Mini Monday & Outlander

This weeks #minimaniamonday spread in my Mini Happy Planner features black, mint/teal, and red colors. Like another planner by the internet moniker of By Rochelle, I like to use a certain type of sticker in one of the MAMBI sticker packs so until I can find an alternative sticker combo for work disignations, I’ll be introducing some more color into my spreads.

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As you can see, I’ve used up nearly all the cool hues/colors of these stickers – I guess it’s time to start thinking outside of the box! Or maybe it’s time to start thinking about making my own stickers? Hm… Choices, choices…

Recently, a typical element to my spreads is layering random stickers with the boxes mentioned above to designate my work days. These are usually stickers from The Planner Junkie from Summer’s Junkie Samplers. Out of the few Etsy shops I’ve purchased planner stickers from, hers just seem to be a better quality product and she produces things I prefer and will use so I highly recommend buying from her (yes, I realize her stuff is pricey, but I think it’s worth the money). Some splashes of floral motifs are littered throughout this weeks spread to round it out.

My goal next week is to do more stamping in my Mini to save on sticker usage.

Outlander – A Mini Review

Moving onto the bookish aspect of the blog, I’ll be doing mini reviews instead of full-blown ones as I think having to go back and review an entire book makes my brain overthink things. Splitting up my thoughts through quarterly reviews I think will make the project more manageable. That said, my thoughts at the halfway mark on Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander:

Pacing/Style – It’s not horrible; Neither too slow or too fast. Gabaldon writes in a style that’s about the same; She’s not wordy and doesn’t spend an unecessary amount of time giving history lessons (which was a concern of mine given that the book is 200 pages shy or so of 1,000). There are a few instances where I found myself eye-rolling, but like real humans, characters are not perfectly written, either.

Story – I’m enjoying it and there are been a few reading sessions where I tell myself, “just one more chapter,” until I realize it’s four-in-the-morning and I have to be up in three or four hours for work. I am at a point where I’d like Claire to make a choice, but given that this is the first book in the series, I suspect the remainder of the book will be spent in this Zone of Indecision for a while longer? (I only assume this based on what I’ve seen in the series /sheepishlook Clearly she made a choice, whether she was conscious of it or not.)

There were some instances in the story and it’s affect on characters that I was uncomfortable with, but those are thoughts I’m saving until I’ve completed the novel.

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Trying New Things

I’m really excited for October and not just because of Halloween. I recently came across a lovely post (either in one of the Bullet Journal groups I’m in on Facebook or just browsing Instagram) for writing down thoughts for a Book of the Month (BOM) the individual was reading. It’s a pretty great idea so I’m going to give it a shot for the last three months of 2016 and see how it goes! Hopefully, it’ll let me get my points across better for any potential reviews I do, fingers crossed.

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Another feature I’m giving a try in my journal is a time tracker inspired by Boho Berry. I think it might be nice–and a good idea–to see what I’m doing time-wise and how I can plan hobbies and fun time around appointments and work. The time tracker will probably need some tweaking to see what works and what doesn’t, but that’s the beauty of the Bujo system! You use what works and get rid of what doesn’t! :D

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The cute little bat featured on my goals page is part of an illustration set made by Hanna StΓΌker on Creative Market.