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I’m an Ecuadorian-American living in Kyoto, Japan. With my multilingual skills, I hope to reach all different kinds of people from around the world with my blog :)

Soy una Ecuatoriana-Americana viviendo en Kioto, Japón. Con mis habilidades multilingües, espero alcanzar a todos diferentes tipos de gente en el mundo con mi blog :)

What is a Bullet Journal?

What is a Bullet Journal?

For the past two years I have gotten more and more into the art of bullet journaling. It came to my attention through pinterest, where lots of cute journaling ideas always come from. Since I am no longer painting and drawing like I have before in the past, I have taken to doodling, which eventually became bullet journaling.

I have never been one to write every single night in a daily journal—I have many books with failed attempts lying around somewhere. I even tried a “one line per day” journal and I couldn’t get past March (I started in January). These attempts were a few years ago but recently I have become more into journaling my thoughts as I travel and grow older. For a long time, I thought journaling was just about writing about our days. However, I have learned that there are literally no limits to journaling. You don’t have to write every detail of every day, nor do you have to write at all!

Bullet journaling is about creating lists in order to keep track of your daily habits. Now, I have seen some people keep track of everything, like how many glasses of water they drink every day to the general mood they felt during one day. The whole idea of bullet journaling is in the name itself: it’s a bunch of bullet lists! I for one don’t necessarily like to tie myself to tracking everything I do, but I do see the positives of recording important things if you want to make improvements in your life. I used to have trackers for how many hours I slept, where I ate any sugars in a day, and if I spent any money on that day. It would happen pretty often, however, that I would start a few trackers at the beginning of a month, but stop midway. Trackers are not really for me.

One thing that is really for me is all the artwork I didn’t realize I could do. There are monthly spreads in bullet journals, as in, journal writers use one or two pages to draw a calendar in an artistic way. The whole point of having a bullet journal is to be extra, which is one accurate way of describing myself. Now I’ve done enough writing, so now I’m gonna do a lot of picture sharing. Enjoy!

A month illustration to separate the my writings by date. I kept this design simple and with just words. Some people include a mini calendar to show the days of the week but I have that elsewhere.

A month illustration to separate the my writings by date. I kept this design simple and with just words. Some people include a mini calendar to show the days of the week but I have that elsewhere.

One of my favorite monthly spreads! I like to have these month pages in order to be better organized and I can write down the things I have to do and planning for over a long period of time.

One of my favorite monthly spreads! I like to have these month pages in order to be better organized and I can write down the things I have to do and planning for over a long period of time.

The cover of the travel journal I purchased. I prefer blank notebooks but really liked this sunset sky image. It reminds me of the view you might see from looking out an airplane window.

The cover of the travel journal I purchased. I prefer blank notebooks but really liked this sunset sky image. It reminds me of the view you might see from looking out an airplane window.

An illustration I drew from a picture I took of my favorite building in New York City! I included the poem written on the Statue of Liberty called “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus.

An illustration I drew from a picture I took of my favorite building in New York City! I included the poem written on the Statue of Liberty called “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus.

I like to press flowers and leaves I’ve received using washi tape to keep them in place.

I like to press flowers and leaves I’ve received using washi tape to keep them in place.

My bullet journal is also like a scrapbook because I like to collect pamphlets and flyers with pictures of the places I’ve visited. Here are some autumn leaves I collected during my travels!

My bullet journal is also like a scrapbook because I like to collect pamphlets and flyers with pictures of the places I’ve visited. Here are some autumn leaves I collected during my travels!

Whenever I make travel plans, I like to scribble down the things I plan to do and the things I end up doing that I didn’t expect. I especially like to draw maps and indicate the places I plan to go to.

Whenever I make travel plans, I like to scribble down the things I plan to do and the things I end up doing that I didn’t expect. I especially like to draw maps and indicate the places I plan to go to.

Including making travel plan pages, I like to draw maps to indicate the places I’ve been to! Especially in new places I am not familiar with, it’s good to have a visualization of the place where I live.

Including making travel plan pages, I like to draw maps to indicate the places I’ve been to! Especially in new places I am not familiar with, it’s good to have a visualization of the place where I live.


My First Visit to Bangkok

My First Visit to Bangkok

Temple Hopping in Siem Reap

Temple Hopping in Siem Reap