Not so silver bullet (journal)

Yesterday I accidentally destroyed my bag and the contents therein. While walking out of a business meeting I noticed that I was dripping. I thought it was the bag of amazing leftovers I was carrying, but my business partner immediately noticed that, no, the drip was coming from my bag. I had put a full bottle of water in my bag. With the lid off. Which meant that everything from the streamlined diaper bag supplies to my iPhone went for a swim. I did what any sane person would do. I dumped the contents of my bag on the floor in front of the elevator, fished out my iPhone, shoved the baby’s muslin blanket into the purse to absorb things, then dumped the soggy contents back in before heading off.

My iPhone still works. My project notebook (a Shinola notebook) is fine. Everything else, wallet, notebooks, day planner, makeup bag, was ruined. I came home and cried on my living room floor. The suede bag is also in pretty bad shape and while still functional, it looks and smells really bad. Cue more tears. I’m still debating whether or not to replace it.

I’ve always been interested in Bullet Journaling so now that my master planner is waterlogged it seems like the right time to try it out. Bullet journals are essentially just  a notebook that you customize to suit your own organizational purposes. There are some general suggested guidelines, but ultimately you do what works for you and because it’s a blank book, you can tinker and tweak until you find what that is. So I figure why not? Every year I end up buying multiple planners as I try to find the perfect one so maybe this year the way to go is to just work my way through a bullet journal and find my style. It’s a little labor intensive: I’ve spent an hour setting up March, but so far I’m really liking it. I’ll just need to make sure to give myself a little time each week to prep the next. If this works? It will really help me simplify my life in that I won’t be wasting time and money on planners I’ll abandon after a few weeks.

And as for the notebook I’m using? I’m sticking with Shinola. If one can survive the great Handbag Flood of 2017 it’s worthy enough to be my planner.


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