Today it’s time for my monthly plan with me for my daily planner and spiritual bullet journal. This month like last month, I wanted to keep it a little more simple and more accessible. I was noticing the past couple of months but I just couldn’t get into using my bullet journal and it was driving me kind of crazy. I spent all this time making really beautiful spreads and beautifully decorated journals and I just I didn’t feel the urge to pick them up afterwards. So last month I decided to make myself some stamps and this month stick with a very simple color scheme, of black and blue for the highlight color.
For my September cover page I recreated an eye and inverted flower illustration that I found on Pinterest. I felt like it was just perfect for this beginning of the descent back into myself for self-reflection for the month of September, especially with the fall equinox coming up.
I kept it simple with a another little illustration on the back side of the cover page across from the second harvest spread. This is where I do goal setting with my husband, eight times a year. The theme for this moon is, “gather gratitude and give thanks.” On the fall equinox I will be writing out my challenges for the upcoming months, my goals, and then how I’m going to achieve them. This is a really nice way to bond as a couple and to talk about our joint goals and then also our goals as individuals. This is a practice that we make sure we always make time for and is very special to us.
how I’m going to do it
The theme the 9th Moon is “gather gratitude and give thanks.”
Not only do I do goal setting every month, I also do goal setting eight times a year that coincide with the change of the seasons. So at every equinox and solstice I check in with my goals for the year to see how I’m doing.
My lunar calendar spread has a really simple illustration like the mini one on the previous spread. The way that I kept this journaling practice accessible for myself this month was by creating my own set of moon phase stamps. I realized that I was taking a lot of time to draw the moon phases every month and it just became kind of a hassle. I really wanted to enjoy the experience again, so I created my own stamps! I’m actually going to have a video on how I made them coming out soon to make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss them! This lunar month circular spread has every single day of the lunar month and each of the moon phases. On each moon phase I write a feeling based intention that propels my goals throughout the entire lunar month. I also have a little tracker to make sure I say my mantras everyday when I check in.
This month I am trying out something a little different, I am writing my intentions and the eight steps I’m going to take to make sure that I achieved those intentions this month. I also decided to bring back the little daily tracker to make sure that I’m saying my daily Mantra every morning. And also the other mantras that I come up with during my next video which is going to be my 9th moon lunar goal setting video so make sure you subscribe she don’t miss that that will be coming in a few days. This month I’ve also included a fold out page with my spiritual goals for the year. I just wanted to make sure that I was thinking about my goals and I had them top of mind.
New Moon Beginnings:
For my New Moon Beginnings spread I have the prompts, to have, to do, and to be. On the backside of this fold out I’m going to be writing out my spiritual goals for the year. Writing them out each month makes them top of mind every time I look at this page. On the opposite side I have the theme for the lunar month, “gather gratitude and give thanks.” This is my Mantra Maker fold out. I use the prompts, I am, I can, I will, and I set these go to…” On the backside of this fold out I have my Full Moon Check-In and my Balsamic Moon Review. I’ll be thinking about these prompts when I do my 9th Moon Lunar Goal Setting video which is coming up next.
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This next spread is my September Daily Draw. I really enjoyed this spread last month and wanted to make sure that I left myself with another daily creative outlet.
Last month I really really enjoyed having a mental inventory page as opposed to a brain dump page. This is a place where I keep all of the random thoughts that pop up in my head from my anxiety that’s trying to distract me and keep me off track. These ideas are going to live for the entire month, and I’ll know exactly where to go so I can come back and find those ideas. I won’t have to worry about them anymore, I can just write them down and let them go until I have time to actually complete the task or to take action on any of the things I have written down on my mental inventory page.
I like how grungy the watercolors turned out this month and how it bled through, underneath the sticky notes I used as templates. This is my September monthly overview spread. I have all the dates, and I’m using the smallest size of my moon phase stamps. On the bottom I have boxes for creative and personal tasks. An open box for anything that pops up, like for a trip list and then the last one will be any upcoming dates for the future months.
At the end of the month is where I do all of my journaling and my reflecting. I’ll have my September spirituality prompts which I’m going to be sharing with you in just a second down below! I have sections for, what I’ve learned, how I challenge myself, what is a time-saver and what isn’t, and what am I most grateful for. I also have monthly prompts for “unravel your month” that I do for my words of the year “flux and flow.”
The questions I ask myself at the end of every month are:
what am I grateful for most?
how did I challenge myself?
what did I learn?
what is working and what isn’t?
The very last spread in my monthly stack is my leftovers spread. I usually have tasks that I don’t get to, and just wanted to make sure that I had a place to write them all down so I could easily transfer them over to the next month. At the bottom of the page I’m using my stamps again, a little moon, and cup of coffee.
And finally, the most important question of the month, out monthly spirituality writing prompt: