my april 2022 bullet journal spreads / feat. an attempt at being less of a perfectionist

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hello, friends! it’s been a while, hasn’t it? i’ve been super busy with school, writing, and my mental health, and haven’t had much motivation for blogging as a result. however, hopefully now that things are calming down a bit, i’ll be blogging more regularly.

when i first started bullet journaling in april 2020, it was fun and easy, and was honestly just a creative outlet. but recently, it’s become less of a hobby, and more of a perfectionistic attempt and being pinterest-y and aesthetic. and it was reaching a point where it was no fun and was honestly kinda a chore. which is why, yesterday, i challenged myself to set up my april bullet journal spreads with minimal online help, and with just my own original doodle ideas. 

i will admit that it was…difficult, to say the least. i kept feeling like it wasn’t “pretty enough” or “aesthetic enough” or “perfect enough”, and i really wanted to start over and make a perfect april bullet journal. but, i kept pushing through. and i’m so glad i did, because as a result of pushing through, i got some wonderful spreads that were unique and special. there’s a certain kind of peace that i found in being less of a perfectionist. 

the spreads

opening page

i love this spread so much. the aesthetics are very spring-y and happy and vintage, and it just makes me so happy to look at. i was worried i had drawn too many flowers, but i honestly think they work really well.

to be read 

this page was inspired by abigail’s cup of tea’s to be read page in this video. i really like how it turned out, and i like how it has He is risen on it, as a little reminder that Christ is risen (in honor of easter).

habits

i don’t entirely like how this looks. the circles are too shaky, and my handwriting is…not it’s best. but, since i’m working on accepting and embracing my bullet journal imperfections, i guess i have to be happy with it. or at least, i have to not be hateful towards this page (especially since i spent…a lot of time on it).

content

this page is mostly just for planning out blog posts and youtube videos (i’m planning to release a yt channel at some point next month). i guess it turned out alright? it could be better, but it also could be worse.

prayer

this is just a page where i’m going to put prayer requests throughout the month, so that when i’m flipping through my bullet journal, i can remember to pray for certain things.

you are loved dutch door quote

fun fact about this, on the other side, there’s a gratitude page dutch door. sadly, i did the gratitude page upside down *facepalm*, so i’m only showing this dutch door haha.

quotes & memories

i guess i like how these turned out. i mean…the “quotes” looks more like “puotes”, but it’s ok. one of these days i’ll learn how to do a cursive q, right?

pens i used for these spreads

i actually kept the pens that i used pretty minimal! i only used a micron 01, micron 005, tombow 772 duel brush pen, and 2 crayola supertips.

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thank you so much for reading this post! i hope you all enjoyed it <3. if you had fun reading this post, please don’t forget to click like, subscribe, and leave a comment. i hope you all have a wonderful day, and remember to keep your eyes on Jesus. *hugs* see you all soon (:

do you bullet journal? if so, what theme did you choose for your april bullet journal spreads? let me know in the comments!

/ ad gloriam dei /

A Letter To The Girl Who Is Struggling With Her Identity

Hii darlings! Today’s post is one that I am fairly excited about, it is a letter to the girl who is struggling with her identity. I’ve been wanting to write a post that is a letter to the girl who is struggling, and I’ve been wanting to turn that into a series. So! I guess you all will be seeing another post like this next time I feel like it might encourage one of my readers out there. So without further ado, here is the letter. I really dearly hope that this encourages someone who needs to read it <33.

(I got the idea for this post from this post) 

Dear Girl Who Is Struggling With Her Identity,

Hey. If you’re reading this right now, I have a feeling that you’re really struggling with identity. I really am hoping that I am able to encourage you today. This post is merely words strung together, but maybe I will be able to string them together in a way that you need to read. I have prayed for the right words to say, and I dearly hope that these are the right words to say. 

Identity is one of those things that is your very essence. Your identity is one of those things that you discover in your teenage years. Not knowing your identity is one of the scariest things ever. You feel that you ought to know who you are, after all, who knows you better then you do? You have undoubtedly tried to find identity in everything possible (theater, boys, good grades, popularity, etc). Maybe you think that your identity is in the mistakes that you have made in the past. Maybe you’ve even tried to find identity in religion. But here’s the thing, no matter how many of these you have tried, you always feel drained and lost. You’re probably getting close to a breaking point where you just feel so infinitely lost that you don’t even know if finding identity is possible for you. 

I want you to stop and just pause to soak in what I’m about to tell you. Put down your computer or phone or tablet and just stop for a second. Read what I am about to say multiple times, and just allow it to soak in.

Your identity is not rooted in earthly things. Your identity is rooted in Him who created you. Your identity is rooted in God. He created you, He knew you were going to exist before you were even a blip in existence. He knew that He was going to create you before the universe had even existed. He adores you, He loves you far more then you could ever imagine. You are His daughter, His beloved creation. He is your identity. 

Allow Him to be your identity. 

All those things that you thought were your identity (theater, music, your pet hamster, etc), those are not your identity. But! They are definitely a part of who you are. I call these secondary identities, because quite honestly, while they are a fraction of who you are, they are not who you are. Please never lose sight of your primary identity. It is the only identity that matters.

One day, all of those ‘secondary identities’ are going to pass away. And here’s the thing, they will no longer matter to you. Because, if you belong to the Lord, the Creator of all creation, your Heavenly Father, He is your primary identity. He is the only identity that will still matter at the end of everything. He is the only identity that can sustain you and protect you. He is your identity. HE IS YOUR IDENTITY. 

Can I just encourage you that your identity is in Him who created you? I want to you stop right now, and just rest in the fact that He is your identity. If you are His, your primary identity has already been figured out. I know that our current culture promises identity in so many other things, please do not buy into this lie. I want to encourage you with this. If you only take one thing away from this letter, take this.

HE IS YOUR PRIMARY IDENTITY. 

Keep reminding yourself of this in whatever way it takes. Set a reminder on your phone. Write it on a sticky note and put that on your desk. Make it into a poster. I don’t care how you keep reminding yourself of this. I just care that you keep reminding yourself. You are far too special to get caught in the lie that your identity lies in earthly things. Please, PLEASE, believe me on this. 

I dearly hope that this was able to encourage someone out there. If you’re enjoying this post and/or my blogs, please don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

I hope that the rest of your day is blessed by God,

Liesl ❤