Pillow Talk #7

A cute house I came across this week. Pinterest worthy.
Went on a drive in the new motor and found this - the cutest house I've ever seen!

I may or may not be totally hibernating and refusing to surface from beneath the duvet. . . 

This week has gone so fast I can't believe it's the weekend already and tomorrow's Monday. I need a weekend just to get over the weekend. 

I've been doing a lot in my bullet journal this week, as you might have seen here. I got my hands on my new car - this still hasn't sunk in, like how did this happen? And I've stuffed my face all week. Those pesky January vibes have been giving me all the comfort food feels this week and so I've embraced it and had a feast - seemingly every day. YAS. 

Next weekend I'm really excited as I've got a fun plan made with my friends for the weekend and I'm going to my very first blogger event in London. The lovely Giulia emailed me about the first London Blogger event both her and Ana have organised which will include a great day of blogging workshops and more exciting things - I can't wait! Are you going? Let's meet! 

No seriously, if you're going TWEET ME and we can be best blogger buds. 

I was planning on reading more books this week, but I've spent most of the time when I fancied a read, reading blogs. Quick note, I've made a new widget (scroll on down if you can't see it) where I'm going to be linking to blogs that I've loved in the previous week. I write about ones I want to discuss each week here on Pillow Talk, but I wanted some way to share more posts that have also left an impression on me. I'll be updating it every week so keep your eyes peeled. 

Totally channelling...

Rowena Tsai. I've seen one of Rowena's videos in my recommended section on YouTube for the past few weeks but just hadn't got around to watching. Now I regret that because I'm finding her videos so motivational and it's spurring me on to give my room a good old tidy. I started with her 7 Things that have simplified & bettered my life video, and I'd also recommend her 10 Practical Ways to Incorporate More Self Care & Wellness Into Your Daily Life video. You will be hooked. I love her vibe. 

Thinking about friendships...

I honestly feel like some of my friendships in early adulthood should be labelled with an "it's complicated" tag. Friendship around this age is confusing and although sometimes great, it can sometimes be pretty tough. People are going in different directions, choosing what they do and don't like, and meeting new people. It's a subject I've written about in the past, and want to explore more of this year. This week, one of Sophie Rosie's posts caught my attention as she described the act of outgrowing friendships. I think I'm going through this right now, or perhaps have done in the last 18 months, and it was nice to know I'm not the only one. 

Planning a social media break...

If you read Pillow Talk #5, you'll remember how I mentioned that I had a social media free day on Christmas Day and how great it was. I also said that I would be scheduling in a day just like this once per month because I enjoyed it so much. Well, here's the thing, I actually had it scheduled in for Saturday 27th but since I'll now be attending an event that day I don't think it's the best idea. So instead, I'll be planning in one, hopefully even two, during February. I saw Michelle Chai's (Daisybutter) post on Weekend Digital Detoxes this week and it's reminded me just how much I enjoyed that time away from social media. I'd love to spend a bit more time away from it. Need to up it on my priority list! 

Biting the bullet...

I read Vicky's Realistic Guide to Solo Travel this week and it's made me think a bit more about going away by myself. I've got quite a few places I want to travel to this year, some far away, some close to home, but all of them are with my boyfriend or friends. I think maybe I should start thinking about if there's anywhere I want to go by myself as a little challenge. Nothing set in stone as of yet but this has been on my mind. 

That's where I'm going to leave it for this week. Remember to check out my widget to see what else I've been reading! I'm going to knuckle down on the self-care side of things this week as I want to feel like my best self, ready for Saturday's event. And seriously, if you're thinking about going or have already got your ticket - hit me up and we can hang out together there!

A Peep At My New Bullet Journal

My 2018 Bullet Journal
Look at it! All shiny and new!

To mark the beginning of 2018, I set out with a blank journal in hand and all the knowledge of mistakes I’d made in my first journal last year. I decided that this year I was going to take a more minimalist approach than to ensure that my journal would aid my productivity without becoming a chore itself.

To get into the flow of a more minimalist approach, I've been making a conscious effort to seek out Instagram accounts which have this amazing minimalist vibe to them. The collections feature on Insta has been getting a lot of use from me in recent weeks! Take a look at some of my favourites! 

The Journal Itself

Starting with the journal is actually be writing it, this time around I opted for a black dotted a5 notebook. Last year I got the same, except for the fact it was the designated Bullet Journal edition and so included a Key, and instructions on how to bullet journal at the back. 

I’m happy with this book. I think it looks very smart, I’m happy with the quality of paper inside and I feel like I’ve got enough room on the pages for my needs.

Here's where I could have a Key, and this is my empty Index. I'm yet to fill it. 

Key & Index

Since there’s no key in this notebook, I’ve had to ask myself if I want to draw my own or leave it. I’ll be honest and say I was tempted to draw one out purely for the sake of this blog post, but I resisted because I haven't actually missed it since starting my new journal. Currently, I used a very basic system to track my notes: 

  • A dot for a task
  • A dash for a note
  • A small circle for an event 

That’s literally it. In the past, I’ve used all the symbols that you'd typically get in a bullet journal, but I find these are the ones I use most. Since there’s only three I remember them quite well!

2018 cover page
2018 is here!
I wanted to draw out this page to signify it was 2018. A new year and all that. Plus I wanted to have a go at drawing and using this dotting technique. I like it, but think I'm going to add more dots when I'm bored. Doodle space built in! 

Future log for January - April 2018
The first double spread of my future log. March is currently looking a bit sad!  

Future Log

I was quite torn on how to draw out my future log this year. I really liked the layout of my previous one but ruined it with decorations and colours which I now detest. I nearly opted to do the same layout but just leave it blank, but since one of my ambitions in 2018 is to plan lots of cool stuff - I need space to write in lots of the fun things I’m going to plan!

Future log for May - August 2018
I need to make some plans for June and August sharpish!
I like this layout because I can see the whole month at a glance, it makes it easy to see if I'm planning too many things close together. I try and schedule my weekends so that if I'm doing something Friday night, I chill Saturday and vise versa. 

Future log for September - December 2018
The end of the year is looking pretty empty right now, but I'm sure this will fill up sooner rather than later!
I also added in the grey highlights on the weekends of each month so I can quickly see what time in the week I'm planning things for. Plus it looks pretty. 

An 'at a glance' look at 2018 & 2019
I'm very happy with how this looks but it took forever. Won't be writing this out again in a hurry. 

At the end of my 'in-depth' future log, I wrote out two 'year at a glance' pages for 2018 and 2019. This took bloody ages and I honestly think I pulled a muscle in my shoulder writing all these out. Next time around I'm seriously going to consider calendar stickers instead because spending two hours on a Saturday afternoon writing out numbers wasn't very fun.

I used stamps for the 'eighteen' and 'nineteen' titles and love them! I'd fallen out of love with stamps a bit but I think using them like this is good, not too much effort but still looks great. I also thought this was a great time to get a bit of washi tape in my bujo. Looks fancy, huh? 

A place to write down important notes for next year, and to remember birthdays
I'm yet to fill this up. Didn't want you all knowing when my favourite chum's birthday's are!

I drew out this page as a further extension to my Future Log. This probably won't get a lot of use out of this until the latter half of 2018, but I wanted somewhere to write down any important dates that might be coming up. For example, if I book tickets to a concert that's next year I can write them here.

I've also popped in a page here for Birthdays. I'll use this by just writing the date and name of people's special day in the corresponding month's box. 

A double spread dedicated to all the books I want to read
I aim to make a considerable dent in this month throughout 2018

Collections (or lack of them)

Last year I drew out a lot of collections, including one to note down places I want to visit, one for keeping tracking of TV series and films I'm watching, one for quotes, one for things I'd like but can't validate buying. The list goes on, and to be honest the only one I truly loved and used properly was my reading list. It's simple, to the point, and the more I read the prettier the page will become. 

I've opted to only include this as a collection for the time being. I've left a few pages spare if anything comes to mind, but I don't want pages and pages of collections I don't use. 

How do you feel about collections in your bullet journal?

A cover page for January 2018
Here's a sneak peak of my January spreads!
That brings me to a close on how I've set up my new bullet journal. So far I'm very happy with it and am actually using it every day! Here's a little look at the cover page of my January section. I'm continuing with the same theme and if you want to see more check out my Instagram. I post a bullet journal related photo every three or four (sandwiched between other things). 

I'll likely do a post about my January pages next week or the week after. Watch this space! 

Pillow Talk #6

Being a bit controversial this week and publishing my post in the evening. Woah woah woah what is going on? Well, I've been busy...

First up, a few highlights from my week.

  • I only went and BOUGHT a car.  Oh. My. God. I am now officially an actual adult, adulting away living her best life. Honestly, who am I and how did this even happen?
  • I saw James Veitch at a comedy club and laughed so much I now have abs. (Google him and watch the video about ducks)
  • Mega lolz were had on Friday night and Saturday night. A cheeky beverage, catch up and board game eve. 10/10 weekend.

That's enough about me, it's time to get on with the content I've been feeding this brain of mine all week:

Obsessing over Katy Belle

Do you ever stumble across a blogger who you've not seen before and instantly fall in love with their work? That's how I felt this week when I came across Katy Belle on Twitter. Katy's a personal style and lifestyle blogger and her posts are on point. I'm a sucker for her aesthetic and I really feel like I relate to Katy. I've been low-key stalking her Instagram this week. Go check it out!

Swooning over Chloe Plumstead

Would I really be me if I hadn't been glued to Chloe's posts this week? No, I would not. As always, Chloe posted a couple of crackers this week which were awesome, but this one about giving yourself a kick in the career department stuck with me. It's important to stay focused and keep your eye on the prize. I am also in love with her sunnies.

Questioning social media

This week, you might have seen me discussing the impacts social media has on our mental health. This is a topic which I plan on delving into a lot over the coming months. Social media is such a huge part of my daily life, both in and out of work, I want to know how good or bad that is for me. As I was scrolling through Twitter I found this post by Meera from Lone Teen Traveller, who sums up some of the questions I've been pondering over as of late.

What do you think? Is social media ruining your mental health?

Daily goals

In keeping with the 2018 new vibes, I found this post by Rebecca (from roses) about 6 things she's aiming to do every day. Firstly I need to point out how wonderfully Rebecca's content is presented, it really is a treat for the eyes. But also, I can relate! She mentions drinking water first thing, not taking her laptop to bed, reading more. All good things, but I'm not going to list them all as I would prefer you go and check out her post! Do it!

That pretty much sums up what I've been reading blog-wise this week (obvs I've read a tone more but these are the ones I wanted to mention). I'm still reading Grace Victory's No Filter and am hoping on finishing that tonight or tomorrow. Expect a little chat about that soon. Toodle doo!