Friday, August 29, 2014

Adventures with a Bullet journal: What's in the journal July 2014

In July I decided to try a bullet journal for recording all the little bits and pieces of my life in one place. I've worked my way into a bit of a routine, and apart from my monthly, weekly and daily focus pages (which I plan to write about in another post), I also have some collections, book notes and other bits and pieces. I've found it useful to see how other people are using their journals and so I figured why not add my experience to the conversation.

  • Bible reading plan. I'm following the girls plan from youth group so we can have a conversation about it sometimes. I just glued this in.
  • List of ideas to try, things I'm concerned about. I go through my daily journal pages each week and transfer to here anything that has popped up that I don't want to tackle in the next week or month.
  • Our 4 week rotating menu for Term 3.  Bullet Journal - Term 3 Rotating menu
  • List of vouchers and their expiry dates.
  • Notes from a study skills seminar I attended with The Big Girl.
  • Goals brain storming session.Bullet Journal - Goals Brainstorming
  • Specific goals for the next 6 months that came out of my brain storming session.Bullet Journal - 6 month goals
  • Notes on Brene Brown's Daring Greatly. A highly recommended read. I only note down things that I think are really worthwhile and my notes on this book filled 3 pages.
  • Some general information for the unit I'm studying this semester and a plan of attack for the assessment tasks. Bullet Journal - Romans plan of attack
The fact that I have everything that is on my mind in one book is a great advantage to actually writing things down. If I had to think where to put something I might not write it down at all and then it would probably be lost as it gets crowded out by the huge variety of things jostling for my attention.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Around here ...


Enjoying ... a little taste of Spring at the end of winter. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were beautifully sunny and warm for this time of year.

Congratulating ... The Little Girl on her 3rd place ribbon in the Yr 7-8 C 1500m at the GSV athletics last week (5:50). Out of the year 7's in all four races she was 4th. She also ran in the Yr 7-8 B 800m and came 6th (2:50).

Playing ... the last match of the season. Basketball for The Big Girl and soccer for The Boy. 

Registering ... The Boy for cricket in summer.

Wishing ... the school did not require iPads for little boys who have not yet developed the responsibility to use them well and avoid the many temptations put in front of them.

Packing ... well some of us, for trips to the snow this week.

Listening ... to extra music practice in preparation for an upcoming violin exam.

Anticipating ... less early mornings now that the school athletics season is finished.

Drowning ... under the massive amount of reading required this semester.

Planting ... two climbing roses outside my kitchen window.

Eating ... choc chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. Homemade by The Big and Little Girls.

Running ... after a week off with a virus I did two runs last week.

Booking ... accommodation for our road trip to central Australia next July. The only nights left to book are the first night and last night on the road back to Melbourne.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

This week's links ...

1. My winter vegetable garden is not going that well, I'm sure some kind of animal is getting in there ... next time I plant seeds I might try this trick to keep the animals off.

2. How to make a film about everyday life.

3. The Gamegal has lots of games to play, including lots of printables.

4.Yoga Hacks: How to undo the damage of a desk job. My increased work hours and very poor posture are taking their toll.

5. Why it's so hard to catch your own typos.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The soccer coach.

Those of you who are regular attenders round here will know that I adopt the twenty words format quite often, being an easy post that transfers well into our Project Life album. The meme originated with Abi and this week it's that time of the month when she hosts a linky, so now would be the perfect time to join in with your own post.


Working out player positions. It's just one part of her role as coach of her school's Junior B Soccer team.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Homegrown passionfuit


A couple of very late passionfruits were our first so we picked them while green and finally they were ready.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

This week's links ...

1. 10 Ways to Savor a Slice of Simplicity.

2. I often reuse glass jars and I currently have a whole variety of glass jars with the labels half hanging off so this homemade goo gone may be just what I need with no nasty chemicals.

3. How to Build a New Habit: Strategy Guide.

4. 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ... I think I've read 33 of these.

5. Would I ever do more than remove the mess on the bench around the dish before photographing food? I'm not sure, but here's 5 Time-saving Tips for Food Photography if I ever do decide to produce some of my own tempting food photos.

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Month in Numbers: July 2014

Month in Numbers is a meme hosted by Julie at Notes on Paper.

9 = the number of nights Hubby was at home.  Two almost 2 week trips with just over a week home between. He decided to try China Southern Airlines on his second trip. Airplane food is not exactly something I usually look forward to but I was very glad that I did not have to front up to the French slippery fried eggs.

2 = the number of hours of sleep The Boy said he got at the Kidschurch "sleepover". His favourite part? Going to Bounce. This was not good a good lead up to the 4:30am wakeup to go to the ...

97cm of snow at Mt Buller. It's been quite a few years since there has been that kind of coverage in the July school holidays. Hubby accompanied The Boy to the time trials for his school snowsports team. We also wrangled a spot for The Big Girl on the bus so she went with them and tried some snowboarding.


43 years for this man. Yes, he managed to be in the country for his birthday.


5.15km run in 30:03min. I completed the Couch to 5km on the 7th of July and decided to continue on to complete the 10km. I'm mixing it up with intervals, easy runs and the longer runs from the Couch to 10km app. I want to increase distance and speed. Total distance run this month 42.38km.

3 books read. 

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a short time I thought this might be one YA that broke the mould with the ending, in spite of that very enjoyable conclusion to the series.

 Gathering Blue (The Giver #2)Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Written at a level suitable for preteens or younger teens this was a really easy read but as usual Lowry gives us something to chew over.

How to Keep a Spiritual Journal: A Guide to Journal Keeping for Inner Growth and Personal RecoveryHow to Keep a Spiritual Journal: A Guide to Journal Keeping for Inner Growth and Personal Recovery by Ron Klug
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a re-read for me but it was a while since I'd read it originally and I'd actually forgot a lot of it. Highly recommended book on the topic of keeping a journal. Covers not just writing daily entries but also using a journal to help goal setting, daily devotions, recording the past and more. Also tips for "harvesting" your journal once you're finished.