My new Bullet Journal is letting me relaunch my life along with my shop. Pink Leuchtturm1917 with a pair of reading glasses and two TWSBI Eco fountain pens.

Redhead Relaunch

Redhead Paper is back, y’all!

I know, you probably didn’t know I was taking a break, but it’s time for a relaunch! This summer has been a rough one for me. I needed some serious mental health adjustments, including different depression medications, and July was just sort of a black hole for me. I ended up putting my Etsy shop on vacation mode to give myself some breathing room. I learned a few lessons this summer, and I want to share them with you.

I also have a Relaunch Special to share with you, so if you want to skip the lessons and get the discount, scroll to the end of this post!

Lesson #1: Mood Tracking Isn’t Just a Fad

We’ve all seen the pretty mood-tracking spreads, right? Some people color in a doodle for each day, or assign their mood a number from 1-10. Or maybe you’re a fan of the Year in Pixels method developed by Camille (aka PassionCarnets).

I always thought it was a nice idea, but I couldn’t see any practical purpose to it. Boy, was I wrong!

For the past year or so, my mom’s been telling me she thought my antidepressants weren’t working very well. I kept ignoring her, thinking I just needed to focus on remembering to take my meds every. single. time. After I crashed in July, I looked back and realized that she was right. My emotional health has been going steadily downhill for several months, maybe even a couple of years. If I’d been tracking my mood regularly, if I had a long-distance overview of my moods, I might have realized sooner that I needed to make adjustments.

Mood Tracker: A grid with 31 days down and 12 months across, to be colored in according to mood

Lesson #2: Self-Care Is Important

Self-care matters.

Self-care needs to be prioritized.

Self-care isn’t selfish.

You know how the pre-flight presentation always reminds you to put on your own face mask before helping someone else with theirs? That’s actually an important metaphor for performing self-care.

You can’t take care of other people if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Self-care is important.

Lesson #3: If I Don’t Prioritize My Mental Health, No One Else Will Either

Living in the United States, I have to cope with life in a capitalist society. Capitalism doesn’t care if I’m happy or in the depths of despair; it just cares if I’m making money and paying the bills. (There’s a reason the happiest nations in the world also tend to function under democratic socialism and not capitalism.)

Most companies in the US don’t care about mental health, no matter what they say. That puts the burden of self-care on workers. Maybe that isn’t fair, but the fact is, no one is going to care about my mental health if I don’t make my mental health a priority.

My current #AmReading: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, and Never Alone: Walking With God Through Depression by Aubrey Coleman & Joy Woo for The Daily Grace Co

My current #AmReading: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, and Never Alone: Walking With God Through Depression by Aubrey Coleman & Joy Woo for The Daily Grace Co.

Lesson #4: It’s Okay to Ask For Help

Straight truth here: I couldn’t have relaunched on my own. When I finally realized that getting out of bed in the morning was more than I could manage, I had to ask for help.

I called my health-care professional and asked for help. She spent two hours with me that first day, talking about all the things that were weighing me down, all the ways I’d let stuff pile on top of me, and then we came up with a plan.

Okay, honestly? She pretty much came up with the plan, but she made sure I was with her every step of the way. She knew what was medically possible, she knew what might help with the various problems I was addressing, and she told me the pros and cons of each possible path. Then she let me decide if I was on board. And I was.

I left her office feeling better than I had in months, even though we hadn’t really done anything except make a plan. But knowing we had a plan, knowing what the next step was, made all the difference in the world.

(On a related note, I love Emily P. Freeman’s The Next Right Thing podcast. I’m not a huge podcast person, but the ones I enjoy the most are the ones that feel like you’re sitting in a cozy room with a hot drink and a friend who cares deeply about you. Emily P. Freeman and Lazy Genius Kendra Adachi are both very good at that.)

Another thing I had to do was make myself be open with my friends and family. Not all of them, necessarily, but my mom and I are super close, and I couldn’t have made any meaningful change without her support. One of my dearest friends also deals with depression, and we’ve started getting together for Mexican food once a month and spending time just being real together.

I also joined an online course on burnout, which has provided a great support group with a certain amount of anonymity so I don’t feel super-self-conscious about some of the most personal stuff I need to share.

Lesson #5: Sometimes You Need a Relaunch

When I sat down to plan out my September Bullet Journal pages, I realized I was running close to the end of my current notebook (an Official Bullet Journal in blush by Leuchtturm1917). I don’t usually like starting a new notebook in the middle of the year, but I liked the idea of a fresh start this year.

I bought a pink Leuchtturm1917 that almost matches the blush color, and then I found some Happy Planner stickers that did a good job embracing the new mindset I was cultivating. I took my time and set up my new Bullet Journal with a lot of intention.

And for the past five days, I’ve loved spending time with my Bullet Journal again!My new Bullet Journal is letting me relaunch my life along with my shop. Pink Leuchtturm1917 with a pair of reading glasses and two TWSBI Eco fountain pens.

So those are some of the lessons I’ve learned this summer. I hope my sharing them is helpful for you!

Redhead Relaunch Special

As part of my Redhead Paper Etsy shop relaunch, I want to offer a discount to thank all my long-time supporters, as well as all the great people I’m just meeting for the first time!

So from now until September 25, 2021, all orders of $5 or more get 15% off! And that’s in addition to getting free shipping if you order more than

Free Downloads for Quarantine

Wow. with COVID-19, quarantine, school closures…this spring has really been something beyond imagining, hasn’t it?

For an introvert, social distancing and self-isolation isn’t a problem, but I am fortunate enough to have only cats to entertain, rather than children. I can’t imagine how difficult this time is for extroverted people, especially if you’re trying to work from home while keeping your kids occupied and on-task, school-wise.

Eustace Clarence, my quarantine coworker

Eustace Clarence Scrubb, my quarantine coworker

I’ve been wracking my brain for some way I could help people who are stuck at home in quarantine, and today I finally decided on a couple of  free printables.

The first is designed for kids. There’s no question that we’re living through historic times, and as an historian, I know how important it is to have primary documents–journals, letters, and that sort of thing.

COVID-19 Quarantine Journal

I designed My COVID-19 Quarantine Journal for kids to keep a guided journal during self-isolation. You can download it as a PDF and print as many as you need. I included daily pages for 30 days. (Optimistic? Maybe.)

Download the COVID-19 Journal


Quarantine KonMari Checklist

The second is designed for adults who might be inclined to work on decluttering while we’re all stuck at home. I know I’ve been noticing my clutter more, since it’s sometimes affecting my ability to work from home (for my day job). The clutter has also making it difficult to find things I always said I was work on “when I have time.”

Well, time has been pretty much forced on us now, hasn’t it? So I’m trying to get to some of those “someday maybe” projects…when I can find them! So the second download I made is a printable KonMari checklist.

Download the KonMari Checklist


I love the KonMari method, but I know it isn’t for everyone. Even if you don’t ask yourself if every item sparks joy, this list can at least get you thinking about all the crazy places clutter collects in our houses.

Other Quarantine Resources

By the way, f you aren’t a KonMari fan, Kendra Adachi (aka The Lazy Genius) has a fantastic ebook called The Swap that I purchased a while back. It gave me a different way of thinking about a problem I had with my work setup. It resulted in my ditching a guest bed and radically overhauling my bedroom and home office (for Etsy).

Kendra also has a fantastic blog post called A Lazy Genius Survival Guide: Quarantine. It has lots of good resources and suggestions. (I admit it, I’m a Lazy Genius fangirl. I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but I never miss this one.)

I’ll be adding these files to the downloads page soon. If you have any requests for resources that would help you, I’m open to suggestions and happy to help!

And please stay home and stay healthy. Let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Join the Redhead Paper Email Club!

I’m excited to tell you about something new I’m getting ready to launch–the Redhead Paper Email Club!

The club is totally free, and I want it to be something that’s a valuable resource to you.

If you join the Redhead Paper Email Club, you’ll be the first to hear about upcoming sales and product launches. Plus you’ll have access to a subscribers-only Resource Library with printable downloads, lists, and guides!

Why an email club?

I want to keep in touch with my customers in a better way than simply communicating through Etsy, and I want to stay in better touch with my blog readers. After all, we have a lot in common, and I want to know you all better! I want to be more helpful than just providing stickers once in a while–I want to share printables, planning tips, and productivity strategies with you.

I also want an organized way to let my special customers know about product launches like my new NaNoWriMo planning bundle or the next top-secret project that’s coming soon!

In addition, we’re running up to the holiday shopping season, and I want to make sure my customers don’t miss out on all the special Black Friday offers I’m planning.

A printable PDF all members of the email club receive immediately: 150+ Bullet Journal Collection IdeasSo when will you email me?

I’ll send no more than two emails a month. Additionally, I’ll only email you if:

  • the Etsy shop has new products
  • I have sales coming up
  • I have helpful and useful information to share with you, or
  • I’ve posted a new blog

What else do I get?

Right away you will get an email with my list of 150+ Collection Ideas for your Bullet Journal! It’s a 4-page PDF that you can download from the very first welcoming email!

P.S. I’m already planning that from time to time I’ll offer special discounts or free shipping on items from my Etsy shop–just another reason to join!

Join my email club!


150 Plus Collection Ideas for your Bullet Journal by Redhead

Travel Planning with Redhead Paper

I just got back from a quick overnight trip. I’d like to say it was beautifully planned and everything went as I’d hoped.

I’d like to say that, but I can’t.

The truth is, faced with the prospect of an unexpected extra day off, I decided to take a quick jaunt up to Lake Michigan. I booked a hotel room in New Buffalo, Michigan, about three hours from where I live. I did a little bit of internet searching on kayak rental, because I knew I wanted to paddle the Galien River.

It was all clear in my head: dinner at Redamak’s, hanging out at the beach, hiking at Galien River County Park, kayaking on the Galien River, more hanging out at the beach.

What I failed to realize is that the New Buffalo Ship and Shore Festival was taking place. Southbound traffic was backed up so badly I couldn’t even think about getting into the Redamak’s parking lot. There was no getting near the beach. Ultimately I ended up with an hour-long dinner wait at a place in Three Oaks, where I couldn’t see the lake. Then I took the long way ’round to avoid New Buffalo on the way back to my hotel room.

Where I sulked a little bit.

I usually do a much better job of researching and planning a trip. Here are a couple of my methods.

Travel Planning in a Bullet Journal

My preferred method is planning in my Bullet Journal, because that goes everywhere with me. If it’s a trip I’ve been anticipating for a while, there’s a good chance things will occur to me at random times. I want to be able to capture those thoughts when they hit me.

I sell a set of trip planning stickers in my Etsy store, and those are the stickers I use most of the time when I’m planning a trip.

A picture of travel planning stickers with packing lists, trip information, and moreThe stickers include packing lists for categories like Medicine/First Aid, Electronics, Makeup & Personal Care, Miscellaneous, and all the outfits I’ll need. There’s also a trip overview where I put the dates, the number of days and nights I’ll be traveling, and the expected weather.

That last bit is important! One year when I went up to the Indiana Dunes, I failed to realize it was going to be just as hot and sticky there as it was where I live. I ended up at the Michigan City outlet mall to buy clean clothes!

Travel Planning with a Printable

An image of a printable travel itinerary page with room for destination, flight and hotel information, expected weather, things to do, and budget.I also have a new Travel Itinerary Printable that I’m offering here as a free download.

This printable has places to note your destination, flight information, hotel information, and expected weather. After that comes a grid to plan out several days worth of things to do and your daily budget.

It’s a two-page printable. The ten days included are all numbered. If you’re lucky enough to be traveling longer than ten days, you can always print extra copies of the second page to fit your trip.

Download the Itinerary Printable FREE

Traveling with your Planner

Once you have the trip all planned and you’re ready to leave, do you take your planner with you?

I always do. For one thing, I use my Bullet Journal as a planner but also as a sort of scrapbook. I have a little HP Sprocket printer (the red version) and I use that to print small photos that I can stick in my Bullet Journal with some recollections about the day.

Another reason to take my Bullet Journal with me is so I have important addresses with me, even if my phone battery dies. I love sending postcards to my friends–even though a lot of them don’t even bother checking their mailbox daily!

(What is up with that, by the way? I’m Gen X and check my mailbox daily even though it’s usually just bills and spiders. My Millennial friends don’t seem to remember to check the mailbox daily.)

Anyway… I also like to have my Bullet Journal with me to record expenses during the trip, write down places I want to go or things I want to do next time I visit, and so on. Maybe if I were using a traditional daily or weekly planner, I wouldn’t be as inclined to take it on personal trips with me.

What about you? Do you take your Bullet Journal or planner with you when you’re traveling? Do you have any tips I’ve forgotten to mention? Comment and let me know!

And don’t forget to download your itinerary printable!

Download the Itinerary Printable FREE

Redhead Paper monthly decorative stickers for April

Dusting Off the Blog

Wow, where has 2019 gone so far?

I can’t believe we’re more than a week into April and I haven’t posted here at all this year. I’m going to do a better job of sharing with you all from now on.

I’m in the middle of making two-page decorative sets for each month of the year. These don’t have to be used in your Bullet Journal, you could also use them for scrapbooking.

Or you could use them the way I do: I tend to pseudo-scrapbook in my Bullet Journal. I have an hp Sprocket (affiliate link) picture printer so I can add little mini pictures. I use a little adhesive stamp from Jetpens (not affiliate) to paste in ticket stubs, notes, and little things like that. Then I use my stickers to decorate around my regular daily to-do lists, weekly spreads, and so forth.

Basically, I’m a lazy Bullet Journalist and a lazy scrapbooker! 😉

Here’s a gallery of a few of the pages, but you can see them all in the Scrapbooking Stickers section on my Etsy shop!

Endure: My 2019 Word

I’ve had a hard time coming up with the mot juste for my 2019 Word of the Year. I wanted something that embraced diligence, discipline, consistency, tenacity… but none of those were quite right. I kept circling around to ‘persist,’ which I liked partly for the political connotations of the word as well as the meaning, but… I don’t know, it just didn’t feel exactly right.

I ended up choosing ‘endure’ as the word to have put on my reminder bracelet (made by Positive Charm on Etsy), partly because I love the song “The Earth Only Endures” by the Waterboys (video below), and partly because I’ve always loved a section in Hebrews.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2


intransitive verb

1 : to continue in the same state : LAST
2 : to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding

transitive verb

1 : to undergo especially without giving in : SUFFER
2 : to regard with acceptance or tolerance


intransitive verb

: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of


intransitive verb

1 : to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning
2 obsolete : to remain unchanged or fixed in a specified character, condition, or position
3 : to be insistent in the repetition or pressing of an utterance (such as a question or an opinion)
4 : to continue to exist especially past a usual, expected, or normal time

Pertinent Quotes

“If you persist, you will prevail.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“Events may be horrible or inescapable. Men have always a choice–if not whether, then how, they may endure.” – Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.” – Goethe

“What is to give light must endure burning.” – Viktor E. Frankl

I particularly like that last one, since my Word for 2018 was Ignite. It’s cool to have a quote that ties last year’s word into this year’s.

So what about you? Have you chosen a word for 2019? What is it?

The Earth Only Endures – The Waterboys

An orange cat, Eustace, lies on a desktop over a Bullet Journal spread.

My Planning Process

I wanted to talk a little bit about my monthly planning process and share a few tips that might help someone else.

I always try to do my monthly planning a couple of days before the month ends. I don’t predate my pages more than a day in advance, because I never know just how much space I’m going to need for any given day. It can be difficult to estimate how many pages I’ll need for the rest of the month unless I wait until the last couple of days.

I can make a rough guess based on an average month, but even that fluctuates between 20 and 30 pages. For instance, in my current notebook, December 2017 took 22 pages, January 2018 took 21, February took 24, and March took 27. April begins on Page 133, and this notebook has 240 available planning pages, minus the two-page Tombow spread I always create at the end of the journal. That means I have 105 pages from the beginning of April to the end of the journal, which hopefully means I’ll be able to fit May and June in this notebook.

Oops. Squirrels!

Monthly Planning Process

Back to the point, generally do my planning in the last couple days of the month. For April, I did my planning on Thursday, March 29. A lot of times I do my planning with my mom because it’s kind of fun to lay out the coming month with a planning partner.

Planning process: A table spread with washi tape, stickers, and a Bullet Journal

The first thing I do is try to make sure I have everything I’ll need: my Bullet Journal, my tickler file for the coming month, my washi tape, my pens and Tombow brush pens, my stickers. It’s no fun to have to go hunting for something you need in the middle of your planning session!

I start with the basic Monthly Log and Task List. My Monthly Log looks like the one Ryder Carrell designed, except that I color-code everything in my Bullet Journal, using four colors that indicate whether a task is personal, writing-related, main-job-related, or side-job-and-Etsy-related. (I could really use five colors, except my multi-pen will only hold four colors. The five-color pen doesn’t fit in my pen loop!)

One of the little tricks I’ve learned over the months is to fill out some of my habit tracker before sticking it in place.

Planning process: filling out the habit tracker

I put my empty habit tracker next to the current month’s tracker so it’s easy to remember what habits I’m tracking and which Tombow colors I use to track them (that’s what the number is next to each habit). I’m just a little…um…details oriented. 🙂

Obviously, sometimes I change what I’m tracking–you can see that in March I was tracking Lent, which is over on April 1. I was also taking care of mom’s cat Edmund for a while in March, so I needed an easy reminder to give him his meds; I put it in my tracker for the 10 days I had him, and just exed out the other days.

Quarterly Planning Process

Since April begins Quarter Two of 2018, it was time for me to sit down and evaluate my quarterly goals and progress as well. I didn’t do that during my monthly planning session. I needed time to go back and review what I’d intended to do during Quarter One, what I’d actually done during Quarter One, what needed to be migrated to Quarter Two, and what new tasks I had during Quarter Two.

Quarterly Planning Process: A list of deadlines and action steps

As part of that, I made a list of the deadlines I had coming up in Quarter Two. There are several in April, and I was starting to feel stressed about them. Putting them down on paper helped me capture them and get a realistic view of them.

Once I had my list of deadlines, then I broke each project down into action steps that needed to happen in Quarter Two. From that list, I added a few items to my April Task List. Some of those steps won’t take place until May, but that’s fine–they’re recorded on the quarterly list so they’ll be easy to migrate.

Sometimes I have help. Eustace decided I was definitely in need of help with the quarterly planning!

An orange cat, Eustace, lies on a desktop over a Bullet Journal spread.

What about you? What’s your planning process? Do you have any tips or tricks that make it easier for you? I’d love to hear them!

March spread with monthly log and task list

Plan With Me: March!

Happy first day of March! I’m excited to share my March spreads with you.

First off my monthly log and task list.

March spread with monthly log and task list

This format works well for me, so I rarely change it up.

Then come my habit tracker and writing tracker.

Spread with habit tracker and writing tracker

Thanks to an Instagram comment from my friend James, I’ve been doing a better job with my habit tracker in February–he suggested I keep it on my pillow, and I modified his suggestion a little. Now I keep my Standard Memorandum Book (by Word) on my nightstand until I’ve filled in the habit tracker. Then the notebook goes on my desk until morning. It helps remind me to spend time with the habit tracker.

Next is my prayer calendar by Kelly O’Dell Stanley and my prayer list, updated throughout the month.

March prayer calendar by Kelly O'Dell Stanley

The next spread is a new thing this month!

March Fitness Challenge calendar and planning challenge prompts

I’m going to try to do a small workout every day for the month of March, so I made up a little calendar to track that. On the page facing are printouts of prompts for the Boho Berry Challenge and the Plan With Me Challenge. I want to do a better job at posting consistently on Instagram, so hopefully these prompts will give me ideas!

Then I start my March daily stuff on the next page.

March 1 to-do list in a Bullet Journal

I’m really happy with how these came out. These spreads make me happy when I look at them–and that means I’m more likely to look at them often, right? 🙂

Why Aren’t You Bullet Journaling?

On the face of it, Bullet Journal is a simple system. Done the way Ryder Carroll devised, a Bullet Journal is just a rapid-logging system that involves making a monthly log and a daily log. But once you wander away from Ryder’s website into the far reaches of YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram, you’ll see there are lots of ways to Bullet Journal. And sometimes you run into some obstacles.

Today I want to talk about a few of those obstacles to Bullet Journaling.


I don’t know about you, but when I look at some of the intricate and artistic spreads a lot of Bullet Journalists post on their Instagram or Pinterest accounts, I want to find something to hide my super-minimal Bullet Journal pages!

I’m not an artist. I like to doodle, but I’ve never had the discipline to really work at the craft of drawing. If I’m going to decorate my planner, I use stickers and washi tape…but there are times I just don’t have the time to do even that.

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people in one of the Bullet Journal Facebook groups I belong to ask, “I’m not really artistic. Can I still Bullet Journal?” Or another version of that, “How do I get started Bullet Journaling?”

The answer, of course, is that you don’t have to be an artist to Bullet Journal and that you get started Bullet Journaling by writing a log in a notebook.

That’s it.

Your Bullet Journal is yours. It can be as fancy or as plain as you want. It can be artistic, functional, sloppy, scrapbooked, text-only, or a combination of all of those things.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the best thing about Bullet Journaling is how flexible and forgiving it is.

Don’t be intimidated by the elaborate spreads and gorgeous lettering you see on Instagram or Pinterest! You don’t have to post pictures of your BuJo if you don’t want to. You don’t have to let anyone see it.


Bullet Journaling can be expensive, no question. If you’re into fountain pens, fancy notebooks, Tombow dual brush pens, stickers, and the like, you can spend a small fortune on your Bullet Journal habit.

But I’ve also seen people Bullet Journal in a $1.50 composition notebook using a Big Stic pen.

This point kind of goes hand-in-hand with my point about intimidation. Your Bullet Journal is yours. If you can’t afford a Leuchtturm1917 notebook and a set of Tombows, you can still keep a Bullet Journal.

For me, the sole purpose of a Bullet Journal is to keep me productive and on-task–and to make sure I’m productive on the right things. What that means in practice is that anything which helps me stay productive is good, and anything that derails me is bad.

If I’m so hung up on purchasing just the right tools that I don’t actually sit down and work in my Bullet Journal, I’m missing the point.

I’m not saying fancy pens and notebooks and stickers are bad. I’m just saying that they’re only good until they become a hindrance to me actually working in my BuJo.

My first attempt was in a wire-bound notebook I had lying around because I’d never stuck with a planning system for a long time, and I wasn’t sure this system would even work for me.

Don’t let an empty wallet keep you from starting a Bullet Journal.

Fear of Doing it Wrong

Another question I used to see people ask on Facebook: “I’m afraid to start because I might do it wrong.”

My thought is that it’s really hard to do it wrong when the system is designed to be as flexible as you need it to be. Bullet Journal is a system of logs and collections, organized by the index at the front. If you need to draw a calendar each month because you’re a visual thinker, do that. If you don’t, that’s fine. If you need to have a weekly spread, do that! If not, that’s fine.

What it boils down to is this: Your Bullet Journal is yours. There’s no wrong way to do it.

If it keeps you on-task and organized, it’s right. Even if your way wouldn’t be right for someone else.

Don’t let a fear of doing it wrong keep you from starting what could be the best organizational system for you.

Chronic Illness

I know a lot of people with various chronic conditions. Some of them have had trouble with traditional planning systems in the past, and they were worried that Bullet Journal wouldn’t work for them either.

As someone who suffers from chronic depression, I get it. One of the reasons I didn’t do as well with systems like Franklin Covey or monthly/weekly planners is that if I stopped using it for a while because I was going through a difficult time and couldn’t manage much more than getting out of bed and dragging myself to work, I’d have a huge blank space in my calendar.

Those blank squares glared at me accusingly, telling me I couldn’t even keep up with a calendar, so how could I expect to actually do anything that matters?

I think one of the reasons Bullet Journal works so well for me is that it doesn’t have those accusing blank spaces. If I have a bad spell and don’t get out of bed all weekend, guess what? I just pick up again on Monday without skipping a beat!

I would argue that for people with chronic depression or illnesses that require them to measure their energy in spoons, Bullet Journal is a much more forgiving and flexible system–exactly what we need!

Work Situation

I know there are people with complex work situations. Maybe you’re required to keep things confidential. Maybe you work two jobs. Maybe your work situation has so many moving parts that you can’t imagine how to make Bullet Journal work for you.

I think there are various solutions to these issues.

If you have to keep client information confidential, you could start a work Bullet Journal that never leaves your desk and gets locked up every evening when you go home.

If you work two jobs, you could color-code your tasks and collections and appointments. Personally, I work two part-time jobs, I write fiction, and I run an Etsy store. I definitely use the color-coding to keep things clear! I also have a separate project collection for each job. I take staff meeting notes in my Bullet Journal so I have those to refer to as well. I considered keeping my staff meetings in a notebook that I leave at work, but I always ended up transferring things from my staff meeting notes to my task and project lists, so I decided it just made sense to keep them in my Bullet Journal and, when I move into a new notebook, to migrate just what I need.

If that would be too much work for you, you could always keep a separate notebook at work and only transfer current stuff to your personal Bullet Journal.

Say it with me: Your Bullet Journal is yours. You can do whatever you need to in order to make it work for your unique situation.

Planner Peace

I use Google Calendar for my future planning. I have a calendex in my Bullet Journal because I like it, but if I need to know for sure when something is happening, I check my Google Calendar.

But for everything else, for dreams and goals and projects and plans and daily to-dos, I rely on my Bullet Journal. Someone on Instagram called her Bullet Journal her external brain, and I don’t think that’s overstating it.

I’ve finally found planner peace with my Bullet Journal. I’m so glad I didn’t let any obstacles stand in my way!

Have you had obstacles crop up in your Bullet Journal journey? If so, what were they? How did you handle them?

Observing Lent With Bullet Journal

Lent is coming up soon–Valentine’s Day is also Ash Wednesday this year, so it’s just a week away! I love the observance of liturgical seasons, including Advent and Lent, and I want to make it more intentional this year.

I spent some time over the weekend thinking about how I want to observe Lent this year. I haven’t made any decisions yet, but thinking about it gave me some ideas for stickers to create.

Last year I gave up alcohol, which was a big deal because I was drinking a lot (more than I should have) last year. In the time since I have pretty much stopped buying alcohol for home. When I visit Indiana wineries with my mom, I tend to buy a couple of bottles, and I’ll probably still do that. I might have a beer with my burger when I eat out, and this Friday I’m taking a friend out for margaritas to celebrate her leaving a toxic work situation.

Aside from that, I’m just not drinking much, so giving up alcohol wouldn’t be that much of a sacrifice. And Lent is supposed to be about giving up something that you’ll actually miss. I can’t give up caffeine because I want my coworkers to stay alive. So maybe chocolate. We’ll see. I’m still thinking. Maybe I’ll give up spending money for 40 days!A photo of Lent stickers designed for the Redhead Paper Etsy store


I designed some stickers for the collections I want to create: “What am I giving up and why?” and “Lenten Scriptures and Readings” I made some stickers for the specific holy days of the season: Shrove Tuesday, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday. I also have a few decorative stickers with symbols from Lent, like palm branches, lilies, and crosses.

I’ve thought about making a Lent tracker, but I haven’t been able to come up with a design I like. Maybe I still will, but for now, I’m going to list the stickers without a tracker–and if someone buys the Lent stickers and I’ve made a tracker I like in the meantime, I’ll send them the tracker too!

Do you have Lent traditions you enjoy? Share them in the comments!