The Most Important Tip When Starting A Bullet Journal

First, what is a bullet journal / bullet journaling? I will reference to a video Ryder Carroll posted a few years ago as it would better explain what this whole system is.

In addition to everything you just watched, it could also double as a journal where in you write down things which happened on a particular day, week or month. I don’t know about you, but this has been the simplest task listing and/or note-taking method I have ever come across.

When I decided to try this particular system, it quickly got very intimidating. Here’s the thing about me, I can be a little hard on myself making sure everything is just perfect. I needed uniformity before I even started writing anything on my notebook of choice for this endeavour. I bought a moleskine, a nice pen to write with, and I spent a good amount of time browsing Instagram.

I spent a lot of time looking at different layouts at Instagram. There were colourful ones, and colour coordinated ones. There were bullet journals with fancy handwritten headers written with fancy pens I wouldn’t be able to afford. There were those which cleverly used washi tapes: from marking the calendar, to aid in adhering pictures. I knew from the beginning I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the colourful layouts and designs so I started browsing minimalist layouts I could try. This didn’t help either because of how clean and organized they looked. I mean, how come no one have erasures on their pages?

But then I saw this video circling Facebook and it’s the best thing I have seen which will cater to those who wanted to try bullet journaling who: a) don’t know where to start; or b) is simply intimidated of the possible messy state their journal will end up at.

The most important thing to remember is to not overthink it. It’s ok if nothing’s color coordinated. It’s ok it’s messy. It’s ok if it doesn’t look like what’s on Instagram. What matters is whatever layout, decoration, or colours you have on your bullet journal works for you and how you use your journal.

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You Don’t Need To Be Special

The other day while at work, I had a customer order seven drinks for seven people she was looking after. She was pleasant, and nice and had a smile on her face the entire time regardless of the fact that one of them was giving her a bit of a hard time while ordering. When she was done, she politely asked if she can leave some of the drinks on our counter and will immediately come back to get the rest. I told her sure.

The next customer I had looked at me and asked me if she’s looking after all seven. I wasn’t as sure. I couldn’t see everyone. He then turned to me, placed his order and said “it must take someone very special to do that”.

Does it? Does a person have to be special in order to look after those who have special needs? I thought all it takes is enough compassion, kindness, patience, understanding.

What do you think?

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2016 Word On The Street

Remember my previous post about the Saskatoon Expo? On the same weekend was a book and magazine fair held in downtown Saskatoon: Word On The Street.

I have first heard of Word On The Street last year by accident. I can’t remember how I even came across it. I do however remember making plans to go the following year. I was looking forward to it. I enjoy going to comic expos but books and reading is something I love and knowing where I currently reside celebrates this as well is a big deal for me.

Meeting Yann Martel. Andrew made this happen. He bought me a copy of Life of Pi to get signed.
David Suzuki. I don’t know who he is. Haven’t heard of him. However, his line for autographs was consistently long.
They have a little area dedicated for kids. I believe it was called Literacy Lane. There were children’s activities all over this area for them to complete and when they do, they get a sticker for their passport (show here around Taylor’s neck). Once they’ve collected all the stickers, they get a free book.
I remember Andrew telling me we needed to get a picture of Taylor with this cat so we can get a poster set of alphabets, numbers, colours, shapes and months of the year.

I was a little bummed out there aren’t any other authors I know or recognize. It got me thinking if this event is exclusively for Canadian authors (maybe I’m wrong) because if it is, I’m going to need to consciously start reading works by Canadian authors to better enjoy this.

Any suggestions on where to start?

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2016 Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo

Last week, me and family together with some of our friends attended Saskatoon’s Comic and Entertainment Expo which was held at Prairieland Park. I was particularly excited this year because of the media guests they have lined up. They got Carrie Fisher (yes, the Carrie Fisher), Bob Morley (The 100), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Tom Felton (Harry Potter Series), and Randy Havens and Shannon Purser (Stranger Things) to name a few.

As usual there were a lot of exhibitors. However, day 1 seemed to lack of people in costumes. I told Andrew we’d go during the first day since the costume contest usually happens on the first day. It did. There just wasn’t a lot of people in costumes compared to the last 2 years we went.

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Taylor as Supergirl for the expo.

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Pokemon cosplay was huge this year. There were a lot of Pikachu and Ash walking around. I even saw a person wearing a Charmander onesie pyjamas.

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I found Barb you guys! She made it out of the Upside Down. 🙂
Mr. Clark! Anyone agrees with me he’s pretty much the reason the kids found Will? Right? 🙂
Bob Morley photo op
Andrew and I talked about starting a tradition of purchasing photo ops for celebrities we both like just to see Taylor’s reactions on every single one. Haha!
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