The Bullet Journal Struggle

This was definitely not a planned post, and I even contemplated not even posting because in the grand scope of things this is of no importance, but I thought some of you may be able to lend some creative advice.

I do not often get perplexed creatively, but when I do it is unbearable for some reason. I feel like I am constantly fighting my need to achieve my own set personal levels of perfection. I cannot stand to be creatively stifled, and I definitely hate the feeling that something doesn’t look good enough. After watching the trend of the bullet journal dominate Pinterest, I decided 2017 would be the year for me to start my own. I crave creative distractions and organization made less stressful, so o thought this would be an ideal solution. It took me visiting a few stores, but I finally picked up this hardback journal for less than 5$ at one of our local  discount stores.


Since “create” is one of my key words for the new year, I thought this was a perfect find. I took to my Pinterest board and took inspiration for layouts, list ideas, what have you. I got as far ad my title page before me OCD (truly diagnosed, not used in an ironic sense) began twinging.


Before I knew it I was about 20 pages in, of both single and 2-page layouts, and I was happy with maybe 4 of those pages. My inner voice wants to tear everything out and start again, and truthfully I might. I decided to press on, but looking back at the pages I am not happy with is making me cringe. I think part of the reason is I opted to do a lot of freehand work, as is my inclination with most projects, and it worked against me this time.

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Part of me wrote this up as means to quell my disdain with my own work, even though the journal is for personal use only. However, I think the only way I will get over it is to start again. Has anyone else gotten waist deep into a project only to be unsatisfied and start over. I’m curious to know how all of my fellow creatives handle persona defeat. Also, if you billet journal, do you have a favorite piece of advice or go to layout you turn to? What are some of your favorite artistic elements/headers/fonts to play with? For some people being creative is a break from everything else, but I think I need a break from the creative, which, let’s face it, is probably not possible. Share your experiences and faves in the comments!

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