Bullet Journaling

A recent Dollar Store trip inspired me to start a Bullet Journal.  See my Dollarma Haul here.

It was light a light bulb went off in my head.  It makes perfect sense.  I love to write things down, make lists, and keep track of, well, just about everything.  Instead of having strictly a “journal” to write summaries of my days and feelings I would rather have one big book of everything.  Also, since I love notebooks and pens it gives me a good use for the ones I have and it inspires me to buy more (lol).

The first day I journaled, I looked up ideas on Pinterest and jotted them down for future reference, along with my own page ideas.  I looked over different designs people have made for their journal elements, became slightly overwhelmed at one point, and decided to just do it my own way.  As it stands now I have full 2 sheet spreads for each day.  I have the date written in full (Wednesday, May 17, 2017), and ultimately each day consists of 3 lists:

  • To-do
  • What I ate Today
  • What I did Today

Under To-do I write down any appointments, chores, or errands that need to be done.  Some I write ahead of time to keep on top of things such as laundry or that therapy appointment I go to twice a month.  Other things just pop up as I go about my day and I write them down.  When something does get done I mark it with a checkmark.  Things that I don’t get to I either cross out completely or make a note that I didn’t do it (if it is something that needs to be done i.e. an important phone call… I hate talking on the phone).

Under What I ate Today I like to try to keep a list of what I have consumed.  I don’t keep caloric score by any means but I do like to log what I am eating and how much I am (or am not) consuming of this or that.  I keep track of how many coffees and teas I take in because I do find that more then one coffee makes me anxious by evening.

What I did Today is where I do summarize my day but in short, quick, bullet form.  No long winded explanations needed.  For that I have my actual journal (currently sitting unused but available nonetheless).

In between these spreads I leave a blank spread for whatever other list I might feel the need to make.  Or in case I need more room for daily jot-downs.

I am finding Bullet Journaling to be somewhat of a therapeutic activity.  I can escape into my own little world of planning and brainstorming.  It is helping me to organize myself and my thoughts… and keep track of what the hec I am doing with my 2 google accounts … (still frustrated if you read my last post).  I want to get another one that fits in my purse so I can write out blogs or blog ideas when they come to me (instead of thinking oh I will do that AS SOON AS I GET HOME… inevitably forget and now I have a backlog of over 20 blogs I want to write – not a bad thing per say- overwhelming though).

I am still using the Erin Condren planner I bought almost a year ago, but, truth be told, I was actually using that as a bit of a bullet journal all along.  In fact, I have been bullet journaling most of my life and did not even realize it! As always I am late to the party but I am indeed here and enjoying it anyways.  Even on days when I don’t feel like doing anything I can at least feel like I am organized.  I can also look back at all the days and weeks that I did actually fulfil tasks and run errands and not only pat myself on the back but also reassure myself that I again, will be happy and busy.

So far (in the 2 or so weeks that I have been [actively] bullet journaling), I have been able to clear the “clutter in my head” and focus on what I really want, need, and desire out of life.  I have rekindled an old hobby (which is painting).  And I have come to the decision that I need to move.  Again.

This is not to say that I would not have some to these conclusions without the journaling, I am sure I would have gotten there… eventually.  I just feel that through making lists, planning days, brainstorming, and really just taking time to think, I am taking notice of things and I am realizing I want to change them.

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Going Nowhere

My brain is tired.  I can’t focus.  I almost can’t even think.

I have been TRYING all day to streamline my 2 google accounts to one.  I have been trying to synchronize and change my contact email from my personal to a business account.  It is not going well.  But it could be worse.

I do not want 2 google accounts.  The first one I created way back when I had no idea what I was doing.  I had no concept or idea of branding really and now that I do I am so frustrated that I am unable to change some things and/or I do not understand how to or what I am even trying to do at times.

Ugh.  For now I think I am stuck working between 2 accounts.  I am afraid of having an “accident” and losing all my YouTube stuff.  I have thought about starting over.  I am still thinking of starting over but I don’t want to lose my screen name or come up with a new one.  Unless of course something clever just comes to me…. You never know.  Could happen.

Google is making me crazy.  All I want to do is change my main email address.  Why WHY must it be so hard.  All day.  I have spent ALL DAY working on this and I think I am done.  I may have even effed up my adsense account along the way.  Good grief. I need to stop thinking about this conundrum.

I feel like I am trying to get somewhere and I am getting nowhere.  I am going nowhere.  Except in circles.  I am going in circles.

Perhaps after I sleep on it I will be able to think with a clearer mind.

I have a therapy appointment tomorrow.  I both dread it and look forward to it all at the same time.  I look forward to getting out of the house and having some me-time but I hate that I have to spend it talking about my problems and my younger-jaded-selves.  I hate that I have to worry about parking every time I am there.  City parking is a nightmare and costs an arm and a leg for a measly hour or 2.

My mind is everywhere and nowhere all at the same time.

I hate the night before therapy days.  I always feel slightly all-over-the-place.  I want to go but I don’t want to go, I want to be finished, I want to be whole and happy and back to me again.  I had no idea it would take this long and I wonder if I will ever find me again.  Sometimes I feel like she is there and other times I feel like she is no longer me, and I am no longer her.  The days I can feel her are the better days.  The days that I feel as if I am no longer her are the days I feel the loneliest and the darkest.

I feel like a shell.

I feel like I am invisible.

I feel as though I might just take an adivan and go to bed.

Goodnight, always hoping for a good morning.

Trying eBay again … heaven help me…

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So.  Trying this eBay thing.  Again.

I have sold on eBay in the past and I have become discouraged.  People don’t seem to realize what they are buying [at times], and some will try to get something for nothing.

I like to sell new items I have purchased and don’t want but I also sell a lot of previously used, second hand or vintage items.  I keep my things very clean and organized, each item was either hoped-to-be-loved or previously-loved and cared for.  Some people seem to think that I am a factory of brand new “vintage” or “used” items”.  I am selling things, literally, from my closet.

I have had a lot of fantastic customers on both eBay and Etsy in the past but it’s the one or two true a-hole ones that really frosted my flakes the last time I did this.  One woman tried to get something for free and another complained about an odour from a VINTAGE 80’s Coach purse that cost her a whole $10.00 (minus shipping costs).  I paid 8x that amount when I first bought that bag on Etsy, it has always had a smell but its leather and age, not smoke as she so stated in the feedback area.  It was in excellent condition with no signs of misuse, stains, or even wear or tear.  I know you can’t please everyone but it literally made me cry when a review was left stating the purse smelled so bad that she could not even use it.  It’s a beautiful purse and [after shipping costs] I pretty much gave it away.

For some insane reason I am at it again.  Trying to sell some purses and clothes on eBay.  Heaven help me.  I want so desperately to downsize my stuff.  I simply have too much stuff.  I have entirely too many purses, most of which I do not use anymore.  I have lots of clothes I do not wear.  I have leftover handmade and vintage pieces from my Etsy shop I could throw up for auction.  So far I only have 3 items up for sale but it’s a start.  I am trying to be really careful so as to not screw myself in shipping.  I always undercharge because I want to give my customers a deal but I have learned that is not a good idea at all.  Now that I have shipped out various items to various parts of the world I know a lot better.  I also promise that if your shipping ends up being less than originally quoted that I will refund the difference immediately after shipping.  No one else does that (that I have seen).  Granted, it’s not often it happens but when it does I like to give back.

I am trying to save money to move (AGAIN) so I need all the help I can get and if I can lighten my load along the way that’s awesome.

I suppose my point in all of this is I’m back on eBay, I am excited but I am also very nervous.  It can be really fun but it also has the ability to make me break down in tears, frustration, and a hatred for online retail, or retail at all.  I am not asking for pity or for you to even shop on my eBay.

I am asking you to realize that when you buy off of Etsy or eBay or any other handmade/vintage/pre-owned site, you are [usually] buying from a person or a small company.  That person and/or small company has put a lot of thought and effort into their shop, taking photos, writing descriptions, and offering you something you like and want.  If you want brand-new out-of-the-factory quality then buy it brand new and out-of-the-factory.

A huge thank you to those of you who do shop smart and those of you that have been so wonderful that you make selling a pleasure.

For now, I wish you happy shopping.  Let’s hope eBay doesn’t make me cry…again… I will [try] to keep you posted (pun intended!).

Wish me luck and STaY GRooVY my friends!

 

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