May Monthly Recap

Hello, squad! Today I will be sharing with you my May reads, this month’s blog stats, and my official pledge to FINALLY write my first novel and beat NaNoWriMo. Since 50,000 is a LOT to write in one month, I will be spilting it up into three months. Enjoy!

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NaNoWriMo Challenge

I have been wanting to write a full novel for a long time now. I have the perfect idea, characters, and storyline, but I struggled to motivate myself to actually write it.

*lightbulb turns on over head*

And I thought to myself, “Why not start the NaNoWriMo Challenge?” Sure it’s in November, and nobody cares because its June but really, why not?

I decided that I will split up the 50K words into three months, so I am less stressed and have more time to write it. Then, I will take a 4th month to edit it and type it up on my computer.

I will write 500 words per day in my first month, and 600 in my second and third. And yes, I did the math.

I, Katie K, hereby pledge to write 500-600 words per day from June 1st to August 31st. Therefore, I promise to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge.

NaNoWriMo, here I come!

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May Reads

Refugee by Alan Gratz

I absolutely loved this book! I was engaging, original, and inspiring. It really made me think about what some people have to go through just to have a place to call home.

Rating: 💖💖💖💖½

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had a really hard time choosing between Refugee or Everything, Everything for my favorite read of the month. This is also an exceptional genre, but I only gave it 4 stars because I have a strong hate bias against romance novels *sorry* but I loved it anyway. Highly recommended.

Rating: 💖💖💖💖

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

I read this book at a book club for school and really enjoyed it! It wasn’t absolutely life-changing or incredibly inspiring in the way that Refugee was, but it was still awesome. Once again, highly recommended.

Rating: 💖💖💖💖

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Yes, I had very high expectations coming in from this book (because it was so highly recommended to me) but I was disappointed. It many redeemable qualities, but otherwise, it wasn’t very good. IT HAD THE WORST PACING EVER. There were a lot of twists and turns, and the plot was excellent though. I have mixed emotions on this one. If you don’t mind waiting a long time before the story actually gets started, I would definitely recommend Eragon. If not, it’s better you just skip it.

Rating: 💖💖💖½

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

*beware fellow people a rant is coming*

Wow, I am VERY disappointed. Unfortunately, I will not know how the ending turned out because it was so boring that I DNFed (Did Not Finish) it! It was literally the most boring book I had ever picked up. I tried really hard to like this, but I couldn’t. It was absolutely horrible. I semi recomend Eragon, but DON’T READ THIS.

#depression

Rating: 💖

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Blog Stats

Goal for this month: 20 followers

Followers this month: 25 followers

Total Followers: 25 followers

Goal for June: 40 followers in total

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Thank you for reading this post! Let me know down in the comments section below what  your thoughts on NaNoWriMo or what book sounds the most interesting to you from my May Reads.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

Plan With Me: June 2018 (Watermelon theme)

Hello, squad! After watching WAY too many bujo posts on YouTube, mostly by AmandaRachLee (oh. my. gosh. she’s. amazing.) I decided to make one of my own! This is technically my second month bullet journaling, but now I have more “expertise” and “experience” *notice the air quotes* on the topic, I am finally ready to share my journal to the world.

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Supplies:

  • Minimalism Art A5 Dotted Journal
  • Crayola Supertips 100 count
  • The Pilot Precise Rolling Ball
  • A good ol’ classic pencil
  • A good ol’ classic eraser

The Minimalism Art journal worked great for me, but I’ve heard that the Leuchtturm 1917 journal is also exceptional. Even though the Minimalism Art journal doesn’t have a built-in index, pre-numbered pages, and 2 bookmarks, (which the Leuchtturm journal has) it is half the price.

As for the Crayola Supertips, I personally bought the 100 count, but the 50 count is NOT short of colors. I only got the 100 count because it was on sale. Honestly, they are the most loyal markers ever, and they are inexpensive, especially in comparison to other bujo/art supplies. THEY ARE AMAZING.

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This is my cover page! I’m really happy with how it turned out. In case you are wondering, I used faux calligraphy to write June on the second page. I am still practicing my regular calligraphy skills, so I thought it would look better if I did faux calligraphy just for now. (A tutorial on both will be coming out soon.)

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Here is my traditional calendar layout/monthly log. In bottom left corner, I made a little blog stats rectangle, so I can track my follower count. I also drew some extra watermelons on the side because it was looking a little bit blank.

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Next I have my monthly goals and money tracker spread. On my monthly goals page, I like to have a lot of room to write down my goals. I find that the more detailed my goals are, the more likely I am to complete them. Also, why would you want to squish your goals to one tiny little sidebar? As for the money tracker, I’ve always wanted to track my expenses (even though it’s boring) to become more wise with money. Because even the best of us splurge a bit too much sometimes…

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Then, I have my mood tracker and habit tracker. At first I wasn’t going to do either of these because I thought I didn’t really need them, but why not? Nonetheless, this is my favorite spread and I am really happy with how this turned out, especially the mood tracker.

Please don’t notice how bad my faux calligraphy is on the “i” in habit…

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As you can see, this is my blog post ideas and brain dump pages. Just like the monthly goals and money tracker page, I wanted to have a lot of space to “dump” (no pun intended) my ideas and thoughts.

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And finally, I have my daily spread! I very pleased with how this turned out. The only thing is the I accidentally put the wrong dates on the little watermelons in the corner of the daily boxes. I also have a motivational quote by Pablo Picasso, you know, to survive the last week of school. By the way, the little sidebar on the left of the second page is my events for the week because I wanted to keep my to-do list/notes separate.

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Thank you for planing with me! Do you like this months theme? Do you have a bullet journal as well? What could I have done better? Tell me in the comments section down below.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K

Thank you, veterans

Thank you, veterans, for leaving your home and family to defend our country.

Thank you, veterans, for training long and hard.

Thank you, veterans, for healing the wounded.

Thank you, veterans, for dedicating your life to a greater cause.

Thank you, veterans, for never giving up.

Thank you, veterans, for being so selfless and putting others before yourself.

Thank you veterans, for protecting us.

Thank you veterans, for being so brave in the face of adversity.

Thank you for your years of unwavering dedication.

Time will fly.

Months with pass.

Years.

Decades.

But you will never be forgotten.

So thank you veterans, thank you.

-Katie K

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