It’s instalment number seven in the Journaling Journeys series and today I have a great response from Rae who uses not only Bullet Journal but also a Passion Planner and other extra notebooks to get her busy life organised. Rae is a true planner addict! I’ve followed her on Instagram for quite a while where she posts a lot of her beautiful but simple Bullet Journaling spreads. She’s a great person to follow for beginners, her spreads are the perfect combination of practical and creative. She also has a beautiful lifestyle blog which features a lot of Bullet Journaling and stationery related content!
Read on to find out how she came to use multiple planners to organise everything.
Hi! I’m Rae! I’m a bullet journal enthusiast and stationery addict! I work full-time as a financial analyst. I use all my free time working on my blog, creating in my bullet journal, and hanging out with my husband and our pets. After I finished school and started working full-time, I realized I had all this extra time at night (i.e. no homework) that I didn’t know what to do with. So I started a bullet journal! Things have changed over these past few years- I’ve gotten married, moved to a new city, got a dog, but I’ve never stopped bullet journaling.
What kind of journal do you currently use?
I actually use multiple journals/planners! I use a bullet journal, Passion Planner, and a few random notebooks. My bullet journal is definitely my main journal. I’ve been bullet journaling for three years, and it has evolved so much over the years. Currently, I use my bullet journal for future planning, memory planning, and tracking habits. I love having a future log with all of my important dates in one place. For my weekly spreads, I do what I like to call “memory planning.” I do have a weekly to-do list, but I don’t fill in my days until after they’ve happened. At the end of each day, I fill in events, funny moments, and anything I want to remember about the day. I love the idea of being able to look back and see what I did on any particular day, not just the “tasks” that I accomplished.
I use my Passion Planner to plan for my blog. It’s where I keep all my goals, to-do lists, and ideas for my blog. The hourly layout is really great for writing down when a post should go live, when to take pictures, etc. I also like that it’s a minimal planner, so I can go all out decorating with stickers and highlighters! In addition to my bullet journal and Passion Planner, I have several random notebooks to keep my ideas and musings. Mostly because I can’t help but buy every cute notebook I find!
How did you begin your Journaling Journey?
I started bullet journaling after I finished school and I had all this free time at night that felt wasted. I got in a rut of going to work, coming home, eating, watching TV, and going to sleep. Day after day. I felt so unfulfilled and I needed a creative outlet. After I saw a blog post about bullet journaling that piqued my interest and I decided to give it a shot. I had always been obsessed with stationery and art supplies, but I never thought of myself as an “artist”, so I never used them.
Bullet journaling seemed like the perfect way to fulfill my creative needs, without being scary and overwhelming. When I first got started, I used inspiration from Pinterest for all of my spreads. I looked forward to filling in my journal and my habit trackers every day. It actually made my more productive because I wanted to have more to write down and cross off at the end of the day! As I got my confident with my skills, I started to come up with my own themes and layouts. After almost 2 years, I started an Instagram and a blog to share my bullet journal (and what I’ve learned) with the world! This made me even more creative and I started trying new styles and techniques!
As my planning needs have changed over the years, I’ve added in a Passion Planner to help out. Having a second planner was an adjustment at first, but it’s helped with my productivity. It’s been good for me to have my “creative” planner that is always fun and pretty, and then a separate task-oriented planner that could get messy and get things done.
Which areas of your life has journaling had the biggest impact on?
Journaling has had a HUGE impact on my life. Journaling has actually given me a purpose in life. It started as a new system to organize my schedule, track a few habits, and use some fun stationery. And it did all of those things! And then it led to my Instagram and blog, which brought me a community of other journalers and creators! There are so many talented and kind people in the journaling community that I love sharing my bullet journal (and my life) with!
Were you surprised by anything when you started Journaling? How did your journaling process change or develop?
I was most surprised by the fact that I kept up the habit. I’ve started so many different systems and hobbies in my life that I would keep up for a couples months, and then abandon. Bullet journaling was the first thing that actually stuck! It’s definitely grown with me and changed over the years, but I can’t imagine not using a bullet journal.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to start a journal?
Just start! The hardest part of starting a journal is starting. Order a cute notebook and some fun supplies, and put pen to paper! I think you’ll surprise yourself with how easy and fun it is. I think it’s the perfect creative outlet for anyone and everyone.