It’s been a couple of months since I began this “joyful journey” of mine, so I thought it was about time to reflect on how things have been going. Overall? Fantastic. This is not to say that there haven’t been bumps along the way, but looking purely from a selfish standpoint, this journey is off on the right foot.
I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started blogging. At first, I thought it would just be a great way to document the things I love and what I enjoy doing, show others that it’s truly possible to get out of the day-to-day routine to make/find/spark/encourage joy, etc. These things are both true. What I hadn’t prepared myself for initially was how much I would love this process! I have so many ideas and so much energy surrounding this project. It’s been a (good) challenge trying to find time to do it all! I’m excited about new possibilities — learning InDesign so I can make printables, downloads, etc; developing online courses; possibly venturing into offering webinars. There really aren’t limits here!
In August and September I took an online class to learn the basics of Photoshop. I seem to remember having some skill with this program from when I was in my early years of high school, but hadn’t used it since… and there have been so many new versions since then that any knowledge I once had is outdated anyway. I’ve been loving being able to use the (very basic) skills I learned now that the class is done. The specific platform I took the course through (Ed2Go) also has an intermediate course, so I may take that if I feel like I need or want more advanced techniques. We’ll see! I also know there are a ton of YouTube resources to check into for specific skills. Regardless, it was great to have a class that was instructor led for gaining the basics.
This month, I am taking a 30 Day Blogging Fast Track course offered by the operators of the blog ‘It’s a Lovely Life.’ I’m only five days in, but the course is great! I can’t believe how many pages of notes I’ve taken and how many ideas that I’ve jotted down in just this brief amount of time. If you’re ever looking into starting a blog, this is a great resource to check into. They also have a free ten-day challenge that you can join to get a glimpse into their teaching style.
Admittedly, I’m a bit behind on my bullet journal efforts for the month of October. Luckily, it’s still early enough that I can catch up! Overall, the bullet journal has helped in these ways:
I’m more organized. Prior to using it, I found myself writing notes everywhere — multiple notebooks, pieces of paper, in my phone, etc. Having one place to keep everything certainly helps with my sanity. I never have to ask where a certain note or list is — it’s likely in my journal.
It’s sparking creativity. I’ve always considered myself a creative person. I enjoy art, crafting, etc, but I’ve noticed over the past few years (perhaps largely due to grad school — though I finished in 2015, so I don’t think it counts as a good excuse anymore), I’ve found myself in a creative rut. I could come up with ideas, gather all of the supplies, and then…nothing. I had no motivation to actually make what it is I had initially wanted to make. However, even something so simple as drawing a new page for each week/month, making trackers for various goals, etc, has really helped push me into wanting to actually do what I set out to do. I highly recommend this type of journaling!
We haven’t taken any major trips, but we’ve had a few opportunities to get away from Central Ohio. My 30th birthday was in August and Chicago Comic Con happened to be the same weekend, so we went up for that. Meeting some of the fantastic women from Doctor Who was so awesome! My sister got married in Vermont in early September at a lovely, picturesque inn. And we took a quick overnight trip to Cincinnati for their Comic Expo a couple of weeks ago (Jason Isaacs was there — yay!). Needless to say, with all of the comic cons we’ve been to this year (both working as interpreters and as attendees), I’ve had my fill for a while! I enjoy them (especially going to the panels) but after awhile the artists and authors and vendors start to blend together!
One of the things I have been looking forward to most is cooking and baking more. This is a challenge in large part because my partner and I have been working on losing weight and being more aware of what we eat. But suddenly fall hits and I just want to EAT EVERYTHING PUMPKIN. I’ve been scouring the net to find some health-conscious but still indulgent pumpkiny things, so I’m hopeful that I’ll get to share them with you as I go. Other than that, it’s full speed ahead into holiday planning, blog business building, and appreciating moments of joy whenever and wherever I can. Be good to yourself this month!
Beginning November 2017: