Introducing Journaling Journeys! This a new series of blog posts that will shine a spotlight on different ways our community of creative productive lovely people use journaling to impact their everyday lives. Today I’m going to share my bullet journaling journey as the first piece in the series. I’m going to invite lots of inspiring people to submit their own responses in the hope that it will help to give you more diverse ideas on how you can use a journal or planner to impact different areas of your life for the better. It doesn’t have to be Bullet Journaling I want to hear about all different types of planning and journaling that have helped you boost your creativity, productivity or general wellbeing!

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About the writer

Hey I'm Sarah from stationery magpie and today I want to share my experience bullet journaling

I’m Sarah, the blogger and creator behind Stationery Magpie. I’m 26 years old from the UK and I’m currently finding my way in the world as an independent ‘adult’ (gah!). I’ve been blogging about my journey bullet journaling and my love for stationery for over 2 years. You can follow me on Instagram and Pinterest and sign up to my newsletter to get access to super cool free resources to help you boost your creativity and productivity.

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What kind of journal do you currently use?

At the moment I’m using an Archer and Olive Morning Sun A5 Dotted Journal in a beautiful golden yellow with the Bullet Journal method. I’ve experimented a lot with my different bullet journal styles from more minimalist spreads to more complicated and detailed monthly themes. I’ve previously used the classic Leuchtturm1917, Moleskine notebooks and probably my favourite was my Scribbles that Matter.

My current bullet journal is an archer and olive A5 dot grid in a beautiful sunny golden yellow

How did you begin your Bullet Journaling journey?

I started my journaling journey when I stumbled across a video about Bullet Journaling on Buzzfeed. I was really intrigued as I’ve always loved keeping a physical diary to keep track of my daily tasks and routine. The act of writing things down just seemed to stick in my mind better than typing things on my phone.

When I found Bullet Journaling it was like I’d found the system that was missing from my life. I wasn’t feeling creative in my daily life and Bullet Journaling offered the opportunity for me to be both productive and creative in my daily life. I was hooked and now I’ve been doing it for over 3 years.

What areas of your life has journaling had the biggest impact on?

Bullet Journaling has definitely helped me to stay motivated with side projects, including this blog! The Bullet Journaling came before the blog and without it I don’t think it would still be going. I was a serial starter of projects who often didn’t quite finish things off but now I’m a lot more motivated to cross that finish line. 

Journaling is daunting but you can have a lot of fun when you relax into your creativity

It’s also helped me with my personal development and made me more thoughtful and reflective of my thoughts, feelings and actions. 

Were you surprised by anything when you started Journaling?

There were some aspects of Bullet Journaling like mood trackers and gratitude logs that I thought were really cheesy and useless when I first came across. I was a little tiny bit cynical about all of that self-help stuff and was a bit too serious. However once I tried a gratitude log one month I was totally converted! It was a really nice way to appreciate the little things in life and make every day a bit more magical! Plus it’s an invaluable way to record memories of the nice things that can happen in everyday life. 

I’m also really surprised at how much my confidence in being creative has grown. I’m still not the best artist but I’ve become comfortable doing things like doodling, hand lettering and just diving straight in and creating spreads without sketching them out first!

What advice do you have for someone wanting to start a journal?

Some of the most practical advice I can give for someone wanting to start a Bullet Journal in particular is to keep it simple. It’s all too tempting to go in guns blazing with washi tape, stickers and a whole rainbow of colours but focussing on the functional aspect to start with will help it to become more of a useful tool rather than a burden that sucks up all your time when you’re creating it and making it super detailed and artistic. It might take you awhile to figure out what your ‘style’ is and learn how to 

My journaling journey has helped me to become more comfortable being creative and having fun expressing myself

Anything else you want to say about your Bullet Journaling Journey?

If you haven’t started journaling already and you’re still intrigued you should definitely explore how it can help you in your daily life. It’s easy to get overwhelmed so remember to keep things simple to start with.

Get involved and tell me about your journal ing journey or planning experience in the comments!

Today I share my Bullet journaling journey as part of my new series of guest posts from other journaling and planning enthusiasts to inspire you to start your own journaling practice.