My Bullet Journal • Adulting 101

Hello world,

Today I am here to talk to you about my bullet journal, because as a prospective adult it is important to be organized. Plus, bullet journals are so pretty.

What It Is

The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.

This quote is from the official bullet journal website. This ‘analog system in the digital age’ was created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer. Here you can see an overview of his successful system:

His idea was adapted by many people across the globe, who also chose different approaches. It is the biggest advantage: There are no limits and no rules. I encourage you to look it up on Instagram or Pinterest; There are so many inspiring ideas.

I started bullet journaling this January after spontaneously purchasing a black Moleskine soft cover in a dotted layout at the Cologne train station. I had been using the Moleskine calendars for years, but my bullet journal is so much more than any calendar, and thus I am not planning on going back. It has become my pensieve — Harry Potter fans, raise your hands — or my brain dump (if you are a philistine).

So, let’s begin looking at my bullet journal after 2.5 months of usage:

Set Up

Basically, a bullet journal is set up to track your past, organize the present, and prepare for the future. It is divided into an index, a future log, monthly logs, and weekly logs, (daily logs are an option), and additional pages. That is the basic structure; there is an infinite number of page ideas to be added.

The Index

I use the index to keep track of my tracker, so to speak. All my pages are numbered and logged in my index. Looking at it, you get an idea of my set up and additional pages.

The Future Log

The future log gives me an overview of the year ahead. If I need to check a date, this is very convenient. Especially, since I continually add my monthly and weekly overviews instead of having it set up in the beginning already.

The Monthly Log

My monthly log consists of a calendar with important dates, which are also explained below, and goals for the month. Additionally, I have my monthly gratitude log to practice thankfulness and my habit tracker to keep track of certain habits I want to maintain.

The Weekly Log

I do not do daily logs, because my weekly already satisfy me. In the beginning of the week I set up goals. My to do list of tasks not bound to a date is continually added to and continually checked off. During the semester most days are full to remind me of chores.

Additional Pages

I keep a lot of important pages in my bullet journal. As I mentioned before, it is my pensieve, thus I contains almost everything I want to keep track of. An example is my bucket list, however, there is much more. For example, I use it for:

  • list of books to read
  • list of movies to watch
  • my social media statistics
  • travel planning
  • university planning
  • my 5-year-plan
  • notes on sermons, workshops etc.
  • my running log
  • my favorite quotes
  • etc…

I love the system of bullet journaling because of these additional pages. It is all about making it your own, trying out different systems and adjusting them. It is a creative outlet and some real me-time every Sunday night, when I sit down with a mug of tea and some good music to set up the next week.

You do not have to be artistic to try out this system of organization. There are many journalers who are much better at lettering or drawing than me. There are just as many journalers who prefer minimalistic designs. Ryder Carroll himself does not do fancy headers.

Just make it your own.

I hope I could inspire you a bit with my bullet journal. Have it a go, if you like. It has already turned into one of my highlights of 2017. (Because I am a freak and love organization and calendars and lists.)

xo

17 Memories // March 2017

Hello world,

March has flown by, because I did sooo many things this month. I traveled, reconnected to my inner Swiss alter ego, and made all of my friends jealous by not being busy with uni / being busy with voyages.

It’s time to look back on a really good month. 

Here are 17 memories I made in March 2017: 

1.  I traveled as a Swiss tourist for the first time. After being mistaken for being an American, it feels great to say, ‘Oh no, I am Swiss.‘ (Especially in this day and age.)

2. I also traveled all by myself for the first time.

3. I had haggis. It wasn’t that bad, however, it was my only portion of meat this month and quite possibly my last in a long time.

4. On the Isle of Skye, I had an American encounter.

5. I pulled an all-nighter at the Edinburgh airport. That wasn’t as glamorous as I had expected it to be.

6. Surprisingly, I started liking coffee after years of complaining about not liking it. I may have made a mistake, though.

7. I am officially no longer a citizen of Bern, but will be a Swiss citizen forever.

8. I bought a bike. It’s green and fabulous.

9. I met up with so many friends. It felt like I had never left.

10. I visited continent #4: Asia. Didn’t feel very Asian.

11. I rode a camel.

12. In the Dead Sea, I realized painfully I shouldn’t have shaved my legs.

13. In Jerusalem, I experienced what impact religion has.

14. I bought a sign that says ‘Shalom y’all.’ No shame.

15. I legendarily pranked my best friend at Tel Aviv airport by making him believe I was denied leave of Israel.

16. In Bern, I watched the sun set over my favorite city surrounded by blossoming cherry trees and knew I will always come back to this place.

I love Bern with all of my heart: It is my home with my friends and family here, the most beautiful river, my beloved and incomprehensible third language, and sunsets as the one I witnessed this weekend.

17. After a travel intensive month, I am more than ready for my tiny dorm room, my America-obsessed squad, and a new semester doing what I love.

Have a great April!

xo

10 Reasons To Visit Israel

Hello world,

Before I left for Israel, I was asked why on earth I would want to go there. Political issues tossed aside for once, I am here today to answer that question. Israel is more than terror, religious conflicts, and disagreements on territorial entitlement.

Israel is really pretty.

Let me give you ten good reasons to bravely face the endless security checks.

1. The Mediterranean Sea.

Israel has a 273 km long coastline with the Mediterranean Sea. In Tel Aviv, there are the most beautiful beaches where you can catch some salty air and sandy feet. Tel Aviv is like the cool big brother of European Mediterranean cities: It is full of parties, sushi restaurants (TLV has the highest sushi restaurant density after Tokyo!), and diversity.
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2. Female Power

Did you know that Israel is an absolute frontrunner when it comes to gender equality? They have more female professors than male! The Zionist movement was one of the first to include women as proper members. They were one of the first countries to ban underweight models!

3. Sunsets

Speaking of coastlines, sunsets are amazing in Israel, because there are so many breathtaking shores. I can recommend the Northern city Haifa, but we basically had 10/10 beautiful sunsets and some pretty sunrises, too.
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4. Food

Let me tell you about the food: It is a-ma-zing. Hummus, Falafel, fried cauliflower, Tahina, pickled eggplants, freshly baked pita bread – I will have to stop there, because I could go on forever. Israeli food is a mixture of different cultures, but it is almost all mouthwatering, healthy, and inexpensive. It also very easy to be vegetarian.
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5. Camels

In the Negev Desert you can ride camels. Do you need any more incentive to go? There are camels, and they are the most adorable, goofy looking, badass animals. They might hurt your butt already after an hour, but still you won’t want to ever get off.

Also, you can stay the night at the camel ranch, which is quite the experience..
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6. New History

Israel has been the refuge of many people of all religions, but especially for Jews after the Holocaust it was a crucial turning point in their grief-stricken history. All tourists, German or not, should try to understand this country’s complex history of the last century and less. If you have the time, please visit Yad Vashem in Jerusalm, the Israeli museum and monument for the Holocaust and its victims.
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7. Ancient History

Building anything anew is quite difficult in Israel, because there is so much ancient history everywhere. Having been the showplace for prophets, kings, armies, sieges, Jesus, and pilgrimages, there is so much to explore. How about a visit to Massada, King Herodes’ winter palace and location of the Great Rebellion AD? It is also great at sunrise.
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8. The Dead Sea
If you are going to Israel in the off-season (September-May), please go visit Ein Boqeq. It is the beach you have dreamt about your whole life. The turquoise water, white ground, and orange sand will make all your friends extremely jealous. Plus, Dead Sea water and mud is very healthy. (Do not shave beforehand. I repeat: DO NOT SHAVE BEFOREHAND.)

9. Attractive people

Yup, that stereotype is true. Everyone is attractive..
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10. Good stories

Public transport in Israel is very good in theory, but a bit dysfunctional in practice. We waited for so many busses in vain, got off at the wrong stop, were forced to take a taxi or hitchhike, and created hilarious stories on the way. Once we accidentally took the bus far too far, but found a beautiful lookout on Lake Nazareth, a stray dog, and a rain storm.

Side note: Don’t hitchhike by yourself, especially as a woman.

Side note #2: Everyone in Israel is very helpful and interested, thus we were never in true danger of not reaching our destination.
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Israel has in the Western World mainly been perceived for its problems and political choices. While these problems and choices are very real and controversial, the country is also far more than just that.

Israel has an extremely diverse geography, population, and cuisine. It offers much on a terrain half as big as Switzerland. Besides its problem areas, it excels in other areas such as gender equality and democratic principles as the only country in its region.

I understand if you do not agree with its choices, but as with all things in life, there are several sides to this story.

xo