Getting Started With Your First Bullet Journal

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Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid Notebook for Your Bullet Journal

This is the second post in our series of Bullet Journaling.  Our first post was a  list of resources and now you’re ready to dive in.

People who Bullet Journal (BuJo) include the following kinds of pages in their notebook. You do not need to include everything listed here – include what works for you. The whole idea behind a Bullet Journal is that it is your custom-made planner.

Let’s dive in!

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Bullet Journal Index Example

Table of Contents/Index: so you can find important pages in your book. I always have the best intentions of keeping my Table of Contents organized. If you want an Index, reserve several pages at the beginning of your book and number all of the pages of your notebook.

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Future Log: I like to reserve pages at the front of my notebook (or sometimes at the very end) for my Future Log. This log is used to keep track of, you guessed it, future projects, tasks, and topics. Here, I use one page for every two months. I’ll use an entire page for December (it’s a big month around here), and another entire page titled “Next Year.”

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Topics: each page in your BuJo will have a title. Titles might include the name of a project you’re organizing (Kitchen Renovation, for example), or simply today’s date.

Bullets: this is your list of tasks, events, and notes that are related to your topic. These are usually short entries. As you can see above, I’ve listed out some of the items that may be involved in a kitchen reno.  I also place an underscore just before each item – while I don’t see this used in all BuJo, I do this for all of my big lists.

We like the Leuchtturm dot grid notebooks for Bullet Journaling, but you can use any notebook. Brush Dance also carries the lined version of Leuchtturm and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using those. See all of the Leuchtturm notebooks right here.  These high-quality, hard cover books have the following features that seem tailor-made for your Bullet Journal:

  • a handy index at the front of the book
  • 249 numbered pages
  • two ribbon bookmarks
  • a useful pocket at the back of the book
  • an elastic band closure to keep it all together

That’s it! With just a few basics, you’re on your way to your first Bullet Journal. Next time, we’ll take a deeper dive and look at some of the (many) ways to customize your Bullet Journal.

Mother’s Day is May 14

 

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Jane Inc Effervescent Bath Cubes

 

Public Service Announcement:  Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14 this year. 

Is your mom traditional? A bit of a hippie? Does she love spending time in the kitchen? Maybe she has a crazy sense of humor?  We definitely have something for every mom on your list.

Brush Dance Oven Mitts
Oven Mitts for the Mom Who Enjoys Her Time in the Kitchen
Ankle Socks
Ankle Socks for Mom with Cold Feet
Brush Dance Tote Bags
Brush Dance Tote Bags for your Mindful Mommy

 

Leuchtturm 1917 Notebooks
For the List Making, Journal Writing, Busy Mom

A full 80% of Brush Dance employees are women and 100% of those moms.  When it comes to what moms want – we know what we’re talking about.  While the items above are absolutely wonderful and we want to encourage you to shop at Brush Dance – most moms really do just want that hug, phone call, and time with family.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Aquiesse Candles

 

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Shoreline Luxe Tin Candle by Aquiesse

 

We talked a lot about Aquiesse Candles around the November-December holidays last year, but burning candles is not just for the cooler months.

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French Oak Currant Travel Candle

 

Aquiesse is a leader in luxury home fragrances inspired by nature. Founded in Santa Barbara, California, more than ten years ago, they collaborate with designers and perfumers to create their suite of sophisticated and approachable scents.

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Lavender Chaparral Candle

The lavender candle shown above features spanish sage, dry chaparral, white sandalwood, and (of course) lavender. The scent is definitely lavender,  with a touch of what I would describe as woodsy and a bit herby. Sometimes, lavender can seem over-perfumed – this is not that.

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Pink Peony Candle from Aquiesse

 

These convenient travel candles burn for 20 hours and cost just $6. I use these on my bathroom counter – where space is definitely limited.

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The 11 ounce Luxe Tin Candles burn for 100 hours and include matches that are conveniently stored in the lid. The containers are double-walled and stay cool to the touch. And – unbreakable!

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My favorite scent is the Luxe Linen shown above. A barely sweet perfect combination of sandalwood and herbal tea is soft and romantic.

 

Aquiesse Candles are blended using only the highest-grade ingredients, essential oils, lead-free wicks, and pure soy wax. We love everything about these candles and the people who make them.

Bullet Journal Resources

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We’ve talked briefly about Bullet Journaling here. It’s such the thing right now – all of the cool kids are doing it.  Karma does it. Shawna and I dabble, too.

Today, I want to give you some resources so you can learn more about Bullet Journaling and decide if it’s for you. In a future post, I’ll talk about how I use mine.

The original Bullet Journal system was created by Ryder Carroll. He has an Official Bullet Journal Facebook Page (with nearly 80,000 followers!).

Other Facebook Groups include…

Bullet Journal for Moms

Bullet Journal for Mindfulness

The Boho Berry Tribe

 

My favorite place to look for inspiration is Instagram.  Here’s a quick list of some of the people I’m currently following there, but really, just search #bulletjournal or #bujo to see the latest – it’s what I do when I’m looking for some fast inspiration.

planningroutine

showmeyourplanner

my.life.in.a.bullet

craftyengineergirl

 

On Pinterest, there are at least a jillion ideas for Bullet Journaling.

There are some really amazing people out there blogging about Bullet Journaling. Some of my favorites include…

Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Boho Berry 

Christina

So. Where to start? All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a short list of things you want to do today or in the future. I like Boho Berry’s series of posts/videos for BuJo newbies. Her handwriting is insane and her page spreads are perfect-perfect. That’s a little intimidating, but she’s also has a down-to-earth and realistic approach to getting started.

 

I hope you’ve found this helpful. I’ll be back soon with more about Bullet Journaling and how I’ve made it work for me and my busy days!

 

Spring is in the Air!

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BlueQ Oven Mitt – I’ve Got A Knife

Spring is in the air!  I’ve been enjoying all of the great produce that is coming into season. Hello, avocados. Long time no see, strawberries!

At my house, we are trying a new recipe each Sunday. It’s so easy to get stuck in a food rut, yes? Some of the recipes are simple (we made an amazing artichoke dip last week) and sometimes a bit more complicated (have you ever made your own tofu?).

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Hellraiser Oven Mitt

Everyone here loves items from BlueQ. We adore their sense of humor and the incredible quality of all of their items. Other than calendar items, they are among our bestselling items – we’re so glad you love them, too.

BlueQ recently started making oven mitts – and you know we had to be first in line to try those! (Beware – bad words ahead!)

 

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Oven Mitt- Bitches Get Stuff Done

These mitts are hilarious, a little bit naughty, and (most importantly) super-thick to protect your hands while you’re cooking up something yummy.

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This is Fucking Delicious – Oven Mitt from BlueQ

I don’t know what to say about the above. Except that I love it. Ha!

At just under $12, these FUNctional oven mitts would be fantastic, affordable, and unusual hostess gifts.

Can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

 

 

 

 

Favorite Things – Karma

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Octopus Shopping Bag

We’re back this week with more of our favorite things.  Here’s a link to Shawna’s Favorite Things in case you missed it.

Karma (yes, her real name) is our highly-esteemed and ultra-organized administrative assistant at Brush Dance.  In addition to answering the phone when you call with questions, Karma works with every department to help keep things on track. She runs reports, creates spreadsheets, dives into Facebook and Instagram, proofs all of our calendars, and much much more.

When she’s not working, Karma enjoys hiking with her boyfriend in the hills near her home, spending time with family, visiting museums, and cuddling with her cats. She says the Octopus Shopper Bag from BlueQ reminds her of trips to the aquarium.

 

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Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball
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Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Known to doodle, Zentangle, and bullet journal, writing instruments are important to Karma. In her own words…

I love my Pilot Metropolitan! It feels so fancy!  And I use the Triplus fineliners every day – love the fine point!

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Bath Seltzer from Jane Inc.
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Cat Monster Socks

And after all of that work, hiking, and museum-ing, some self-care is in order. A long bath with our effervescent bath seltzer is just the thing.  Karma is also reasonably certain that every cat lover needs a pair of these ultra-soft Cat Monster Socks.

Thank you for sharing your favorite things with us, Karma!

I also wanted to let you know that we’ve placed some new items in our Clearance section. Once these items are gone, we will not restock them. There are some terrific deals there and I hope you’ll check them out!

 

 

 

International Women’s Day

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A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until s he gets into hot water.

This Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD celebrates social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call-to-action to accelerate gender parity.

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A Fearless Woman

At Brush Dance, we celebrate women every day of the year.  The items we publish are (mostly) designed with women in mind. Women make up more than 80% of our customers. Four out of five of our employees are women.

We pay fair wages, offer flexible schedules, and contract with vendors who do the same. We don’t do this because someone is watching us – we do these things because it is the right thing.

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Hellraiser Socks

Whether you’re a hellraiser, a boss lady, or a delicate flower, raise your voice for women.

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Boss Lady Pencil Case
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Every person can play a part in driving better outcomes for women. World leaders, business professionals, LGBTQ+, black, white, purple, everyone. And you know what? Better outcomes for around 50% of the population means better outcomes for all of us.

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The best way to behave is to misbehave.

Want to know more about International Women’s Day?  Click here.