Bullet Journal Set-Up: April

Bullet Journal Set-Up: April

Hi everyone! I hope y’all are having a great Friday and that your week has gone well. I’m still trying to get a sense of where this blog will be going, but I honestly think that I’ll just keep it open and post things that make me happy. Today I wanted to make a post about my bullet journal and how I have it set up for the month of April!

I managed to jump on the bullet journal train back in March, but also managed to get thrown off of it when Spring Break rolled around. I really wanted to try again for the new month, so here I am!

To start out, this is the journal that I use:


I love the color of this journal (even though it wasn’t initially what I wanted) and I can’t wait to add some stickers or something fun on the front of it!

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This is my title page for the month of April! I really have no idea how to do fancy lettering, so I just kind of doodled and this was the result. Adding a nice quote or verse on this page helps me keep certain mindsets for the month. Last month, I had the quote “Always be a little kinder than necessary” written on the title page. This month, I’m focusing more on making my faith a bigger priority in my life and really having trust in God. It’s not technically April yet, but I’m already doing really well so far! It’s a nice reminder to see every time I open my journal up.

The first page that I have after the title is a “month at a glance” page, which gives me a brief run-down of any upcoming events, birthdays, holidays, and important dates for my schoolwork.

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Once again, I have a nice little quote on the other side (mostly because I had a blank page and I wanted to fill it up with something.) You can never have too many sweet quotes in your journal, I promise! I don’t like to color-code in my bullet journal or make symbols for certain events, like appointments, because I personally feel like it makes the journal much more difficult to decode than necessary. I like to keep the layout simple and it works for me!

The next page that I have is my monthly spending and my habits tracker.

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I really like having my monthly spending page because it really helps me to visualize the purchases that I’ve made and it makes me stop and think to myself “Do I really need this?” Being in college, money is already tight and I want to prevent myself from making as many unnecessary purchases as possible.

The setup on this page is simple: the date I made the purchase, where I made the purchase/what I purchased, whether I used cash or one of my cards, and the total amount of money that I spent. Under the “type” column, I will either write “DC” (debit card), “CC” (credit card), or “$” (cash).

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With my habit tracker, as you probably can see, I went a little overboard… I guess I was subconsciously feeling really motivated to track every habit I’ve ever had in my entire life and made way too many columns (oops!) I love having one of these in my journal as well because it not only helps me see what things I’ve done over the past month, but it also reminds me to do those things. I’m a very visual (and forgetful) person and I really need to have things written down in front of my face in order for me to remember to complete them. “Out of sight, out of mind” really applies to my life! My habit tracker is like a constant to-do list for the month and I absolutely love being able to check my habits off my list. It makes me feel accomplished in a sense!

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I’ll keep adding to my list of habits if I come across something that I want to track throughout the month. Right now, I’m thinking of adding ‘stretch’ and a column dedicated to getting up at a certain time every morning, which is something that I really struggle with right now.

After my spending and habits page, I start my weekly spreads. I keep these layouts really simple too, just because I want to get straight to the point – what I have going on this week, any reminders, and a to-do list.

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My to-do list on the left side is really important, because, like I said, I’m a very forgetful person and I need to have everything written down or else I won’t remember things.

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I love having a separate section for any homework that I have to do because it prevents me from forgetting ANY of my assignments. I highly recommend doing this (if it applies to you!)

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The other side has my weekly calendar on it and I love having this too because, unlike my “month at a glance” page, I have more room to write other things I have going on during the day. Sometimes if I have time, I’ll write what the weather is supposed to be for that day (if it’s going to rain, if it’s going to be chilly, etc.) just because it’s a lot easier than going online and checking everyday. I usually keep my journal sitting open on my desk and it’s much quicker to just glance at that page when getting dressed and ready to go to class.

As for the weekly spreads, that is the setup that I have for the rest of the month, so nothing is different from those pages. As the month goes along, there are bound to be more pages that I’ll add, such as a meals page dedicated to what food I eat in a day, although I’m kind of afraid to do that because my diet isn’t very healthy and it would make me feel really bad (but maybe that’s what I need to do in order to eat better? Who knows.) The point is, bullet journals are extremely versatile in the amount and variety of things you can add in there. There are no set rules on how you set your journal up and I love that you can personalize each page to what you need. If you don’t have a bullet journal already, I highly recommend having one! It has helped me organize my life and it’s a good creative outlet for me.

Happy Friday and happy (almost) April!!

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25 ♥


5 Places to Visit in Western North Carolina

5 Places to Visit in Western North Carolina

I can truly say that I consider the state of North Carolina to be my second home. More specifically, Western North Carolina holds that honorable title. Growing up, my parents consistently took my sister and I up to vacation in places like Maggie Valley, Cherokee, or Franklin multiple times every year since I was a toddler. I’m so incredibly fortunate that my family was able to do this and that they exposed me to the beauty of North Carolina, for I have been wanting to make it my actual home for many years now. For all of you who have never been to Western North Carolina and are looking for some great outdoor activities/hikes to do, this post is for you!

My parents decided to get a permanent vacation cabin in Franklin, NC back in 2007 and because of that, most of our exploration has been rooted around that area. The first place I’ll mention is…

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

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I wouldn’t technically consider this a hike, but it is definitely a view I wouldn’t pass up on seeing.

The name ‘Wayah’ is a Cherokee word meaning ‘Wolf’ and this area was named as such because of its large red wolf population that flourished until the 19th century when they were eradicated due to hunting. The tower itself was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp back in 1937 and was used as a fire lookout.

To get to the parking lot and the actual park itself, you must drive up a windy gravel road that is very narrow (with no guardrails) and can only fit one car in some places. It is highly recommended that you have a car with all wheel drive, just in case the weather becomes inclement.

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The day that we went was not a particularly great day for the views because it was raining off and on, but it helped keep the summer heat down.

The path from the parking lot to the actual lookout tower itself is paved and about a 5-minute, slightly inclined walk, making it easily accessible for just about everyone.

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Unfortunately, a wildfire ripped through the area back in December, destroying the wooden roof of the tower and burning up hundreds of acres of the surrounding wilderness. Access to the tower has been closed indefinitely, but when it does finally open back up, this is a place you won’t want to miss out on seeing!

Whiteside Mountain Recreation Area & Hike

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This has to be one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Whiteside Mountain is located in Cashiers, NC and is a popular hiking destination — and there’s definitely a reason why. Just look at these views!

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One of the many, many lookout points from the top of the mountain

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It took us about an hour and a half for my family and I to complete the hiking trail (which is a big loop around the mountain) and that included time to stop for pictures and us goofing around. If you are not an extremely active person (like myself) and prefer a more steady climb, definitely take the trail to the left, which follows the old logging trail that was originally on the mountain. Follow that trail all the way around and the descent will be a bit more challenging. On the other hand, if you like the challenge, start the trail on the right-hand side. It’s a bit more rocky and isn’t as steady as the old logging trail to the left.

The elevation goes up to about 4,930 feet, which is appropriately stamped into the large rock that I’m standing on in the first picture!

Make sure to go on a good clear and sunny day for you to be able to see the truly breathtaking views!

Chestoa View Overlook

Once again, this isn’t technically a hike. Chestoa Overlook is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway off mile post 320.8 and the observation point is a quick and easy quarter-mile walk, maybe less. The views are beautiful!

Chestoa is a Cherokee word meaning ‘rabbit’


Rough Ridge

Did you really visit North Carolina and drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway if you didn’t go to Rough Ridge? Honestly, the answer has to be no!

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The hike up to the first observation area (shown in the second photo) is not too terribly hard, but it is a bit strenuous and rocky. It is not paved or easily accessible for handicapped persons.

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The hiking trail continues on further after the first observation point (although my family and I didn’t get a chance to continue on due to time restraints) and there is an incredible photo opportunity with ‘Pride Rock’, which is an exposed boulder that juts out over the mountain where people have taken some really cool pictures.

This is truly one of my favorite places in North Carolina and I wish I had the opportunity to go up there every day just for this view!

Cataloochee Valley – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Frequently referred to as “North Carolina’s ‘Cades Cove,'” Cataloochee was an old Appalachian settlement in the rugged Smoky Mountains before the National Park was established in 1934.

This is a particularly beautiful place to visit in the fall when all of the leaves are changing color, creating a beautiful backdrop for this valley and its historic buildings.

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There are many historical buildings to see in this secluded valley and it’s very interesting to learn about the history of the valley as you go on and explore.

The road that takes you through the valley and into the park

There is also a population of elk that was reintroduced into this area in 2001. Elk once roamed the Appalachians and were slowly eliminated from this area due to over-hunting and loss of habitat in the late 1700s. A great time to go and see the elk would be in the early morning, in the late evening, or before or after it storms.

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There are many hikes around the valley, as well as many opportunities to see wildlife, including black bears, wild turkey, deer, and red wolves.

Although there are many other places to visit in Western North Carolina, these are some of my favorite places that I’ve been recently. I will post some more and different places to check out in the future, but for now, I will keep this list at 5 so I don’t go too crazy. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday!  ~Psalm 91:4~


A Fresh Start (Again)

A Fresh Start (Again)

I’ve completely neglected this blog for over a year and I honestly have to say that I forgot I even had this little corner of the internet until a few weeks ago. My life has been full of sorority events, class time, social activities, and the occasional (daily) Pinterest and Netflix binges when I really should be studying… Due to my hectic new college life, I’ve managed to push my mental health and general well-being to the back burner while I’ve been focusing on trying to keep up with everything around me. Writing posts on this blog unfortunately happens to fall under those categories, so for the month of April, I’m determined to focus more on that aspect of my life and get into the habit of making posts on this little site (not that anyone is even going to really read this).

This past year has also been extremely successful in a sense (surprising, I know) because I have gotten more in touch with my faith than I have ever been in the past. My relationship with Jesus is still not where I want it to be yet, as I’m really just beginning to devote more time to Him than I have over this past year of inner-self reflection. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come, though, because I am starting to truly see a difference in my life, not only with my spirituality, but with my attitudes towards things and how I’ve began to view other people in this world. I’ve still got a long way to go until I’ll be able to consider myself a full-on Christian, but I’m steadily working towards earning that title. I can’t wait!

I’m not really sure where I want the direction of this blog to go, but I guess I will figure it out along the way. I’ll probably be posting a little something soon (like tonight), but for now, I bid you adieu!

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