Monthly Archives: May 2014

A5 Ochre Malden — Back in Rotation for a New Journal

I’m absolutely thrilled with my new planner set-up. The bullet journal and more…all held in my Fenner CRAFTS “Explorer II” handmade leather cover…are working out wonderfully. Yet I’ve been struggling with the guilt that stems from neglecting my Maldens.

I’m happy to report that I’ve found a new purpose for one of the Maldens. A Wellness Journal. In it, I plan to track the things I’m doing to make my life healthier, both emotionally and physically. Here’s how I planned the initial set-up:

Section 1: Goals

Section 2: Gratitude journal

Section 3: Reframing Journal

Section 4: Exercise, Sleep, and Food Diary

Section 5: Meaningful Quotes

At first, I was going to call this my “Happiness Project,” but upon reflection, I think that a life of meaning and well-being is more complex than happiness alone (for instance, see this article in the Atlantic).

Not only does this put my Malden back in the rotation, but I am so happy to open to a page designed by my daughter.

I put Washi tape around the watercolor my daughter made for me about a year ago. It's in the Filofax transparent envelope with top opening.

I put Washi tape around the watercolor my daughter made for me about a year ago. It’s in the Filofax transparent envelope with top opening.

On the back of the cover, I put a reminder to myself:

The battle against perfectionist tendencies is ongoing...

The battle against perfectionist tendencies is ongoing…

Because part of wellness is gratitude and human connection, I tucked a few envelopes and notecards in the front of my binder. My goal is to write to people at least once a week. This year, I’ve been prioritizing nieces and nephews, but now seems like a good time to write thank you notes to other people, too. As I write this, I realized that I should tuck stamps in the pockets, too.

front pocket

My first section lists goals for the month. Here were my goals for April. I did pretty well, although I’m behind in my writing. Grrrr…

april goals

While there are more sections, I may detail those a bit later. My last photo comes from the quotes section I had in a previous set-up.

I have a collection of quotes that help provide inspiration and anchored in the ideas I value.

I have a collection of quotes that help provide inspiration and anchored in the ideas I value.

I am enjoying the initial set-up, though I’m sure there may be some additional tweaks. I downloaded an app for my food journal, and the Fitbit tracks my steps each day, so tracking it in my Malden may prove redundant. I’m open to suggestions about alternatives!