Bullet Journal | My Bullet System and Semi-Migration Tip

The bullets are the foundations for the Bullet Journal method, and each person has their own system. Today,  I’m sharing the bullet system I’ve been using and adapting since I started Bullet Journaling. The main things I value in a system are:

  1. Adaptability to different situations (I actually use my bullet system in my school notes too!)
  2. Simplicity (I hate having to refer back to a complicated key, so I keep my system as simple to remember as possible)
  3. Accessibility by future me (In all the notes I take, I think it’s really important to make them archival so I can easily refer back to them at a later time)

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Bullet Journal from scratch & my 2017 Set-Up

Thinking about starting a Bullet Journal this year to stay on top of all your lists, tasks, and events? Whether you just want to see what all the hype is about, check out some other Bullet Journalers and their methods, or learn a bit more about how this system works and how to modify it for your needs, you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve got a lineup of about six posts on Bullet Journaling coming this week, which you’ll be able to check out here once they’re all posted.

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Organization | A Peek into My Little Blue Notebooks

If there’s anything you should know about me, it’s that turquoise is my favourite colour. So it’s no coincidence that the four most important notebooks in my life sport that same shade. In anticipation of a series coming soon where I’ll give you an in-depth look into my Bullet Journaling methods and note-taking methods, I’m going to give you a high-level idea of what I use my notebooks for and how I distinguish between what I write in each one.

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Books | Favourites of 2016 and Anticipated in 2017

Unfortunately, I didn’t reach my Goodreads goal to read 30 books in 2016, but I’m really happy that I read more than one book a month – a total of 17! This year, I’m going to keep the same goal of 30, and to make sure I meet it, I’m putting together a list of books on my list to read for 2017.

But first! Here were my favourites of 2016. If you haven’t read these yet, get out there and start them because they’re AWESOME!

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2017 | The Year of INTENT

What a year. It’s gone just as quickly as it came. Of all the holidays and all the times of the year, New Years holds a certain special place in my heart. I’ve never been the superstitious type, I think horoscopes are bullshit, and I think our lives are delicate strings pulled by none other than ourselves. And while a part of me wants to extend this philosophy of life to view the New Year as what it is: merely a changing of the calendars, the romanticized side of me sees it as a new beginning. It’s a convenient global event of self-contemplation and forward-thinking. It’s a big deal. And it always gets me sentimental. (Though maybe that’s just because of my traditional viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” after midnight.)

So naturally, I’ve been thinking a lot lately. The year has been a packed one for me, and these past couple of months especially. Though I know I say it every year, I’ll say it again: I have a feeling that this year I grew as a person more than I ever have. But there are so many things I’d change about myself. Oh, SO many things.

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Commentary | It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers by Margaret Atwood

In “It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers”, Atwood depicts a narrator distressed by the terrors of the world around her, brought to life through the newspapers she reads. The poem claims that reading newspapers is dangerous. Atwood connects the lives of people in war-torn, devastated countries to that of the narrator, who enjoys a life of comfort away from war. Her only connection to the danger experienced by so many is in reading the news, which is her only source of information about the harsh horrors of the world.

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Opinion | The Role of Horror in our Society

I’m scared by a lot of things, but most of all I’d say I’m scared of the unknown. Being in situations I’ve never been in, where I don’t know what to expect, how to react, how to explain what’s going on. And the unknown is a common element in most horror movies. However, as much as an unknown situation can lead to something terrible happening, there’s always a possibility that it is a false alarm and it’s not as frightening and destructive as you anticipated. It’s this duality to horror that keeps us on our toes and gives us an adrenaline rush which peaks in the points of highest suspense, creating such an overwhelming flood of fear that it feels good to the body – like a sudden purge. And in movies, you get the chance to experience a horror situation while remaining safely detached from the negative physical consequences that might happen afterwards to the characters on screen.

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16 Life Lessons from a 16 Year Old

1. be full on your own

Human interactions are what make life worthwhile, but being strong on your own is a necessary foundation for positive relationships. I read a wonderful poem in English class by Rupi Kaur about this; check it out below.

click to read poem

2. love what you do

This is the one greatest mentality that has helped me succeed in anything I put my mind to. If you love what you’re doing, you WILL be successful. Find something to enjoy in every single little thing you’re doing.

3. keep an open mind

Never jump to conclusions about people before getting to know them, however they might seem on the outside. I’ve learned that every single person is unique and stepping outside of my comfort zone to start talking with people I’d otherwise never have met otherwise has been a phenomenal experience.

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