Here are some pages from my December bullet journal.

I cannot overstate how helpful bullet journaling has been in the daily business of living.

Yes, I could attain the same kind of management benefits from store bought diaries and journals; but creating my own pages allows me to include the sort of content I want (tracking pages, calendar, gratitude pages, etc) without the need for others (addresses, world map, world time).

It also allows me to adjust how much space I might need for my calendar or scheduler on a monthly or even weekly basis. I’ve always ended up with loads of wasted pages during holiday periods and not enough when it’s work plan or meeting seasons!

Having said that, I used to fuss over how hideous my bullet journal spreads were. And stress over the theme, the colours … and this was before I even dared to share my spreads online.

Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress and YouTube host so many gorgeous spreads that the intimidation is real. But these sources have also taught me that it really doesn’t matter if my spreads look good or not.

Nobody has any business judging anyone else’s spreads because the point of bullet journaling is creating something for yourself.

Bullet journaling has been therapeutic and eye opening. Planning for and using the journal pages have helped to anchor the chaos of daily living, and instilled discipline and focus. Sharing my spreads online is a step up confidence building.

I’m glad I … ahem! … bit the bullet.

I Wander, I Wonder … #7

A historian may have much interest in Bath, Somerset, and the sheer history behind its famous Roman Baths. A visit there today means you are momentarily sharing space with civilisation from 60-70 AD, when it was known as Aquae Sulis (the waters of Sulis)!

The centuries-old waters might have once been used for public bathing but there are plenty of warnings not to touch any of it today! You can, however, sip for free on some natural spa water from the Great Pump Room; the water is said to contain 43 minerals and has healing properties.

Here’s a photo of some excavated treasures: in addition to the tiny pincers, rings and pottery, look at the middle items in the larger display. Yep! The Romans used ear scoopers, and the scoopers still look the same today, don’t they!

This is the façade of Bath Abbey, founded in the 7th Century. If you look carefully up and to the sides of the entry arch, you will see angels climbing up long ladders on each side – this is Jacob’s Ladder.

For me, Bath holds the added attraction of being the setting of so much my favourite Jane Austen book, Persuasion. Alas, I never saw Captain Wentworth or Anne Elliot, but Mr Bennett popped up the bus to say, “Good morning!”

Have a wonderful day!