Thursday, 1 December 2016

5 of the best bullet journal instagram accounts!

Hello, and welcome to December! The Christmas season can begin!
There are so many different instagram accounts that have amazing bullet journal inspiration. Today I am going to share 5 of my personal favourites.

Bullet Journalers SO many amazing pictures of beautiful bullet journal spreads, if you are looking for inspiration you should definitely give this account a follow.

Bullet Journal Inspire Another amazing account filled with beautiful spreads and stunning inspiration.

That Journal (Emma Bryce) Absolutely stunning pictures of the most beautiful bullet journal headers and pages.

Bullet Journal Ideas (Courtney) This account features lots of different types of bullet journal spread from all different people- a must if you are still working out what you want to do with your bullet journal.

Bullet Journal (Ryder Carroll) The original bullet journal account features heaps of links to great blog posts and giveaways.

Go on, check out all these amazing bullet journal accounts- I can almost guarantee you will be inspired!

I'm currently coming up with lots of Christmas post ideas, and I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments.

Do you have any amazing bullet journal instagram accounts I should have a look at?

Monday, 28 November 2016

Dealing with mean girls

It is a simple fact- at some point everyone is going to have someone be mean to them, no matter who they are and sometimes for no apparent reason. Today I am going to share a few researched tips on ways to deal with people who are being horrible to you, or you are in an argument with.

Everyone, at some point, will experience being the 'mean girl' and being the victim. Being the victim is no fun, and we have all been there. It is hard, and horrible and sometimes it feels like there is nothing you can do. Try these few things next time you are the victim, and see if it makes a difference.

1. Don't assume someone is horrible
It is important to remember that just because someone is being nasty one day doesn't mean they are a horrible person- you have no idea what is going on in their life. This is no excuse for being mean, but you still need to understand that there is almost always a reason behind this- it may just have nothing to do with you. Remembering this when you are being targeted is hard, but will almost certainly help you understand why this is happening. For more information, make sure you look at some websites, such as this one, about reasons behind bullying and nastiness.

2.Tell and adult.
You don't have dob the person in, but make sure that an adult knows that something is going on. They can then support you, and it will be much easier to explain when something that needs their attention happens. A lot of people think they can deal with it on their own, but having someone else (preferably an adult) know what is going on can be invaluable.

3. Don't spread it.
One of the worse things you can do, and one of the ways to most upset the 'mean' girl, is telling everyone about the issue- and getting more people involved. It is best to just leave the issue, and only tell one close friend if you absolutely have to.

4.Don't be mean back.
Don't give them anything they can use against you. If they say something, don't retaliate, and don't send messages when you are angry. And perhaps most importantly, don't give them back what they are giving to you.

5.Try and avoid talking/messaging on social media
Texting or sending messages is not the best way to deal with any situation. Try and avoid confronting or talking to someone who is being mean to you any way that isn't face to face, especially because messages can be taken the wrong way or used against you.

Gaslighting is a form of emotional/mental abuse that involves manipulation of events, conversations and actions to make the victim believe they did something that they didn't do, or that they are actually the one in the wrong. Make sure you are aware of how to recognise gaslighting, and how to respond to it. It is really important to stop yourself from believing this stuff, because it can be really damaging and affect you dramatically.

Hopefully you'll remember these tips when you are next in one of these situations. If you need some more information this and this website may be useful.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Books I've been reading.

I feel like it has been a long time since I wrote a post about what I've been reading, so today I am going to give you an update.

How to keep rolling after a fall by Karole Cozzo
Everyone deserves a second chance. After copping the blame for a cyberbulling incident Nikki Baylor's life is in shreds. She turns to a wheelchair rugby player, and learns how to get her life back on track.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Liz Hall has died, and she quickly finds herself in elsewhere. Elsewhere is very similar to Earth, however you age backwards- from your day of death back to being a baby, when you are re-born. Liz has to learn to let go of her old life, and be happy with her new one.

Quiet:growing up as an introvert in a world the can't stop talking. by Susan Cain

A week of Mondays By Jessica Brody
Ellison Sparks wished for another go, a do-over. And she got what she wanted...a week full of Mondays.

Falling into Place By Amy Zhang
Liz Emerson decided that the world would be better off without her. She ran her Mercedes of the road, but still doesn't understand what repercussions her actions will have.

Enter title here By Rahul Kanakia
Reshma is the perfect student and well on the way to being valedictorian. She believes the only way she can beat all the other perfect students is by writing a book. To do this she has to do 'normal' high-school activities.

The lies about truth By Courtney C. Stevens
Sadie Kingston has survived the car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her heavily scarred. But as she reconnects with other people involved in the accident, she struggles to work out what the truth is.

Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to review any of these books.

Monday, 21 November 2016

6 easy steps to starting your own bullet journal!

It's almost Christmas time! That means lots of Christmas carols, it's getting hotter (or colder) and lots and lots of gift giving! It can be hard to keep track of all the things you have to do around Christmas time, and it can also be a great time to start bullet journaling! Don't put it off until next year, grab yourself a notebook and get ready for December. Below I will share my easy steps to creating your own bullet journal.

1.Get yourself a notebook and a pen!
Simple as that, it doesn't have to be anything fancy. Just grab the empty notebook sitting in your top draw or a simple one from the local office supplies store. You can, of course, go fancy and get a proper bullet journal, like I have, but it is not necessary and I would probably recommend trying the system using some normal (and less expensive) notebooks first.
As for pens, they can be anything, I use a uni pin fine line 0.2, but anything will work- just make sure it doesn't go through the paper.

2.Create an index
Or a contents page. Some books already have the built in, but if not simply title the page index and use it to record the pages that things are located in (you may want to leave 2 pages for your index). This makes it heaps easier to find the things that you need.

3.Create a yearly spread.
You can do this any way you want, you could have a list of the things you need to do or events scheduled for each month under sub-headings or you could go full out and create a mini-calendar. This gives you the ability to plan ahead, especially useful for things like school holidays or birthdays. Make sure you add it to your index!

4. Create your monthly spread.

Googling 'bullet journal monthly spreads' will bring up heaps of images of different ideas. Personally I like the idea of a calendar to record events for that month, but find what works for you. This is a more detailed view of your yearly spread for each month. Don't forget to add it into your index.
5. Create your weekly spread
These weekly spreads are the bits of my bullet journal I use the most, and therefore spent the most time perfecting. Generally I will have a small rectangle dedicated to each day, where I can record events and tasks for that day, a study/homework tracker and notes/coming up area. Once again, make sure you find what works for you. Look on pinterest of google for inspiration.

6.Add anything else you want!
The best thing about bullet journals is how easy they are to customise. Simply open to a new page, record it in your index, and fill it with whatever you need. In this post I shared a list of page ideas for your bullet journal. Also make sure you look on pinterest and bullet journaling sites to find more great ideas.

Hopefully these easy steps to starting your own bullet journal have helped you start your own bullet journal. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on this post, and any easy steps you have for new bullet journalers.

Thursday, 17 November 2016


I've been going through a lot of stress and pressure lately, especially with the end of assessment time at school and all the things that have been going on. I know that it is really important to relax and take some time out, especially when things are super busy and today I am going to share some ways to relax.

Why should you relax?

Stress is often seen as such an ugly word, and a horrible thing. Whilst this is not always the case it is important to take some time out, give your mind a break and relax. Relaxation does (according to this site) have some important health benefits including reduce your risk of some disease, improving your mood, reducing risk of depression and assist with decision making. It is actually a necessary part of your lifestyle. Believe it or not!

How do I relax?

Relaxing doesn't always mean sitting on the beach looking out to the horizon and day-dreaming. Although I wish it were true that is very rarely the case for many people. There are heaps of different ways to relax, google ways to relax and thousands of ways appear, today I am going to share a few of them with you. (I used this website)

Journalling (or maybe bullet journalling?) gives your creative side a chance to have a go, and that is really important. It gives you a chance to unwind and let all of your problems go. Try grabbing a notebook and a pen and give journalling a go, I'd love to hear if it works.

List the good things
Make a list of some of the things you are grateful for, or that you did that you are proud of. I've never tried it but apparently this is a great way to let go and be happy.

Be in nature.
Going outside and sitting in the garden, or (if you are lucky enough) onto the beach can be a great way to re-evaluate the situation and remember what is important.

Do some colouring in.
This is one of my favourite ways to relax, and there are so many 'adult' colouring books out there you have so much to choose from. Spending anywhere between 10 minutes and hours colouring really helps me to de-stress and relax. Particularly if I am having trouble sleeping.

Do something you love
If you get nothing else out of this list, I hope you take away that finding and doing something you love is the best way to relax, there is no magic solution- you have to find what works for you.

Hopefully you can get something out of this post and feel better by giving yourself time to relax. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Have a great weekend.