Frequently Asked Questions

Oh, hi there! So, you’ve got some questions for me, huh? I often get asked the same questions over and over again on a daily basis. Although they are awesome and totally valid questions, it can get pretty exhausting to answer the same question 10+ times in a day. So, I decided to put this handy FAQ together for ya! You’re welcome ;)

Planner things

What kind of notebook do you use?

My notebook of choice is the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook. However, I’m currently experimenting with the Traveler’s Notebook System and my own designed inserts (available in my Etsy shop).

What kind of pens/markers do you use?

My favorite pens to write with in my Bullet Journal are Tombow MONO Drawing Pens (I use size 03 and 05 most often)

Some other pens/markers that I love:
Staedtler Triplus Fineliners
Tombow Dual Brush Pens

My trusty fountain pens: (this list is growing all the time)
Pilot Metropolitan
Visconti Van Gogh
TWSBI Diamond 580

Where did you learn to doodle like that?

I’ve drawn my inspiration from loads of different places! The key to learning to doodle/draw (as with anything else) is to just sit down and practice. Find a style that you like and start filling up pages! I like to use a sketch pad like this one to practice :)

Some of my favorite YouTube doodle inspirations:

Sarah Zorel
Pic Candle
Fun2Draw

How can I improve my handwriting?

I didn’t start getting serious about my handwriting until recently. In fact, I was so disappointed in my handwriting that I decided to write in all caps to disguise the fact that my lowercase letters are a mess! Once I got into fountain pens, I decided to tackle my handwriting head-on!

Here are my top resources for you:

Cursive:
IAMPETH.com
Spencerian Copy Books (these copy books are amazing to practice in!)
The Palmer Method

Calligraphy:
The Postman’s Knock
Calligraphy.org

Hand Lettering:
Llamas Love Lettering
Sean McCabe

Do you have a planning routine?

You betcha! I even have a pretty picture of it in my BuJo!

How long does one notebook last you?

Typically in my A5 Leuchtturm1917 (249 pages) I get about 4-5 months in before having to switch to a new notebook. I average roughly 45 pages per month, with the lowest ever being 29 and the highest ever being 65.

This amount will obviously be different for everyone. I have heard of Bullet Journalists lasting a whole year in one notebook, while others may need to start a new notebook every 3 months. It really just all depends on how detailed you get, and how much journaling (if any) you want to include in your Bullet Journal.

I want to start my own Bullet Journal, but I’m overwhelmed! Any advice?

I actually have a ton of advice for you, but the #1 thing you should do is start simple. I recommend checking out Ryder Carroll’s video over at bulletjournal.com to get the gist of the basic Bullet Journal principles. Once you’ve done that, check out my advice below:

  1. Take inspiration from others but don’t forget to make it your own!
  2. Remember that you’re on a journey — don’t expect to be “perfect” right off the bat!
  3. Ask yourself: “What do I need my planner to do for me?” — Then make it happen :)
I’m not artistic! My Bullet Journal could never look as awesome as yours! :(

OK, so this one is not really a question but it is something that I hear all the time, and it makes me super sad every. single. time!
First of all, a Bullet Journal is not inherently an artistic thing. Sure, I like to doodle in mine and I put a lot of time and effort into practicing my handwriting… but that is just the way I like to express myself. Your BuJo should be your own expression, not mine.
Second of all, everyone can be artistic! If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you that I’m not artistic at all! But, once I decided to stop that limiting belief I had of myself, things started to change. I started to practice daily and slowly have gotten better. I think I still have a long way to go before truly considering myself an artist, but it’s all about the journey right?

Everything Else:

I love your mandalas! Where can I learn to draw them?

Why, thank you! I spent a ton of hours watching YouTube videos of other artists drawing mandalas. One of my favorites is this one, but if you do a search for “Draw Mandala” on YouTube you’re sure to find some good ones!

That being said, I’ve definitely developed my own style and method for drawing mandalas, and I’ll be posting a tutorial for you on my YouTube channel very soon! :)

What books do you recommend for someone looking to improve their life?

I wrote a whole blog post on this topic! Yay! (Check it out here)

This is a list that I’ll definitely be adding to as time goes on, but as of right now these are my absolute favorite:
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (check out my review here)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (check out my series here)
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

What does your morning routine look like?

I have always been a morning person. If you’ve been following me for some time now, then you know that I’m a huge proponent of the Miracle Morning. Ever since adopting the S.A.V.E.R.S into my morning routine, I have become much more productive and systematic in my morning approach.

(For a detailed breakdown of the S.A.V.E.R.S., check out my review here)

My Morning Routine:
– 5:30am – Wake Up
– Wash face, brush teeth, start coffee.
– Run through my S.A.V.E.R.S. (Sometimes this takes 30 minutes, sometimes up to 2 hours… just depends on how much time I have and how detailed I want to be that day)
– 8:00am – Shower & relax for a bit
– 9:00am – Start of my work day.

I’ll be writing a whole blog post about my morning routine soon, so stay tuned :)

I wrote a blog post detailing my morning routine for you :) You can find it here.

What are your favorite apps for ____?

I get questions about my favorite apps/software all of the time, so I thought it would be a good idea to round them up here for you :)

  • Finances:
    YNAB (You Need A Budget) – I’m a YNAB girl all the way! Great app for getting a hold on your finances and stop living paycheck to paycheck once and for all.
  • Project Planning:
    Trello – I use Trello daily as my Blog Editorial Calendar. It’s a great app for managing any project!
  • Health:
    UP – I absolutely adore my UP2 fitness tracker!
    Yoga Academy – No time to hit the studio? This app has it all :)
  • Meditation:
    Headspace – This is my go-to meditation app!
    Stop, Breathe & Think – A great free alternative to Headspace
  • Productivity:
    Productive Habit Tracker – Awesome app for tracking your habits throughout the day/week!
  • Recipes:
    Paprika – Great for wrangling the hundreds of recipes in my collection :)
I want more Boho Berry! Where can I connect with you?

The all-inclusive list of all of the places you can find me online (In order of where I spend the most time):

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