My Midori Traveler’s Notebook…and the 5th Anniversary Edition of the Bullet Journal

Quite possibly you know of how much I adore my Midori Traveler’s Notebook. The leather’s lustre is almost divine now, after three years of constant use, and the insert for the daily diary, at least, is exactly how I like it.

And then there arrived in my inbox an announcement of the Bullet Journal’s special edition celebrating its five years of existence and fabulous success.

The cover is designed by Frederica Santorini, who lives in Rome. I have long admired her talent on Instagram (@feebujo) so it is especially lovely to have one of the limited editions of this journal.

But the best part of all is how we are reminded to “Do what works for you”, and that “Less is more.” In a world filled with the comparison that social media can cause, and the way that my culture tends to feel that “more is better than less”, I am grateful to be reminded of these truths.

I am looking forward to trying the Bullet Journal system in January 2019. How about you? Do you have a journal system of which you are quite fond?

Bitten by The Bullet Journal Bug

I can’t remember when I didn’t write in a journal. At five years of age my grandmother took me to Winnipeg, and I clearly remember her spelling The Golden Boy so that I could accurately record what I saw on top of the Manitoba Legislative Building in my red leather diary.

When I was 11, and passing through France with my parents, I remember writing nonstop in a little blue wirebound notebook, having finished Harriet The Spy earlier that year and becoming convinced that I could be one.

Other journals have come and gone, all of them are stored in boxes down in the basement, and now I have become utterly enchanted with the bullet journal.

The idea, found here, is simple. Begin with a key if you like, clarifying the symbols you will use:


followed by an Index (which acts as a Table of Contents):


and then a Future Log for the next six months (I kept mine two to a page for room to add events):


Next come daily logs, which record each day’s events or tasks. At first I tried what many bullet journalists do, creating a decorated spread:


But, I much prefer a minimal spread like this (even though it was barely filled in when I took the picture):


After watching many, many bullet journalers on YouTube and Instagram, I decided to try a “Monthly Tracker” which is effective for recording one’s habits, or noticing how one doesn’t keep them up as one should:


and the Gratitude Journal, recorded here as 1,000 Gifts in Ann Voskamp‘s style, keeps a lovely record of thankfulness.


There is much discussion about which notebook is best, generally narrowed down to the Moleskine (which I have pictured here) and the Leuctthurm1917 from Germany.

While I am a bullet journal newbie, I love the organization of it, and the way the writer can adapt it to his or her needs. I’ve even included a page to record the ARCs which come every week from publishers, hoping that will help me keep track of who sent what novel and when it will be published.

So tell me, are you a bullet journaler? Am I the only book blogger to find this so long after its inception?