Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bullet Journaling, Nerdkirk Style.

As promised, I'd love to share with you my summer bullet journal.  

Over the last school year, I experimented with a few different types of notebooks.  I jumped headfirst to start and began with a Moleskin journal.  I had read several blogs of people who recommended them, so I went to Target and got one.  

And to be honest...I didn't love it.  Sure, the quality is great.  The paper was very smooth to write on, which I like.  But I didn't like the way it tried to fold closed when I was writing in it.  It had dots instead of lines and I don't think I really liked that either.

Next, I tried a Greenroom spiral notebook from Target.  I definitely liked it better than the Moleskin.  But I didn't like the "spiral" part.  Sometimes a page would get a little bit torn out and then those little "spirally" papers were all over the place.  I'm not even sure I liked the lines on there.

As I'm typing this, I'm realizing that maybe I'm a little too picky when it comes to office supplies.

They don't call me Nerdkirk for nothing!

So ANYway, I stuck it out with the spiral notebook for the rest of the school year, but was looking for a change.  And that's when I stumbled upon this beauty...for $3.97 at WalMart.  That's right...just under $4.00.

It's a Casemate 240-page Lay Flat Journal.

Of course, I had to do a little decorating of the cover.  Might add some pictures of the girls or something on there soon...we'll see!  

Here is what the pages look like on the inside.  It's just thick brown craft paper and I LOVE IT.

So I started by counting three two-page spreads per week for this summer.  

The first two pages are my ongoing "to do" list for the week.

The second two pages are just divided into eight boxes.  The first seven boxes are the days of the week and the last box is for our menu.

I added the dates and "appointments" first. 

Sidenote: I COULD NOT LIVE without my Google Calendar.  This is where I make photography appointments, add the girls' ballgames and practices, add dinners with friends and planned activities.  My Bullet Journal absolutely doesn't replace my electronic calendar, but I really like to have things written down on a paper copy.  I'm a paper person.

I fill in the menu like this...

The third set of two pages is where I'm planning to do my Bible Journaling this summer.  I'll still journal in my Bible, but I love the idea of studying one concept all week and going with it as I do some crafting. 

Sidenote: This week, I'm reading through Ruth, as a follow-up to our minister's sermon last Sunday.  Good stuff.

Here is my to-do list all filled in.  I take the tasks from my ongoing list and put them onto the specific dates for the week.  If I don't get them done, I just move them to the next day or the next week.  

I tried to fade this out a little bit so you guys don't notice just how ridiculous I am with the color-coding and all of the tiny tasks I add to each day.

No, but really...I have checkboxes with all of my tasks assigned to a day.  I have a different color for different tasks...
Black - Home/Personal
Purple - School/College
Orange - Church
Green - Photography
Duke Blue - Harlee
Pink - Claire
Lime Green - Mattie
Red - Budget/Bills

Seriously.  NERDkirk.

On Friday or Saturday sometime, I sit down and fill in my week for the next week.  It's relaxing and actually pretty therapeutic.

I'll share the "ideas" section of my journal tomorrow.

Feel free to share pictures of your Bullet Journal if you decide to join me this summer on this adventure!  <3

Happy Journaling!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Simple Life.

As promised, I'm trying to be a better blogger.

You would think about so many years of being a terrible blogger, I would just resign to the fact that it's who I am. However, being the optimistic girl that I am, I always have high hopes that somehow my personality will magically change and I will all of the sudden be the best. blogger. EVER. 

I know...whatevs, right?

ANYway...through my nine years of motherhood...

Errrr, my twelve years of married life...

Well actually, through my fourteen years out of high school...

Okay, let's be real here... 

Through my ENTIRE LIFE, I have been trying to find a system that works for me. Every year, I spend countless dollars and countless hours trying to have the best planner, the best method, the best system to help the Newkirk house and Mrs. Newkirk's classroom run as smoothly as possible.

Over the last year, as Matthew & I have really been working our debt snowball to pay down debt, I really think I stumbled upon the best system I have ever used. I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on a planner and buy a new one in three months because the original "just wasn't working for me..."

Enter the Bullet Journal.

It's so, so simple.
So cheap.
So customizable.
And it works.

The beauty of the Bullet Journal is that you can make it what you need it to be. If something gets a little messed up, you can just tear that page out and move on with life. It's simply wonderful.

Over the next week, I would love to share my Bullet Journal with you and help you set your own up, if you'd like. 

All you'll need is a simple notebook (get whatever brings you joy!). I started with a cheap full-sized notebook for the school year and have moved into a smaller (adorable) notebook that will fit into my purse/backpack for the summer. I've only been using this one for a week, so I'm not sure which size I like better yet. 

A few extra items that you COULD use, but that definitely are not necessary would be:
- colored pens for color-coding (nerd alert)
- washi tape
- sticky-notes for an ongoing shopping list
- sticky-notes for daily tasks (I use this "To Do" notebook from WalMart for $0.99)

Alright, get all your supplies together and join me this week to set up your own Bullet Journal if you're looking for a simple system to help keep it together this summer! ❤️

Talk soon!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Break.

Well...it's finally here.

Like I say every single May, the school year flew by.

It was a great year with my group of third graders, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't ready for summer this year.

I'm not sure if it's just because I'm getting older, or because I know Mattie is our last baby (unless we decide to adopt that sweet baby BOY in the future), but for some reason, I'm just really having a hard time with the girls growing up.

That's why I'm planning to make this our best summer yet.

Can't wait to share our adventure with you!