Lessons I’ve learned from my bullet journal

This past week I was a guest lecturer at my alma mater to speak about Bullet Journaling with their Advising, Retention, and Career Center. While putting together my presentation, I thought about tips and tricks, words of advice, and sharing some of my favorite spreads. Sometimes, I can say something that may sound inspirational, but I definitely didn’t intend it that way… This happened while I was presenting. I was sharing my genuine advice, thoughts, and perspective, and afterwards I was told the lessons I taught during the workshop should also be applied to life.


I had never realized how much I had been learning from my bullet journal. Yet, as I was creating the presentation, I definitely had a lot to say and so much to share. With my advice, and someone pointing this out to me, I had been implementing not only the action of using a bullet journal, but the ideals that fall within it. Here are the top five things I’ve learned and implemented into my life, because of my bullet journal:

1. Take time for yourself

Over the years, I continue to build in hobbies or activities that give me time for myself. Through bullet journaling, scrapbooking, or even going to the gym/running, those moments are completely for me.

2. What works for you might not work for others

Straight up – this is why we’re all such different people. Friends who live their life one way, probably doesn’t align with your other friend, or you. Right now, my timeline in life is completely different than SO many of my friends. And that’s okay.

3. It’s okay to make a mistake

Boy oh boy, in my bullet journal I have mistake after mistake. But I’ve learned from those and have done better. In life, I make a mistake, I own my mistake, and I do better. Making mistakes makes us better. Never forget that.

4. Even on your worst days, you can usually find one thing to be thankful for

Intentionally searching for something to be grateful in a day has been a saving grace in my life. On some of the darker days, there’s still something out there that I can say “yep, I’m thankful for that.” and that’s pretty special.

5. Always start with pencil – not pen…

Okay, I’m really just including this because I forgot to tell the workshoppers to do this…and so many dove in with some type of confidence and I was very proud of them, but also felt terrible when they hated what they created. So, I guess in life, sketch it out, make a list, or do a little planning – sometimes something so permanent can cause a lot of frustration and stress. (I don’t know, this one is a stretch so just roll with it)

It was so much fun to be able to go into a room, with familiar and new faces, and share about something I truly love to do. Bullet Journaling has changed my life in so many positive ways. Through tracking my mood each day to writing one thing down that I’m thankful for, I am better because of the time I set aside to self reflect.

Do you bullet journal? If so, share your spreads in the comments below! I’d love to see what your favorite pieces are!

Thanks for reading,


P.S. I’m running out of pages for my bullet journal this year, so if anyone has fun suggestions of what to do or designs, let me know. (Again, always start with a pencil and pre-plan a little bit)

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