How to Create a Bullet Journal for Blogging: Part One

I’ve always wanted to create a bullet journal and this post by @Suzie81Speaks has inspired me to do so!

Suzie Speaks

For the last two years, I’ve requested one thing for Christmas – a notebook. In that notebook, I keep ongoing trackers of my blog and social media stats, monthly and daily checklists, trackers of my social media client stats and some ideas and small drafts for blog posts.

What I didn’t realise that I was doing was creating my own version of a bullet journal. In fact, up until about two months ago I’d never really heard much about them, that is, until I watched a ‘July Plan With Me’ YouTube tutorial from AmandaRachLee on creating a monthly set of ‘spreads,’ (that’s page layouts to us ordinary folk). Since then it has become a bit of an obsession – I’ve watched more tutorials than I can count, allowed myself a small budget to buy materials, practiced different handwriting styles and layouts and began the process of setting up a bullet…

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Pretty Girls Don’t Get Less Than A Hundred Likes On Their Selfie

“We never post about our failures, but we always let everyone know about our accomplishments. We think the friends we have on social media are perfect, so we strive to be perfect like them.”

A great post that definitely hits home. I have struggled with feeling left out or that my life isn’t perfect. Part of my degree in Public Relations is grounded in the teachings of attaining followers/likes/best number of hits on social media.

Coming from this, I try to see social media as a way for individuals to express themselves and for companies, either those that are established or those that are up and coming, use this tool to reach individuals. It is with this thought, that I try not to get jealous of those who may be doing more than me or those that are prettier or more successful than me. I try and just see it as we are all trying to connect with one another and all forms of social media are great tools for that.

Aly McHenry

I thought I was depressed because of social media.

I posted a picture of myself on Instagram and five minutes later, I deleted it, because nobody liked it. I thought I looked pretty in it. I genuinely loved the picture, but in a span of five minutes, I decided I didn’t like it anymore, because nobody else did.

Two weeks later I posted it again with a stronger filter and increased the brightness, and I got 57 likes, and I felt good again, but then an overwhelming feeling of disappointment washed over me. I liked the first picture better, so why didn’t I keep it up?

It’s because I define my worth by how many likes I get on a picture or a post, and the realization of that fact actually causes my stomach to flop.

We’re the generation of social media. We all have four core social media accounts…

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How to Use Airbnb – The SAFE Way

AirBnB became a way of life for me when I was studying abroad last fall, this is very good advice from fellow blogger @AshleyMiller

The Carpe Diem Life

Do you have any anxiety using Airbnb?

Well if you are a strictly hotel/motel guy or gal give me JUST 3 MINUTES to introduce your to Airbnb and change your mind!

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As we are well aware, travel is well….  EXPENSIVE! But, there are people like me who don’t have much extra cash and still manage to travel. How you ask? Personally, I decide what I can live without, and then I let all that go! This means that while staying in a nice hotel with a pool and room service would be nice, I instead check out available Airbnb options! Airbnb costs are low, but location and quality are as high as you could want. This is an especially good option for families who require multiple rooms, as you could (potentially) rent a whole apartment or home to stay in for the duration of your trip.

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Reading List: Travel and Self-Discovery

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Emily Perper is a word-writing human for hire. She blogs about her favorite longreads at Diet Coker.

“One?s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things,” wrote Henry Miller. Travel changes the traveler, obviously. Here, authors look at themselves, their societies, and their conceptions of home.

1. “Fat and Happy: Living Body Positive in Indonesia.” (Emily Anderson, August 2013)

I?ve followed Anderson?s adventures as she?s navigated the weird waters of serving abroad and intersectional feminism. Here?s her latest, a beautiful, articulate exploration of how fat is treated in Indonesia.

2. “Last City I Loved: Abu Dhabi.” (April Xiong, The Rumpus, August 2013)

A dreamy meditation on travel and what makes a home. Xiong studies film in Abu Dhabi, but isn?t sure if she?ll ever belong there, or anywhere.

3. “On Seeing England for the First Time.” (Jamaica Kincaid, 1991)

“My nose was pressed…

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