In a World Full of Girl Bosses

I don’t know if you are anything like me, but sometimes it is imtimdating being surrounded by so many girl bosses. You know, like the woman who are killing the career game, the family game, and overall life game. You see them at your job, at church, your friend circle, and all over social media. Some days I’m inspired by them and it makes me want to work harder, but some days it just reminds me of all my shortcomings, how far away I am from my goals and it just leaves me feeling jealous.


Maybe for you you’re comparing yourself to a woman with a killer bod and you’ve been working out and eating right for a while now, but the results just aren’t there. Maybe you’re looking at all your friends graduate and accept job offers from big name companies, and you still don’t have everything figured out yet. For me, its my blog. I’ve had it for two years and I feel like I am ready to “move to the next level.” A.K.A purchase my own domain, self-host, post content more often, and have stellar images. All of this is good and gravy, but in this day and age where everyone seems to have a blog, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to stand out. It is so easy to get caught up in admiring other people’s success, and trying to figure out how they got there, that you end up looking just like them. I don’t want to do something just because everyone else is, I want people to look at everything I do and think “yep, that’s definitely Alysse.” So I have to ask myself, am I doing this and pressuring myself about it because I want to, or because I everyone else is doing it? Honestly, in a world full of girl bosses, sometimes I feel like a fraud.

So now what? Do I stop thinking of fun content to write? Do I stop paying attention to the aesthetic appeal of my instagram feed? Do you stop working hard in the gym? Or whatever aspect of life it is for you?

No. I’m not going to stop putting work toward my blog, and you shouldn’t stop trying to reach your goals just because you haven’t reached them yet. If you are truly enjoying what you are doing, then don’t stop! We are all a work in progress. The quote: “comparison is the thief of joy” is incredibly true. You do you, as authentically as you can, and success will find you. And hopefully  it will be a genuine reflection of you, instead of a carbon copy of someone else.

This also relates the the theory of Shine Theory that I talk about so often here. If there are impressive women around me then instead of looking at them as competition, I should see them as an ally, as someone who makes me look good for simply being in the same community as them.

xoxo,

‘Lysse

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Intro to Lysse on Fitness

I always want my blog to be a reflection of who I am. I never want it to feel fake, or like I’m trying to be someone I’m not. While thinking about new content, I realized how big fitness (outside of organized sports) has been to my life, specifically over the past year.

After leaving organized sports I was left to face the gym alone, without a direction, and without a goal. After a few months of messing around and trying different workout styles, I found what works for me, and what I can stick to. With that, I thought I would share not only my routine, but also the steps I took to get there in case you may be on this journey as well.

Here are some topics I’ll discuss in the series:

  1. Identifying your goals
  2. How to select workout splits that fit your lifestyle
  3. Nutrition, flexible dieting, and  macros

This fitness series will be focused around health and balance, not weightloss, though I’m sure I will mention it here and there. It is no secret that I go to McDonalds weekly/bi-weekly and in my eyes that is okay, because in between I know i’m eating a lot of lean meats, and veggies. Balance is key. Balance is sustainable.

Let me also preface that I’m talking about things I’ve done and things that have worked for me. Everyone is different. I am not a doctor, a personal trainer, or a nutritionist, so don’t take my words as gold, ya know!

Alright, now that you know the deal, stay tuned for what is next!

xoxo,

‘Lysse

Saving the World, One Fork at a Time

A few weeks ago I participated in a protest against the current administrations denial of
climate change, and in support of all of those fighting for #NODAPL. The environment and climate change are not topics I am well versed in, and aside from normal recycling I don’t do much to limit my personal footprint.

Recipe for chili HERE

In early January, I was thinking about my
potential New Year Resolutions and came across the idea of not using plastic utensils for an entire year. At first I completely wrote it off as unrealistic and inconvenient, but that is the exact reason why I eventually decided to do it. If I planned accordingly this could work, and by challenging myself I could work toward minimizing my footprint here on Earth.

Lucky me, I already owned a reusable plastic utensil set. So now I carry it in my backpack and am able to whip it out no matter where I go. I recently bought another set that I plan to keep in my car. If I have my set with me, it is incredibly easy and it makes me feel good about my small contribution to saving the environment.

In thinking about the many ways I personally use disposable plastic I started wondering where else I could cut out waste; in the shower. Yup, my next idea was to stop using body wash that comes in a plastic bottle. Upon writing this I realized I could look for liquid soap that comes in a glass bottle, but for now, I am strictly using bar soap ( I haven’t figured out the whole shampoo & conditioner thing yet). Honestly, finding new bar soap to try is a lot of fun and it is cost effective. I recently discovered a loofa at Bed Bath & Beyond that allows you to insert your bar soap inside so when it gets wet, suds begin to form on its own. It is a great way to use the bar soap efficiently and allows for it to last longer.

So folks, those are the two things I am doing in attempts to take an active interest in the sustainability of this Earth. Do you have other things I could be doing? How are you saving the world today?

xoxo,

Lysse

Sephora Splurge: A Review 

Hey! I’ve been preparing for this post for a while now and I am so excited to share with y’all. One of my best friends gifted me a sample pack of Sephora Beauty products and she specifically told me “it is something you can blog about!” So here it is. If you’re looking to step up your skin care game this is a great place to start. Below are 9 different products I’ve been experimenting with over the past month, see what may work for you!

I do want to preface that some of the regular size bottles of these products are pretty expensive..like very expensive. Look for the ones that offer various sizes, then try the smallest one first to see how you like it. Some have an unrealistic price tag and I will probably never buy it again, but those that I really like I think I would make the effort to save for. You get one face, so invest in it! 

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Cleanser

A. Philosophy Purity Face Wash— A month ago I tried a new bar soap and swore I would never use anything else on my face every again. Then, I tried this Purity Liquid face soap and was so so impressed by the texture and how effective it cleaned my face. The soap feels soft on your skin and it leaves it feeling moisturized and clean instead of dry and or sticky like other soaps I’ve tried. 9/10 recommend. 

Moisturize 

B. Origins Drink Up-Intensive–Y’all this is nectar that fell from the heavens. I’m so serious.  First, it has a light fresh avocado fragrance and second, it is perfect for the cold winter months that are so hard on your skin. The bottle says it is a “mask” so I was confused if I was supposed to wash it off, or what. But really it is just a thick lotion that will keep your face moisturized overnight. 10/10 recommend. 

C. Caudalíe Moisturizing Cream–This was not my favorite. It is particularly made for those with oily skin and is supposed to be good under make-up. Personally, it wasn’t moisturizing enough for me. But if you do have oily skin it might be worth a try. 5/10 recommend. 

D. TarteGuard–This is a pretty nice moisturizer for under your make-up or for those days you go bare faced but still need some moisture. It is SPF 30, light, breathable, and non-greasy. Overall, it works and I like that it has the SPF, but I wasn’t overly impressed. 7/10 recommend. 

Mask

E. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate–Out of the two masks I received, this was my favorite. The exfoliation sediments are very very tiny. I applied it all over my face and rubbed it in small circles to ensure I covered my entire face. After washing it off I felt like I had effectively exfoliated the dead skin, and it left my face looking bright and blush. 8/10 recommend.

F. Boscia Peel Off Black Mask–Y’all, this is the mask you’ve seen all over Facebook and Instagram. The one that looks cool, but in theory hurts when you peel it off, and doesn’t extract all the things you hope it might. You have to apply a somewhat thick layer, so if you use the product consistently it won’t last long. It takes about 20 minutes to dry then you start the peeling process. I start at my chin, but as soon as I reach my upper cheeks it really starts to hurt. If you get it too close to your hairline, its game over. Tears start rolling. I inspected the removed mask and no blackheads were removed, maybe some small little white things but that is all. If anything I think it would be good for those with oily skin because it does absorb a good amount of oil. Otherwise, it is just not worth it. 4/10 recommend. 

Luxury

G. Shiseudi Wrinkle Resist— It is never too early to start fighting against wrinkles! Before this I had used a Clique under eye cream, but this one is far better. It is a thicker consistency unlike a cream or a lotion, that makes it feel more expensive for one, and two it feels more hydrating. I don’t have wrinkles, but I do think it has helped what my doctor calls “allergy eyes” or dark circles. If anything, it makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my future self. 8/10 recommend.

H.Caudalíe Sérum–When I first got this I didn’t understand the purpose. A serum? Is that like a lotion? Do I put it all over my face? After reading the Sephora page I learned that it is for dark spots, acne scars, and dryness. Perfect for me! Now that I’ve stopped trying to smear it all over my face I understand how it could be beneficial. I’m not sure if it actually works, but I apply it to my acne scars at night under the Orgins Intensive Mask, and again in the morning. Previously I was using Bio Oil on my acne scars and I think that stuff is magic, it also has a better price tag ,sooooo.  6.5/10 recommend. 

I. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light–Finally one of my favorite products out of the bunch. It is pure argan oil and comes in a small bottle with a droplet top. Once in the morning and once before I go to bed, I drop a little bit over my cuticles on both hands. It has worked wonders so far. I hate when my cuticles look dry and I start getting hangnails (boo winter) but this stuff has significantly help and makes my manicure look fresh longer. I have also used a few drops on various dry patches I’ve found on my legs, elbows, and knees. I’m sure their are a 1,000 more uses too, I just haven’t found them yet! 10/10 recommend. 

xoxo,

Lysse

Deva Curl Buildup Buster: A Review

UPDATE: If you’re interested in more Deva Curl products I have a full review over 5   products HERE!

I received another product in the mail by Influenster this week, and it may be the most exciting one yet. It is the newest DeVaCurl product called Build up Buster, not yet available in stores. The website says:

“We’re the first to bring Micellar Water to haircare! Micellar Water attracts dirt like a magnet to gently remove buildup from the hair and scalp. Unlike traditional clarifying shampoos that contain harsh ingredients, this powerful cleanser won’t strip the hair. Plus, it contains abyssinian seed oil and jojoba to deliver moisture, shine and head-turning bounce.” 

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Deva Curl Buildup Buster

The bottle top is a point that you screw open and the instructions tell you to focus on the scalp first and then move down toward the ends, rinse, then finish up with a conditioner. I used the product this morning after not having washed my hair for at least 8ish days. Going this long without washy for me means my curls are matted together, they are lifeless, flat, and very dry, with a slight fragrance of leftover coconut or olive oil mixed in. Knowing that this was the current state of my hair I thought this was a perfect time to test the effectiveness of the product!

The consistency of the product is gel like, but not sticky and it has a fabulous fragrance. If you have used any DevaCurl products you know not to expect any visible suds, and that was pretty much true here as well. I ran the tip all throughout my scalp, focusing on the back half of my head then worked some into the rest of my hair. I scratched around for a while before rinsing and conditioning like normal.

I’m not sure I can say that it “decreased any buildup” but I did feel like my hair was clean yet not striped of its oils like other shampoos do. To my curly girls, have you tried any of the DevaCurl products? Did you like them?

If you’re interested in my experience getting a DevaCurl Haircut, you can read about it here.

I’ve tried a few other products of theirs. The No Poo, One Conditioner, and The Ultra Defining Gel. I believe there is a level above the No Poo (like a little more “poo”) and I think I would like that better. Same for the Defining Gel, it was a little too crunchy for me.  The One Conditioner is awesome though!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

xoxo,

‘Lysse

Blog Swap: It’s Really Life or Death

Hey there fabulous Lysse on Life readers!

My name is Kaitlin and I’m a 20-
something who’s been graduated and working in the “real world” for like five months now. Alysse graciously agreed to do a blog swap with me and I quite literally could not be more excited to have the chance to connect with her AND all of y’all. One of my favorite things about blogging is having the opportunity to build relationships with different people all across the world, so this definitely furthers that.

I have been wanting to write this post for quite a while, but just haven’t gotten around to writing it for my own blog. Alysse and I decided to do a blog swap, so I thought chatting with y’all would be the right place!

Living as an “adult” for the past several months has really made me value my mental health, and one of the ways I do that is through my mantra! I know the idea of a “mantra” sounds low-key lame and super cliche, but it’s literally one of the best things I could have done for myself!

I don’t know if your parents are like mine, but growing up I would get really upset or annoyed about something and my mom would always say something along the lines of, “Kaitlin, just let it go. It’s not life or death.” If your parents didn’t use that phrase, it basically means whatever you’re upset about isn’t the end of the world, so just keep on trucking.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned everything quite literally is life or death and it’s not a bad thing.

Sometimes you may be put in a bad situation, but you’re still alive and you’re going to get through it. I have read many a blog that tell readers to ask themselves if whatever the hold up is going to be important five years down the line. They’re thinking along the same line as I am.

Your boyfriend broke up with you. Are you going to care in five years? You had to ask your mom for money to pay your electricity this month. Are you going to care in five years? You and your best friend got in a fight? Are you going to care in five years?

If you’re like me, it’s very likely the answer to all of those is overwhelmingly no. We like to get all hyped up about certain situations, whatever they may be, when in the long run they’re really not going to matter.

Want to know why?

Everything is quite literally life or death.

Every time I explain it to someone they saw it as low-key morbid, but I’ll let you be the judge. No matter what bad situation you’ve gotten yourself into, you’re still alive and will keep on chugging. You’re basically the Little Engine That Could. That, and the ability to learn new things about yourself and the world, is beautiful in and of itself. Life is the great experience and everything, even struggles, give you the opportunity to learn more about yourself and get closer to becoming the person you want to be.

On the flip side, if you’re dead, you won’t know! Or you’ll get to be a ghost or in Heaven or whatever it is you believe in, so those are pretty awesome alternatives.

Thinking of life like that changed so many things for me. I used to be negative and up in arms about everything if it didn’t work out my way, but now I have the opportunity to be ecstatic about everything that happens to me because it makes me more of who I’m supposed to be.

My boyfriend broke up with me, but it helped teach me what I wanted in a man. Someone that I thought was a friend didn’t help me get away from the creepy guy at the bar, but I learned in a low-stakes environment that maybe that friend doesn’t have my best interest at heart. I ran out of gas while on the way to work, but I learned just how far I can push my car until I run out of gas.

Everything is a learning situation and learning helps you get better in the future. I know, gag me, right? I thought that at first, but looking at my life in this way, where everything, no matter good or bad, is an opportunity to learn about myself and get better for the future has honestly improved my quality of life and has led to a whole lot less stress.

Do you have a mantra?

Thanks for letting me hang out in your blog space, and feel free to follow my blog (kaitlinbain15.wordpress.com)! I write about my life, my job, my style and other stuff I just randomly run into.

Xo,

K

One Lovely Blog Award

My last semester of school has started and I have quickly realized that I should have prepped more posts over the break..oops. Fortunately, today I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by Kaitlin, a fellow blogger. I thought this would be a perfect time to pop back into the blogosphere, so hello!

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Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Tell your nominees the good news!

My 7 Facts:

  • I have dreams of owning a farm and tending to a large garden, but my new diagnosis of severe allergies to basically everything outside is kinda sidetracking that plan.
  • I really enjoy cooking. I’m not that great yet, but I love the steps and process that it requires. You start with a bunch of random stuff and it all comes together to make a meal. I think its just so beautiful.
  • I’ve never been out of the country. It has just never happened. Vacations as a child were usually centered about AAU basketball schedules and the opportunity never came about. While I have the desire to travel abroad, there are also so many places in the US I want to visit as well.
  • I have lived in four different states, and soon I’ll be moving again!
  • Clothes > Make-up, Clothes > Shoes
  • I went to a private Christian school until I moved to Texas in 5th grade. I follow a lot of my  old classmates and past teachers on social media and it’s so wild to see what path everyone is on. (The teachers are v v v conservative, but all my old classmates seem v v v rad)
  • I played a lot of competitive basketball growing up and now I have no desire to ever watch a game ever again. I just can’t watch it without dissecting every move so it is just not good entertainment for me.

Well my friends, thats all I got for you today! Make sure you’re following my instagram account: lysseonlife. I post regularly on there and I have started a new series titled “Coffee Courage” look for the pictures of a coffee mug to check it out!

xoxo,

‘Lysse

Podcast Party: My Experience with Audible

Y’all know how much I love podcasts, but for my latest drive to visit the boy I tried something a little different: audiobooks. I used a free trial of the Amazon related platform Audible and it worked really well. The drive was approximately ~6hrs, so I got two books that together would provide more than enough entertainment and were two very different genres.

Audible is a subscription based program. The first 30 days are free, then after that it is about $15 a month where you get 1 credit a month, which usually equals one book. If you want to buy an additional book that month then members get 30% off. So, just like Blue Apron, after I used the free trial I immediately cancelled my subscription because I don’t got money like that. Although, I would consider just paying for another book on its own next time I have a long drive to make. Overall, I really enjoyed the platform I just can’t afford it monthly.

What I Got:

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

  • Narrator Voice: The narration was down by Lauren Graham herself which I really enjoyed. She was easy to listen to and since it was a biography of sorts it added to the overall story.
  • Story/Content: I love Lauren Graham mostly for her characters on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. This book of hers gave a look at how she got into the industry, the jobs she had before she “made it,” insider tips about life in Hollywood, her love life, and of course the back stage look at the Gilmore Girls Revival!
  • Length: 4hrs 38min
  • Overall Enjoyment: I loved it! The book was very light hearted and Lauren Graham seems to have such a down to earth personality for a celebrity like herself. The book is witty and filled with humor that reminded me of her Gilmore Girls character, Lorelai. 9/10 recommend! 

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins 

  • Narrator Voice: This is a fiction book, therefore each character has a different narrator, or at least they all sound slightly different. The book is set in London, so they do all have a British accent. I honestly had a hard time distinguishing some of the characters, but they may also be because the book switches point of view after each chapter.
  • Story/Content: The book is about a woman who rides the train into the city every day and looks out onto the neighborhood where she used to live with her ex-husband. She watches a neighboring couple on her old street which she creates names and personalities for. The book continues about her life and her struggle in dealing with her husbands affair which led to her divorce, and all culminates around a mysterious murder of woman on that street, the same woman she created fantasies about each time she passed their house on the train.
  • Length: 10hrs 59min
  • Overall Enjoyment: Everyone that has recommended Audible to me, said I should definitely try this book, but I was not really impressed. The story drags at times, I didn’t think any of the plot twists were that surprising or innovative, so overall it was just okay. I think part of it had to do with the monotony and/or the annoyance of their voices. 6.5/10 recommend! 

Have a book recommendation for me? Comment below!

xoxo,

‘Lysse

8 Things to Buy With Your Christmas Cash

Yay for an influx in Christmas cash, but what are you going to spend it on? Food, right? NO! Resist the urge and actually buy items that last! Crazy idea, huh? Here is my list of potential purchases!

Beauty

  • Glossier Products: I’ve never bought or even tried anything from Glossier but I keep seeing it come up on various social media feeds and I’m very intrigued by their marketing/branding. They have lip glosses, body butters, face masks, nail polish, and more. I’m looking to try the _Super Pack which is a collection of face serums that either add bounce, help with breakouts, or add a glow!
  • Skin Food Products: Skin Food by AB is an Etsy store and the one product I have tried so far is great! About 6 months ago I gave up body wash that came in a plastic bottle and switched to bar soaps. One, its good for the environment. Two, trying new bar soap is so fun and so inexpensive! I was on the look for a soap specifically for my face and found the Organic Charcoal Soap from Skin Food. It is designed to help with acne, cleanse, and balance skin tone. I love love love it! It really calms my skin and helps with redness and irritation.

Clothing

  • Lululemon: Yeah, so maybe ALL of your Christmas cash would have to go to this one but I couldn’t leave it off the list. I personally want some high waisted tights but am waiting for a pair I like to make it to the sale rack. Always remember there is a “We Made Too Much Section” AKA CLEARANCE!
  • Flare Jeans: Y’all I swear they are  back … coming back in style! Just wait, you’ll see. They are perfect to wear with all your winter booties. I’m looking at this pair at Target for only $25!
  • Boho Betty Jewelry: Jewelry is always something I forget about. I don’t buy much of it on my own and I often forget to even put it on. So if you’re like me, this is your reminder that jewelry is cool too. Check out some of the pieces from Boho Betty, and get 10% off with the coupon code “lysseonlife.” My favorites are: The Moselle Bracelet, The Beaded Tassel Necklace, and the Wanderlust Tassel Bracelet.

Paper Products

  • Journaling Bible: I feel like these Bibles have been all the rage lately. I know some people wouldn’t dare write in their Bible, and I know some people …like me who feel like it is oh so necessary ( I date every verse/chapter I read each time I read it). Well if you’re like me, a journaling bible may be for you. It has wide margins allowing for you to doodle, note, and reflect to your hearts desire. Check these out from Lifeway! 
  • Cookbook: It is 2017, lets get better at adulting! The boy got me a new cookbook for Christmas, Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy. Perfect for me, right!? I’m so excited to cook my way through it.
  • Artifact Uprising: You know all those pictures you love so much that are trapped on your phone? Well how about you actually print those out. Artifact Uprising, prints some of the most beautiful pictures on quality paper that I just love. The square print sets are perfect for all those instagram pictures!

Hope this gave you some ideas you hadn’t thought about yet and if you do spend it all on food, thats okay too!

xoxo,

‘lysse

So You Want to Bullet Journal? 

Last week on Instagram, I posted about starting a bullet journal, but at that point I had jumped the gun a little bit because I had all my supplies, except for the journal. Well today, after some obnoxious UPS tracking, my journal arrived and I got right to work!

If you are unfamiliar, a bullet journal is a combination of a journal and a planner that you create to your liking all on your own (or with the assistance of stencils, templates, etc). It can be a very daunting task, but I love the flexibility and creativity it allows. I’ve also always been a person who carries around both a journal and a planner so I’m glad to combine them into one.

If you were to google “bullet journal” your mind would quickly be overwhelmed with all the inspiration and possibilities that are out there. For me this was very much the case, and some people are out here really going above and beyond. Don’t let this be a source of anxiety for you, or hold you back from starting, take the first step and try your best…for bullet journaling and everything else.

Okay, so you’re reading this post, you may have ventured over to google to get a glimpse of what I am talking about, and you think you want to do this! Alright well here is what you need:

  1. A Journal-most people prefer ones with a grid or dots, so think Moleskins. Or, you can purchase the “official bullet journal journal” a Leuchtturm 1917.
  2. Pens- you can use the pen you picked up from the doctors office last week, or go pick up some of the many v fancy writing utensils out there. I use Sharpie Pens, Tombow Dual Brush Pens, and ek Tools Pens.
  3. A Tiny Ruler-not necessary but is nice to have and it is small enough to store in the back of your journal.
  4. Washi Tape-again not necessary but can be fun to accessorize your journal’s cover of inside pages

Okay, so all supplies are on deck and you open your journal and you’re ready to go, right? No. Close the journal. Plan first, execute later. I had a 3 day waiting period before my journal came in the mail and during that time I scrolled through the many Buzzfeed articles, tumblr posts, and google images looking for layouts I liked and that I thought would be conducive to my life. When I found something I liked I screen shot it so that I could come back to it later. After this research I was left with a list of what I wanted, what order it would go in, and screen shot examples that corresponded.

  1. Index (if you got the Leuchtturm 1917 this is included in the pages)
  2. Key-I haven’t filled mine in yet because I’m still deciding what symbols I want to use, but this is basically a legend. For example, I may have an “x” to signify that a task is complete, or an –> to signify something has been migrated to another day/week, etc.

3. Future Log- A future log is pretty common in bullet journals and is used to pick out major events that happen in certain months. So your best friend’s birthday, or an anniversary, extended vacation, etc. It also allows for you to see the whole year.

4. Reading List- This is an example of something I used to write in my journal instead of my planner, but now it’s all here! I’m always looking for/being recommended new books to read and I found this layout online which I thought was really cute!

5. Blog Ideas & Goals-Obviously I have a blog so I wanted a page I could scribble post ideas on. Then on the next page will soon be filled with 2017 goals! 

6. January-Here is where I get to the meat of the planner section. January is my birthday month so that was my decorating theme. On the left page is descending numbers that correspond to each day of the month. There, I will right major events, ie. 10. MY BIRTHDAY! On the same page I included a simple to-do list for the month. Something I normally keep on sticky note on my laptop, so we will see how it works here. On the right page is “Monthly Affirmations” under it is a box with nothing include yet (lol) and another box for goals, as well as the calendar again. 

7. Habit Tracker- Another idea original to the bullet journal idea is a habit tracker. A place for you to list out the habits you want to keep for the month and track how often you stick to it or complete it ( The next picture is an closer view at my habits). On the next page is a simple spending log. Something I know i’m bad at keeping up with so we will see. Adulting is hard y’all. 

8. Week 1- Finally! I’m at my first weekly breakdown. Right away I want to point out that for next time, I’m going to start my week off with Monday and include Saturday and Sunday at the end of the week because I think that makes the most sense for keeping up with school assignments. As of now, I have many ideas for the uses the boxes on top serve: high and low of the week days, events/appointments I need to attend, etc. 

In between my 2017 Goals page I left about 5 front and back pages open for me to add things later. This is not necessary as the index is there to help you find pages you may be looking for even if they are randomly after other unrelated pages. I knew that I would come across more things to include (like a wishlist) so I left some black pages but they will be used up eventually. But overall y’all, thats it. It does take a good amount of time to set up, but now I just have to actually use it, then at the end of the week i’ll go in and set up the next week’s spread. If you have time, go ahead and get ahead as many weeks as possible!

I hope this was helpful and I hope you give it a try. Remember, be nice to yourself. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it should just be enjoyable and useful! If you think you might start, comment below and let me know, I think half of this is having people that will hold you accountable to keep using it, so lets be each others persons!

xoxo,

‘lysse