I was feeling a little overwhelmed. Instead of trying to follow the exact science of the bullet journal, I decided to throw caution to the wind. A week later, I was loving every part of my somewhat chaotic little journal.

As much as I might try to be, I am not an everything-has-its-place kind of girl, and I needed a planner that would be okay with that. 20 days into the new year, that has been what the bullet journal has done for me. I’ve been able to be as creative as I want; I can glue in pictures, doodle in the margins, write out my favorite quotes, and brainstorm ideas – all in one place. The best part? Each week I can try something new, by just turning the page. And in a year or two, when I’ve filled all the pages, I’ll be able to look back at all of the memories and doodles as a keepsake.

It doesn’t matter if you’re organized, messy, creative, or analytical, the bullet journal lets you figure out what system works best for you, and gives you space to do it. The original bullet journal guidelines come in handy, but in the end, they’re just that – guidelines.

If you’re craving something new to get you motivated this new year and you’ve got an empty journal lying around, search through some YouTube videos for inspiration, and give it a try. Maybe you’ll end up like me, wondering just how you were functioning without it.


  1. Hi Tessa I am in your same place dealing with a Bullet Journal 🙂 as you I decided this year to do so, since I needed a planner that can hold all my important things and keep track of what I need to focus on. I am still kind of figuring out what I want to do as sequence of my pages But I had fun on creating few of them, I am not full blast yet (working on the set up and layout) since I have been busy creating I am an Independent full time artist visit my Blog if you have a chance I am going to follow you so that we can follow our BuJo journey! 😉 Carolina

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      1. Thank you so much Tessa I am happy to know that you like my artwork! Yes I am planning to post something about my Bullet Journal in the future for now I haven’t really decorated with artworks but I can tell you that I used black ink and gold pens 😉 what pages did you added after the year overview calendar before the monthly, weekly and daily spreads…I got to start a bit late and stacked on those pages…;-) I have to find a way out of the block! LOL thanks for the follow would be fun to stay connected!


  2. I just started using a bullet journal at the end of December and I absolutely love it! I actually won a giveaway for a pre-printed 2017 planner last year that I was so excited to use it…but once I started my bujo I haven’t even looked at the other planner!

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  3. I started Bullet Journaling back in September and I love how customizable it is, too! I’m so glad that you like the system as much as I do, and I can’t wait to read more about what you do with it!


  4. I just cannot let go of the ‘rules’! Arg. I’m going to try again. Because I have probably 15 organizational and memory ‘proposed’ journals that are all out of date and I can’t remember what goes where… or where I put what? ~Kim


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