Aug 20, 2018 Bullet Journals
I know I said my first blog post this week would be about Solo Female Travel but I received this message in my inbox on Saturday
“Last year around this time, you did a blog on motivated by love, I’m having an incredibly emotional week due to a loss, any chance of you doing an update on how you found your focus?”
This tugged at my heart strings and I prioritized it first. For those who want to read the Motivated by Love Blog post click here. The phrase Motivated by Love has been a motto that I’ve lived by this past year, it was introduced to me by my sister in law. It has focused my intentions and daily interactions for sure. But how did I find my focus? Especially if you don’t know what to focus on? To quote Stephen R. Covey, “You can’t be successful with other people if you haven’t paid the price of success with yourself.”
I took the time to get to really know myself. My habits, the roles I play in life, and I defined my personal values using a tool called a Bullet Journal. The same sister in law introduced me to Bullet Journals – yeah I’d vote for her for president.
It is a moleskin style book that I’ve broken into 3 different categories: Body, Mind, and Spirit. It is different from my journal which is used to freely record my thoughts and emotions. This is a very logical break down of who I am and what I believe. It took several months. Honestly. I know that’s not the most appealing answer. Especially in this google era. We want to feel better now. But when it comes to figuring out ourselves it can be an extremely slow process.
The first 3 pages of my Bullet Journal are my Personal Mission Statement, Values, and Roles.
*I’ve gone the artistic route with my Bullet Journal. I draw, doodle, and color in it to make it visibly look good to me. However it’s completely frivolous and unnecessary to the process. The journal I use (link at bottom of post) has semi transparent paper so most of the artwork is traced.
My Personal Mission Statement defines who I am, my purpose, and defines how I live. It took me about a month to write the version that I feel best represents me. I know people do it in a day. I use it for guidance in my decision making as well as to motivate myself. To write your own I’d simply Google ‘Personal Mission Statement’ and you will have loads of resources.
My list of Personal Values which are:
Honest: Speak truth. Honest actions
Responsible: For my life and actions. Productive and organized
Healthy: Mental and physical nutrition
Charitable: Giving, helpful, service
Funny: Enjoyable and light
My Roles. These are the categories of my life that I feel define me most.
Individual Spouse Parent Writer Friend
I split the book into 3 equal sections leaving plenty of paper in between each category
Here I chart my sleep, how much water I am drinking daily, my exercise, and so on. I also track activities that I enjoy like hiking, yoga, and rock climbing.
The first time I did this section I din’t set any goals for myself. I simply charted what I normally do for a few weeks so I could accurately see myself. From there I could create goals that I wanted to work on.
In here I track my habits, books I want to read, Things I am grateful for, and things I appreciate about myself.
In here I keep things that feed my spirit. Such as travel, spiritual quotes, what I am grateful for, a prayer list, and my Five Facet Review. If you don’t know what a Five Facet Review is CLICK HERE.
When you develop yourself you improve not only the world around you but also the world with in you. Your happiness. How do you find your focal point? By finding your center because if you know what you are centered in you’ve given yourself a road map that will always help you come back home.
The Book I use. It comes in a lot of different colors. Mine is pink
The Pens I use