As I have mentioned on more than one occasion, I teach third grade. As I may not have mentioned previously, I ~technically~ co-teach third grade as I am working on getting my masters and my Elementary license in the state of Massachusetts. As I definitely have not mentioned previously, I attended my graduation a couple of weekends ago… And after just two more summer classes, my diploma will be in my hand and I will be officially licensed and ready to have my own classroom come September!
Now, this is all very very very very exciting stuff. This has been one of the most difficult, stressful, anxiety-inducing, overwhelming, and all-nighter necessitating years of my life*, and I am filled with relief and pride as it comes to a close. Despite the fact that the final finish line is still a couple of months away, though, I am currently celebrating a victory that feels as if it won’t ever be topped…
MAY IS OVER!!!!
YAHOO! YIPPEE! YAY! GOOD RIDDANCE MAY, DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YA ON YOUR WAY OUT! SAYONARA! Seriously, though, May was a real B*TCH, pardon my censored French. Between endless final projects, filling out my Pre-Performance Assessment and getting the documents prepared to apply for my license, AND my one week takeover (which went swimmingly, I might add :))… May was crippling, and it’s departure marks the arrival of JUNE! The lovely promise of June showed up at my door a bit early this past Memorial Day Weekend, bringing with it my life/sanity/free time**, as well as the possibility of sleeping more and drinking less***. So while there are still 13 days left of school, and there is still work to be done for grad school… I have spotted the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is gorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgeous.
Anyways. Moral of the story: May sucked, and it’s suckiness caused me to neglect my bujo a bit… But I did my best. Some of the challenges and routines I’ve become accustomed to in the past few months fell by the wayside in May, and since the start of summer means I’ll be going back to my job as a coordinator at a summer camp, I have little faith I’ll pick these “fluffier” habits back up over the next couple of months. I took all of this into account when I (calmly, serenely, not-stressed-ly) set up my bujo for June on Memorial Day (three day weekends = the fuel that keeps teachers from self-destruction).
Before I get into my June setup, allow me to go over what worked in May and ended up being carried over:
(DISCLAIMER: I apologize, but the photo quality on these is kind of crap for some reason… Head on over to my Instagram for brighter and more colorful versions of most of these!)
FAVORITES IN MAY:
- Monthly spread – can’t get away from the traditional month view
- Weekly spread (s) – my favorite!
- #DoodleWithUsInMay – this was the first #doodlechallenge I’ve ever taken part in, and I LOVED it! I liked that it wasn’t too time consuming; as I mentioned, I didn’t have much free time for journaling this month, but these drawings only took a couple of minutes… And if I fell behind, I could easily catch up later 🙂 Check out @Christina77Star on Instagram for the #DoodleWithUsInJune challenge prompts!
- Gratitude Log – I have tried to implement a gratitude log in previous months, but never managed to stick with it… I always made the spread in advance and pre-wrote out a space to mark each day of the month, and would find myself sitting there racking my brains to remember what I was grateful for 5 days previously. I stumbled upon this method of logging what I’m grateful for on Kim (@tinyrayofsunshine)’s April bullet journal review blog post, and actually managed to keep up with it this month! I’ll be trying it again in June for sure.
In addition this month, I planned my five day solo period in the classroom down to the minute, started a running log of teaching jobs I’ve applied to and devoted a page to a checklist for editing cover letters… The job log/checklist will definitely be revisited in June.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK:
The neglected pages in my bujo this month mostly consisted of challenges that wound up low on the priority list. I don’t see myself picking challenges such as these up during the summer, but I bet they’ll find their way back into my heart once the school year starts up again.
- #MayIBeginYogaChallenge – who am I kidding, this one was never even attempted. I think I just wanted to draw the cute little stick figures…. #fulldisclosure
- #PlanWithMeChallenge – Back when I was a super newbie and had no idea what I was doing or where to begin, I was really into the plan with me challenges put on by @boho.berry and friends. I still hashtag a lot of my Instagram’s as #planwithmechallenge, and frequently visit the hashtag to browse for ideas and inspiration… But I haven’t found the need to follow the daily prompts as I used to. Despite how little I referenced this one, I may save a page to write down the prompts for the June challenge regardless… It is nice to have as a guide for what I could/should be posting!
Goodbye, May. You will not be missed…
As for June, crazily enough, this is the first time I’ve set up a full month in one sitting. I really enjoyed the process, and love that all of my spreads and pages for June are on consecutive pages… My index is a disaster, and that’s something I’ve been trying to work on. So without further ado…
MY JUNE BULLET JOURNAL SETUP:
- Welcome Page – this is a cute little idea that’s been trending in the bujo world… Can you tell I spent <5 seconds on this page? I do enjoy the separation between June and the pages from May, but next time I think I’ll devote a bit more time to this one.
- Monthly Spread – I lovelovelove this monthly spread! I apologize for the quality of the pictures on here, but the color scheme of this spread just makes my heart smile. (It’s yellow and aqua, if you can’t tell!) I’m also really into the Countdown to Summer Vacation at the bottom left, and the extra space for To-Do/Notes.
- Gratitude Log – here’s what it looks like before it’s filled out. I accidentally wrote a number one, so I’m going to have to find something to be grateful for tomorrow! Pressure is on.
- #DoodleWithUsInJune – again, head over to @Christina77Star’s Instagram to see the prompts for this challenge and get some killer doodle inspiration! June’s theme is “Under the Sea”… I think I’m going to try and combine my doodles this time to make a more cohesive drawing, we’ll see how it goes!
- Book List – the following 2 bullets strictly pertain to my grad classes and may be useless for many of you, but I figured I’d include them in case I have any readers who are students looking for inspiration! This first page is a list of the books I need to track down at the library/buy on Amazon and read for my Children’s Literature class that starts next weekend. I check off the box on the left when I get the book, and the right when I read it… Clearly I need to get crackin’.
- Class Schedule – I wrote out the schedules for my summer classes in this format inspired by @writingbravely on Instagram – I have two classes, each of which consists of two weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 8-5). For the Children’s Lit class, each “Module”represents one day; each page represents one weekend. The left column has assignments/due dates/things I need to bring to class, and the right column lists the readings due that day. Since the Equitable Classroom course requires far fewer readings, I condensed the schedule to one page; each row represents a weekend, and each box represents a day. Assignments/readings/etc. are combined within the boxes. I find it incredibly helpful to have information for my classes mapped out in this way; I can check off assignments and readings as I do them, and won’t end up missing something because I forgot to check the discussion board (again).
- Weekly Spreads – after the course schedule, I laid out all of the weekly spreads for June right in a row so that they weren’t all over the place like they usually are! I’m so happy with it 🙂 (For more weekly spread ideas, see my blog post 8 Days a Week).
- Weekly Spread 1: if you haven’t noticed, this color is my favorite Crayola SuperTip… I use it A TON.
- Weekly Spread 2: pretty basic; not sure if I’d use this one again.
- Weekly Spread 3: sort of a hybrid inspired by both @planwithnica and @my_journaling_corner; love this one and will definitely use it again. (I even broke out the Washi for this guy, which I RARELY do!)
- Weekly Spread 4: my pride and joy. I’ve been trying really hard to get myself out of the perfectionist mindset that I seem to be so set in when it comes to my bullet journal… (Funny, because I’m not a perfectionist in any other aspect of my life!) I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to accept blatant mistakes in my journal – I try to ignore them, but end up hyper-focusing on the error and either gluing a blank piece over it or tearing the page out altogether – but this is a good start for me. When creating this layout, I did everything in my power to ~thing outside the box~ and even AVOIDED THE GRID LINES (GASP). As a usual slave to the grid line, this is a big deal for me. It’s also a big deal that I came up with this idea on my own for once, rather than just copying or adapting layouts that were posted on Instagram or Pinterest. I’m super proud of it, if you can’t tell! Feel free to share, copy, or adapt to fit your needs 🙂
And there you have it; my bujo setup for June (so far). Stay tuned for an update as to how it went at the end of the month… Also, new post coming soon in the teaching section on my after school Harry Potter club!
Happy bujo-ing 🙂
* As well as the most rewarding… duh.
** Before you ask what magical Utopia I teach in, I still do not have nearly as much life/sanity/free time as I did before I started teaching… I just gained back the very little I had pre-May.
*** I say the possibility of sleeping more and drinking less because there’s a chance my sleeping and drinking habits will not change; the mere notion that I COULD change them if I WANTED to is satisfaction enough.