June has been filled with colourful and beautiful things, so I couldn’t resist starting this post with a few freshly shot flower photos that didn’t happen in time to make it into my Photos of June post. If you missed my other photography posts in June, you can find them at…
I’ve had my current car for a year now and up until a couple of weeks ago, it was entirely undecorated. That situation has now been remedied with this awesome Hello Punisher decal. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anything that sums up my aesthetic quite as accurately as this. Add a cup of coffee and you’ve basically got my entire life.
Earlier in the month, my husband started a new job (same organisation, different location) which ended a few months of uncertainty. He’s working nights again, which has taken a bit of getting used to, but he’s finally back on a regular schedule so we’ve been able to settle into more of a routine, something we hadn’t been able to have since this time last year because he was all over the place with work. We’ve both been able to breathe out after not realising we were holding our collective breath for most of 2018 so far and it’s been lovely actually having time to hang out together more often.
Having this opportunity to embrace more of a routine with our home life means I feel a lot more relaxed about keeping up with day to day bits and pieces as well as creative projects instead of feeling like I was hanging on to the back of a rollercoaster. To celebrate this new-found chill, I’m going to have a go at One Book July, a planning and journaling challenge which actually has far fewer rules than the name would suggest. There’s a YouTube channel specially for the project, with videos from the last few years, if you want to find out more.
Since the digital to-do list app I was using catastrophically obliterated everything on my calendar (I can’t even think about this without wanting to cry, but it’s fine now), I returned to not allowing ANYTHING to touch my calendar – no syncing outside of the app itself, no third-party access, no nothing. I’d also started using a notebook for daily to-do lists again, which has been wonderful. So, for July, I’m going back to using a bullet journal for monthly, weekly and daily planning, although I’m still keeping my Google calendar for events, appointments and whatever do-the-thing-but-don’t-include-details-here stuff is called, because I love having that on my laptop and my phone.
This is a bit of a test for me because I’ve been really working on my little (ha!) perfectionism issue lately and I want to see if I can return to mostly paper planning, which is genuinely soothing for my soul in all other ways, without getting super anxious about everything having to look amazing all the time. Part of this involves not sharing any photos of my bullet journal online. I even went through my blog and deleted old bullet journal posts (as well as some other posts that were no longer relevant to my blog’s direction). Obviously it’s all good if you love sharing photos of your planning system online and I’ll still be happily pinning other people’s wonderful bujo resources on Pinterest, but my own bullet journal and other notebook contents are no longer for public consumption.
One of my absolute highlights of my month was reading this wonderful book. Right after I launched #MakeArtBeMagic, I ran into Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, which a friend had loaned me months ago and which I had entirely forgotten about. I love how things so often appear at exactly the right time to remind you that you’re on the right track. I struggle with reading fiction when I’m deep in writing fiction, so I’m really getting into non-fiction books at the moment to enable me to keep reading without melting my fiction-brain.
Since talking in May’s month in review post about how I wanted to bring more creative living goodness and useful artsy things to my blog, I’ve been working on doing just that. In case you missed any of those (hopefully!) helpful posts, you can catch up on them here…
- Journaling in the morning for a happy, productive day
- I’m on Pinterest, sharing useful things for creative people
- Create beautiful social media graphics and more with Adobe Spark
- How to create a character profile (with a free downloadable template for writers)
Finally, in other blog-related news, I’ve decided to move to weekly posts, at least as an experiment for the next couple of months. I’ve been posting twice a week, on Tuesdays and Friday, for AGES but I feel like moving to weekly posts will not only give me more time and mental energy to focus on the book I’m writing (there’s a big update about that on the way, because I realise I haven’t said much about it lately) but will also allow me to write more detailed and in-depth posts when I create useful content for you. So new posts will be appearing here every Friday covering writing, photography, creative living and personal updates.
Here’s to a wonderful July! ❤