Hello, my beautiful souls – it has been a while since we’ve done one of these, right? My life got really hectic from January – March and then, just as it began to calm down, for some reason I thought “yeah, now is definitely the time to undertake a super complicated and time-consuming blog challenge”. Look, I never claimed to be a role-model.
Now it’s pretty easy to guess, but I actually fell out of bullet journalling in April (the horror!). Thankfully, I am back getting my shit together. Which is great, actually, because I’ve really missed it. I like having tangible memories to read back over – and I love the mindfulness that goes into drawing out spreads and layouts and goals and shit.
**By the way, if you’re interested in setting up a bullet journal of your own, but aren’t sure what they are or where to start take a read of my Setting Up A Bullet Journal Guide**
WHAT I USED TO CREATE THIS LOOK:
Normally, you guys know that I’m quite goal oriented. I’m pretty big on giving myself challenges, tasks, things to accomplish – and usually that works amazingly for me, I’d definitely consider myself a really productive person. However, what I have to be careful of is burnout. Towards the tail-end of my collab challenge, I could really feel myself starting to burn out. (Truth be told, for the last few months I have felt very cliff’s-edge to burnout.)
The holiday to Italy came at the perfect time because it gave me a chance to take a break from work, it was inspiring (because seriously how fucking beautiful is Italy?) and . . . well, I just love me a bit of travel. However, it was the first Saturday of May that really helped me decide what my focus for May should be.
My Dad was suffering through gardening and he told me to come and bring all my stuff outside, so I could work and chat to him. It was super chilled, really relaxing and we were listening to music . . . and I just thought “you know what, I’ve already done a fuck-ton this year and we’re only 5 months in – I want more of this relaxation.”. So that’s what May is for; I want to get back to feeling generally content and relaxed.
Because I’ve felt busy; I’ve felt productive; I’ve felt like I’m putting a lot of hard work in . . . but I haven’t felt content and I definitely haven’t felt relaxed since last December.
One thing I love about Spring and the sun finally starting to show itself again is that it makes me want to be healthy. In winter, I don’t want to drink 2 litres of water a day; it’s fucking freezing, I want to chug hot chocolate and hibernate. In summer, give me all the water you got – hell, I’m happy to get up an hour earlier to make myself a fruit salad for breakfast. And it’s this big cycle; when I’m eating healthier, I feel better and then I’m more motivated to work and then I’m just overall a lot happier.
That’s mainly why my “featured image” for May is this nice fruit infused water. I want to start making those little changes and get back to eating nice and healthily – but I’m not trying to put myself under any pressure, or be too strict with it. I more want to get back to being the person who spends the extra time making herself a nice healthy snack and sitting out in the sun and enjoying it, instead of the one who grabs the nearest chocolate bar for extra energy so she can work a couple of extra hours.
I like me when I’m on top form; I just need to get myself back up there.
In terms of goals, I’m not giving myself too much to do this month – it’s a reset, recharge and have some fun kinda month. A vacation from myself, if you will. (Give me a week, I’ll find some new workaholic idea. Sometimes I think my best traits are absolutely my worst ones.) I want to start focusing on eating healthily again and my best friend and I are going to start walking. That’s enough for me!
I’ve taped these flowers into my spread too, so they should (hopefully) press. If not . . . well, they made nice blog photo props. And I got sick satisfaction from stealing flowers from my dad as he gardened, so at least there’s that.
I hope you guys enjoyed this lil sneak peek at my bullet journal (and inside my brain); what did you think? What are your May goals? Did you like the bu-jo spread? Do you bullet journal? Let me know your thoughts down below!