Plan With Me: April 2020 Bullet Journal Setup

Hello blogosphere! I’ve been really active lately on the blog, but I haven’t had the chance to showcase my April bullet journal spreads. My bullet journal theme for this month is water droplets and umbrellas.

I was inspired to choose this because it has been particularly rainy this past week, which is unusual for where I live. Typically, rainy days are my favorite; what’s better than captivating storm clouds and curling up to read a book? However, as I’ve been in quarantine for more than three weeks now, rainy weather is more dreary than dreamy.

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Supplies

  • Bullet Journal: Paperage Dotted Journal
  • Calligraphy Pen: Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Markers: Crayola Supertips
  • Highlighters: Zebra Midliners
  • Fineliners: Sakura Pigma Microns
  • Washi tape: Typo

Cover Page

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Here is my cover page! I doodled a couple of umbrellas and water droplets surrounding the cover page to tie in the theme. I used Crayola Markers to color them in. I wrote the quote “the storm will pass” to remind myself that even when times are tough or life is dull, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. ❤︎

Monthly Calendar

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The next spread is my monthly calendar, which is a quick glimpse into the month of April. I haven’t filled it out yet, but that’s because I prefer to keep my spreads plain when posting them on social media, to protect my privacy and keep a minimalist look.

Trackers

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I honestly really love how this spread turned out! I think that the wash tape tied in really well to the theme. The tracker on the left is a writing goals sheet for writing contest NaNoWriMo. My final word count goal is 18,000 words. Although I am much further along than displayed in this image, I decided to keep it blank! The next tracker is my exercise/running tracker. With quarantine, my goal is to work out at least six days a week.

Weekly Spread

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Lastly, I have my daily spread for the week of April 6th-12th. I kept a minimalistic style with bubble letters for the date. Honestly, I’m really happy with how this spread turned out! 😀

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Do you bullet journal? What did you think of this month’s theme? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

 

Venturing into the world of NaNoWriMo…

Hello, blogosphere! I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this April. I have a lot more time on my hands than I usually do because of quarantine and online schooling, instead of regular school.

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NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that happens every April, July, and November. Participants can pledge to write short stories, poetry, a screenplay, or a novel. NaNoWriMo allows you to set a writing goal between 30 and 1,000,000 words. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to finish or make progress on a writing project while having fun and staying motivated! Last year, I participated in NaNoWriMo, and I began working on a first draft of a novel. I’m ready to continue working on my draft!

The first day of writing went well. So far, I have written 1,500 words out of my 18,000 word goal. I have a lot of writing inspiration, and I’m really excited. ❤︎

The Synopsis of my WIP ✿

Jamie Holt’s 6th-grade year has not been going the way she expected…and not in a middle-school meltdown manner. With her beloved mother’s obscure disappearance and the constant teasing of her peers, Jamie has enough on her plate. But things start to become really bizarre when she and 7th-grader Jack Prince are whisked off to a magical world: Pye Land: a land uncanny and endearing at the same time. Kamala Rivers, welcomes Jamie and Jack into her arms and gives them a mission that will change Pye Land’s future…forever. Jamie and Jack must stop the reign of the nefarious Mr. Newt, who has wreaked havoc all across Pye Land. If they don’t an evil force will soon shroud the entire universe, one planet at a time into darkness…

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What are you thoughts on writing challenges? Did you like my synopsis? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

My Thoughts on Online Schooling ✣

Hello, blogosphere! It’s been quite a while since my last post…I apologize for the radio silence! I haven’t been focused on my blog, as I have been prioritizing different parts of my life.

I hope everyone is doing well. I know that there has been a lot of chaos in recent events, with the spread of COVID-19. Wherever you are in the world, I hope that you and your family is safe and healthy. Just remember to practice social-distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. ❤︎

About two weeks ago, the schools in my district closed. Schools are expected to resume in a month, but I’m imagining that it’s going to be a little bit more. Because of this, I’ve started online schooling. They call it “distance learning”.

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P  R  O  S  ✰

  • Online schooling is much less time-consuming. One of the best things about online-schooling is that I finish work a lot earlier than I would on a typical school day. I have a lot more free time that can be dedicated to other projects.
  • You can go at your own pace. Another really nice thing about online-schooling is that you can get ahead in work or take your time to understand the content. In general, I prefer to work ahead. However, a lot of times it’s nice to rewatch/reread assignments.
  • It’s less stressful. After I complete online schoolwork, I feel much less drained and stressed than I usually would after a regular school day! It’s soooo refreshing just to close my computer and be done with the workday. Not only that, but you get to sleep in!
  • Teachers only assign the most important materials. Since the school day is so long, a portion of that time is not well spent. Online school focuses in on the most important curriculum and skips unnecessary review from previous units.
  • The workload is more reasonable. Regular school days can be very mentally demanding. During the school week, homework and other assignments fill up most of my time. With online school, it’s the perfect balance.

C  O  N  S  ✰

  • There’s no face-to-face interaction. One of the best parts about school that I often take for granted is the chance to talk to my friends. With online schooling, there are no breaks and lunch hour just to hang out. Not only that, but if I have to ask one of my teachers a question, I have to email them instead of just asking.
  • Online school is a little boring sometimes. Staying inside all day staring at a computer gets dull very quickly! Unfortunately, many parts of the world are in quarantine due to COVID-19 outbreaks, so this is our current reality.

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Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post. I really appreciate all of the support! 🙂

Have you started online schooling/working from home? What are your thoughts on quarantine? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆