My August Reading List

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This month I’ve decided to pull a post theme from my old bag of tricks! I used to blog about books so often back in university but somewhere along the way reading lost its appeal and writing took the wheel (ughhh accidental poetry?!) So this month I decided that I’m going to share my list of books I’m going to try to finish this month. I’m not going to go into detail about each one, I’ll just put the photo and a link to each of the goodreads pages! Next to each book I’ll eventually put a note when I finish it with the date so that we can keep track of my progress! Okay! Now for the main event! (saying that makes me feel like one of those OG Pokemon trainers…)

1. Sex Criminals: Vol 3SexCriminals_vol3-1

2. Rat Queens: Vol 3

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3. Snot Girl

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4. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

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5. Milk & Honey

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6. $100 Start Up

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As you can probably tell there is a pretty random mix here. I mean comic books and personal development? Really? Most of the comics I’ll probably read in one day, and then I want to get How to be a Bawse done before I head to the cottage. Milk and Honey will be a great read for sitting on the dock and $100 Start Up will be a pretty constructive read incase it rains or anything while we’re there! Its not the most ambitious list I’ve had but its more than half my current TBR list in my BUJO. The rest is all YA, fiction or Fantasy mostly, which I find sometimes a bit harder to read for some reason, I really need to figure why that is… probably has something to do with going to university for English Lit though.

I’ll keep this post updated as well as post on instagram when I complete each book! Please feel free to comment below if you’ve read any of these and let me know what you thought of them! No spoilers please!

Thanks for reading, have a nifty day!
mazie bones

Where Do We Go From Here?

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Its been a few seconds since we spoke last, but July was a super hectic and disorganized month. I found myself barely using my bullet journal, which I think created some funky anxiety but overall, the chaos that was last month has mainly been all positive. Its been exactly a month since the love of my life and I moved in with each other, I got to see one of my favourite bands, Violent Femmes, and it’s been a week and a half since we got our new kitten, Sushi. The rest is about a 50/50 split of negative and positive things that aren’t exactly worth getting into. Without delving too far into the details of the situation, I’m just going to keep it super short and simple:

I am currently 100% self-employed

I am no longer working at that vintage clothing store that I mentioned in my first post. Its definitely more of a positive thing than a negative, and though it feels pretty scary right now, I know this was the push that I needed to go fully self-employed. I can’t help but feel a little nervous, this it the first time in my life that I haven’t had a boss or someone to make sure I’m doing the right thing. I have a career coach but its just not the same thing. I guess its just easy to fall into this mindset that freelancing isn’t real work. Its super easy to feel aimless when there is no one sitting there telling you what to do.

And then on the other hand I’m pretty thrilled that I don’t have to report to anyone other than my clients and myself. I’m looking forward to not being anxious about my workplace, and I’m looking forward to a rewarding career where I can learn and grow my business and still have time for my hobbies, loved ones and social life. I’m excited to have time for all my personal goals, as you can see here I laid out my August monthly goal sheet before the career change so I’m going to be making another spread of all my business goals.

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With all of this being said, I really need to buckle down and get myself organized so that I can get more new clients in, and not just on a friend of a friend basis. I need to branch out more online and find more long term clients, so I’m going to be incorporating my portfolio and some of my work into this website. If you like any of what you see, like my custom greetings, signatures, pinterest or social media graphics or anything please let me know by contacting me through this site or by emailing me! I’m always looking to make new connections!

So ending on a positive note, I know I’m going to be fine, in fact, I’m going to be so much better than fine! The initial loss was a little defeating but I’m not going to let it ruin my stride! So I’m going to take a little bit of down time, write up a business plan, work on my portfolio, and just find my groove. I have a mini vacation planned near the end of August and I’m hoping that before I leave for that I’ll have everything set in place to really start taking this career seriously.

Not to mention I’m also going to take some time to get to know this new little kitten! This is Sushi, the newest and most naked edition to our family! He’s 4 months and he’s absolutely insane!
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Navi and him have really connected yet, it was a super rough start, but they are getting better each day. Here’s a silly photo of them seperated by our duvet!

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Thank you for reading this mess, if you have any advice or have been through something similar, please feel free to leave a comment below! I’m going to be posting every Wednesday and Friday this month so look forward to a whole bunch of new content!

mazie bones

 

The Cozy Bones BUJO Guide

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Yesterday I posted a little photo of my bullet journal (BUJO) on instagram and asked if any of you wanted to know more about it! I got all kinds of comments, DMs and facebook messages asking and expressing interest so I thought it would be cool to put together a little post of everything that I’ve learned about bullet journaling along this little journey! In this post I’m going to include links to videos, sites, pictures and just some of my favourite bullet journalers in the community. This being said, you definitely don’t HAVE to be a part of the BUJO community, I know a lot of people that are solidary about it and don’t want to keep up with trends or the latest spread ideas, and that’s completely fine! Bullet journaling is all about making your system work for you, and only you. I’ll be showing you both the traditional way of bullet journaling, as well as my own personal system.

History:

The original BUJO system was created by Ryder Carroll to replace the average agenda. It combines rapid logging, an index, a key system or colour coding, migrating tasks and just random catch-all notes to create a seamless flow of productivity. If you want to learn the specifics of the traditional bullet journal go to this site and take a gander!

Customize it:

One of the deciding factors for me when I was researching the BUJO system was the overall freedom I had when it came to the way I use it. If you go into any of the bujo facebook groups you will see that everyone uses theirs differently and that the possibilities are endless. Some people decorate them, and kind of use them as an art journal. Some people use them as a simple minimalistic place to keep to do lists and tasks. Some people even have multiple bullet journals for different projects! It all depends on what you want and need from your planner, which is why I, a former binder planner/pretty planner dove head first into the world of BUJO. Which leads us to my personal journey with the bullet journaling system.

My BUJO:

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I knew getting into this that my type A personality was going to make it kind of challenging, but over the past four months since I started my bullet journal, I actually think it has helped me drop the perfectionism that kind of loomed over me all the time. I started with one of those cheap little dot-grid notebooks from Michaels, (sorry I can’t find a link) and kind of just jumped in mid-April. That alone is super out of character for me, as I’d usually wait to start a full month, plan everything ahead of time and make it all perfect. I’m super glad that I didn’t do that though. I got a good taste of what worked, and didn’t work for me, and it got a lot of thoughts and ideas out of my mind. From the beginning I kind of dubbed this BUJO my “Trial BUJO”, allowing myself to mess up, ruin pages, make mistakes. But after I began embracing that I kind of found my true style, thus finding my perfect system.

I think that my system is a little more on the simple side of things, I’ve taken out a lot of the traditional system that I just don’t need. For example, the standard month would look something like this.

  • Month title page
  • Monthly calendar
  • Month at a glance events/important dates
  • Monthly Trackers
  • Monthly Goals
  • Weekly Spreads
  • Daily To-Do Lists

(which seemed just a bit too extravagant for me)

My personal month looks a little something like this:

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  • Monthly Calendar/ important days/ goals on one page
  • Weekly Spreads
  • Notes whenever I feel like it

Keep in mind that a lot of my trackers are randomly placed throughout the journal, marked off with washi so I can find them easier, and that I also have a future log for events and important dates that I can refer too. It just works better for me this way.

Decorating:

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From the get go I knew I needed it to be decorated; given my past in pretty planning and my current addiction to washi tape and post it notes! (COMMENT IF YOU WANT ME TO DO A POST ABOUT THAT COLLECTION! ITS INTENSE AND IMMENSE!) As you can see in the photos above my front and back cover are pretty covered with stickers! The front cover has a beautiful galaxy R2D2 sticker that I found at Toronto Comic Con (I’m going to see if I can find more at Fan expo for my new BUJO) some Sailor Moon littles, a Snot Girl sticker from Bryan Lee O’Malley (my best friend got it for me when he met him in a hotel) and then the back cover has two stickers, one by Hunymilk and one by New Flesh, both local Niagara artists, both amazing and inspiring.

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When it comes to decorating the inside of my bujo, I really have no rules for this one, its full of washi, stickers, markers, swatches, everything, I think I might even have a pokemon card in there! I do plan on having a more aesthetic theme for my next bujo, because I really want to share more photos of it with all of you but I’m definitely not holding myself to that.

If you would like me to make an extensive list of pens and supplies I use please let me know. I know some friends have expressed that they want to know what pens and highlighters I use, so I definitely wouldn’t mind posting that.

Some Awesome People to Follow:

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BohoBerry

Cheyenne Barton

Ann Lee

Caitlin’s Corner

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If you want or need to know anything else, please feel free to post your questions in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them for you, but keep in mind that I am definitely not an expert at all!

Thank you so much for reading this, I hope it inspires you!
mazie bones

Spring-speration

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Its been a solid few months since I wrote here last, and there are a few different categories of reasons why, but the main reasons are just a general lack of motivation, and just being super duper busy being super duper in love. (Feelings! ugh! gross, I know!) That love will most likely make an appearance on this blog eventually, but right now we’re focusing on that other fun thing: Motivation.

Usually inspiration is the missing ingredient in my recipe for success, but this time around, I have had so many ideas, I kid you not, notebooks full of ideas, but zero motivation to move forward with them. Over the past 6 months I have started so many projects but haven’t been able to follow through with any of them. I think it might be some kind of general overwhelm, I don’t think there is anything uplifting about being surrounded by unfulfilled plans 24/7. So I’ve been working to narrow down the main projects that I want to complete.

Something that has really been helping me with this was creating a masterlist of projects that I have already started, be it writing, art or other things. I keep this list in my bullet journal so that it’s accessible and easy to turn to when I have some time to work on things. I plan on doing a detailed tour of my new bullet journal on this blog at some point this month. Which leads me to the next thing that kind of holds me back from being creative and motivated; Time.

Working freelance has its perks, but the side that people don’t get to see is the countless hours that are spent working off the clock, marketing myself, and trying to get as much work done as possible per day. What people don’t see is the guilt that I feel when I take a break, or want to work on personal projects. I’m completely aware that there isn’t a reason to feel that guilt, because I work hard and should take breaks, but it’s a matter of justifying that me time. I think the best way for me to get past this is to schedule myself a little bit better. I plan to schedule breaks, as well as an hour or two each work day for personal projects.

So with all this being said, I am focusing in on a few main projects:
– This blog: design, marketing, branding, instagram
– A series of zines, on my own, as well as a collaborative series with a local artist
– A few started knitting/crochet projects that I need to finish up and check off my list!

I’ll be posting progress on both the blog and my new instagram, @cozy.bones. Let me know if you have any tips for completing creative projects, or if you keep a master list of projects in your bullet journal, feel free to leave them in the comments below, or tag me in your posts on instagram so I can see them! Thanks so much for reading, have a beautiful day!

mazie bones

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