Your Bullet Journal Doesn't Have To Be Perfect, It Has To Be Perfect For You

Your Bullet Journal Doesn't Have To Be Perfect, It Has To Be Perfect For You

The story of an organized girl and the ultimate "DIY" planner.


It's a tale as old as time: Girl needs something. Girl goes on Girl gets distracted and buys several things she doesn't need.

That was me, about a week and a half ago. I was looking for a sunshade for my car. Since I was already buying something, I decided to browse for some pens because the ones I had kept "ghosting" in my planner. (Ghosting is when the pen mark shows through to the other side.) As it turns out, scented gel pens are fun to use, but not so practical for a planner.

So, I looked for pens. Then I was looking at pen sets that came with washi tape.

And then, I was looking at a black leather journal with dots instead of lines.

I remembered scrolling through my Facebook feed and seeing Nifty videos about bullet journaling. (For those of you who don't know, a bullet journal is a "do-it-yourself" type planner that works on an analog system of different bullets [hence the name] and signifiers.)

In those videos, people took those weird dotted notebooks and turned them into planners/trackers/contemporary art museums. I figured since I loved watching those videos, I would probably be pretty good at it.

I was feeling inspired by the possibilities and the $9.95 price tag, so I went ahead and bought it. (You can buy on too!)

Of course, I bought the markers and the washi tape to go along with the journal. I even bought a pack of stencils, because let's be real, I'm no artist. Fake it 'til ya make it, am I right?

I love to-do lists, planners, and organizational things in general, so I waited eagerly for my planner to arrive. In anticipation, I even looked on all of those Bullet Journal Pinterest boards and got inspiration for my own BuJo (a shortened form of Bullet Journal for those of you not hip to the lingo). I was so ready!

Two days later, it arrived at my house.

Almost immediately, I opened it and the tape and the markers and the stencils, and I just stared at it.

And stared at it.

And stared at it.

It was at this point in time that I remembered that I am not only painfully non-artsy, but I am neurotic about placing things. This includes drawing lines, coloring things in, and placing stickers. (It took me a solid 30 minutes to decide where my laptop stickers would go.)

Finally, I bit the bullet (no pun intended) and wrote "index" at the top of the first two pages. I felt so proud that I put pen to paper, but I got too confident and tried to make it look ~fancy~ and I ended up with something that was the total opposite of fancy. So, I stuck a sticker over that and wrote on that instead.

So, there I was, staring at those lonely stickers in the notebook.

My first thought was, "Wow, this is ugly and there's no way I'm going to be able to do this."

How could I have ever thought that me, a person who gets antsy about craft stores and coloring sheets, could do something as creative as a bullet journal?

I was ready to put it away. But then I remembered what the concept of bullet journal is all about: doing it your way. The original bullet journal isn't really all that creative. In fact, it's just practical and simple.

I'd gotten so caught up in all of the calligraphy and habit trackers and drawings that I'd forgotten that I could do whatever I wanted with this journal. No one would see it unless I showed it to them, so why was I so worried about it?

Now, about a week-and-a-half later, I've continued with my "BuJo." I've even attempted some doodles! The moral of the story is, don't let inspiration turn into obsession. Let yourself be creative — you may just surprise yourself!

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My Top 10 Youtubers To Watch When You're Bored!

If you need something to do, check out these YouTube channels!

Youtube: the best place to go when you're laying in bed bored.

I've been watching Youtube for as long as I could remember. I would start at a Jonas Brothers video and end up watching tornado chasers. I could never tell you how I got there, but with Youtube, it's possible.

I spend a lot of time watching videos and catching up on the lives of some of my favorites. I watch make-up and hair tutorials on a daily basis and if I have some time, I'll watch a couple of Vlogs. I'll also watch videos when I need a good laugh.

So if you are bored, here are my top 10 favorite Youtubers to watch.

10. Alphie Deyes : "Pointless Blog"

Alfie is a British Youtuber. Along with his Vlogs, Alfie has a gaming channel and a main channel where he posts collabs with other Youtubers. I usually just watch his Vlogs, but I've seen a few of his other videos and they are definitely worth the watch!

Here are his three channels!

9. Zoe Sugg: "Zoella"

Zoe is also a British beauty and fashion Youtuber. She is also a Vlogger and has two channels. She is most known for her make-up tutorials. Zoe is also the author of the "Girl Online" series. 

Here are her channels!

8. Kian and JC

Both boys have main channels, but I mostly watch their collab channel. They post videos of themselves doing challenges for the most part. The other part is usually them just talking to the camera. They are hilarious and can make me laugh any day.

Here is their channel!

7. Tess Christine

I just recently started watching Tess, but her videos are mostly hair and make-up tutorials and also fashion videos. She occasionally posts travel vlogs as well.

Here is her channel!

6. Tyler Oakley

Known for his Q and "Slays," Tyler Oakley has become one of the biggest Youtube stars. He also does a lot of collabs with other Youtubers and they are always funny.

(It would not let me link his channel, but if you search "Tyler Oakley" all of his videos will come up)

5. David Dobrik

David is a Vlogger. His videos always include his friends and the weird scenarios they get into. Puns and skits are his go to thing. He got his start on Vine and now he is taking over the vlog world!

Here is his channel!

4. Shane Dawson

I don't even know how to explain Shane Dawson's videos. He is one of the most random Youtubers that I've ever watched. He was one of the first Youtubers I ever started watching. He is really big on conspiracy theories now.

Here is his channel!

3. Settle Down Kids or SDK

SDK is absolutely, hands down, my favorite group on Youtube. They post challenges and sometimes they are so random they don't even make sense. I actually had the chance to meet all of them and they were so nice which makes it so much better!

Here is their channel!

2. Any Buzzfeed Channel

If anyone tells you that they don't watch Buzzfeed, they are lying. Over the past year or so, Buzzfeed has taken over the Internet. I can sit for hours and just watch Buzzfeed. They have a couple of channels, but I'll link their main one!

Here it is!

1. Joe Santagato

I've been watching Joe for a couple of years now. He used to be like my little secret, but now almost everyone knows who he is. Joe's videos are hilarious and could definitely make anyone's day! He also has a second channel where he posts Vlog-like videos.

Here is his channel!

(It wouldn't let me link his second channel)

There are so many more Youtube channels that I could list but that would probably take forever! I hope you get a chance to check out any of these channels!


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11 Quotes That Will Make You Want To Pick Up Your Pen And Write

Writers are a uniquely faithful breed.


For most people, hearing voices is a bad sign. For a writer, the voices inside their head become the characters on their paper, which tell the story in their soul. Writers are a uniquely faithful breed, committed to the stories they need to tell, devoted to the words waiting to be put down on the page. It's not a profession one chooses. They are thrust into it, born with that purpose, that life's pursuit. They don't do the work; they become their work. A writer is a self-sacrificing being, as they are one of the few professions to give pieces of themselves away in their work. Here are 11 quotes that describe the life that a writer lives.

1. "Step into a scene and let it drip into your fingertips." MJ Bush


Writing Advice: Become a part of the scene, interact with your characters. Insert yourself into the story.

2. "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Ernest Hemmingway


Writing Advice: Break off a piece of yourself, and sacrifice it to your writing.

3. "You can make anything by writing." C.S. Lewis


Writing Advice: Your writing is limited only by the bounds of your imagination.

4. "The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe." Gustave Flaubert


Writing Advice: Let your writing process include self-discovery.

5. "But when people say, "Did you always want to be a writer?" I have to say no. I always was a writer." Ursula Le Guin


Writing Advice: Your story is already within you, just waiting to be written.

6. "Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go." E.L. Doctorow


Writing Advice: Just start writing. The story will come as you go.

7. "Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person." F. Scott Fitzgerald


Writing Advice: It's OK to put a little of yourself into your characters.

8. "The good writers touch life often." Ray Bradbury

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Writing Advice: Your writing can and should reflect your own life.

9. “In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.” Junot Diaz


Writing Advice: Become the author of the book you want to read.

10.  "A writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway." Junot Diaz


Writing Advice: Just keep writing.

11.  “You know how writers are...they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves.” Orson Scott Card


Writing Advice: Let your work have purpose.

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