Organizing

Hobbies:Bullet Journaling

I’ve always kept a planner to help me keep track of things. I’ve also frequently had multiple types of notebooks to help me keep track of my different writing ideas as well as my to-do’s. With my responsibilities increasing I needed a way to keep track of all of my responsibilities in one place. So far Bullet journaling has really helped me get  a hold over our finances. This month I just focused on getting the finances together, next month I plan to include appointments, meal planning, chores, and habits into my journal.

Here is how I plan to organize August in my Bullet journal. organizer-791939_1920

Monthly Calendar

Monthly Income Tracker

Monthly Bills Breakdown

August Debt Crush (Each month I have certain debts I want to get rid of)

Weekly Budget Breakdown

Chore Chart Monthly

Chore Chart Weekly

Chore Chart Daily

To Do List: Immediate, Later, Eventually

Weekly Meal Plan

The Last Time I (tracker) Changed the sheets, bought xyz, Cleaned xyz, etc.

Dr’s Appointments Myself, Daniel, Wesley

Future Purchases

Water Consumption

Blog Post Tracker (frequency of Posts)

Creating this bullet journal has really helped me in laying out my thoughts over the past week. I too often have a million things running through my head, and often feel that there is not enough time in the day. As I get more into bullet journaling you can expect a few how to hobby posts about it. It seems to be a popular idea at the moment, but it is an organizational tool that I am finding to be extraordinarily helpful. It is a one stop shop for all of my needs. Unlike in the past where I would write about my day in my diary, keep track of my future to-do’s in my planner, and make a list of my daily to-do’s inside of the nearest notebook I could find, now I am able to keep track of all my ideas in one spot. There is no right or wrong.

I had been wondering just what I was going to do with the beautiful leather bound journal my husband had gifted me a couple months ago, and now I have the answer. Its been incredibly freeing to just get all the ideas down in one place without constantly having to look for the right notebook to write it down in. Amazingly this organizational tool also has its own community, there are so many people online talking, sharing, and experimenting online with this concept. The inspiration for others on exactly how to do a bullet journal is ultimately refreshing.

So tell me have you experimented with bullet journaling? How do you like it so far? Please share in the comments below.

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News

Getting Back on Track

Finding out I was pregnant with baby number two hit me much harder than I would have expected. Even though we were trying for this one I still found myself completely unprepared for what that meant exactly. These past few months had me physically ill from morning sickness and financially unhinged. Fortunately thanks to my sisters gift of a vehicle I was able to jump on board with Lyft. With my husbands hours I needed something flexible that I could do while making money consistently, unfortunately the blogging thing just wasn’t cutting it. However, I don’t want to give up on my blog not when I’ve already invested so much time, energy, and money into it.

I’ve also decided to get my teaching certification, and hope to be employed as a teacher by Fall 2018. Being a teacher will of course mean placing my children in daycare something I’ve thus far avoided (mostly because it was/is not affordable), however with both my husband and I working and with me getting paid a teacher salary we could definitely afford daycare even with both kiddos attending.  In the meantime I am finally getting a handle over our finances and have an actual action plan aimed at bringing down our debt. Since starting Lyft on June 24, 2017 I’ve made over $1000. I also got my husband in on the action and he’s brought in over $300 since he started July 4th.

My husband choose to leave sushi at the end of May and has since been working at a cafe. He gets paid weekly, which means we have to really budget if we want to pay everything on time. My responsibilities as a result both to my working and with my husbands new pay schedule have increased. Its been difficult trying to organize everything. To combat my organization problem I explored Pinterest where I discovered Bullet Journaling (BUJO). Tomorrow’s post I will share my enterance into the Bullet Journaling adventure.

How I’m handling my New Years Resolutions:

Personal:

Health:

Pregnancy definitely makes you more aware of your health I’ve managed to maintain a healthy diet and have gotten pretty good at meal planning. Since getting the car I’m walking less, but I’m still making an effort to walk regularly, I’ve also been taking my son to the Pool and Park multiple times a week. Thanks to Lyft I’ve mostly gotten setup with a regular wake-up and bedtime routine.

Financially:

My husband switched jobs a few times this year as a result our finances have been sort of off balance. Thanks to my working with Lyft, however I’ve managed to get a handle over many things and I expect in the next few months to see a great improvement in our situation. Since I am due with a new little in December I’m planning not only to cut down on our debt, but also to pay extra on our bills for the next few months. I’ve got a budget set up and thanks to my bullet journal I’m able to keep track of my progress so much better.

Hobbies:

I haven’t done a whole lot in the hobbies department, but my reading list has really been devoured. I started reading Strengths Quest, and I finally finished Stephen Kings On Writing, Debt Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About, as well as What to Expect the Second Year. My plants are going to need to be re-potted again even though I just re-potted them this Spring. Bullet Journaling feels like it is quickly becoming a new hobby and I am really enjoying it. My husband bought me a new journal a couple months ago and I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it, until I found bullet journaling on Pinterest.

My writing goals:

My blog:

I didn’t reach my goal of 5 posts a week every week. Especially when you consider I haven’t posted anything in the past three months. However, I did purchase my blog rights this year, and despite being gone for three months I managed to rake in a whole thirty cents in advertisement funds. I’m hoping as I get back on track and begin posting more regularly the funds will increase. I don’t want to give an exact number for how often I will be posting, though I really hope I can post at least twice a week. I’ve got a ton of posting ideas still, and I want to continue this even if I can’t make it a full-time income the way I had hoped it would, maybe I can make it a side thing.

My Clients:

Right now I have zero clients, I can always get set back up with Kinnectpay and I was recently brought on as an ambassador with Lyft. In addition, I have affiliate rights to an amazing product that I look forward to sharing with you down the road. With as busy as I am with Lyft I don’t see how I can get set back up with Fiverr. I do want to get stuff set up on Constant Content, but again I am looking for when I will find the time.

Creative Writing:

I have been collecting lots of ideas in the last few months, unfortunately time has been whats gotten away with me. I finally have a wake-up/sleep schedule and it is really helping me to get everything done. I’m hoping that my new bullet journaling habit will help me find more time in my day not only to blog, but also to write creative stories.

 

Motherhood, News

Baby #2: My Birth Announcement

It was our goal to have another baby this year, and come December 11, 2017, plus or minus a few days, we will have a little girl/boy in our lives. I’m so excited to be pregnant again. As much of a surprise the first pregnancy was, this one has its own challenges, but is so much easier.

First, I have more experience this time around. I’m not basing all my knowledge on what I was told growing up, instead I have personal experience to go off of.

Second, we are more financially stable this go round, and we have our ducks in a row. My sister was amazing enough to gift us her second vehicle as she had just bought herself a new one and no longer needed her old vehicle.

Third, I will be hiring a doula. What is a doula? A doula is a labor advocate, she helps make sure everything goes your way in the room during delivery. She also provides advice, breathing techniques, and helps relieve pressure during the laboring process. I choose to hire a doula this time for two reasons. A) I tore horribly during my first delivery and I do not want to repeat that again. B) On the good chance that my labor progresses faster than someone can pick up our son who will be a little less than 2 in a half, I need someone I trust to be there for me, while my husband is entertaining our toddler in the waiting room.

How this pregnancy is different from my first?

My nausea lasted a lot longer than with my son. In addition, heart burn has been horrible. I am a lot more active this pregnancy than I was with my first. I am determined to maintain my leg muscles this pregnancy so I can be in a vertical position during delivery. Having a toddler certainly helps with this. My last pregnancy I craved mostly tacos, whereas this pregnancy I am craving fruits and veggies. I’m pretty sure this little one will be a girl, but I won’t find out until next week, so stay tuned for the gender reveal.

 

 

Growing Up, Motherhood, Year Two

2 Year- Toddler Post

I started this blog when I was pregnant with my son, he inspired me to follow my dream of writing. I have had many ups and downs not only with my emotions, but also with my writing. The past few months I have been very distracted with a combination of family drama, financial crisis, and a roller coaster of depression. We have had a lot of changes take place over the course of a short period. Tomorrow I will be making a big announcement. It amazes me how quickly time has moved forward, my little boy is two today it feels just like yesterday I was holding him in the hospital.

 

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

The last few months have been difficult for many reasons. I’ve basically been on a roller coaster, but everything seems to have evened out in the past couple of weeks. My son is into everything. He climbs on things and no toy stays in the toy bin for long. The constant need for cleaning and housekeeping has definitely caused a good deal of stress. The messy house combined with the slight financial mess we found ourselves in has definitely not helped with my roller coaster of depression. Fortunately everything seems to be improving. I’m working on creating new schedules and plans via the bullet journal method. (More on bullet journaling next week.)

 

toy-box-1916163_640How Toddler is Doing?:

He has all of his teeth and is getting taller. His vocabulary is incredibly large with new words being added everyday. His 1 year old cousin came to stay for a couple of weeks and the two had a great time playing with one another. Wesley doesn’t quite understand sharing, but he definitely learned what “mine” means while his cousin was visiting. With summer here I have started taking him to the local kiddy pool. He is tall enough that he can walk across the whole thing. It goes from 9 inches to 2 feet. I sit/stand next to him the whole time while he walks around and plays with his and others water toys. He hates getting his face and hair wet, but since taking him to the pool regularly he enjoys baths much more.

20170409_165549Feeding Toddler?

So we stopped the food pouches, they were no longer filling him up and they were getting very expensive. He basically eats almost exclusively what we eat. I do buy him snacks that are more specifically for him including goldfish, animal crackers, peanut butter crackers, and fruit snacks. The kid also loves tomatoes, so even though I am not a fan I buy him tomatoes every now and again. Recently he has been over-indulging himself on fruit-snacks. I’m working on getting him to understand they are a sometimes treat. He knows how to get into the pantry and fridge by himself. We have successfully set it up so he can’t get into the kitchen, but keeping him out of the pantry has proven impossible.

circle-304524_1280Tips and Tricks:

Pool shoes are a must have for splash pads

Summer is host to a whole slew of free fun family activities don’t forget to check your local city center and library for free events. Tired of visiting the same park or pool over and over again, change it up by driving further away from home to visit a neighboring public pool or park, just make sure you check their open days and times, some pools are closed during certain week days for cleaning.