Blog post - Journal with Purpose

Thank you so much for coming over to visit my blog.  I thought it might be useful if I gave you a little taste of what to expect, so you know whether or not to run for the hills!  So here’s a quick summary of what’s coming up:

  • Exploring your big goals in life
  • Finding ways to help make sure you are consistently working towards these
  • Considering ways to incorporate these into your bullet journal planning
  • A six week planning challenge

There will also be lots of tips on setting up your bullet journal, finding ways to make it work for you and creative hints that I’ve found useful.

All designed to help you journal with purpose …


Bullet Journal from Journal with Purpose

I’ve included some details in ‘My Journal Set-up’ of the system that I use so that you can see which sections I am referring to throughout this blog.  I have also included an ‘About Me’ page so you can learn a little more about me.  I would love you to introduce yourself, along with where I can find you on Social Media in the comments section below.  I am active on Instagram and Pinterest and have just launched a YouTube channel, so I would love to see you there too.

Why Blog?

I started this year a little out of sorts, kind of fine, but not really feeling I was doing enough with my life.  I found myself googling things like ‘why am I always tired?’ and also comparing my life to the ‘wonderful lives’ that everybody else seemed to be living on social media .  This made me realise I needed a bit of a change.  I live with my wonderful partner, cheeky daughter and awesome dog – I should be leaping out of bed with a smile on my face every day, shouldn’t I?

I was watching my daughter consider all of her choices, such as which subjects should she take at school, which college should she go to and what sort of career she would like.  Whilst being excited for her, it made me feel a certain sense of loss.  She is still approaching her adult life, full of potential with no limits and all those wonderful choices to make.  It made me wish I could be that age again – who knows what I might have become!

Then it dawned on me…hang on…why am I writing myself off?  I get to make choices about my life and future every single day. If my life’s not very exciting, then I’m clearly not making very exciting choices.

So, I started exploring a few different areas to help me re-focus my life.  I had some Christmas presents which significantly changed how I decided to approach life.  They were a book called ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma, a book about Mindfulness and a journal.  It was the combination of these presents that lead me to the accidental discovery of the wonderful Bullet Journal community.

Bullet Journal from Journal with Purpose


It has given me a structure to plan the life changes I desire and interaction with a wonderful group of people who consistently cheer me on (and up!).

When I wrote out my long term aspirations, some of the key areas for me were:

To have found a way to help others, rather than just through my paid work

To be remembered as someone who inspired others

To have made a difference in the world, in some way

So, that’s why I’m here.  I love the comments I receive on Instagram and wanted to find a way to interact with you in more depth.  I don’t have all the answers and I don’t consider myself an expert, but I’ve found something that works for me which I would love to share.

I no longer google ‘why am I so tired’.  I feel I have a purpose and that fills me with enough energy and enthusiasm for every single day.

“We overestimate what we can achieve in a day, but underestimate what we can achieve in our life time.”


Journal with Purpose

20 thoughts on “What to Expect – Bullet Journal Planning”

  1. This looks wonderful Helen!! I’m so looking forward to reading your blog. I feel like this is will be perfect for me because I’ve been wanting to dive deeper and have found so much inspiration from your shares on Instagram!

    1. Thank you so much Candace!!! Your support has been incredible and I’m really looking forward to sharing some in-depth planning tips and challenges.

  2. I think it sounds ace and I’m looking forward to seeing what the 6 week challenge involves. I love your IG feed. Your journal looks beautiful and I wish I could organise my life!

    1. Thank you Katie for your lovely comments. I can’t wait to launch the 6 week planning challenge and see what you produce!!

    1. Thank you so much for signing up, I’m really pleased to get the opportunity to share the challenge with you!

  3. I’m so excited about this! Just reading your reasons for starting your blog has really inspired me and I can’t wait to see what comes next 🙂

  4. looking forward to following your journey and creating a new one of my own! I live in South Africa, mother to 2 wonderful human beings and wife to the best man in the world. Life can be tough, scary and uncertain here but we are determined to bloom where we are planted. Be lived a blessed life everyday..even when it’s hard. Not on IG yet…my kids are going to help me set that up soon. On FB at the moment and have a blog of my own…all about our lives here in South Africa and our genral comings and goings. I have big dreams! Time to prioritize them. Looking forward to learning here and participating in the challenge! You blog looks great!

    1. Hi Mandy, thank you for your lovely comments and taking the time to share some details about your life in South Africa. I can’t wait to share the planning challenge with you!

  5. Hi Helen!
    Lovely to meet you, my name is Leah and I have also just recently started a blog about self improvement and helping others.
    I love your story and hope we can connect!
    Will be subscribing to your posts 🙂

    Leah from Bourne Lux

    1. Hi Leah, thank you for your comments. I have just checked out your wonderful blog and subscribed to your newsletter.

      Lovely to connect 🙂

    1. Hi Jen, as a very new blogger that is so lovely to hear. Thank you for your lovely words.
      Best wishes, Helen

  6. I am new to bullet journaling this year. I started & then stopped when we went on vacation. It’s something I really want in my life, but I feel my method is not working for me. I just found your post about your website on fb (originally found you on IG & fell in love with your feed) & everything you speak of here is what I need. I’m blessed to be a sahm to a beautiful family of 4. Look forward to your 6 week challenge!

    1. Hi Ricki, thank you so much, your lovely comments have really boosted my day. I look forward to sharing the 6 week challenge with you and I hope it helps to get you back on track!

  7. Love this! I’ve been in that same position before, knowing I have a wonderful family and still feeling like my life is just treading water. I’m so glad that you found your way out of that rut, and I’m looking forward to more of your posts on bullet journalling 🙂

    1. Hi Nicola, many thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. I look forward to sharing more posts with you 🙂

  8. You are fantastic. I found you via youtube and immediately subscribed to your blog. Not only do you have the most beautiful bullet journal ever, but being hugely anglophile I adore your language as well as your humour 😉

    Best wishes for your endeavor and greetings from Austria.

    1. Aww, thank you so much for your lovely comments. You are very kind and have completely made my day 🙂

      Sending my love to you and Austria xx

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