First off, welcome to a new series on Blogging Aside!
Lately, life has been all sorts of up and down for me (maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s a mental breakdown).
I haven’t really been able to put my finger on what is making my mind do cartwheels at the drop of a hat, but, whatever it is, its made me feel…different.
I’m normally rather good at finding pleasure in the simplicities of life and not needing anything monumental to happen in order to see the value in each day. But ya know, lately that just hasn’t been the case. Things like a perfectly shaped leaf, the smell of freshly cut grass, a smile from a stranger, and a ladybug on my car window used to hold so much hope. It’s like I’ve become completely blind to all of the little things that used to remind me that beauty could always be found in life.
So, I’ve decided to start this series on my blog to remind myself and anyone who may be stuck in a similar rut that the little things shouldn’t be overlooked.
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
– John Wooden
So, this week’s “little thing” is a bullet journal.
A bullet journal is a customisable organisation system that you can completely tailor to meet your needs. So, if you’re someone who, like me, likes to have a tangible list of what needs to be accomplished each week that doubles as a place to list some positive/motivational quotes, you can do that! Or, if you’re someone who really only keeps track of what needs to get done by drawing little pictures to remind you of those tasks, you can do that too! Need to visually plan out a blog post, school project, or something? Toss it in there! It’s a completely up-to-you system.
Now, no one is perfect, so of course I have missed days, sometimes weeks, here or there since starting my bullet journal. But, that’s the beauty of this style of planning – it is 100% forgiving. Because you design and alter the journal to meet your needs, you can just pick up where you left off.
I’ve found that this has been a particularly helpful feature of this style of planning due to my anxiety. The haunting feeling of “oh-no-another-thing-I-can’t-do-right” that is given life by an empty page in a planner is the reason I have always had trouble sticking to things like this. But, with this creative method of structuring my life, I have been able to find something that works for me and makes me feel like it’s okay to slip-up.
Who would’ve thought that a little black book, a pencil, and some highlighters could remind me that life isn’t completely bleak?
Here’s what I’m saying…
The little things are overlooked glimmers of hope that exist in innumerable forms and can really make a difference if you just give them a chance.