New Reviewer and a New Obsession

Hallllloo everyone! So I know I’ve pretty much overloaded the blog with recipes and reviews, but hey, that’s what it’s supposed to mostly be about. And with that being said, I had an idea. After talking with a friend after her and her husband came to visit us in Oregon last weekend, I figured it would probably be a good idea to have somebody else write book reviews (and other stuff if she wants) as well! That way we can have more than one opinion, and even more book options! So my friend Heather will be joining the Shelf-Righteous team šŸ™‚ We have very similar taste, but she has read a lot more than me lately, especially in the sci-fi world. I asked her if she would be interested, and she said she’d always wanted to but just didn’t want to do it by herself and her other friends had no interest. So this is perfect! I’m not sure when she will start posting, but I think I’ve got her all set up! It’d be helpful if you know.. my web-developer husband actually helped me more with this like he told me he would, but whatever, I’ve been wanting to re-learn some things anyway.

So on a completely different note, I wanted to talk a bit about my new obsession: bullet journaling. I literally just started my journal yesterday, so I’m no expert, but I’ve spent hours upon hours on pinterest and google, looking at other peoples’ ideas on page layouts.Ā So what is a bullet journal?Ā 

TheĀ Bullet JournalĀ is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.

So why am I all of a sudden so into these? Well, I mentioned in the intro that I have a slew of mental illnesses. One of these is ADHD, and another is Borderline Personality Disorder. I have a really hard time focusing on things, and I have a really easy time getting obsessed with things (ha). I make a bunch of lists, notes, and have a lot of random thoughts that I constantly forget all the time. So I figured after happening upon these one day, why not try to organize some of my thoughts and life and do it in a creative way? Not only will it help me track things like taking my medication and other daily tasks that are totally necessary but sometimes very hard for me to do, but I can also make goals for myself, track my moods, and write down what’s going on in my brain. Sometimes my therapist asks me what was going on right when my mood flipped, and most of the time I can’t really figure it out. Maybe my bullet journal will encourage me to write it down. I also read this one article about having a “fuck box” in the journal, where you just rant about the things that piss you off – the things that make your mood jump horribly. I’m not really sure if it will help with anything, but I might as well try, right? It can also do a lot for me in terms of tracking my weight loss and food goals and even financial stuff. If you know me well, you know that I can get pretty obsessive when it comes to paying bills and using debt reduction trackers and stuff online. Honestly, writing it down and having it easily accessible at all times would probably make me feel a lot better and hopefully encourage me to do a lot better financially. There areĀ soĀ many things you can do with bullet journals, and I’m really excited to start this journey. So maybe you’ll get some blips of my journal throughout the blog, or maybe not. We shall see.

Here are some pictures of my bullet journal pages so far. I’ve messed up A LOT. So you definitely have to play around before things turn out the way you want them to.

9 Month Calendar (Here’s a pretty Mess-Up! It was supposed to be a 12 month… and I accidentally did a lot of wrong numbers and had to glue another sheet over the top!)

October Front Page and Monthly Tracker

Here’s a partial-weekly segment. It’s a wholeeee lot of messed up.

As for other updates, I’m in the middle of reading Linsey Miller’sĀ The Mask of Shadows, so be prepared for a review of that at some point. I got my next book from Blogging for Books as well, so that will probably be coming soon too. I’ll try to post where I get all my books at some point as well.