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January themed bullet journal

How to Set Goals with A Level 10 Life Spread in Your Bullet Journal

By Andrea of @wildeyesbujo

Hello! I’m Andrea from @wildeyesbujo. With the start of the new year, I’m going to show you how I set up a January monthly overview and a Level 10 Life layout in my bullet journal.January bullet journal month at a glance

January Monthly Overview Bullet Journal Design

Each month, I create a cover page and a “month at a glance” page in my bullet journal. The theme I’m going with this month is mystical stars and moons. Now, let’s get started!

First, I draw everything out in pencil and then outline the design in pen. To outline, I used Zebra Zensations Technical Drawing Pens in sizes 0.3 and 0.8. These are great for outlining because the black ink doesn’t bleed when I go back to add color.

Next, I used Zebra Mildliner Double Ended Brush Pens to add color. I’ve always been a fan of Zebra’s Mildliner products because of its mild, translucent color—which is perfect for this month’s theme. They’re also great because they don’t bleed through my journal pages, even when I color more than one layer.

Finally, I added the January title and colored in the border using Zebra Zensations Brush Pen in the medium tip. The brush tip is firm but flexible, making it easy to control when lettering. I love using this “month at a glance” layout because it’s very straight to the point and allows me to see what events and appointments I have going on each month.

 

Level 10 Life bullet journal spread

Level 10 Life BUJO Design

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I wanted to use a Level 10 Life layout to set and track goals throughout the coming year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Level 10 Life, it’s an honest assessment of where you are in 10 different areas of your life with the goal of living your best at ‘Level 10.’

The ten areas can be different for everyone depending on what stage in life you are in. The ten areas I’ll be tracking are:

  • Spirituality
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Relationship
  • Fun & Recreation
  • Giving & Contribution
  • Physical Environment
  • Health & Fitness
  • Family & Friends
  • Growth

I first created an assessment page to measure where I believe I am in the 10 areas. Then, I developed a goals page of how I plan on reaching a Level 10. For both pages, I used Zensations Technical Pens to outline, Mildliner Brush Pens to add color, and Zensations Brush Pen for lettering. For all my work, I love using Zensations Technical Pens because the pigment is so rich—so it doesn’t fade when I go back to erase any leftover pencil marks. And once again, the mild color of the Mildliners Brush Pens adds a dreamy pop of color and the perfect finishing touch. They are definitely a must-have for any bullet journal enthusiast.

I’m looking forward to tracking and seeing my progress towards a Level 10 Life. I hope you’re all inspired to create similar pages in your bullet journals. For more bullet journal inspiration, check out @wellellabujo’s tutorial on 3 Ways to Use A Bullet Journal to Stay Active.

 

10 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

The new year is finally here, which can only mean one thing; it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, and keep them. However, this is much easier said than done. January is a blank slate, a perfect time to start integrating better habits, making plans and hold yourself to new standards of living. As the year goes on, it can become difficult to maintain your resolutions, and many people tend to give up as the chaos of life takes over. We want to help you change that!

Many people struggle with New Year’s resolutions because the goals are too specific, or they are trying to achieve too many goals at once. Zebra compiled a list of ten attainable New Year’s resolutions that will help you stay focused, organized, and of course, “zen” all year long!

  1. Organize

If you find yourself forgetting plans or overbooking yourself, this might be a good goal for you! Get yourself a daily planner and/or desk calendar to hold yourself accountable for the plans you make and the appointments you have throughout the year. Pick up some fun pens to color code your planner, like Sarasa Fineliners, Sarasa Gel Retractable pens, and of course some Zebrite highlighters. Jot down notes or reminders throughout the day to help better organize your schedule and manage your time.

  1. Make Healthier Choices 

Rather than setting a goal pertaining to a specific number, for example, “lose 30 lbs. by June,” make your resolution broader by aiming to make healthier choices this year. When you go out for a meal, choose the salad, buy whole wheat bread instead of white, and replace soda with water! Know that you are making strides towards your goal with every healthy choice you make rather than by the number on a scale.

  1. Integrate Exercise

Instead of telling yourself that you will work out every morning or every night, which may not be possible when working a full-time job, make your resolution to integrate exercise into your life. Whether it is walking your dog, doing yoga on the weekends, or running three times a week, a little bit is better than nothing and reaching a realistic goal will encourage you to set the bar higher in the future!

  1. Unplug More

This New Year, vow to put your phone down more often. Leave your phone at home when you go out with your family or start a game where everyone puts their phone in the center of the table and first one to grab theirs loses. Encourage more face-to-face conversations and give yourself some time away from your cell phone. Disconnect to connect this year!

  1. Reach Out to Distant Friends or Family 

Remember your elders or those who have made an impact on your life. This year, instead of just thinking about them, reach out to them! Handwrite them a card or letter explaining a memory you have with them or updating them on your family. Who knows, maybe it will start a pen-pal chain and you can look forward to receiving a response each week!

 

  1. Be More Thankful

When the stress of work and life take over, put things in perspective by cherishing life’s moments, and remembering all the things to be thankful for. Create a chart or journal where you can write something your thankful for every so often. Look back on your chart when you’re feeling down, stressed or defeated, and remember to not sweat the small stuff.

  1. Read More

If you enjoy reading and can’t seem to find the time, set a goal this year to make time to read. Even if it’s just for a half hour each night, on your lunch break or even on the train, grab a book you might enjoy and read it! Enjoy quiet time with a book, and indulge in the relaxation reading can provide.

  1. Take More Pictures

If you’re someone who prefers to be behind the lens rather than in front of it, make your resolution to take more pictures this year! If the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day, snap a picture so you can remember it. At the end of the year, you can print out your favorites and compile them into a photo album or scrapbook to share with your friends or family.

  1. Smile at Strangers More

A simple resolution like this can not only make you feel good, but will also make someone else feel good as well! In a digital world, it’s hard to feel connected to those around us. Instead of staring blankly at someone you cross paths with in a grocery store or department store, give them a smile and make their day a little better. After all, you never know what someone is going through and how much one smile can help.

  1. Cook a Homemade Meal Once a Week

Save money and work on your cooking skills by cooking more homemade meals! If you’re a single person, cooking a meal once a week may go a long way. If you have leftovers, you might have just made yourself lunch for the following day or dinner for a different night that week! Whether it’s just for yourself or for a family, cooking a homemade meal can be healthier and more fun than ordering takeout or dining out all the time!

It’s important to remember that no matter how big or small your resolution might be, it should be something that you can stick to! Zebra hopes that you not only create a resolution this year, but that you stick to it, even if it’s as simple as smiling at a stranger.