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How Do YOU Bullet Journal?

Hello friends!

If you follow my Instagram, you probably see my bullet journal spreads pop up at the beginning of each month.  I also wrote a blog post about my November 2018 spreads that you can check out here.

There are so many posts out there that talk about the “right” way to bullet journal, all sorts of different types of spreads, in general a million ways to bullet journal, and it can be incredibly overwhelming – especially when you’re just starting out!

To me, bullet journaling is an extremely personal thing, and the way you do it depends specifically on your tastes and what you want to get out of your journal.  When you’re just starting out, it can be incredibly difficult to know what style will work best with you, so I’ve picked four categories below that encompass a lot of what you’ll find when looking for inspiration.

Whatever sounds like it fits what you want from your bullet journal is the style you should give a try first!  Each category will have an example as well, so you can see exactly what it looks like and if it’s what you want or not.  If you’re interested in a specific type, be sure to check out the linked Instagram page for more, since each person has a ton of awesome pictures!

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My 2019 Goals & Resolutions

Hello friends!

Today, I wanted to share the goals I’ve set for myself in 2019!  Every year I set a number of goals I want to accomplish, and I love sharing them with all of you!  It helps keep me accountable, which I definitely need sometimes.

You’ll notice that some of my goals are very straight forward, like do X amount of things, while others are habits I want to develop throughout the year & never have a true “completion”.

My 2019 Goals - A Midwest Belle

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas | 2018

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If you’re like me, you’re really good at procrastinating on Christmas shopping and then have no idea what to buy for people because you’ve been worrying about everything else.  Today I wanted to share with you some ideas for gifts when you need to find something quick or want to fill a stocking!

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November 2018 Bullet Journal Setup

Hello friends!  I’m here today to share my first attempt at a monthly bullet journal!

I want to be clear: I’ve bullet journaled for a few years now, but I’ve never really set it up in a monthly format; I mostly just make pretty lists and dailies once in a while.

This month, I used the Tombow dual brush pen in 993, a Pilot .38 gel pen, and some washi tapes from Target.  The stickers are from various Etsy shops and Target!

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The first spread I made was the ‘traditional’ bullet journal monthly spread.  The days of the month are listed along the side and the space next to it is where you put whatever is happening that day.  I don’t think I’ll do this spread again; even though I really enjoy the way it looks, I don’t have enough going on in the month to make it worth a page.

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I also made a grid monthly spread, which I definitely prefer!  Apparently I don’t know how to count, though, because I made way too many squares for the month!  I might try to fill it with random statistics from the month, but we’ll see.  I’m using this spread as more of an editorial calendar, so all of my blog posts and Instagram posts are laid out for me to use as an at-a-glance.

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My Summer Bucket List

Summer has been here for a little while now, but I still wanted to share with you all the things I wanted to do this summer!  Since I’m done with school, I feel as though I can do all those wild things that I want, which makes no sense because school doesn’t happen during the summer anyway, but go with it!

Summer 2018 Bucket List | amidwestbelle.com

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Post-Graduation Depression: The Thing Everyone Gets, & No One Talks About

Hi there everyone!  I know that I’ve been gone for a while, and I’m so sad about that!

I started this blog, and I had a great plan.  I was going to post 2-3 times a week,  I had an editorial calendar and a vision in front of me.

Then I graduated, and the strangest thing happened to me.  Instead of having this great drive to constantly work and improve upon this amazing new blog, I began to feel as though I had no energy to do anything.

This feeling of lethargy didn’t just stay with my blog: it touched every part of my life.  I had no desire to do anything.  I didn’t want to get out of bed, I didn’t want to try to find a job, I didn’t want to even go outside on a walk.  I was constantly feeling stress about everything in my life, big or small.

So why?  Where did all of the excitement from graduation go? Where was all of that spunk I had for so long?

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The Start of My Fitness Journey

Hello everyone!  If you’ve kept up with my blog, you know that I recently graduated and am now moving into the fascinating world of adulthood.  With this transition, I decided it was extremely important for me to start treating my body better than I have been.

Over the past two years, I have gained about 45 pounds, which is crazy to think about!  More than that, however, I feel as though I have let myself go in a lot of ways health wise, which is what the true focus of this journey is going to be on.  Not only have I gained a lot of weight, I’ve been eating incredibly poorly and not giving my body the nutrients it needs, and my mental health has been in a constant state of highs and lows.

I want to be clear when I say this: I am not trying to shame myself or make anyone else feel bad about if they are larger or smaller than I am.  I have been wanting to focus on my health for a very long time, and this was the best way to hold myself accountable while encouraging others who may be considering trying to become healthier.

With that in mind, I have taken my measurements (weight and inches) so I can track my progress and see that I am making changes, even if I don’t feel like it some days.  Once again, numbers are only numbers, and it’s more important to me to be happy with myself in my body and not to be at a certain weight or inch.

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