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Revisiting the Bullet Journal

A year or so ago, I tried out bullet journaling (bujo for short), but it was too chaotic, disorganized and repetitive, so I went back to my Filofax. And, in the manner of many planner users, that hasn’t quite fit the bill, either. The rings are in the way, I carry around a ton of stuff that I never use or look at…I love, love, love my Malden, but…I need to try something else.

I don’t remember what led me to bujo videos on youtube the other day, but I was quickly caught up in them and decided to give the system another try.

I had a nice hardcover notebook on hand, which I wouldn’t normally use except that this one lays flat when open. I wrote my key (which is still undergoing changes) and a little “if you find this” note and taped them inside the front cover.

My last bujo’s index was a mess. I wrote dang near everything there, because if I want to find something, I want to be able to find it NOW. As a result, it was insane, and part of why I decided to drop this system. This time it will be a bit more general, but in a way, hopefully, that I’ll still have a sense of where to look for a particular entry.

I’m too lazy to write little calendars for the year-at-a-glance, and I just happened to have one of those little calendars that insurance companies will give you, and I cut the tiny ‘month before and after’ ones and taped them in. Easy-peasy. 🙂

I found the weekly set-up in a video (sorry, I don’t remember which one), and as I prefer a weekly view, gave it a shot. I already know that it’s not big enough, so next week will be a week-on-two-pages setup. Otherwise I’ll end up with tons of notes elsewhere, and I really don’t want that.  I’m also trying out trackers, but I don’t know if I’ll stick with them. I’ve also made some mistakes, as you can see, and the perfectionist in me has managed not to freak out and start all over…go, me!

After the weekly page I have a sort of daily setup, where I’m writing notes. When I go to the 2-page setup, I may drop that. Or do more of a brain dump section. I’m not sure yet.

I just started using a bujo over the weekend, so I’m curious to see how I tweak it and how it ends up working for me. Fingers crossed!

©Pip Miller – August 2017

PS: update on the marmot. All 4 of her paws were burnt. 😦 It seems that when people go camping in northern NM and CO, marmots crawl up under the hood and when the vehicle is started, they are too scared to move and end up riding under there til the car stops. Ouch! They healed her paws and drove her to northern NM and released her into a family of marmots. It’s not hers, but at least she’ll have an easy time fitting in; if she was male, territory issues would cause problems. So she’s ok!!! #happydance

Divination · Filofax · Journal · Nature

Hello, March!!!

I love March. It’s a great month for me. And it finally feels like winter is heading out, and spring is wandering in. For the first time ever, there’s been more than one robin at the birdbath. The other day there were 6!! I couldn’t believe it!

Last night I did some random card readings using my trimmed Fey Tarot, and it must have been the wine, but my intuition was on the ball and the cards just spoke to me. It was wonderful! I pulled these for March:

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I love this deck, and I love not knowing what the majority of the cards are. Helps my Virgo step aside and let my Pisces intuition kick in! What do you see in these cards?

Things are changing, that’s obvious. Not always in a good way, but still, changing. I came across an Instagram post by Alaina O’Brien this morning that mentions how things/we are being broken down in order to become something bigger and better. Pretty much sums it all up, wouldn’t you say?

There was also this amazing post by Pearl Wilde that really hit home last night, too.

I have high hopes for March. Hopes that the darkness and fear and struggles will get easier, hope that peace is to be found in the little things, and hope that spring brings growth and joy and happiness with it. Do you have hopes for this month?

©Pip Miller – March 2017

PS: I have a part-time day job again, but I have plenty of time for healing sessions! Don’t hesitate to ask for a particular time! If it doesn’t fit my schedule, we’ll work something out. 🙂

PPS: One thing I’ve noticed since I haven’t been using my Filofax…I can’t find anything!

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The Filofax Itch

…and other non-Filofax thoughts.

At the end of last year I wasn’t in the position to purchase new Filofax inserts, so I picked up a planner at Walgreens. It’s about 5×7, has big pages and print…and the pages fit perfectly in my A5 Filofax Chameleon.

Every time I open the planner, I have the urge to tear all the pages out and put them in the Chameleon, but the thought of punching holes, one by one because I don’t have a hole punch that does this configuration, is exhausting. But boy, that Chameleon is calling to me! The pages are too big for my Personal Malden (unless I also cut the pages down to size), but the definitely call out to be out of their binder. Pretty as it is.

What is a body to do?? Lol

In other news, a friend sent me a link to this great post by Starhawk, which is all committing to regeneration in the face of what is going on in the US. This friend is also the only person I know who is actually sanguine about the situation, as she sees the need for the dissolution of so much that is wrong so that we can build newer and better. I see her point, but I’ll be honest, I’m still terrified.

I just watched Arwen’s Tarotscope for this week, and the affirmation she came up with, “Today I create peace” is a really wonderful one. With so much fear and stress, doing what little bit we can to create peace is very important. What ways can you do that in your world? I’m trying not to RT as many tweets about what’s going on, not to ignore it, but to honor those in my timelines who are triggered terribly by all of this. I was a bit crazy with the RTs for a while (I could, and still can NOT fathom all of this), and I had to slow down, even for me. I was giving myself anxiety, and that’s not helpful at all.

I began doing more energy healing on myself, alleviating those feelings and doing my best to bring calm and peace into my head and body. It was the only other thing I could think of! 🙂 I am happy to help anyone else who could use some of that in their life, too.

I’m trying to spend a bit less time online, and took out some great books from the library. I just finished The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and next up is The Marriage of Opposites. The Dovekeepers was amazing, and I’ll be on the lookout for it at my favorite bookstore.

How are you coping with the non-stop barrage?

Oh! Almost forgot! My friend Ronda, she of the fantastic malas, responded to a tweet of mine about trading a session for a Pussy Hat. Yes, the ones worn at the Women’s March. I received it last week and it’s so cool! It’s multiple colors for #solidarityindiversity, which is fantastic! Sadly, it’s been too warm to wear it so far. But I will!

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Take care all, and be kind to yourselves.

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – February 2017

Energy Healing · Filofax · Journal · Planners

My Filofax is Waiting!

My Filofax is poised and ready to add you to the schedule!

Malden at the ready!

Also, if you have ever had a session with me, I could use some help in spreading the word, if you don’t mind. Thanks!!

©Pip Miller – November 2016

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From Bullet Journal to Filofax

After almost 2 months of using a Bullet Journal, I’ve come to the conclusion that it just wasn’t doing it for me. I love that you can tweak the original concept to make it yours in every way, but even when I streamlined it a bit, it still wasn’t cutting it. More than anything else, I discovered that I really, really need a weekly view, and while, yes, I could draw one into the BuJo by hand, I would then be creating a yearly, monthly, weekly, AND daily set-up in it. Redundant and overkill. Plus, lots of use of a ruler.

So the other day I moved back into my beloved Malden (seriously, it feels like butter; I can’t stop holding it), and mucked around with its set-up til it worked for me.  Also, hell, no, I did not pay that much for mine. Amazon FTW!

Anyway. Right off, when you open it, Hello, Kitty! greets you. I’m not even a Hello, Kitty! fan, but it’s cute, and it’s a sticky pad. 🙂 Section one has my unused pages from the end of last year, placed in upside down so I don’t forget that they aren’t actually the dailies for this year (that would so be something I would do), to be used as scribble paper.

Section two has the pages for actual lists that I want to keep, and section 3 has the week-on-two-pages for 2016 (I keep them at the back so there is a cushion between the left-hand pages and the front of the Filofax to make writing easier). That calendar came with the Malden, and it isn’t my favorite, but the Page-per-Day (the ones that are scribble paper now), while having a lot of room, didn’t help with my need for a weekly view.

I checked out the Filofax site today, and, Lo!, look what I found!!!! I didn’t even know there was such a thing!!! In the “week on one page” picture above, you can see how I drew the lines that correspond to the ones in the week-on-one-page picture in the link, and the size of each day is totally doable, because the next page is…a note page!!! I can see my week at a glance, AND have room for notes! I’m going to order it ASAP!!

As for the BuJo, I may still use some of the signifiers (like task, event, note, appointment), but nothing else. I gave it a try, but it just didn’t call to me as a permanent thing in the end, and I wish all who love the idea to pieces much happiness with it. If you’re curious about BuJos, there’s a community on G+, lots of youtube videos, lots and lots of pictures on Instagram…and probably some on FB, too.

I’ll be here, petting my buttery-soft Malden. 🙂

©Pip Miller – July 2016

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Filofax Heaven

Earlier this month, I posted a video on youtube, but I forgot to post it here!

Oh, the Malden!

©Pip Miller – March 2016

 

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Plum Paper Planner

It’s finally here!!!! They said it takes weeks, and it did. 6 to be exact. That’s ok, I expected it. 🙂

~The lovely logo on the box.

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~The colorful month tabs. Each month’s color scheme matches them.

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~I love the simplicity and colors of the pages!

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~After using a Filofax for so long, I got used to having a bookmark to flip to the current day/week. This doesn’t have one (though I hear the ones by Erin Condren work with Plum Paper planners), so I used removable tabs that I already had. One is for the week we’re in…

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…and the other for the monthly calendar.

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~I’ve just now noticed an odd thing they do: the first page of each month has the remaining days of the previous month in a muted print. Like a wall calendar with blank days for the days of other months. And the last page of each month is the same. Unusual.

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~This will take a bit of getting used to. 😉

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~On the left of the weekly page is this lovely spot for all kinds of notes.

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Overall, I’m very happy with the planner! It’s just like a notebook, but dated. 😉 it’s a bit large to carry on my purse, but that’s ok: I carried my Filofax around every day and rarely wrote in it. This one will stay at the house, where I need it to remember appointments and confirmation numbers, etc. Yippee!!!

©Pip Miller – September 2015

Energy Healing · Filofax · Health · Journal · Nature

Happy September!!!!!!

Oh, thank goodness August is over! I really had days wherein I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the month, and the last few days seemed to drag, as if teasing me with the relief that is to come but was still just out of reach.

I know many are sad about the thought of summer coming to an end, but here in the SW, sometimes it’s a real blessing to have that relentless heat finally morph into crisp evenings and mornings. And the wind: it’s about time for the wind to show up again, and while I could do without the dust flying, it’s lovely to have what feels like a clean sweep of stagnant energies go on for a few weeks.

I’ve also mentioned before that September always feels like a new year to me; a definite hold-over from school years when we started the Tuesday after Labor Day.

I’m still waiting for my new Plum Paper planner to be shipped; they said 6-8 weeks, but I really was hoping to get it today since I had requested it to go from September to August. Ah well, it will get here when it gets here, and I’ll keep using my Filofax til then.

This is a picture that was either submitted to a National Geographic contest a few years ago, or it is by a N.G. photographer (I don’t remember the name; bad hobbit). Every time I look at it, it cracks me up, and today, it’s exactly how I feel!

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I’m motivated to do find a way to do more #oasisoflight sessions (that’s goal #1), to write more on MeWe, to get back to posting on Instagram more than I have been (and to weed my timeline: SO many tarot spreads/cards of the day), to sign up for Joanna Powell Colbert’s “30 Days of Harvest” because it looks delicious on many levels…and to focus on nurturing ME for a change (getting sick twice this summer was a new record for me).

So Happy September (New Year), one and all!!!

©Pip Miller – September 2015

Filofax · Journal · Planners

It’s Time for a Filofax Break

I’ve been using a Filofax ever since I stumbled across the wide world of internet Filofax lovers, and it’s been a love – hate relationship from the get-go.

First, I ordered what I thought was a personal size Metropol, only to discover that the seller was wrong and it was actually a pocket size. About the size of my hand and way too hard to write in.

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I soon gained 3 more (one has been passes on to someone else), and have been using a personal Fusion pretty consistently since I won it in a giveaway over a year ago.

I carry it around, yet rarely use it for more than recording what happened, rather than doing any planning. Below is the Metropol, the Fusion, and my gorgeous A5 Chameleon.
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I’ve been hearing about Erin Condren planners for a while (along with a dozen or so others, too), and pulled up the site over the weekend to see what’s up. There was a lot about them that I liked, but they are fairly expensive at a base price of $50.00, and almost every review has mentioned how heavy they are. Very heavy, from what I gather.

I found a comparison blog post between those and Plum Paper Designs. Very similar in style, fewer extras than Condron – which is OK with me: my washi-tape and bells and whistles Filofax extras phase ended rather quickly. The Plum Paper planners are lighter, you can start your year where you want to (mine is Sept, my holdover from school ‘beginning of the year’ feeling), and they start at a mere $31.00.

The biggest thing that attracted me to them was having everything in one place for the entire year, making research at a later date easier. With the Filofax, each page stands alone, and so I have alligator-clipped piles of months clipped together, and going through them gets to be more of a pain than finding what I need is worth. Major fail.

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So I’m putting the Filofax away for a year (once I get the Plum Paper) and we’ll see how it goes!

Question: I redid the blog so that the sidebar is gone, making it easier for mobile apps. Had it helped clean things up for you? Or did you prefer the sidebar? Thanks!

©Pip Miller – August 2015

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To Filofax or Not to Filofax

©Pip Miller

I have 3 Filofaxes; one pocket-size, one personal, and one A5 Chameleon (love!). The personal, a Fusion (as pictured on the left) is carried with me at all times, and I’ve got to admit: a lot of times that’s all I do with it. Come to find out, I’m more of a recorder than a planner, so it ends up that I scribble things at the end of the day (or 3 or 4 days later), and pretty much birthdays/anniversaries and my guy’s doctors appointments are the only things that are written ahead of time.

Plus, it’s heavy. Not ‘Oh my gosh, what the hell do you have in there?!!” heavy, but noticeably so when it’s not in there. It’s packed full of things I carry with me and pages to use…none of which ever happens. It’s like buying a bigger purse: you shove in a ton of ‘just-in-case’ stuff, and discover that 99% of it never gets used and you’ve got a persistent backache to show for it.

So last night I pulled out Write It Down, Make It Happen, because I wanted a hardcover to read while eating dinner (you can lay a hardcover down and turn the pages), and as I’m reading along, I found a suggestion that I’m going to try. She notes that she gave a workshop in Greece and supplied her students with mini notebooks (those ones that look like composition notebooks, but are pocket-sized) and called them “Tidbit” books. They were to “take the book wherever they went and jot down concepts as they came to their mind, perhaps images they might want to write up more thoroughly later, or plans to put in motion once they returned to their own countries.”

I had just been wondering what to write in my Filofax (aka Miss Moneypenny) for the day, and reading this was like a bolt from the heavens. I remembered that I had 2 or 3 of those exact notebooks (stationery collector, what can I say), and I dug them out. Lo and behold, on one I’d written Tidbits and dated it; May 13, 2013. And I’d written in it for exactly two days. What I noticed, though, was that I’d used it more like a Gratitude Journal than a brain dump, and I’m pretty sure that’s why it didn’t last long. I also think that’s about the time I got into Filofaxes, go figure. 😉

mini notebooksI placed the book next to the bed when we headed off to snoozeville, and as usual, my brain was still running and running with ideas, so I grabbed the tiny book, headed off to the bathroom so I wouldn’t disturb Himself, and scribbled away all that was on my mind, including blog ideas (like this one). Then I was able to zonk out peacefully til morning.

I’ll be heading off to work in about an hour, and Miss Moneypenny will stay home (which means, of course, that there will be something in it that I’ll need today)., but the tidbit book is tucked in my back pocket – along with a pen that I hope doesn’t break. I’m going to play with this for a while (and once this notebook is filled up, I’ve another in the wings). And hey…I had NO idea they came narrow-ruled, too! Woohoo!

Another thought I had was to take my pocket Metropol Filofax, punch holes in a lot of index cards, fill it with those and those alone, and use it in the same manner. But it doesn’t actually fit in one’s pocket, and I think having to dig it out of my purse every time I want to jot down a random thought would be counterproductive. So I’ll see how these minis work out first.

Do you have a way to keep track of all those random thoughts and ideas that disappear moments after you think of them, even though they are sometimes very important or inspired? What do you do? Comment away!

©Pip Miller – March 2015

PS: I’d forgotten what writing about Filofaxes can do for blog traffic, so my healing website is once again published. Check it out! I’d love to help you. 🙂