Bullet Journal Diary: Part 2- Focusing on the present

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I have been using my bullet journal more than ever lately. What I have realized from the time I have had with it so far is that it has been helping me focus on the present more.

 

First post here- Bullet Journal Diary: Part 1

 

I think we could all use a little help being able to focus on the present more.

To breathe. To be mindful.

 

Except dogs- they have that pretty down pat. They just run and they don’t think about it. They chase the ball- not knowing if they will get it or make it in time.

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Just go for it.

 

I can’t believe it’s May already. I feel like this year is definitely going by faster than last year already.

Please excuse the pictures below as Molly stepped across my journal with her muddy feet. =P

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Washi tape is still my best friend when I make mistakes.

 

Another thing I love about bullet journaling is the ability to look back and see what you have done, how you have improved and made progress (especially using these habit trackers), and remembering your memories. It feels pretty good to fill in boxes for good things like exercising, meditation, no alcohol, etc.

 

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I have been tracking my self care, moods, and habits. I find it easier to be consistent with the journal compared to planning because once you do one of these for the month, you just fill them in day to day.

 

I got this tea cup mood tracker idea from Pinterest but really love how it came out.

How cute is this?!

 

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The Bullet Journal has been wonderful for my mental health as well. Good habits on the tracker boost your self esteem and hold yourself accountable and looking back at your mood tracker helps you to realize even more that we are all human! That means- the good days and the bad. 

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The Horrors of House Hunting

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Where have I been?

House hunting. It has been taking over my life. Ohhhhh….house hunting. If you have been there you know. The struggle is damn real.

 

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We have really been enjoying the process but it can be fun, heartbreaking, hilarious, exciting, and sad all at the same time.

We previously had an accepted offer on an adorable Cape Cod style home but after inspection it just had too many things that needed to be done that the sellers were not willing to budge on…and there happened our very first house hunting heartbreak as we had to walk away. It’s true what they say- if it’s meant to be it will be.

Of course there have been plenty of odd things we have come across while looking around….that I just had to share.

 

The Horrors of House Hunting

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There was the house with the wrestling rink in the garage….

Those are cemented into the floor.

 

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There was the house where I was really close to

getting attacked by a turkey…

 

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The one that was listed as a 3 bedroom “2 bath,”

with this being the 2nd bath in the basement.

 

Guests won’t mind, right?

…….Where do I put my offer in?

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The one with the Macaroni duct tape on the screen.

 

This will work….

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The house where Mr. Knight was your neighbor….

 

Having a constant protector could be good, right?

 

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The house where Jesus and germs were…..everywhere.

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed! There might be a part 2 of this is we see even more houses with funny and ridiculous things- which is quite possible.

 

Do you have any house hunting horrors?

 

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Bullet Journal Diary: Part 1

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Guys- the peepers are back getting ready for warm weather! Have you heard them? They are still the most relaxing sound ever to me…Also I thought this sound was perfect for this post since bullet journaling is therapeutic for me and relaxing and I wanted you to also feel that as you read.

 

If you guys read my last post, you may have seen that we put in an offer on a house. Well, we found out we got the house this Saturday!! YAY!

With good and exciting things in life comes a lot to do and a lot of planning. The last 2 weeks have been extremely stressful and there is even more involved with buying a house than I ever thought.

So, right now, my life needs more planning than ever.

 

 

I have always been interested in Bullet Journaling but always thought that you had to know how to draw to be good at it.  With my Happy Planner, I found it really hard to keep up with because if I missed a week of planning (which was a lot of the time, let’s be real) I just felt guilty and like I lost motivation to keep going at it.

With bullet journaling I find it so much easier because one you make a layout, a lot of it is just updating it as you go. You can come and go as you please and feel like journaling.

Of course I had our Young Living Essential Oils Diffuser going while I was bullet journaling- if you missed the post where I talked about it, check that out here .

If you are interested in getting your own, make sure you read that post and use my mom’s code!

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A lot of bullet journaling is creating “collections” and here I have created a habit tracker and a weekly to do list.

 

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I love the idea of keeping track of my moods, habits, and memories and have found it really helpful so far.

 

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Hoping bullet journaling with help me be more organized with my blog…will report back…

 

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I created a category for my Poshmark closet to keep track of what I thrift, for how much, and how much I flip it for to make a profit on Poshmark.

 

You can find a ton of beautiful Bullet Journal inspiration online- especially Pinterest.

 

Here are some beautiful Bullet Journal Inspirations and examples of pages I want to create…

 

 

 

 

Have you Bullet Journaled? Share your tips with me! 

 

Currently in March…

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Guys. I am so very sorry for the lack of posts lately! Life has been nothing short of insanely busy…but in an amazing way. This month is seems especially true that life does not stop for anyone.

 

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This is basically me dealing with life right now.

 

If you follow my Instagram, you may know that I have been struggling with keeping up with it all. I wrote a post about taking a little step back from the blog briefly to re collect.  I mentioned when something that you love (like blogging) becomes an “obligation,” it can be hard to keep up with it. And I always seem to feel guilty when I don’t post every week. This blog is pretty much my baby so when I neglect it I feel that neglect strongly. BUT- self care!

 

 

Currently doing….

 

House Hunting. 

If you read my last Currently post you may know we have been house hunting… and if you have ever bought a house, you may know just how time consuming this process is. (But fun and an adventure, as well!)

 

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We have seen some pretty wild stuff while hunting….

 

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……..Literally- wild.

 

So we went to see a home last weekend that had a neighbors chickens behind the yard. We started out by saying “awww, they have chickens-how cute!” Until we saw this turkey come out of nowhere. He was especially feeling me and ran towards me and backed me into a corner- Frankie and our realtor were in front of me blocking me. I don’t think Mr. Turkey wanted new neighbors.

 

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Angry Turkey will keep you from selling your home

 

Update: We have officially put in an offer on this adorable little Cape Cod home as of today- please wish us luck and pray. I am so in love with it but also trying not to get excited as there are already multiple offers on the table. 

 

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Currently Celebrating…

 

Big birthdays…

 

Mama celebrated a big birthday and our good friend celebrated his 30th.

 

 

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Currently Celebrating…..Life. 

 

 

Also if you saw my Instagram you may know that I wrote about my mom having a very close call on her big birthday, March 19th. They were traveling on a 3 lane highway in the left lane when ice started coming off of a truck in front of them. My mom’s boyfriend tried to move lanes, but the ice kept coming and this time in a huge chunk of at least 3 feet straight into their windshield, blowing it out completely. They drove 5 miles with no windshield in the dead of winter, covered in shards of glass, with the heat up all the way, trying to flag the truck driver to pull over as he was trying to escape! They eventually got him to pull over with the cops on their way. This driver was let off with NOT EVEN A FINE. I am still in disbelief at the complete  Thank God everyone was okay- Jon walked away with a scratch on his arm and that was it.

 

Currently Loving…

 

Bullet Journaling. 

 

You guys have heard of this, right?! You know I loved my Happy Planning, but I just couldn’t stay consistent with it…Bullet Journaling offers a lot more freedom so we will see. So far I am really loving it. There are SO many resources online to help you and you can really make it your own.

 

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My spreads so far…

 

Currently watching….

 

Go watch. So binge worthy.

 

 

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What are your currents this March?

What an Introvert says vs thinks

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You know we all have those things we say but don’t really mean. And we all might say this thing, while thinking the complete opposite of that in our minds at that very moment.  If you are anything like me as an introvert, you often feel like you are not meant to cohabitate with humans. That’s why I have found my own little introverted haven and ways to self care. 

 

We often say and think the complete opposite.

 

 

We say:

” Yeah, that sounds great- I’ll definitely let you know by the end of the week if I can make it!”

While thinking:

……No, I don’t want to go to that mixer with you. Thanks for the invite, but that sounds absolutely like my worst nightmare. I’d rather be at home enjoying my own company than in a room full of strangers I will feel a pressure to impress, while questioning if I said the right thing. 

 

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Via: This article is my entire life

 

 

We say:

“No I was home when you called. I was just in the shower, doing homework, or feeding my dog at the time. No, I wasn’t ignoring your call- I was just busy! I’ll call you back in a few minutes.”  (Via text)

 

 

While thinking:

Of course I was staring right at the phone as I saw your call coming in. But why would you call when you know I HATE talking on the phone and am better with texting? And I will probably distract myself with something else for long enough so both of us forget that we even had a phone call date to begin with. I hope you know I still love you.

 

We say:

” Yeah- I have plans this weekend! “

 

While thinking:

I have plans with my dogs, wine, Netflix, Sims, and blogging. Ahhhh sounds perfect! 

 

 

(In social setting) They ask us, “Are you okay?” And We say:

” Yeah, I’m fine- just tired.”

 

 

While thinking:

I am tired, that’s true. I’m tired from trying to keep up with the conversation and realizing that by the time I have something to say, the topic has moved on. Often just sitting back and listening can be exhausting. All of the stimuli and things going on around me in general just makes me tired. But I’m not totally “fine” because although I am happy I came out, I wanted to leave about 2 hours ago to be back in my own space and get my energy back.

 

 

P.S.- Still relevant-

 

A Letter from your Introverted Hermit Friend ❤

 

 

 

Keep doing you my fellow introverted hermits. XOXO

Falling Waters Preserve

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This Wednesday I took a half day from work and took advantage of this strange 78 degree weather we had in upstate New York this week!

 

First, we grabbed lunch and got gyros- which of course reminded me of Santorini, when we ate gyros every.single.day. And when life was amazing….every single day.

 

P.S.- I also got a haircut on this glorious day- just some short and long layers, trim, and side bang cut… but I felt like a queen the entire day after he blowdried it for me.

 

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It was one of those days when I just felt content… 

 

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Not only was it 78 in February, but the sun was strong. It felt like 80 when it hit you.

 

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I hope your week has been beautiful!

XOXO

Shanny