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Sunshine in the distant sky, but not quite warm enough to abandon your jacket. Longer days and shorter nights as the world keeps turning around — a glimpse towards the future. Another summer is about to begin, another summer full of dreams and inspirations. Another chance to explore the corner of the world we call our home.

Flowers begin to appear, leaves are now on every tree. The colours changing more quickly than I can believe. I’ve seen the earth’s cycle over twenty times now; but the time that winter leaves us, the time that spring brings summer to us, is one part of this world I can never stop appreciating.

Spring is the season of opportunity, of times anew. A chance to look forward and believe in what we can accomplish. Perhaps as this spring marks my final time as a student — my last spring full of deadlines and revision — that it permits me to look at the world anew. The next seasons won’t be restricted by the academic year and that’s something that vey much excites me.

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Bullet Journal: University

The Bullet Journal was something I thought I’d start and never really finish. Surprisingly I’ve completed my first notebook with the summer’s thoughts, agenda’s and to-do lists. Now that autumn is here, and university has begun again— I’ve gained a new notebook (a dotted underwater blue Moleskin) and altered my layout for the term.

First things first, I wanted to include useful university-related items at the very front of my journal, my timetable, deadlines and weekly readings are pages I end up reaching for most days. To ensure I am extra organised in my final year, I’ve also created some checklists for each module; only time will tell if this works.

I then jump straight into the month’s overview, my general goals and to-do’s, a habit tracker and blog page. I’ve also enjoyed filling in a gratitude log each day — a little something that’s made me smile. These pages are for the whole month, little tasks and tracker’s to keep on top of, without certain days to be held down to.

My weekly layout has been updated to hold more general to-do’s for the week, alongside a meal planner as I begin to cook for myself again. Then my daily log is very much the same — most days it’s full of tasks, other days it’s a longer journal piece, or a mixture of the two. I love the freedom of the daily log, it can be filled the way you choose, long or short, decorative of simple it allows your day to remain organised, regardless of the amount of time on your hands.

I’ve found a system that really works for me, I enjoy having everything written down, moving away from the digital age for a little while. It’s keeping me organised and productive — while also encouraging a space to start writing a little more.

Let me know your thoughts on the bullet journal, the internet is already full of inspiration, so I’ve added my little corner too.

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Bullet Journal

As a new month begins, and the hopes of summer days continue across the UK. I thought I’d introduce a recent find; I’ve proven my love for literature and theatre, books and galleries but I also enjoy being a little creative and occasionally putting pen to paper.

IMG_7118Last month I began a new journal, I’ve started journals before but tend to have given up by day three – surprisingly I’ve stuck with this one a whole month. The bullet journal is much more flexible then previous organisers, journals and diaries, allowing you to do with it all you please. For me it’s a mixture of to-do lists, notes and ideas but also full of doodles, quotes and longer journal pieces where I let my thoughts run wild.

I can make notes on books, write out my blog posts, countdown to events or simply doodle through my day. It’s kept me organised while also being a bit of relaxation and creativity. If you ever need some inspiration, Instagram is full of beautifully illustrated future logs, habit trackers and daily’s to name just a few.

It’s simple, effective and fun; I’m not even halfway through my current notebook, yet I’ve already purchased my next one. Have you started any journals recently?