Bullet Journal/Planner Spreads: First Two Weeks Of September!

Hello, you weird internet gang, and welcome back to my sad corner of the web. Today, we are going to – of course – be talking about stationery. Because mama is an addict with a genuine problem and you’re all enablers. Let’s do this!

For those of you who are new here, I just moved to Australia from London – hence all the late replies and lack of reading posts. In terms of comments, I’m working on a backlog all the way from August to avoid missing catching up with anyone . . . but I’ve got a few days free to just get some blog work done at the moment, so I should be caught up soon. (Now to battle the shitty wi-fi!)

The first two weeks of September (and of my time in Australia!) have now come to a close and, in true Mia fashion, I thought there would be no better way to share them than via my travel journal. It’s a been an . . . interesting start, shall we say (all blog content fodder, so no complaints!) . . . but I’m starting to settle in and find my feet a little bit. Let’s take a look at what I’ve got up to!

WHAT I USED IN THIS SPREAD:

Bamboo Washi Tape – Etsy – £2.19

Leaf print washi tape – Etsy – £1.95

 

Pastel Highlighters – Amazon UK – £5.57

Pastel Highlighters – Amazon US – $11

Vintage Map Large Washi Tape – £2.51 – Aliexpress

Instax Mini Black Film – Amazon UK – £9.99

Instax Mini Black Film – Amazon US – $9.98

The first few days in September were actually my leaving party – and, oh, was it a good one! I got loads of beautiful cards, with lovely messages and pieces of advice (and also money, let’s not forget the money) . . . I’m thinking of kind of spreading them out in my journal over my time here, for nice little motivation boosts.

(My dad is the first guy on the left and my mother is the last one on the right.)

I don’t know if you’d necessarily call it a tradition, but whenever you get a few drinks in ’em, my mum and dad turn into dancing queens and it is the funniest thing ever. At the end of the night of every party or gathering we have, the speakers are turned up loud, heavy metal or Destiny’s Child is blared and my mum starts shaking her ass. Hence . . . whatever the hell those polaroids are.

Me and my best friend Leila ie the other half of my soul ie I feel incredibly weird without her being up the road. I love having all these ‘lil photos to look back on.

The beautiful Isabel came to the party too (which I am still really thankful for because I know how intimidating it is to go to parties where you don’t know anyone and she honestly fit in so well!).

On the subject of Isabel, her card was very typical her and the cutest thing ever, so it was the first in my journal.

WHAT I USED:

Black and white floral stickers – £1.60

Vintage Paper Sticker Background – £1.96

It was a really sweet message full of the exact kind of positive energy I want this trip to be filled with, so I thought it would be perfect to stick down on my notes page for September.

Once the party was all done and dusted, I had Sunday to get a quick tattoo with my dad, pack at 3am (naturally forgetting a whole bunch of things I definitely should have brought . . . like my bloody camera tripod. In what world was it a good idea for me – a blogger – to leave my tripod behind? I honestly don’t know what goes through coffee-hyped Mia’s brain, that bitch is confused.) And then, come Monday morning, we were off!

What followed is honestly just . . . well, let’s just say it took us 3 bloody days to get to Australia and I conked out for an entire day once we arrived. You guys already got the not-so-sordid tales of the first week, from my beach walks to touching some Kangaroos, so I won’t go into detail.

(Also, this is a prime example of the sort of week I was describing in my Setting Up My Travel Journal post, where I was too tired to “create” anything, but having the planner outlines helped me keep it somewhat coherent.)

My second week in Australia has actually been a really good one – and mainly because it’s been very independent. I made a few friends, went on a four day kind-of trip with one of them in which we visited Byron Bay and climbed a mini mountain in pitch black at 3am, then slept in a car and reclimbed it in the morning to watch sunrise and we. Saw. Dolphins.

Actually, let me give that the attention it deserves and show you beautiful people a picture.

You can’t see the dolphins in these because . . . well, when they appeared, I was too busy squealing about the fact I was seeing dolphins (look, I was exhausted and excited, give me a free pass here), but this was the lighthouse view in Byron Bay.

We also did sunset on a different mountain in the Gold Coast, but . . . well, I’ve been forgetting to bring my camera everywhere so all the photos are just embarrassingly subpar.

We also hit a club, but it was a uni night (ie absolutely terrible) and everyone? was? gone? by? 1? In London, you might not even be in the club by 1. Sacrilege.

Here’s where it gets interesting: after this wonderful week, I was thinking “hey, maybe I could like staying here for a month or two until my friends arrive. Save up some money. Have my own little place.”. I had some (absolutely gorgeous) flat viewings – and even got myself a job interview! However, the flat I had my heart set on was given to someone else and I thought “this is a sign”.

I’d never wanted to stay in the Gold Coast; in fact, we were supposed to go to Bellingen together and do a little bit of travelling, but the girls bailed on that plan. For the past two weeks, I’d been kind of tossing and turning over what to do with myself. Stay, stay with the girls, go to Melbourne, go to Bellingen? Well, I listened to the universe and I took the sign that Gold Coast wasn’t meant to be – so I booked my flight to Bellingen and I’m going to go work in a hostel in the rainforest for a few weeks!

(You should most definitely Pin that image for me. Just saying.)

And that nicely takes us to the end of my first two weeks of September! It’s been an interesting start to the trip, but I’ve seen some cool stuff and met some cool people – and I’m massively excited to start the next chapter! I hope you guys enjoyed this little catch up post (well, with a wordcount of over 1,000 I really don’t know that we can call it little. It’s curvy.).

What are you thinking of my travel journal so far? Which spread has been your favourite? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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52 thoughts on “Bullet Journal/Planner Spreads: First Two Weeks Of September!”

  1. Diva Named Dom – Just a girl on a full time journey of procuring the best version of myself. I consider my hometown, South Florida, paradise. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay a while! www.DivaNamedDom.com

    Aww, so much is going to change Mia. Just make sure that you enjoy each moment, each day. Take care of your friendship with your childhood best friend; honor it with patience and love. I am so excited to read about your new job! The pictures are lovely. I love pictures of the sunset!

    Dom | http://www.DivaNamedDom.com

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      I know, so much has changed already – I started writing an update post and was just like “gosh from beginning to end, like 3 things I’ve mentioned here aren’t happening or have been switched with something else instead!”. I honestly do treasure my Leila so much, she’s an absolute gift! And thank you so much Dom 🙂 xx

  2. X – www.thevelocityofheart.com ❤

    Your journal entries are SO pretty!! I think have to go out now and get some new stickers/black film because they look so good?? Also congrats on your move + glad you had a great trip!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Aww thank you so much! And I mean, never say no to new stickers – it’s for the arty journals after all 😉 The black film instax are genuinely one of my favourite things to use! Thank you <3

  3. Okay, first of all…CRYING at how cute your parents are, and how beautiful that card from Isabel is! Secondly, I KNEW you’d done the walk up to the lighthouse at Byron as soon as you sent me those photos from the top, I have a couple photos nearly identical to yours from when we were up there in April. And finally, please keep these updates coming, they just make me more and more excited! xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Ahaha they’re honestly absolutely adorable – nutty as all hell, but adorable! And I know, isn’t she just the sweetest thing 🙂 I loved doing that walk, so pretty (although the first time we did it was in pitch black and was terrifying). Definitely will keep the updates coming girly! You’re gonna be in em soon 😉 xx

  4. Mary Añonuevo – Philippines

    I loved EVERYTHING in this post Your journal, your new journey in Australia, your parents, the view in Byron Bay AAAH They’re all breath-taking! Hope you have an amazing time in Australia!!!! xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much you lovely girl! <3 I'm so excited to share more adventures 🙂 xx

  5. H.A.Ivy – I mean, to be frank with you do people actually read these? Undecided. I do know it's an excellent thing to write when you're trying to procrastinate from literally anything else. Technically I'm supposed to write on these for another obligation but you know what-we'll procrastinate on that one too. Mainly because people will be reading and judging that one. Though if you've gotten this far it's probably because you're genuinely hoping to find information about me, and to put it simply, there's not much to tell. I'm a fairly average person who prefers to have panic attacks about small things, and then when something's big I say "ah screw it" and move on with my life because who has time to dwell, not me that's who. Not with college and other stressful life requirements like not procrastinating on things. But in all seriousness, if you have made it this far, kudos to you. I'm H.A.Ivy, or Ivy, or Hazi or random girl that should shut up. I'm old (there's still a "teen" slapped after my age number so I'll let you figure it out), I enjoy writing, playing video games, and annoying my family. And of course, my ultimate goal is to take over the world, after I finish whatever this is.

    The entries are Soo pretty! My journal is just a journal with a bunch of writing.

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much lovely! My old journals were just like that, it’s whatever works for you 🙂

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Ahah that is literally the best compliment, thank you so much lovely! <3

  6. The Beauty Wonk – Welcome to my lifestyle and beauty blog. I am Rifat Yaseen, the person behind The Beauty Wonk. I am an engineer by day and a beauty wonk by night, researching about ingredients and products, trying to know what's best for you. Join me on my journey of trying to switch to ethical and healthy beauty alternatives and share some great and pocket-friendly beauty suggestions. 

    They’re so so pretty!! I can’t imagine of having such a beautiful journal. I do note everything down and make plans but it’s not so fancy. Just gets my work done!

    Love,
    The Beauty Wonk.
    http://thebeautywonk.com

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much! I used to be the exact same on that too! 🙂

  7. Alwaysmissbindas – I am Rimika and I love to live in the moment | One day at a time. A firm believer of One life and a thousand dreams. I cannot let one thing define me. Hence, I am a Software Engineer, Content Creator, storyteller, Doglover (Hardcore), Traveler, Painter, Dancer, Freelancer, Product Reviewer, and Fashion Blogger. Don't try to control the mess, instead create HappyMess. Be rest assured, I am here to Inspire and not Influence.

    I loved it. It’s really pretty

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you lovely 🙂 And haha don’t worry – half the time mine doesn’t either, but there are good weeks and bad ones! 🙂 x

  8. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

    Your travel journal is so cute omgosh! It sounds like you are having an incredible time already. Good luck in the next place! xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you, Hannah! I’m so excited to get going now, I feel like I’ve been in this place ages loool xx

  9. I see the word stationery in the thumbnail…I CLICK. I say this every time but your bullet journal spreads are so beautiful – such a good idea to save cards in that way!! I need to start one asap xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Aww thank you so much Chloe! And girllll i honestly hope you do because I already know yours would be magic!xx

  10. driftyness – I'm an ambitious twentysomething trying to build a life I love. I write about faith, health, money, relationships, careers, and lifestyle. I love good conversations with people who inspire me and sharing the lessons I've learned. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Bloglovin @driftyness

    Loving how you seem to incorporate creativity in so many aspects of your life. Your Australian adventures are sounding wonderful. I tend to want to settle down when I find someplace nice, but I see the value in continuing to explore. Hope you’re having a great time & thanks for being so inspirational!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much, I massively appreciate that girly! And I don’t think any of the adventures have begun yet, but give me a week or two and we’ll be off 😉 Thanks for reading x

  11. Honeydew – Las Vegas, NV

    Hahaha your parents sound so fun! Your travel journal is absolutely beautiful! I love that you let some pieces hang out of the book.

    Have fun at your new job, babe! ♡ Working in a rainforest sounds amazing!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      They’re kooky as hell, I love em! And thank you lovely, I can’t wait to be able to look back over it!

      I’m so excited to get there and start working! Thanks for the good wishes girly! <3

  12. oxria – Hello! I’m a 17 year old girl who likes to share experiences and travel memories with people. On my blog you’ll find a bunch of things: from fashion posts, hauls and travel diaries to random photos of my cats! (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b I hope you like it!

    Aaaaah your BuJo is so pretty!!! Feeling very inspired by this post!

  13. Alys – A 20-year-old student blogging about travel, mental health and creativity.

    Your travel journal is honestly goals at this point. I don’t think I’d be able to keep one up whilst travelling! I’m so happy to hear about all your wonderful Aussie adventures, it is making me want to go back so badly though and now I’m going to uni it all feels very unreachable! You inspire me every time you post though, and that makes me hope that I will return at some point! Hope the hostel gig goes well <3 xxx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Aww thank you so much girly – I’ve definitely only been jotting down notes this week LOL! And ahhh I can understand that, but university is it’s own adventure! I hope you do return – who knows, I might still be out here when you do 😉 Thanks lovely lady! <3 xxx

  14. kittyp0p – My name is Shannon. I'm Italian, 24-years old, and I've been dating my boyfriend for almost 5 years. I'm a CEO. I have a cat & a frog that I adore. I'm into fashion, self-care, makeup, photography, dance, organizing, and art in any form.

    Your polaroids are so great! I wanna take more, but I always forget to bring my instax around (need a carrying case) haha

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you girly 🙂 And yeah, I can imagine without mine I’d constantly forget it 🙂

  15. The photos of you with your parents, Leila and Isabel are so lovely and the card from Isabel is so sweet. I love that you’ve incorporated those things into your bullet journal for this month xx

  16. Oh I love these spreads. They really reflect how you must be feeling atm. Like they seem so new, fresh and filled with exciting energy (Idk if that’s a thing… but it’ll do) You always use so many amazing things to make your spreads, I should probably test that out you know – it seems like so much fun <3 I hope you keep on having amazing experiences in Australia! You without a doubt deserve it so much xxx

  17. Arundhati Basu – New Jersey, US – The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.

    How beautifully you create your journal entries, Mia! The photos of your loved ones are super lovely as is the adventurous life you are living right now. Enjoy it to the hilt, darling. xx

  18. kiki | soyvirgo.com – Internet – call me Kiki. I'm a multidimensional gal who loves cats, games, married at 20, and is on pinterest most of the time... I also run an online shop and blogging community ( that i try to be active on...) · . ✷ ·  ✧ ⊹   ˚ ✫ . . ·   ✦  · . ✧   . I don't mind staying home all day, relaxing with cats, my husbo and binge watching a show with some homemade vegan foods ʚ♡ɞ I write about experiences in law of attraction, being a mexican vegan, marriage, dealing with long distance, cats, art, anime and more lifestyle stuff. It's pretty much a mess but it's my mess. ʚ♡ɞ I'm learning to fall in love with living and finding happiness in just being alive, I want my readers to find that happiness too ♡ ↳ my website is slowly turning into a community where people can share their knowledge and advice to others. If you're interested in writing, txt me! ↳ my loves: my cute soulmate, kpop groups, memes, pastels, cute things. j-drama, anime, making playlists and lists in general, genuine kind people, matcha, editing themes, the number 9, (can this get any longer?) See my links below for more!

    Your journal is lovely as always!
    and your trip so far sounds so amazing. Those pictures look like theyre out of a really calm movie lol
    Hope you have fun working at that hostel in the rainforest. it literally sounds like a dream.
    Thanks for sharing

  19. seaofwordsx – Christina, 27 years old, blog about my journey in life, loving yourself and mental health 🌸

    Your journal is so beautiful girl I love all your pages. I love the polaroid, the washi tape of course, the stickers and the lovely letter of your friend. Beautiful pictures Australia must be so beautiful wow. Enjoy it a lot and good luck for your new job

  20. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.

    I love how unique your bujo is, I hope I’m able to start mine in January

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