Summer Series: Mental Space

I’m starting to think I should’ve named this series “What To Do When It Gets Real” because it got real over the last few weeks. Even in trying to make the most of the pandemic, life sometimes swings something at us that we have to stop and deal with using all of our attention.

That’s certainly been the case here. I’ve had to step back to take special care of some of the people I love most. In times like these, we have to remember that we cannot pour from an empty cup. Even working from home, it’s a lot, and it’s made even more stressful by the fact that we’re living in the middle of a pandemic. So, I try to carve out space for myself each day. Even if it’s just 20 minutes, I need time to just focus on myself.

I remember my friend talking with me about bullet journaling last year. She’s super creative, and I was so inspired that I ran to Michael’s and grabbed a cheap gray journal to get started. I eventually got busy with life and let myself fall back from journaling. In December, I treated myself to the gorgeous (currently sold-out) Archer & Olive notebook above, and I knew I’d be motivated to continue my journaling journey because it was so pretty. I won’t go into specs on the blog, but you can take a look at their shop here. While they’re a splurge, the quality of the paper alone is totally worth it for me.

Journaling has become a good way for me to cope with the way my life has changed during quarantine. As you may have read in my previous post, I’m focusing on self-care this summer. Being able to record my feelings in a creative way has been refreshing, and I’m encouraged to continue… and not just because my journal is pretty.

One of the most shared suggestions to ensure you journal is to do it in the morning. I’m just not able to do that now. I love the idea of starting off your day with journaling, but I have to say that journaling before bed is changing the way I perceive my circumstances. Putting my thoughts to paper at the end of the day allows me a chance to reflect and show gratitude. In the time that I’ve moved to journaling at night, I’ve been able to literally change how I approach each day. I haven’t had this much optimism in years.

How does this fit into my summer bucket list? Well, I wanted to create a routine that honors giving myself time to do something just for myself. Having made this shift, I can’t wait to see how else it positively impacts my life. If you do bullet journaling, share your tips and what you’ve learned in the comments!


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