Is it a diary? Is it a notebook? Kinda – It’s a bullet journal.Β 

Have you ever heard of a bullet journal? I hadn’t until I started a course with a company called Parners With You (stay tuned for a Blog post about these fabulous lot!) and shortly after it was then mentioned by my mum, who started her own – and we are like two peas in a pod with artsy craftsy colourful bits and bobs! So if she liked it, likelihood I would too – she bought me some stuff to create my own. The best way to describe a bullet journal… option to help manage time/diary/notes/lists and all sorts. A simple idea of a notepad with numbered pages, an easy index page to find what you are looking for. All in one place.

Now, anyone who is like me – a bullet journal is just perfect. Let me explain.

  • I am the queen of lists. I have a list for EVERYTHING.
  • Ticking things off (is that not the most satisfying part?!)
  • I am a planner. I am the one that has the train route plan, times of where we need to be and how long we have to get to each place – handwritten and saved on my phone (YES, I am THAT annoying person)
  • STATIONERY. Remember how you used to feel about getting new stationery going in to the new year at school? I still get that at the age of 30 walking into a Staples Store.
  • Sticking with the old school vibes – writing in your best hand writing. I enjoy writing. And I like it even more if it’s neat and tidy.
  • Tracking things – give me a box I have to tick/colour/draw in each day for doing something, I am more likely to do it. To drinking water, to eating my greens to moisturising! (I hold my dry hands up, I am the worst for bothering with slapping cream on)
  • Doodling – just call me Pablo Picasso

So, if any of the above apply to you, this will be right up your street. If not – You will probably hate everything about it I am sure – I know this from a friend of mines reaction when I told her about this magnificent invention……she looked at me as if I was bonkers lol Why would I take time to make these unnecessary things neat, tidy and pretty – when you have post it notes to write things on? And pre made diarys you can buy? Total opposite ends of the scale. I get it though, a bullet journal isn’t for everyone.

But you don’t have to make it complicated, or spend lots of time on it if you don’t want to. It can be however you want it to be. I decided to put a bit more effort in with mine – I find it theraputic and I enjoy adding to it after a busy day at work (and makes a change from staring at a computer/phone or TV)

Where to start? You will need a notebook, there are so many out there – ones that are specifically for bullet journals that have the pages numbered already, to your standard book from your local supermarket. I have a Leuchtturm1917 – which can be found by clicking here. I like this book as the pages are numbered and instead of lines it has dots, so if I want to draw things it makes it a bit easier (it’s the simple things!) Get a nice pen, or pens, depending on how colourful you want to be! You are good to go! You can add any stickers, tapes and other bits that you want as you go along and start getting into the swing of it.

Start your bullet journal with leaving a few pages for your Index and most people do the year overview/year calander as the first part. From then on, go wild! Add bits as and when – with what ever you like. Struggling to think of things to add? Pinterest is the place to be – there are so many different ideas and styles to keep you going for the rest of your life I would think! Or YouTube – loads of demonstrations out there.

Here are some pages from mine so far!

I would love to hear any pages you add to your bullet journals or any ideas you have if you are thinking of starting one! 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Lots of love 

Lisa & Winston β€πŸ‘ΈπŸΌπŸΆπŸΎ

Just a little note…

In January I mentioned about getting back in the gym again – I got myself a gym buddy (my friend Jen) and together we decided we were going to smash it out of the park this year. 4.30am wake ups to be at the gym for 5am. That first 5mins of waking up is an absoloute killer. It is make or break for me – the feeling I get when my alarm goes off, is what I can only imagine the end of the world will feel like. Dragging myself out of my warm, cosy bed. Out of my dreamy slumber. To take me to to a place that resembles hell. Why would I want to do this to myself? Why not just close my eyes again? I have been working hard, have a rest. I will start again tomorrow. I really cant be bothered. I am so tired. Honestly, the list of these and many more go through my head EVERYDAY. Once I am out the door, I completley forget about the morning monster I have just emerged from, albeit I still resemble one at that time. A few weeks in and we were starting to get into full swing, and it was even getting easier to get up (only by a tiny bit).

There is always time to take a quick mirror selfie

Then we hit a bump, both of us had reasons we couldn’t go to the gym for a few days. The few days turned into a week. The week turned into 2. Why is it so easy to fall out of a routine and so hard to get back to it! So, this Thursday just gone we said we HAD to get back to it. NO EXCUSES. Thursday morning at 4.30am the miserable monster was back and pulled herself out of bed, it seemed harder than ever. But at least I done it….a certain someone turned her alarm off and didn’t turn up, I won’t mention any names though lol.

A few weeks before, I had been making a little gift for Jen (oops mentioned her name) to help us along with a bit of motivation, so I thought what a perfect day to leave this for her on her doorstep.

What I had done was a jar of little notes for the year that included motivation quotes, workouts, inspirational quotes and just random blurb, that hopefully would make her feel positive when getting up – either about working out, herself, life or just make her laugh. One small positive thought in the morning, can change your whole day. So far, she has had quotes to wake up to….which I am pleased about as when I added the hardcore workouts in, I kind of forgot that I would have to get myself through these too at the gym – I can safely say I am nervous for the days she pulls those ones out.

Winston gave me a hand of course

So, we are back in the game – and heres to it continuing! Holidays and a wedding to work for, so we should have plenty of motivation to get us out the door in the morning! If you have had a small period of time off, or even if you have had a gym membership for a year and have had reasons/excuses to not go (it is easy to do, I have been there!) – get a gym buddy, get in a routine. It starts hard, but every day gets that little bit easier to do it. You’re future self will thank you for it!

And as it’s been Random Acts Of Kindess week – if you have some spare time and want to cheer someone up why not do a jar of notes! It doesn’t have to be a year, it can be for certain days, or when someone is just feeling a bit down – or even stick random post it’s at work, home or even a bus stop for people to find!

Give Jen a follow on Instagram ❀ @jennifer_carr88
Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love Lisa & Winston πŸ‘ΈπŸΌπŸΎβ€

Throwback to the 90’s

I am an 80’s baby but grew up in the 90’s. It’s Thursday, so I am throwing it back!   

Here’s some of my best memories of the 90’s!  

The pog craze that swept the nation:

A pencil was not complete without a troll: 

How all life decisions and problems were solved:

When you had butterfly clips to match your outfit:

Those beanie babies that everyone believed would be worth loads in the future:

Kellogg’s gave away everything to pimp your ride:

Starburst….we know who you really are:

The best entertainment for a Saturday night:

Spice up your life:

No tears. Lies. All lies:

Don’t grow up….it’s a trap! Things seemed much simpler back then, life is getting too complicated πŸ˜† 

What is your favourite memory from the 90’s?!

Lisa xxx