Honestly, I have a few things I enjoy doing when I am free. I personally like to think I am an introvert and I prefer my own company. I would say I have a couple of hobbies like listening and discovering new music as well as watching TV shows on Netflix, but today I am going to talk about bullet journal (bujo, for short.)
It all began when I stumbled across a video of a YouTuber who posted a video of her bullet journaling her monthly spread. I was amazed at how she managed to pull a whole monthly planning system beautifully with a theme all by her doodles and hand-lettering. At that time, I was already using scraps of paper to write down my homework and tasks with small doodles to paste on my wall. As I dived further, I discovered an interest I didn’t know I had.
So, in the early of 2018, I decided I wanted to start my own journal. However, at that time I was very into the crazy K-Pop wave. K-pop journals were also very popular at the time so I thought why not combine the two? I went out and bought my very first journal. It was a dotted Muji notebook and I was beyond zealous to start crafting. When I got home, I printed a bunch of pictures and used all the resources I had. I decided to go for a red theme. In the beginning, I was just experimenting around, and tried out a couple of different layouts. Other than planning my weeks, I also made a few spreads expressing my feelings about new albums, songs and even events I participated in.
However, I sort of stopped journalling for a while in 2019. Actually now that I think about it, I have no idea why. Maybe I was busy with my exams, or maybe at that time I thought it was becoming more of a chore rather than something I enjoyed doing. But this year I rediscovered my interest. I’ve been journalling since January and there hasn’t been any time this year where I thought it was burdening me. I think part of the reason why was because I sort of had a solid idea of what works well with me, and added personal touch on it.
I bought a ring notebook online in January, but by March I found out I wasn’t utilising the journal as well because I found the notebook uncomfortable to work with. So, I went to Popular and got myself a new notebook. Now nine months later, I am already on my fourth journal book!
Now I have a coherent style that I stick to when doing my monthly spreads. I love surfing through Pinterest and YouTube to get inspirations, gathering my stationeries and racking my brain trying to piece together a theme that is pretty to look at. I really enjoy bullet journaling, and things that revolve around that. For example, I love stringing together gifts for my friends like brainstorming creative ways to make a card and putting the present in a handmade bag. Journalling gives me peace, and allow myself to find joy in the smallest things while listening to music. I hope everyone out there is able to find an activity that gives them the serenity and feeling of fulfillment that journalling gives me.
If you were curious to know, these are the themes that I’ve done!
2018 journal – KPOP in different colours
January 2020 – Fireworks (Mustard Yellow)
February 2020 – Hearts/Valentine’s (Pink)
March 2020 – Bees (Yellow)
April 2020 – Lavender Flowers (Pastel Purple)
May 2020 – Mosques (Gold & Dark Blue)
June 2020 – Monstera Leaves (Pastel Green)
July 2020 – Vintage Scrapbook (Brown)
August 2020 – Koi Fish (Orange)
September 2020 – Hot Air Balloons (Blue)
October 2020 – Moon (Grey)
November 2020 – 2000s Web (Red & Pink)
December 2020 – Funky Prints (Orange, Purple, Turquoise, Blue)