Bullet Journal 101

I just wanted to hop on here really quickly to announce that I’m going to be doing my first series on this blog!

I’m going to be doing a BUJO 101 Series where I talk in-depth about the basics of the BUJO system as well as give you guys some resources and things to look at or think about when it comes to your planning system.

If you have any questions or topics you want me to talk about just let me know!

Talk to You soon,

Amanda Ann

Why do I keep paper planning?

In a world of electronics and the internet, why am I still doing the ancient thing of planning on paper? There are so many other resources that don’t use paper, pens, or stickers and are a lot better for the environment overall. It’s so old school, so why do it? Especially when my family needs to know my schedule so they know if I’m dead or not.¬†Well, there are a few reasons that I still use paper and pens for planning.

The first one is that it’s just better for your memory, and remembering what you need to do. I, like many people, have ADD/ADHD and it can be so hard for me to remember things. I learned this lesson very early on in school because once I started typing notes on the school provided laptop I started doing worse on tests in class. The semester after that I started to write all of my notes in a notebook again, and I did a little bit better. (I also started to study more, but that’s irreverent.

The second reason is that I like to be able to physically cross things out because it makes me feel like I’m actually accomplishing things. This also i a great way to track how much I’m doing and if I’m at the start of a depressive episode, which can last days, being able to see how much I’ve done and what I can accomplish really helps me personally to help fight it off for a bit longer if I can.

Going back to my ADD for a minute, it’s very common for those with ADD/ADHD to quickly and constantly overbook themselves with what they can do in a day. For me not being able to do these things does make it more likely for a downside in my depression, so it is so important that I don’t do that. For me planning this out on a sheet of paper where I can leave room ONLY for what I can do helps to prevent this and is overall much better for me.

I also really do like being able to record what is going on for the day really quickly, and keep memories like that. I really do enjoy being able to look back at my memories and I find that it is so much easier to do this on paper instead of electronically.

So, for me there are a few reasons that I really do prefer to plan on paper instead of electronically.

What do you prefer? Electronic or paper? Let me know in the comments below!

See you soon,

~Amanda Ann

Roar By Cora Carmack

The second book that I picked up this September was Roar (Stormheart)by Cora Carmack, and I feel in love with the book. I was introduced to this book through FairyLoot unboxings because it was the included book one month and I found that I really did want to read it. I went back and forth about buying it for about a month before walking into Barnes and Nobel for the first time in a year and buying both books. (You can see all the books I bought in August in my video August Book Haul.)

roar-by-cora-carmackRoar follows the Stormling princess Aurora as she starts her journey of preparing to take the throne once her mother steps down from power. As customs state Aurora must be married by a specific time, and although it’s normal for Stormlings to marry for love Aurora agrees, or is forced into, an arranged marriage with a Stormling prince (from another kingdom). Her to be husband, Cassius, is the second son of the king of a neighboring kingdom and upon first meeting him Aurora begins to develop a crush. As she begins to trust him Aurora begins to debate telling him the secret that she has sacrificed so much to keep, that she has no Stormling powers. Due to this secret Aurora secluded herself from her people and those of the court, and has spent most of her life simply trying to become the ruler that her mother wants her to be.

Shortly after meeting Cassius Aurora finds out that he may not be what he seems. With help from her long time friend Aurora sets off to follow Cassius to find out what he’s hiding. During this time Aurora finds that she needs to be saved, and meets the storm hunter Locke. This is when Aurora finds out something that she never could have thought about, that people were selling the magic she needs for her Stormling powers on the black market. Finding this out Aurora sets off on a new task, to become a great storm hunter and find a way to take her throne using the skills that she learns. That is where our adventure begins.

The only thing that I regret about reading this book is that the next one won’t be released until May of 2018, and I don’t want to wait that long. This book got a 5/5 from me because I enjoyed watching the main character Aurora become her own and force herself through the challenges that were put in front of her. I also just fell in love with the Stormling world and I can’t wait to read more stories that have to do with this world. (I really hope this series will last for a while, because I’m that in love with this world and there is still so much to explore.)

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That’s the end of the spoiler free part of this review, so if you haven’t read the book I would stop here. If you have read the book and you’re on the same hype I am, then keep reading!

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No Longer Using My Erin Condren Life Planner

About two years ago I started on a new adventure in organization: pretty planning.

If you don’t know what pretty planning is it’s using stickers in your planner or just in some way decorating it so that it’s pretty and beautiful and what not. I started this after two months of debate, and two years later I wish that I could stick with it, but that’s just not what I’m able to do right now.

I became very loyal to the Erin Condren brand while “pretty planning” and I absolutely loved my Life Planner, it was my constant life line and I don’t know how I would have gotten through life without it. Unfortunately I no longer use my Life Planner and I would like to talk about that a little bit, because I really wish that I could.

For me in college I was busy enough that I was able to fill out my Erin Condren planner and keep it up to date and well laid out and everything was great. I was changing things, and honestly that planner got me to start blogging because I loved it so much. Once I got out of college I found that I needed more note space, and my life changed in a way that I was not longer able to continue using my very expensive planner.

Honestly, the first reason I had to stop using it was because I started working on my mental and physical health a little bit more. This made it so I needed to track my moods, triggers, medications, physical symptoms, and so many things that it was impossible in my Erin Condren. There was just too much and I just couldn’t do it. This change pushed me towards the Bullet Journal, and I’ve found that the Bullet Journal system was perfect for being able to track these things and change it as needed.

The ability to change and adjust my spreads freely is so important to me. While I’m going through a few self-help programs I find that I’m changing a lot of different things and everything is constantly changing. So, being able to sit down and change things as needed is pretty perfect for me and helpful for how my life is constantly changing. I don’t have a set schedule, like ever, so since my schedule is always changing that flexibility is perfect and very valuable to me.

I also like the fact that I am able to journal and take notes while I plan and do things. Because of my blog I find that I am always taking notes and changing things, and being able to say “ok, I need to write this blog post. K here is where the outline and all of the information I need to write it” is so helpful and gives me 0 reason not to do it. This is basically how I get anything done, and always having those notes with me drives me to work on blog posts even if I’m meeting my friends at the mall and have 10 minutes to write a paragraph on my phone. At the same time I’m able to journal or write thoughts down as I’m having them and as I have time, which gives me 0 reason to journal or write, which drastically helps my mental health.

Basically, the reasons that I love my Bullet Journal is exactly why I can’t use my Erin Condren anymore. I tried so hard to use it as a memory keeping spread or something, but I just can’t do it anymore and I like having all of it in one place in my bullet journal. Although I could very easily just add a notebook to my Erin Condren Life Planner I like having it all in one place, because I carry these things around with me all the time and having not only the large life planner, but a larger notebook with it just isn’t really an option for me. I need my plans and notes to be accessible, and the bullet journal system allows me to do that. On top of these things the Bullet journal is slightly cheaper for me to do and is more economical for me.

I absolutely loved my Erin Condren planner, but for now I’m just in a stage of my life where I am unable to use my Erin Condren Planner anymore. Although I hate it I have come to accept it because it’s what’s working and keeping my organized right now.

This was kind of rambling and more of a rant, but I just wanted to share.

See you soon.

~Amanda Ann