Three Things Tuesday #2

Written by Natalie Luhrs

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January 12, 2016

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What am I interested in this week? Read on and see!

Bullet Journal

I’m giving this system a try after several years of looking at it and finding it intriguing–I had a partially used Leuchtturm1917 journal sitting on the shelf. I’d gotten it about this time last year and had been using it for random doodles, so I was able to repurpose into a Bullet Journal through page removal and deployment of paperclips to hold together the pages I wasn’t able to remove.

I’ve been browsing some bullet journal focused blogs but am trying to otherwise stay away from the rabbit hole that is planner enthusiast blogs/Instagram/Pinterest. I neither need nor want to go down the road where updating my planner is my primary leisure activity–the whole point of a planner is so I know what I have going on so I can get shit done. I am fascinated by how this particular community seems to be mostly female, though, and I do wonder if that has to do with the fact that women generally take on a lot more emotional labor than men and usually have a lot more things of which to keep track. And if you have to keep a lot of lists or a schedule so you don’t fall behind, you may as well make the act of keeping those lists and schedules enjoyable–therefore, pretty planners.

Goats in Trees Calendar

Seriously, this is the best calendar I could have gotten for work. It’s going to be a bumpy ride this year at day job, so the combined absurdity and chill of goats in trees is perfect.

Tiny Daily Habits

This is an e-course I’m taking that is all about establishing small positive habits. So far, it’s great–the habit I’m working on in January is a small drawing every day with the goal of doing a small drawing every day this year. It’s a really positive class and if you want to follow my progress, I’m holding myself accountable by posting pictures to Instagram.

I guess these three things are emblematic what I want from 2016: develop positive habits, more structure, and yet still be able to embrace life as it happens. I’ll get there, one way or another.

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