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I have such a thing for paper and pencils. I mean, I love the convenience of e-readers and cell phones, and that I can use them to remind me of things or read books with one hand (you know, like when I was nursing a baby in the middle of the night.)
They’re awesome. They have their place.
But there’s something about writing or drawing on paper or opening a real book that speaks to my soul. The feel of it, the smell of it… there’s just nothing like it.
That’s probably why I’m obsessed with the idea of bullet journals.
If you’ve spent any amount of time on Pinterest, you’ve probably already encountered them, even if you’re not totally sure what they are. But they’re kind of anything you want them to be. But they’re meant to be somewhere between a to-do list, a daily journal, and a way to organize your thoughts.
It took me a while to start one, because I already have a daily journal and a to-do list system. I just wasn’t sure how I’d use one, even though I drooled over the pictures on Pinterest. But I took a super short Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers course from Modern Mrs. Darcy and finally figured out how to make one work for me. Yay!
My bullet journal is mostly a bunch of book/reading trackers (with the exception of a list of my favorite drinks from the soda shop down the street). I love it so much.
And, confession: I ordered another journal to make one to organize my blog stuff.
I have a problem.
Anyway, whether you already have a bullet journal or are just thinking of starting one, there are a few ideas for bullet journal pages that I think are particularly suited to police wives.
Bullet Journal Ideas for Police Wives
This is kind of a quintessential book journal thing, where you track your mood from day to day by coloring in a mandala or pixels or whatever. The idea is that it helps you see that even if you have a bad day, it only lasts for so long.
I haven’t done one of these, simply because it’d be too easy for me to become a little obsessive over it then burn out (because I know myself too well), but I love the idea of it.
Ideas I love:
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Inspiring quotes or verses
In my reading journal, I have a few pages set aside for quotes I love from books. They’re some of my favorite pages 🙂 I love looking back on them and being able to draw inspiration from them.
Similarly, you could have a page devoted to quotes that inspire you and encourage you when things are hard, especially ones that relate to police wife life.
I have a list to get you started here 🙂
Ideas I love:
I’m a big goal setter. I love having lists of things I want to do and getting to check things off as I accomplish them.
Whether you have a habit tracker where you check off if you’ve accomplished something daily, or one where you check in now and then to see where you are, or a “debt thermometer” to track debt payoff or savings for something like a trip, this is a great way to visually check in with where you are and how you’ve improved.
Because even when I’ve improved a lot, it’s sometimes hard to recognize because it’s happened so gradually. Tracking it like this helps me remember I have made progress.
Ideas I love:
Easy meal ideas
You know when you’ve just had one of those days that totally didn’t go as planned, then you reach 5:00 and you go – what the heck are we going to have for dinner? But you don’t necessarily want to do fast food? That’s when an “easy/fast meal list” is super useful.
I have a habit of forgetting the stuff we have in the pantry that we could totally make a great meal out of, that I just have ignored. I get kind of acclimated to it and then I don’t recognize its usefulness.
Some meals I have on my own list:
- Grilled cheese and tomato soup
- Tuna melts
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Baked potatoes with chili
Trust me – a list like this can save a lot of money and frustration.
Books to read
This is my favorite page in my reading journal currently. I’ve never had a system for tracking books that have caught my attention before. My “system” before was to either snap a photo of the cover, add the title to my phone reminders, write the title down in my daily planner, add it to my Goodreads list, or just try to remember it – which meant I could find my “list” of books I wanted to read someday scattered all over the place.
Not super useful.
Now I have one list where they all go. So if I go to the book store and find a book I’m really interested in (but can’t justify buying at the moment), I snap a picture of the cover and add it to the list when I get home.
It’s much simpler, and I don’t worry about forgetting it.
TV shows to watch
You know when you’ve just finished a series on Netflix and you have that feeling of being lost, like you don’t know what to do with your life anymore?
Maybe a little dramatic, but I know you’ve been there. (No? Just me? Okay.)
Regardless, just like the “books to read” list, this is a good way to keep track of all the series that have caught your eye or that have been recommended to you by friends so you have a go-to list of what to watch next.
Idea I love:
Your personal bucket list
Sometimes the cure for a lousy streak of luck is to daydream a little. That’s where a bucket list comes in.
Here’s where you’d write all the things you want to do someday: like where you’d like to vacation some day, the languages you hope to learn, if you want to go snorkeling or scuba diving or bungee jumping or skydiving, or just anything you might someday want to do.
What’s fun about this is they totally don’t have to be realistic. The best dreams/goals aren’t super realistic – that’s the fun of them, and the hope of someday reaching them is exciting.
So go a little nuts here and have fun!
Easy date ideas
Along the same lines as the easy meal ideas, it’s easy to get in a date rut, especially if you’re limited on time or funds.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Stargazing after your husband gets home late
- Breakfast together after a night shift
- A picnic in the afternoon
- A quick coffee date mid-shift
- Movie night when he has the night off
- A Harry Potter/Star Wars/Jurassic Park marathon with themed snacks
Home/car maintenance trackers
When your husband has a demanding schedule, a lot of the home/car repair stuff gets put in your lap. A tracker like this is a great way to make sure regular maintenance gets done in your house.
Some things to track:
- When you last changed the smoke detector batteries
- When your last oil change was
- When you last changed the spark plugs
- When your tires were last rotated
You may also want to keep a list of the things you’d eventually like to do, like redo the bathroom or the kitchen, repaint a particular room, or whatever.
Honestly, it’s easy for so many of these things to slip your mind, so being intentional about keeping track makes things a lot easier.
A list of your favorite blogs
I mean, why not, right? That way you can keep track of the ones you like to read so you don’t forget about them.
Or you could always do it the digital way and sign up for the newsletter, but I’m just thinking out loud here (you know, figuratively speaking). 😉
Seriously, you can track like, anything in a bullet journal. They’re amazing.
If you have a bullet journal, tell me: what’s your favorite page in it?
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