2021 Reading Challenge

Hey there! This is going to be a heavy week for posting because I have so much to share with you guys before the new year! I think I’m going to have something coming out that’s either book-related or bullet journal related very day so stay tuned. Yesterday I posted my 2021 Bullet Journal Set-Up which turned out so great; make sure to check it out! Today we’re going over my reading challenge for the year, which is probably one of the most fun pages in my journal.

I started doing this reading challenge thing last year, and I’m IN LOVE with it! Unfortunately I didn’t think of doing it until around the second week of January, so it wasn’t included in my 2020 Set-Up, but was within the month of January in my bullet journal. But this year I knew for sure that I wanted to do it again, so I made sure to include it in the very first pages. To match the rest of my 2021 Set-Up, I went with these yellow and grey boxes, with a cute title written in white ink on kraft paper in the centre.

This is unrelated but hat little crinkle in the bottom left corner really bugs me. Annnnyways, how the challenge works is basically I have to read one book that fulfils each of the prompts. So, for example, I have to read a book that is yellow, a book written by an immigrant, a book that was turned into a TV series, and so on and so forth. I don’t fill them out in any particular order, I just make sure that they all get done! Since it’s 2021 I gave myself 21 prompts to complete! Last year I had 20, and I felt like this was a good number because it still let me read some books that didn’t necessarily work for my reading challenge.

I loved doing a challenge like this last year because it just broadened my reading horizons so much! I read so many books that I would have otherwise never found out about, which was something that I really enjoyed. Reading is amazing because it allows you to learn so much about different people’s perspectives and the human experience as a whole, and so keeping your TBR list eccentric and surprising really maximizes your exposure to new ideas. This year I’m hoping to go even more outside my comfort zone and read some more awesome books! Definitely feel free to come along on this challenge with me to check out some reads that you usually wouldn’t pick up.

Be sure to look at my Instagram page throughout the year, because that’s where I share the most updates on what I’m reading and how it fits into this challenge. I’ll also fill you in during my monthly reading lists if you’re looking for inspiration and can’t seem to fill a prompt! Here’s my full reading challenge if you’re looking to follow along:)

2021 Reading Challenge

Read a book….

  • On Nutrition
  • That Is A Biography
  • With A Number In The Title
  • With A Map
  • That Has 2 Authors
  • With Less Than 210 Pages
  • That Is Yellow
  • That Is An Award Winner
  • That Is Based On A True Story
  • That Was Published Anonymously
  • That Was Turned Into A TV Series
  • Written By A Nobel Prize Winner
  • Written By An Immigrant
  • On Personal Development
  • About Theology
  • Set In Australia
  • About A Historical Figure
  • With a 1 Word Title
  • Written Before 1921
  • Translated From Arabic
  • Released In 2021

Hope you decide to go through with this challenge with me! Let me know if you do in the comments or on Instagram (mydayisbooked_blog). It’s going to be a fun time! See you tomorrow with another post:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

2021 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey guys! Hope you all had an amazing holiday!! I’m really excited for today’s post because it’s my 2021 BULLET JOURNAL SET-UP!!!!! I received a new bullet journal for Christmas and had so much fun creating my spreads for the new year. Opening up a new journal is always so satisfying, and I can’t wait for the fresh start that this journal is going to help me with in 2021✨

If this is your first year bullet journaling, a bullet journal is basically a planner, diary, mood and habit tracker and scrapbook all in one! I go a bit more in depth about what bullet journaling is all about in my very first set-up in 2018, and I also have a whole post on How I Use My Bullet Journal which is very helpful if you’re just starting, so be sure to check those out:) Plus, if you’re looking for more inspiration make sure to take a look at my 2019 and 2020 set-ups as well:))

This year I’m using a Leuchtturm 1917 journal for the third time because I really love the quality; it’s hardcover, has numbered pages, a pocket at the back, and it’s not too expensive! This is also the only journal I can find that has at least 240 pages. I like to give myself 20 pages per month and be able to fit the whole year in one journal, so the amount of pages in the Leuchtturm 1917 is great🙌 For 2021 I chose their Lemon yellow colour🥰 It’s pretty bright, but yellow is one of my favourite colours and I thought that it would bring some positive vibes into this year which we all need!

I know that lots of people like to keep their beginning-of-the-year spreads pretty neutral, but last year I brought in some olive green because my journal was an olive green colour, and it looked really good. So this year I decided to use some yellow in my 2021 set-up and I love how it turned out!! I paired it with a nice light grey. Actually yellow and grey are two of the Pantone colours of the year as well, so look at me go! As is hinted at by the cover of my journal, I used a lot of brown kraft paper in these spreads as well, and wrote over it with a white gel pen. I got a whole roll of this stuff on Amazon for like five bucks and it was TOTALLY worth it- it looks so good! And then I also used some washi tape because the one I have is neutral and it’s a great way to fill in empty space. The markers I used throughout this spread were a bright yellow Tombow Dual Brush Pen in the shade 055, a light grey Zebra Mildliner, my Faber Castell fineliners, and my Sakura Gelly Roll 08 gel pen.

On the inside cover I glued in some simple little spacing cheat sheets. These are great for when I’m making any sort of spread and need to know how to divide up the page without doing the math or counting every single time. There are some great resources on how to use a whole page to make a more elaborate cheat sheet; I love AmandaRachLee on Youtube! But I like this simple and I don’t feel like I need to use up a whole page for it. I decorated with a cute little olive branch motif on that brown kraft paper, which is something you’ll see me use a lot throughout this set-up!

Then on the opposite page I wrote out my name and contact info, and a little quote/personal motto:)

This journal also comes with a pre-made index, which is really nice! I don’t keep track of every single page in my journal, but I did write out which pages I’m using for which months. I wrote out my own title, and I love the way that the yellow and grey work together! There is still some space on those grey lines to keep track of more spreads if I want to. There were two more pages that had indexes on them, but I think I’ll just either glue those together or leave them blank.

Here’s page 1 in my journal! I did a nice 2021 title page with a border of kraft paper that has some of those olive branch doodles on it. I wrote out 2021 in a simple, yellow font, and then actually wrote out the words twenty twenty-one as well. On the opposite page there’s my key. I pretty much kept the same key as last year because I found that it works really well for me! But there are so many options that you can use when it comes to bullet shapes and pen colours to differentiate between tasks and keep you organized. I used a stencil to draw out a key on that kraft paper for decoration as well.

This next spread is my future log! This is where I write down all the events that are coming up for the year; like birthdays, future appointments, or exam dates. The little calendars I drew out are also helpful when I’m setting up my monthly spreads. This year I was inspired by AmandaRachLee to try something really cool. I cut the edges of the page in between two spreads so that it’s like a little door that you can flip back and forth. This way you only have to write out one title, and it also makes the whole thing feel more cohesive because instead of splitting this between two spreads, it’s like it’s only one spread. I used kraft paper for those olive branch doodles, and also to write out the calendars. This spread is super functional and super cute- which is great combo when it comes to bullet journaling!

Next up is my goals/”this year” spread. I drew out a big 2021 in the centre on kraft paper, which I LOVE. On the left side I have some boxes to write down my goals for the year, which I split into school, fitness, blog and personal. Then on the right I have a space to do a bit of journaling before the year begins. I wrote some prompts that will help me to get focused on what I want to achieve this year. It’s great to have some goals to work on over the course of the year- whether you’re using a bullet journal or not. I love these pages so much and can’t wait to fill them in!

This spread took me a while to figure out because I knew that I wanted some sort of blogging spread at the beginning of my journal, but just didn’t know what that would look like. But now that I’m finished I’m so so happy with the way that this looks! I wrote out “My Day Is Booked Dashboard” on that kraft paper and used it as a tile, and then wrote 2021 in yellow beside that. Beneath the title on the left page, I have a chart where I can track all of my blog and Instagram stats. Last year I tracked these monthly in my monthly recaps, but because I was often behind on those monthly recaps I couldn’t get an accurate count of my Instagram growth. So this will allow me to write down everything right away. Then on the next page I have lots of space to write down both blog and Instagram ideas, and I made such a cute little envelope out of my kraft paper to hold any extra notes that I might have! Maybe I’ll do a tutorial on Instagram reels on how to make one! I’ll write that down in my ideas section:) Even if you don’t have a blog, a page like this can still be very helpful for work or school. Make it your own!

These are the last two pages of my set-up:) Of course I had to include a 2021 reading challenge- I enjoyed the one I did last year so much! I’ll have a whole other post dedicated to this coming out soon. Then on the opposite page I wrote out a quote, because I love to have one to start off the year. My quote this year is “What the New Year brings to you depends a lot on what you bring to the New Year.” This really resonated with me because it reminds me that it’s important to have a positive attitude, work hard and give it your all! I did another of those kraft paper borders to surround this page.

And that concludes my 2021 Set-Up!! I’m so excited to fill all of these spreads in, and I love how they make me feel ready to take on the world in 2021. I hope that you found some inspiration in this post and that you have fun setting up your own journal! Don’t forget to check out my past set-ups if you want to see more spread ideas, and feel free to ask me any questions you have about bullet journaling! Stay tuned for my January 2021 Set-Up coming up soon:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

December 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey there! This post has been postponed a couple of times but I’m glad that I’m finally getting it up! It’s my last set-up of the year which is both crazy and a little sad. For me this year kind of zoomed by, and while it was really weird and I’m excited for 2021, I still made some good memories in 2020. It was a good year in my bullet journal too!

My bullet journaling style went through a big progression this year:) I did some straight up doodle-y themes, but I also branched out and went with a lot more drawing and colouring! I did tons of experimentation and found a bunch of layouts that I really like. I’m sad to leave my olive green journal because I love the colour so much, but I’m going to leave you guys to speculate about what colour I’ll be getting next year:) I’m brainstorming ideas for my 2021 set-up already though, and I’m super excited for it! That’ll go up at the end of the month.

Setting up my spreads for December was a bit of a struggle, to be honest. I found a great theme which is near and dear to my heart- The Sound of Music! I watch this movie with my mom every Christmas and there’s a lot you can do with it drawing-wise, so I thought that it would work perfectly. For some reason I just couldn’t really transfer my ideas on to paper though. I didn’t want to do a ton of drawing because it can be time consuming, but I didn’t really know how to otherwise fill up the page. So this theme isn’t one of my best, although I have a few cute pages and I really love the concept. That darn bullet journaler’s block just got in the way I guess!

It’s all good though. I think you’ll enjoy my fun drawings and the advent calendar that I included again! I’ll explain more about how that works later in the post. Hope you enjoy my last set-up of 2020!

For my title page I did end up doing a lot of drawing/colouring, but I’m not mad about it because I think it turned out really nicely. I was inspired by one of the beginning scenes in the movie, which is also one of the cover photos for the DVD. I drew a mountain scene from Austria, and then Maria singing in the field. I did my title in yellow which I don’t think I’ve ever done, and my quote is directly from one of the songs in the movie. Super cute!

Here’s where I kind of ran into my dilemma. I didn’t want to draw out a whole scene again because it takes so long, but I didn’t know what else to draw! I ended up going with some Edelweiss, which is a mountain flower and the tile of a song in The Sound of Music. I drew a flower, wrote some lyrics from the song, and that was that. I can’t really decide if I like this full page calendar layout or the smaller, half page one, but I went with a full pager this month. Also I got new Tombow fudenoske brush pens recently and I’m kind of “breaking them in”, so I feel like my calligraphy wasn’t that nice. I don’t know I just wasn’t really feeling it with this one but they can’t all be great I guess! (I’ve wanted to use the laughing face emoji like 50 times in this post but I can’t because I’m writing it on a laptop.)

One of my favourite spreads of the month for sure! In the movie they have a puppet show with goats and goat herders, so I tried to recreate that for my trackers. Although I just drew a goat puppet because I can’t draw people, even in puppet form. (See, another good opportunity for the laughing face emoji). I did some theatre curtains, a mountainous background, and a cute lil’ goat puppet. You can’t really see but I have all my habits written out on the side, as well as space to record my mood and productivity, and my workouts.

I also feel kind of meh about this spread, but it is what it is! I was going for the pattern on the play clothes that Maria makes for all of the Von Trapp kids, and it turned out alright. I balanced out the green with yellow font, and then highlighted every other line so I can differentiate them more easily. Just a simple spread to write down the things I’m grateful for, and to plan blog posts:)

We’ve arrived at my advent calendar! I love it:) I made 25 little pockets by cutting out rectangles of white paper and sticking then down on 3 sides with my roll-on glue tape thing. I drew a bunch of things from the “My Favourite Things” song on them, and they’re super cute! I then wrote down 25 things to do on other little pieces of paper, mixed them up, and put them in the pockets randomly so I don’t know what I’m doing on which day. This year I included acts of kindness in there, like doing an extra chore or cooking for my brother, and some of my favourite things, like having a smoothie bowl for lunch or having a good stretch. I completed this page by writing out some of the favourite things in cursive on brown paper, and also including a title:)

And finally my first weekly of the month. By the time I got to this spread I was pretty tired and I rushed it a bit, but it’s still cute! I just divided the page into five sections, and drew some mountains on the opposite side, with a to-do list.

There’s my December Set-Up! Stay tuned for my 2021 set-up coming later this month:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

September 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Summer is coming to a close and it’s already SEPTEMBER. This year is going by so fast. I’m excited for fall though because I get to do a bunch of warm, cinnamony apple and pumpkin recipes, and also curl up with a good book, and do some cool bullet journal themes:) I was racking my brain for some awesome doodles I could do for September, and then I was like, how is it possible that I HAVEN’T DONE AN OWL THEME YET?!!?? Owls are my absolute favourite animal, and make for the perfect September theme. I didn’t want to draw any cutesy, adorable owls though. I found some great inspiration on Pinterest (I’ll show a pic below) for a geometric owl design that’s stunning. I coloured it in with olive green, navy, and gold, and I know I’ve used green and gold a lot this year already but I felt that these colours worked really well together and were sort of autumn-ish. It’s funny to see how far I’ve come because I was looking through my first ever journal from 2018 and literally all my weekly spreads were the same each month lol. Even last year I feel like I would’ve freaked the heck out if I used the same colour twice. Now I kind of just go with the flow and do whatever I want and it turns out way prettier:))

Back to my September spreads. They’re pretty simple, and I’m doing a lot of quotes and deep, meaningful stuff this month because I feel like I need a boost with going back to school and activities and all that. I really like the way it turned out and I think I can do some pretty cool weeklies in the future. This is random but I’m typing this on my computer and I really want to use emojis and I can’t:) But if I had to come up with an emoji to summarize this spread I think it would be the fire one. Scroll down and check it out!

Here was my inspo BTW:

I mostly used the kind of neon-y owl on the bottom left, as you can see in my cover page:) It took me a little while to draw, and then I realized it was perfectly centred on the page and I should’ve drawn it slightly up more so that I could write September underneath and it wouldn’t look so cramped at the bottom. But I didn’t feel like re-drawing it so I just left it and it was fine. I did more of a bouncy cursive font this month, with some of the letters a bit smaller than others, which creates more interest. On the opposite page I have a nice, inspiring quote, surrounded by some geometric triangles in the corners. I love this title page because it’s simple and sophisticated and so pretty!!:))

I was debating whether I should do a full calendar layout this month since I’ll be busier, or stick with the half page ones I’ve been doing, and I went with the half page. I’ll have more room to write down events and school stuff this way, so we’ll see how it works out. I might end up putting little dots in the calendar boxes, with the colour corresponding to the bigger boxes on the right page, because I won’t have a lot of room to write in the actual calendar. Like if I have an event I’ll do a green dot, and school stuff will be navy dots. That’s confusing but hopefully it kind of makes sense:) These pages are nice and simple as well; I drew a smaller owl over the calendar, and another quote on the right page. Oh I also ended up using my white gel pen to write over the navy, because it shows up better than black and just looks nicer.

My trackers are on point this month! I still love the chart/graph layout; it’s just so easy to use and look at. I find when I use different colours to define my mood I pick ones that are too similar and they all just blend together, but here I can just see everything without to many legends and stuff. This month I’m tracking my habits (I track 12 habits which may seems like a lot but idk I just like to see what I’m doing), mood, productivity and workouts. Then on the side I drew another owl and wrote words that are often associated with them. Love how this spread turned out:)

I decided to include a spot to write down my thoughts each day next to my gratitude log; sort of like a “line a day” thing. I wrote another quote at the bottom of that page, and then did a blog planner, because I think I’ll need it this month. I just have to get better at sitting down each week and filling it out. I made use of those mosaic-y triangles when doing these pages.

Then my first weekly spread:) On the left I have a big quote page. I’ve been into these really long quotes lately, and I like the look of all that writing on a page. Again I was kind of mad about the placement of the owl, because I thought I’d write the quote underneath it but it turned out to be too long. So I wrote it all around the owl, which I feel should’ve been centred but no way was I drawing it again lol. But it turned out nice in the end. Then I have a super simple weekly with lots of space to write down events and stuff that are coming up.

There you go my friends! After this there’s only 3 months left to go in this journal:( I’m so sad because I love this colour, and my very very slight OCD isn’t quite ready to allow me to get the same coloured bujo 2 years in a row. But I’m going to make these last 3 themes awesome so don’t worry:)) Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

June 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey guys! I had a bit of a delay but I’m now here with my June 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up. We’re almost halfway through the year which is crazy! This month I went with a Nancy Drew theme, which is kind of near and dear to my heart. A couple of years ago I read all of my mom’s classic copies, and so I thought it would be a cute theme.

I used yellows and blacks through this month, and also my white gel pen, which I really love. I had some ribbon with keys on it that I was going to use, but it didn’t really fit in anywhere so I left it out. To be honest, when I starting designing the title page I had a but of bullet-journaler’s block, because there are just so many directions that I could’ve gone in, and I couldn’t decide on one! But I finally settled on some cute magnifying glass, flashlight, footprint, and key doodles, as well as some Nancy Drew silhouettes that I traced (because I can’t draw people to save my life).

In the end, I think this theme turned out really well and it was super fun to make! I got to use some card stock and get creative with my trackers, and I put together a weekly spread in a that I’ve never done before. Here it is!

My title page is a little busier than I would’ve liked, but I still think it’s cute. I traced a Nancy Drew silhouette and drew some footprints in black, and then I surrounded the whole thing with doodles. This whole month I’m doing a typewriter font, which fits the theme well and looks great! I could’t resist doing a little cursive on the quote page though. On the opposite page I have a quote from Nancy Drew;))

I went with the same sort of calendar layout that I used in May, because I don’t have a whole lot going on in June either (surprise surprise), so this spread is more efficient. Here I included some more doodles and broke out my white gel pen! I love the card stock that says “Nancy Drew Mystery Stories” in the corner.

Here we have The Case of Olivia’s Habits and Mood! Aka my habit and mood trackers. Again, I used the same layout as last month. I find that these trackers are just really easy to read and look super nice;)) This month I’m tracking some habits, productivity, sleep, and my workouts with the footprints on the side. I used some card stock again cause I love it.

I used some more Nancy-Drew-title-sounding phrases in my next couple pages, because I think it’s super cute. These are my gratitude log and brain dump. I decided to include a brain dump because sometimes I feel like I have things on my mind that I just need to get on paper, especially during this weird time. Anyways, here I can write lists, my thoughts, or anything that I need to articulate.

This weekly spread turned out kind of cool! I love the big letters that spell June in the middle, as well as all of the doodles and the cursive. I left space to write a to-do list and things I have to do for school here as well.

Hopefully these spreads give you some ideas for your own journal! I’ll see you guys on Monday;))

Yours Truly,

Olivia;))