I am just about to wrap up my very first month of bullet journaling and I love it.
Not familiar with bullet journaling? In a nutshell, it is a streamlined and highly customizable way of planning. It is a system of rapid logging that makes use of bulleted lists, thus the name.
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The whole concept was invented by a digital product designer in New York name Ryder Carrol. If you are just getting started, Ryder’s website is a great place to being.
Of course, we humans like to complicate everything – even things that were designed for their simplicity. Therefore, many of us couldn’t handle the simplicity of pages with just bullets and had to start adding pretty layouts and color and doodles and all kinds of things to our bullet journals.
I love how planning simplifies (or at the very least slightly organizes) my life but I am also a sucker for good design and beautiful layouts. For years, I have spent the months leading up to January searching the web for the perfect daily planner. There are some great ones out there but none really fit my needs and when I discovered bullet journaling I realized I had finally found the answer to all my planning needs.
So for those of you who are new to bullet journaling, those who are bullet journal junkies and those of you who are just looking for some more BuJo inspiration I have prepared a video that will give you a walk through of my January layout and show you what I have planned for February.
January and February Bullet Journal Walk-through
January Bullet Journal Layout
Bullet Journal Favorite Dinner and Meal Tracker
Bullet Journal Monthly Calendar – February
Bullet Journal Weekly Layout February
Bullet Journal Sermon Notes and Daily Thoughts Journal Tracker Collections
I hope you enjoyed the video. As promised I have a printable template of my February layout for you. Click the picture below to download and print the template. My template is for personal use only. Please feel free to pin this page or share the link with your friends.
This template can be used in two ways. Print onto card stock and carefully cut out the boxes with a craft knife and use as a stencil. You can also print the template and lay underneath your pages and use it as a tracer.
My Favorite Bullet Journaling Products
Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size A5 Hardcover Notebook, Dotted Pages, Royal Blue
Staedtler Pigment Liner, 0.3mm, Black Ink
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, .3mm, Metal Clad Tip, 20-Pack, Assorted
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WASHINGTON — February is a month devoted to matters of the heart.
There’s Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, of course — but this is also Heart Month, dedicated to raising awareness of heart health.
Heart disease remains the biggest killer in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 610,000 Americans die of it each year — that’s one in every four deaths.
But there is reason for hope. The American Heart Association says that from 2003 to 2013, the death rate from heart disease fell about 38 percent, though the number remains alarmingly high.
And with that drop has come a shift: Fewer patients are developing artery problems, and the focus of innovation is moving more toward helping those with issues related to the heart muscle itself, such as heart failure and faulty valves.
“It is an exciting time — there is so much innovation that is going on that is going to help patients,” says Dr. Allen Taylor, chief of cardiology at the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute.
He says cholesterol-busting statins and campaigns against smoking have gone a long way to reduce the number of patients with bad arteries, and now big change is coming to treatment of the heart muscle itself.
One of the biggest innovations is the evolution of less invasive surgical techniques. Taylor points to the advent of minimally invasive heart valve replacements — a huge shift from the open heart surgery that has long been the norm.
“Where we are now is you can come in and get a new heart valve and go home in two days,” he says, calling that “an amazing advance.”
Taylor — a self-professed tech geek — is also impressed by the power of information technology to transform cardiology.
“You have seen this nexus of information for patients, electronic health records, digital imaging — everything coming together to bring information to your fingertips at all times,” he says. “That’s good for patients, good for doctors and good for health care.”
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