June 2016 Review

The year is half gone! How did that happen? In the spirit of bringing new content my blog again, here is my review for June.

I skipped doing these in my bullet journal for a couple of months and that probably wasn’t for the best. My last monthly review is here. I use Laura from How to Get Your Shit Together’s method, which can be found here.

Here are the highlights:

  • I kept up with exercising pretty well, but not so much with staying hydrated and getting enough sleep.
  • I slimmed down my bullet journal to the black discs again. I also started using a new-to-me task/time management system.
  • Our budget worked, so no major changes for the time being.
  • I’m trying to get back to blogging regularly (yay!).
  • I ran two of my favorite gel pens dry in June thanks to note-taking for school and bullet journaling.

Priorities for July: take care of myself by getting more sleep, staying hydrated, continuing to exercise, and starting to meditate again; manage my homework load to prevent having to do it all last-minute; finish a book I’ve been reading and the blanket I started knitting too long ago.

I decided to head off my journal restlessness by really thinking it through, then making an active decision. I’m tired of printing and cutting dot grid paper for my Arc. I’m tired of punching said paper to go in my Arc. I don’t want the lined paper I purchased to go to waste. I will continue using my Arc as my bullet journal until the Martha Stewart paper (it was aqua, ok?!?) I bought is used up, then I will purchase a new bound journal with dot grid or grid paper. I thought I had picked one out, but had to reconsider after reading some bad reviews regarding the construction (it turns out it’s not designed for use as a bound journal). I think I’ve got another one picked out, but we’ll all have to wait until the time comes. (Spoiler: I will not be contributing to the Great Leuchtturm 1917 Shortage of 2016…)

How did June treat you? Are you making any changes in preparation for July?

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“Where Have I Been?” or “Life (School) Happens”

This may be a long post as I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do. First, I want to say to anyone still checking out my blog: thank you!!! Second, I did not fall off the earth/suffer an illness/forget about blogging/stop bullet journaling/forget my WordPress password/etc. We all know life happens to the best of us, including me. To pick up where I left off last time

The biggest change is that I decided to go back to school instead of trying to find another office job where I would be unhappy. I didn’t anticipate that calling to make an appointment with the school the last week of March would end up with me starting classes the first week of April. While it may look like a snap decision from the outside, it is something I had been thinking about for over a year, and 12 weeks in I have not regretted the decision. I feel like I am where I need to be now, and heading in a direction I need to go. 🙂

So far I have chosen not to work while attending classes, but that will need to change within a few months as my unemployment benefits aren’t unlimited (unfortunately). I’ve already put some thought into where I want to apply, so it’s just a matter of feeling “ready” to add work to my life with school. I do already have a college degree, but the first time school was my job and I didn’t have a home, significant other, or cats to care for (or bills to pay) so this time is a different experience. I’ve made improvements to my time management since April, but I want to be sure I have a handle on it before I try adding anything else.

In addition to school, we had planned and budgeted to attend PAX East 2016 in April. (See my highlights here.) Since part of the trip had been booked already and the rest had money set aside, we went. One benefit of having started budgeting late last year is that we already had a buffer and a plan. The past couple of months Andrew has had more hours at work, so that’s helped to make up the difference between what I was paid while working and what my unemployment is. We’re not paying off debt with “gazelle intensity”, but our 4 walls are more than taken care of. (Just don’t tell Dave Ramsey I’m taking out student loans…)

I’m still doing couch to 5k! I haven’t actually completed the program yet, but I’m still working at it. I’ve reached the point where I don’t want to miss one of my 3 weekly sessions of jogging/walking, and I’ve even decided to add in a bit of additional fitness.

I’ve been trying to make sure not to forget self-care–or just taking a break in general. I like getting things accomplished as much as the next person, but especially with homework my brain can get fried.

My bullet journal… That may have to be its own post. Habit trackers always end up being a fail for me because, well, they just do. I try putting too many things on it and it becomes a source of guilt (the opposite of its intended purpose). Toward the end of the month, I always seem to have restlessness about moving from my Arc to another notebook. I tried two different notebooks I already had in April and ended up back in my Arc. I bought some Martha Stewart lined paper for it (aqua!) so I’ve now decided my bullet journal stays put at least until that is used up. I would prefer grid paper, but I have crappy (thin) copy paper at the moment and got tired of printing (and cutting and punching) my own and then every pen bleeding through. I’ve already started setting up July in the Arc, so I am delaying the decision of a new notebook until further notice.

I think that’s all for this time, readers. I don’t want to put a novel up here. How did Spring treat you? Are you ready for July yet?

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