The highlights of my 2017

A goal I have set for 2018 is to blog more, and not just random ramblings but coherent pre-planned posts about with pictures that are relevant. I'm holding out hope for me being able to publish two posts per week at least, and starting 2018 right is some of the highlights of my past year.

I started my year with my laptop completely shutting down the night before I had my shoot for my graduation project, having a complete meltdown and then figuring my shit out. The shoot went great and we had so much fun during the full day. My editorial got published on Odalisque Magazine's website after I graduated in May.

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I then had to take some additional photos for the project before we graduated and I took some of Emilia Westerström and took some photos for her blog as well. Later during the year I took photos for her header and profile on her blog.

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I traveled out of the country twice this year, to England and Dublin, in April and September respectively. England was fully packed of musicals and laughing until my stomach hurt with friends I miss so much when I don't see them. I was in Cheltenham for a couple of days and then took the train with Helen to London, everything is always so magical when I go to the UK - like my soul comes alive in a different way than it is in Sweden.

Dublin was a birthday trip because Helen turned 25 and that needed to be celebrated with just the two of us. We just walked around Dublin and enjoyed each other's company, the most relaxing few days of 2017 I had.

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Of course two highlights of 2017 were my dogs, as they are highlights of every year. My two tiny fluffballs whom I love more than life. Lina and Lucky.

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My big brother turned 25 this year as well and we celebrated accordingly. I am so proud of all his accomplishments and all that he is. I couldn't wish for a better big brother. My family is kind of crazy, and a little fucked up. But what family isn't?

It is completely alright if family isn't something that is important in your life, family doesn't have to be important - no matter what anyone tells you. 

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Friends are important, they're the family you choose. I have some really great ones in the UK, and a few ones in Sweden as well. So here's to all the amazing people who I spent time with in 2017.

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I went through a few cuts and colours this year; started the year with a dark blue lob and finished with a shaved head. I'm completely in love with every single look I've had this year, here's to a colourful shaved head in 2018. My brows got a lot better throughout the year as well.

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I graduated this year. Two year university education, I have a degree in commercial and editorial photography. Biggest achievement of my life, I'm so proud of myself for doing this. Side note: started my own business this year as well. 

And finally, 2017 is the year I started Bullet Journaling. Bought my first journal in July and it has been fantastic to figure out my own rhythm and style for it. I got two Leuchtturm1917 dotted journals for Christmas so continuing this in 2018.

I figured out I love drawing and actually developed some kind of drawing style as well, still under development though. Let's hope 2018 is full of creativeness.

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That was some highlights of my past year, it wasn't the best year but it sure did beat 2016.

How did 2017 treat you? Any big things planned for 2018?

Until next time. x

What happened there?

Remember when I said I was gonna blog more? Haha yeah me either. Life kinda really got in the way; I've worked basically full time for the entirety of November and December so far. Last week is my my final work week of 2017 though, and then I get to enjoy a two week holiday because my hobbit gets here on the 26th! We've got a few solid plans already, repainting and redecorating my room, at least two cinema visits, fixing up her website and chilling in our pyjamas doing nothing. 

I'm currently binging Criminal Minds (I'm on season 10) and i'm about to start wrapping some gifts because tis' the season. Christmas is but two weeks away and I'm basically done shopping, only got a few bits and bobs left but I'll sort that this weekend.

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If you follow me on social media then you know that I buzzed all my hair off, and I can honestly tell you that I've never felt more beautiful. I'm gonna try my damnedest to blog more. At least in 2018.

Until next time. x

What is a Bullet Journal?

I thought we'd talk a little about bullet journaling. So what exactly is a bullet journal? It's a calendar,  to-do's, a book of lists and notes.

You can use it for whatever you want, all you need is a notebook and a pen. So a BuJo is not a product but a system one can use to organise one's life; the system was created by Ryder Caroll and it's basically just to keep an overlook on your year, month, week and day, to write down tasks, notes and to be able to move things forward if they're not done by the end of the month.

After the creation people are customising their BuJo's; for example some write down their goals for each month, track their moods and habits and some, myself included, use it to have a creative outlet with drawings and calligraphy. 

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"To life - my revenge is that I will live and live fearlessly"

There is a lot of different ways to be creative with your BuJo, there's stickers and washi tape and watercolour if you feel inclined. There's also a multitude of pens to use; I have a little collection of both washi tapes and pens and I keep them all neatly stored on my desk.

I like my weekly spreads, or sometimes two weeks per spread - currently my days are very similar and there's often not a lot of time for stuff outside of work. That doesn't stop me from journaling though, I just fill my pages with drawings and lists of things. For example I have a list of all the movies I want to watch and when I've watched them I cross them out and give them a rating out of 5 using yellow dots. I also am fond of the trackers, they're a great help to track my pain and also bad habits such as junk food and spending money.

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My montly overview of October

There's a lot of different notebooks/journals you can use; the most common one is a dotted notebook. For my first and current journal I chose a unlined one, it's worked well for me but it's harder to keep everything straight. A dotted journal gives you the feel of a unlined one but helps you keep everything even. I am going to get a dotted journal for my next BuJo.

There are lots of guides and people explaining this in more depth all over the internet. (Ryder explains it in a video here for example) My best advice would be to check out youtube, tumblr, instagram or pinterest for all that and inspiration. 

Hopefully I got you interested in bullet journaling, or at least ignited a little spark.
Now I'm going to brew myself a cup of tea and continue my binging of Criminal Minds.

Until next time. x