My Morning Routine Spread Was Featured on! And I Rant…

I was featured in! |

On Tuesday, in a bullet journaling Facebook group, someone posted a link to this article on the website.  I immediately recognized the thumbnail photo as my morning routine spread, so I excitedly clicked on the link.

Reading through the article, she links to many sources, including and includes photos from other bullet journal Instagrammers, but I never find a link or credit for my IG photo.  So I left a note in the comments and a few hours later, she added a small link under the picture, so, yay, credit.

And then, this morning, to get the link, I went back and read the comments.  I know, I know, NEVER READ THE COMMENTS.  But I always do and I ALWAYS regret it (granted, there were only 9 comments so it didn’t take very long).

I feel like I have to keep defending the system AND my own bullet journal.

People.  (All seven of you that read this blog.)  Please listen.

What attracted me to bullet journaling was the simplicity.  All you need is a notebook and a pen. That’s it.  Everything else is extra.

Along with the simplicity was the flexibility.  If you don’t use it one day, you start up the next time you need it.  No wasted space.

If you’ve seen the (very shaky) video of the walk through of my first bullet journal, you’ll see the evolution of how I use it.  And it’s not pretty, believe me. It’s messy and it’s not always cute.  I made a lot of mistakes and turned a lot of pages and started over.

I started with the basics and, over time, figured out what worked for me.  And what works for me includes lots of color.

Like I mention in my post about my work bullet journal, I keep it very simple and plain at work.  I don’t have the time there for much else.

How I Keep a Bullet Journal at Work |

I LOVE the minimalism of just the pen and paper.  Honestly, I start there every single time with my personal bullet journal too. But then I want to add a spot of color here and there and before too long, it’s like a My Little Pony vomited all over my pages. I can’t help it.  It’s me.  And I’m done apologizing for it.

I LOVE drawing in my personal bullet journal.  It makes me so happy and it’s time well spent for me.

But all of the drawings and the coloring isn’t what makes it a bullet journal.  It isn’t what a bullet journal HAS to be or SHOULD be.  You don’t have to be a proficient artist or a crafty scrapbooker and you don’t have to take a lot of time with it.

I think it’s the collision of the minimalist and the ultra crafter using the same system that causes this potential for conflict.  But really, there’s no need.  Neither person needs to feel intimidated by the other.  And neither person needs to criticize the other. It just shows how flexible of a system it really is.

Start with the basics and do with it what you will.  It’s that simple. The End.



26 thoughts on “My Morning Routine Spread Was Featured on! And I Rant…

  1. Chloé says:

    Amen! I cringe everytime a bujo newbie posts in the French FB group I’m in saying “I’m so scared to get started, I can’t draw, I’ll be ashamed to show my pages compared to your beautiful bujos”. Uuuuuugh! The bullet journal, which was a simple, flexible and forgiving system created to help people get organized has become another area where competition and “keeping up with the Joneses” is the norm. This makes me sad and mad all at once! I love seeing beautiful doodles and decorated journals, but this is a bonus. It doesn’t suit me and I’ve never (and will never) feel compelled to keep up with it! Okay, rant’s over! LOL Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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  2. calmjoyfullife says:

    Preach it! This is one of the reasons why I think everyone who is even remotely considering starting a bullet journal should check out Ryder Carroll’s site first, because the person who INVENTED the system uses a very minimalist, un-artsy, simplistic design. It works for him, as it works for many other people, but because such photos aren’t as eye-catching on social media it can be easy to forget that they’re perfectly respectable interpretations of the bullet journal in and of themselves.

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  3. Sarah C says:

    Heidi – this is Sarah Cook that worst to work with you at DE (forever ago!!) I think you’ve convinced me to try out bullet journaling (did I use that correctly?) I’m not artistic AT ALL but I have decent handwriting and I like to color so I think I’ll be able to make it work. I just got a $3 notebook to try it out and see if I will stick with it more than a week – unlike all my other planners 🙂 . Love your blog and insta – you are endlessly creative and it’s awesome that you inspire & teach others with your gift!

    P.S. I laughed when you said you never read the comments section, read them anyway, and then regretted it – that happens to me every. single. time.

    P.P.S I love that your chickens have star wars names – both of my boys ended up with SW names – how my husband tricked me into that, I’ll never know (jedi mind trick?).

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    • Heidi says:

      Sarah! Hi!! Yes, you did use the verb “to bullet journal” correctly! 😉 I’m glad you’re going to start! And remember to check out the site for the basics and lots of great ideas from other bullet journalers. As well as all the other usual places on social media too.

      Yes, naming our chickens after Star Wars women only emphasized how few women there really are in the Star Wars universe! And Maz was one of our favorite character names and she turned out to be a rooster. So sad.

      Anyway, I’d love to see how you’re liking your bullet journal after you get going! 🙂


  4. L B says:

    I just found your profile on IG and love your ideas. Wanted to explore. Good for you. Keep your bujo you! I’m a newbie and looking for ideas – I want to start one for work soon so I really appreciate your post.

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  5. Anna Hensel says:

    Hi Heidi–I think this is a really interesting post. I’m working on a story about what some of the benefits are of dedicating the time to making your bullet journal beautiful (and when it is and isn’t useful)–wondering if you would like to be interviewed for it? You can reach me at


  6. Amy Greenan says:

    I just came here from there, so glad to have found you! (I posted as radiosilents on that article.) I was promoted to an art director position at my job a few months ago and have been trying to figure out how I can better keep track of everything that needs tracking – which is a LOT! I think something like what you’re doing here will really help me keep better organized and efficient at my job. Thank you!

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  7. kat823 says:

    Heidi, thanks for the honesty. I literally found out 2 days ago what a bullet journal was (is?) and have already purchased by first notebook and pen. I’m super excited about it, especially about the fact that you stress there’s no right or wrong way to do this.. Why? Because it’s a personal thing. Do what works and get rid of what doesn’t. I love the stripped down version for work and the dressed up version for home (giving me space to doodle or write down stupid stuff like what movie I want to watch when it comes out). Keep doing what you’re doing!

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  8. amy says:

    I think that’s what’s great about bullet journaling. It’s yours and it should fit your personality.
    I just started this month and let me tell you I love it because I have all of my lists in one place and what used to be on a sticky note here and there is now in all place and I can find it. That’s how I made it personally mine. I love the color aspects too and the many choices there are for making calendars. it’s kind of dumb when someone criticizes someone else’s journal because its supposed to be up to each individual. Anyway, continue having fun!


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