You know what? Well, you probably know it already since I am a blogger, right? But I will tell you anyway. The reason why I love planning and journaling is rooted from my love for pens and papers. My love for writing!
As in writing – using a pen and blotting its ink into a paper, putting thoughts into words – kind of writing. Even before I got married and became a Momma, I am already someone who keeps a small notebook or journal with me all the time. When I was still in college, I used to write in my journal while waiting for our professor to arrive in class and one of my friends used to tease me “Ano yan? Dear Diary?” Lol! Not everyone will understand the comfort that writing gives me. It’s a helpful activity for an OC, Introvert like me. It makes me feel at ease and orderly.
I just really love writing. I wasn’t into writing blogs that time. I have a Tumblr – Nostalgic Damsel – way back then (please don’t judge me by looking into my Tumblr. That’s the teenage version of me! Hahaha!). I just usually reblog things I see in my Tumblr feed. On rare occasions, I would write something to express myself but mostly, I’d rather do the expressing of thoughts through journaling.
I stopped Tumblr blogging when I had my first work after college. The weekday commuting sucked out the energy in me and I barely even have time to browse nor write in my Tumblr. I also noticed that I’ve become a bit unorganised when I became a corporate employee. As if the professional work life shocked the freshly graduated from college soul in me. That’s when I’ve decided to get back to writing down notes in a mini notepad or journal. Writing down important things such tasks, upcoming events, thoughts of the day, daily expenses, etc makes me remember those a lot more compared to when I am just saving it as a reminder in my phone’s calendar. So I made my journal, my planner as well.
I loved planning since then. Each year, I would be wishing to have a customised, ready-made, planner. As a matter of fact, I get too excited when it’s already November because I know I’ll be seeing a lot of planners in bookstores. That’s when I usually do window shopping and bookstore hopping. I’d like to have a look-and-feel for every planner on display. But honestly, I immediately put them down when I see the price tag. Hahaha! Some planners are way too pricey for me. I love planning, but hey I’ve got priorities, too. Lol.
One time, as part of every team’s tradition, the team I am a member of announced that we will be having a Christmas Exchange Gift. And guess what’s on my wishlist? I wished for the BDJ’s Everything Is Possible planner for 2013! And I got it, yay! Thanks to my secret Santa way back then! That was my first ever, official planner notebook and I really loved it!
I even customised it to my liking by putting inspirational photos in it. It’s become my journal and planner in one notebook as I was able to write down my goals, my future plans, the habits I’d like to accomplish, and of course, the daily tasks!
The following year, I still don’t have enough money (still have other spending priorities) to buy myself the planner that I like at that time. I tried DIY-ing but I failed to achieve the output that I want. Lol. So I went back to journaling – just plainly writing the tasks for the day and whatever happened if there’s anything I’d like to document. I tried to live a spontaneous life and true enough, that year I got pregnant with Gabriel! Lol.
It was the year 2015 when I received an SB planner as a gift from my generous colleague in the last corporate office I worked for before I became a WAHMomma. She told me that she has spare planners from acquiring stickers and she knows pretty well that I’d be able to fully utilise the notebook that’s why she chose to give it to me as a gift.
The SB planner kept me sane as the year 2015 was the year I got married and also the year that I became a Momma to my first born.
It was a pretty fast phase of my life as I transitioned from one stage to another.
Well, this year, I got myself (finally! I know right?) my very first hard-earned (as I was able to pay for it using my pocket money) planner from BDJ. I chose the Belle de Jour 2016 Power Planner because of its freebies which I wasn’t able to use, unfortunately. 🙁 I gave away some of the vouchers to my friends and family anyway. Sayang kasi ang discounts.
After some time of somehow obsessing with custom-made planners, I got tired of it. It felt like the pages became monotonous to me. No offense to the planners I previously had. There’s nothing wrong with the planners, they’re all beautiful! I do appreciate the efforts exerted to be able to come up with great ideas to be able to create lovely planners that we, women, would love!
But I guess after I became a WAHMomma, seeing the same place, being in the same scenario for most of the days, became repetitive for me. There were days that the tasks from last week are just the same as what I have to write for the current week. I found myself looking into what seems like the same page as the previous one. I guess it’s just me. I mean, most people probably go through this phase, right?
November, as I said, used to be an exciting month of the year for me as these are the days when I am giving the planner I’ll use for the next year a thought. Definitely not an SB planner, I said. Because there’s no Starbucks’ branch nearby our home and I don’t have the budget to spend money on coffee for a sticker every single day just for me to have the beautiful planner. Poor me, I know right? Hahaha! But wait, I won 14 free stickers of SB from a recently held Writer’s Forum and Blog Sharing Group Meetup nga pala!
I haven’t completed the stickers yet. I’m still asking the husband to do it for me since he’s the one who goes to Makati for work every weekday. 😛
Anyway, I feel like I’m not yet sold with the SB planner as I still don’t have it physically. So I’m still looking for other planners online. As I browse for planners to use for next year, a new found friend of mine who happens to be a planner girl – Charm, introduced me to Creative Planning. She urged me to join Planner Communities on Facebook and boy, I’m instantly stoked! I’ve been thinking that if only online communities like those do exist when I attempted to DIY my 2014 planner, I wouldn’t be discouraged and overwhelmed that I might have been able to successfully execute my ideas. Maybe they do exist way back before and am just not aware. And I don’t have Pinterest yet at that time!
After browsing the groups and Pinterest, I’ve finally decided what I would try for the year 2017! Next year, the Momma will do Bullet Journaling! Yay! And I am so thrilled by the idea of it. As to why I’ve chosen to do BuJo, I’ll write about it soon! 😉
But I have to be honest, I feel intimidated, too! I’ve been seeing beautiful bullet journals all over Instagram and Pinterest and I am already doubting myself if I can even put on a decent looking lettering font for each of the spreads that I am planning to do. I do hope so! After all, Bullet Journaling is said to be customising your notebook or journal into something you can do and you can keep up with. It basically means FREEDOM for me and I like the idea of it.
Bullet Journaling will definitely be a challenge for me as I will stray away from what I’ve become used to (in a planners point of view, it’s using custom made planners). I am going to have to get out of my comfort zone! Why do I say? I’m obviously not the craftiest person you’ll ever know. I feel insecure when it comes to arts and crafts, DIYs (the reason? More of that soon!) and anything that involves designing! It’s a weakness of mine.
The catch? I’d like to improve on it. And I think Bullet Journaling will help me achieve that. Not only will it help me become more organised, it will also allow me to get the creative juices (if ever there is. Hahaha!) out of my brain and put my ideas into action.
I am really excited about being a BuJo-list! And I think it’s a good thing to be excited about. 😀