With the arrival of 2017, I felt it was time to crack open a brand new baby blue Leuchtturm 1917! If you’re looking to start a fresh journal, or even start your first journal, this will take you step by step through my set up process.
Planning the New Journal:
Before I put pen to paper for a new part of my journal (or a whole new journal) I like to put some thought into how I want it to look. This page was the last page in my previous journal that I used from April 2016 – December 2016. I still had about 30 pages left, but I was ready to start something fresh. I went through my “old” journal and thought about the things I liked with it and things I would like to change for the new one. I’ve also realized that I like having mini indexes as I go through my journal, so I followed suit with this mini one.
My Intro Page:
Ahhhh, the first page of a fresh journal! I spent a while debating what I wanted this to look like and finally felt it appropriate to include my start and end dates accompanied by my cute little lion logo.
So I will admit, this page didn’t really turn out as I had hoped. Not sure what it is, but if I could redo it, I would. I do like the idea of having a “word of the year” reflected with this page. I chose the word “growth” for 2017 because this will be a huge year of change for me. I will be graduating college and moving into the real world. I want to grow with these changes throughout 2017.
Since I wasn’t a huge fan of my yearly overview, I kind of cheated and made a second one and paired it with my future log. The idea for these two pages is that when I get a date for a future event, let’s use the example of graduation on May 5, I make a note of this on the second page and then on the first page I’ll put a colored dot matching that date. Its somewhat complicated now that I write it out, but its working well for me so far.
Goals for 2017:
I’m not a huge New Year’s Resolution type of person, mostly because I never truly follow through with them, but I do like the idea of having goals for the year. I decided to break up my goals into different aspects of my life: personal, health, career, and other. Under each goal I wrote a few notes at how I can accomplish each goal to help me stay track throughout the year.
Social Media Tracker:
One thing I wanted to change from my last journal was the way I tracked my social media accounts. I ended up tracking them on my monthly overview pages, but that just seemed like it would be a difficult way to reflect on my progress. That’s how I arrived at this page. Each of my accounts will be tracked all on one page so I can really see my growth by the end of the year.
Still curious about setting up a bullet journal?