Goodbye August and hello September! We are getting to my favorite time of year – fall! The leaves will start changing soon, the baking heat will simmer down, and then it will be sweater weather! Plus, the end of a month is always exciting for me because I *LOVE* doing my monthly setups and coming up with a new theme for every month. My September bullet journal setup is no different! My theme for September: Calvin and Hobbes!!!
When I was growing up, Calvin and Hobbes was my favorite comic. It was the only reason I ever got excited about seeing a newspaper. My mom got the books for my brother and I to read, and we made her read us the Nauseous Nocturne so many times that I think she still has it memorized. My brother still has all of our original copies of the books, and they’ve been read (I mean well-loved) so much that they are starting to fall apart!
Calvin and Hobbes has remained one of my brother’s favorite stories, so it only seemed fitting that I chose this theme for his birthday month. Brother is one of my favorite people in the world. I hate living so far away, but I feel a little closer to him this month as I look at these fun Calvin and Hobbes pages! (PS- It’s really thanks to him that this website even exists – he’s my technical-behind-the-scenes-hero!)
Last week I downloaded one of the Calvin and Hobbes ebooks, and I was in heaven! I haven’t read these comics since I was a kid, so they are a whole different kind of funny as an adult. It should really be required reading for any parent; I feel like I understand my five-year-old son just a little bit better!
So without further ado, let’s see those spreads!
September Bullet Journal Setup: Monthly Cover and Dashboard
Once again, I’ve made some changes to my monthly setup pages! (That’s the beauty of the bullet journal system – it can always change to suit your needs and whims!)
The cover page is always my favorite page of the month. I usually put it on the right page, so I rarely get to see it. This month I put the cover page on the left, and then used the right page for my “dashboard” (goals, notes, etc.). I really like how this turned out, and I think I might keep it this way next month, too.
I’ve been starting to work on my bounce lettering, and I might not be great at it yet, but it’s really fun! I wanted to start out the month with one of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes pictures.
September Bullet Journal Setup: Monthly Calendar & Weather Tracker
I absolutely loved my watercolor calendar last month, but I found that my color-coding system didn’t really work too well over the colored calendar squares. So this month I am back to the vertical list-style calendar.
My weather tracker is on the facing page, and I love this conversation between Calvin and his dad! I’m pretty sure his dad was a parenting genius.
September Bullet Journal Setup: Gratitude, Happiness, and Self-Care
I have found that I am using my journal more and more for self-care. My body and mind are both happier, so I’m trying to expand how I use it. This month I’m trying a different spread. I have been using a “happiness” spread for the past few months, and this month I’ll be adding to it. Each day I’ll write down something I’m grateful for, something that made me happy, and something that I did to take care of myself. I’m kind of excited to see how this turns out!
And how profound is that quote from Hobbes?! I never realized how real Calvin and Hobbes could be sometimes.
September Bullet Journal Setup: Daily Affirmations
This is a brand new spread and a brand new idea for me! I’ve heard a lot about positive affirmations, but it wasn’t until I watched an amazing workshop (hosted by Shelby of Little Coffee Fox and Kara of Boho Berry) that I realized how affective they could be. I’m even tempted to set up a new notebook or traveler’s notebook insert just for affirmations, but I thought I’d dip my toe in the water with this spread before I go completely overboard.
September Bullet Journal Setup: Monthly Habit Trackers
This page gave me the most trouble this month! I have no idea why, but I just couldn’t figure out how I wanted it to look. After a few tries, I gave up on it for the evening and just slept on it. Does that ever work for you when you get stuck? Thankfully it worked this time, and in the morning I was able to get up and the design just kinda flowed right out of me. Calvin’s triumphant “TA-DAAA!!!” felt appropriate for the final (and most troublesome) spread for my monthly setup!
Other Changes for September
You might remember that when I moved into this beautiful azure LT1917, I said the whole book was going to be ocean and beach themed. That lasted a month! While I absolutely love the idea of the whole book being beachy, I found that I didn’t doodle as much because my ideas seemed limited, and I didn’t do many artsy pages or zentangles. While that’s not essential to the purpose of a planner, it is essential for my creativity, and my journal is my creative outlet. So I’m taking off my restrictions and just letting things happen as they will. That’s the best way to do it, right?
I hope you all had an amazing August, and I wish you a super September!