Fitness, Health and Wellness

A (Brief) Guide to Getting Started with Running

New to running and not sure how to get started? Here are some ideas for beginners. #fitness #running #runningforbeginners
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Those of you who know me (or have read my previous post on the subject) know that I am a big proponent of running. Maintaining my health has always been a priority for me, but I also have come to love the character-building aspect of this sport and the community I’ve found through doing it over the last few years.

With all its challenge and intensity, I really enjoy and appreciate running. And I say this to you not as someone who’s been doing it her whole life, not as someone who was ever a natural at it, but as someone who long thought of herself as a “non-runner”. It’s unfortunate that so many people identify with this label. After all, beliefs about what we are not tend to be self-fulfilling. My old swim coach used to tell us that “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” And it’s absolutely true; if you’ve created the story in your mind that you can’t do something, most of the time, you won’t do it. Not unless you’re open to changing that story.

Perhaps you, too, feel like you are “not a runner”, and yet you are curious about how people get into it — and that’s what drew you to this article. Perhaps there is some small, crazy voice within you that asks — what if I could do it? Well, what if I told you that it’s absolutely possible? Even if you’ve never run before in your life, it can be done. I didn’t start running seriously until I was almost 30 years old, and I’ve known other people who started even later. It’s never too late. And if you’re in good health and take care to avoid injuries, you can keep it up well into old age; I have a friend whose 80-something-year-old mother still runs marathons. It’s pretty incredible, really, what the human body and mind are capable of.

My partner, an ultramarathoner and coach, likes to say that our bodies already know how to run. There is an innate wisdom in our bodies that knows how to execute the necessary movements without having to think about it. It’s just a matter of fine-tuning our form and harnessing natural momentum to carry us forward so that we are efficient and light on our feet. Remembering how to run this way, actually, is a joy; it doesn’t have to be purely “hard work”, and if you think of it as something that can be fun, it will be.

So, where do you begin with this sport? Here are just a few of the many ways you can get started as a runner.

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Create a positive mindset around running.

When you think of running, what comes to mind? For me, for most of my life, the answer was pain. I truly, for the life of me, couldn’t understand the appeal of this sport because anytime I tried it, it would kick my butt. Even in my swim-team days, when I was swimming (literally) miles each week and in excellent cardio shape, I struggled to run more than half a mile. So I got it in my head that I was a “non-runner”, and it was years before I dropped my negative attitude about it and finally gave it a fair shot.

If you want to become a runner — or anything else in life — you have to at least be open to the idea that you are capable of it. You don’t have to know that you are yet, but you must be willing to entertain the possibility. If you dismiss the mere idea of it out of hand, you won’t try — and you won’t come to know your full potential.

Decide what your goals are and start small.

Becoming a runner does not mean you have to run ultramarathons. If running a 100-mile race is on your bucket list, by all means, go for it. But there are many different levels of runners, from pro athletes to race runners to recreational “weekend warrior” types who just do it for fun — it’s totally up to you to decide how far you want to take it and how serious you want to get. When you’re just starting out, you might try a 5K. Once you’ve done that, you could work your way up to a 10K or half marathon. If you still like running after you’ve done those distances, you might just be hooked for life.

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Try a running app.

If you’re new to running and aren’t sure where to start, I highly suggest trying a running app. Couch to 5K (C25K) is the one that I used when I was first starting out, and I have sung its praises to anyone who’s ever asked me about it. What’s great about C25K is that it assumes you are starting from zero running experience and gives you structured workouts that gradually increase in difficulty. So you’re not going to go out and run a mile in your first workout; you’ll start by alternating, say, one minute of walking with one minute of jogging for 20 minutes. 

New runners can get intimidated by thinking that they have to immediately start running long distances, but that’s not really how it works. You work your way up to the longer distances. With C25K, you’ll start with jogging for one minute at a time, and over a few weeks’ time, you’ll gradually increase your ratio of jogging to walking until you are able to jog for 10, 15, and eventually 20 minutes at a time. The workouts are challenging but doable, and you can complete them at your own pace. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can progress.

Join a (real or virtual) running group.

Joining a running group can be a great way to get into running, especially if you’d like to meet some new runner friends. Running is a great social activity, and there are so many groups out there — if you’re looking for an in-person group, you can find anything from serious running clubs to laid-back social groups who meet up once a week to jog around the park and then grab beers at the neighborhood bar. Virtual groups and apps like Zwift allow you to run with people from around the world. Regardless, many of these groups welcome runners of all levels (including newbies), and having some running buddies just makes it all the more fun.

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Commit to doing a race with a friend or family member.

Signing up for a race can be a powerful motivator to keep up with your workouts. My mom was actually the one who decided she was going to commit to doing her first 5K; I just decided to jump on her bandwagon and do it with her. And honestly, I loved it. There was something beautiful and life-affirming about being surrounded by throngs of people who were all out there, running alongside me, challenging themselves and being part of something positive. And when I saw the finish line coming up ahead of me, when I fully grasped that I was about to achieve something I’d never done before and didn’t think I could do, it was a very emotionally powerful moment.

Now, granted, this was a few years ago, before the time of COVID-19. There are fewer in-person options for races at the time of this writing, but there are still virtual races and other creative events being offered for those who would like to participate.

“Racing” can have a negative connotation for some people who don’t consider themselves competitive by nature, but the truth is, a running race doesn’t have to be a competition at all. There will always be the elite athletes striving to be at the front of the pack, but in most races, most of the runners are just out having fun. If anything, they might be racing against themselves, trying to beat their best time from before. But a lot of people don’t even pay attention to their times, and there’s no rule saying you have to.

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Keep after it.

When you first start running, it will probably feel hard. It might feel like a slog. There is an initial hurdle you have to clear as your body adjusts to the exertion. But once you do adjust, it starts to get a little easier. In my case, once I could run 15-20 minutes without stopping, I felt a noticeable shift; my body seemed suddenly able to tolerate running better than ever before, and I started enjoying the whole experience a lot more.

Even if you’ve never considered yourself a runner, you might be surprised at what you can do. Sometimes, the hardest part of doing a new thing is just getting started with it — and if you start running and stick with it, you’ll add a great new mode of activity to your repertoire that can keep you healthy for years to come.


What about you? Are you curious about running? Or, if you already are a runner, how’d you get your start? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Gardening

9 Fun Facts About Succulents

Love succulents? Here are nine facts you might not have known about these unique plants. #gardening #funfacts
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Succulents are my new gardening obsession. These unusual plants hold a special place in my heart, partly because I grew up in the Southwest and I love anything that reminds me of the desert — it makes me feel like I’m at home. But also, they’re so…cool. Succulents can have an otherworldly look with their fantastical colors, unique shapes and varied textures — like little alien-plants. From the flower-like rosette formations of Echeveria species to the trailing vines of strings-of-pearls, each type is beautiful in its own way and has its own personality. And when you plant a whole bunch of them together in an arrangement or landscape design, the results can be striking.

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I’m also amazed by how little succulents need to survive and how well they can adapt to conditions around them. Even though they are a hugely diverse group of plants (with over 10,000 known species), all succulents have one trait in common: they store water in their fleshy leaves, stems and roots, which enables them to withstand long periods of drought. Actually, the name “succulent” comes from the Latin sucus, meaning “sap” (referring to the “juiciness” of the leaves). They can thrive in some of the world’s most extreme environments where most other forms of life cannot, which makes them low-maintenance and — generally speaking — easy to grow and care for.

Succulents have been exploding in popularity in recent years, and for me at least, it’s easy to see why. Here are nine fun facts you might not have known about these intriguing plants:

1. They aren’t all native to the desert. Nearly half of all succulent species come from arid regions of Southern Africa, but succulents can be found in every continent except Antarctica, and they live in a variety of climates. Some succulents thrive in mountain regions, and others in tropical rainforests or coastal areas. What this means is that, if you grow succulents, it’s important to do your research and know what species you’ve got. Plants from different regions will have vastly different needs and preferences — what one species loves, another can’t tolerate. Knowing what your specific plants need will set you up for success and head off a lot of frustration (trust me on that one).

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2. Succulents and cacti are not the same thing. The words are often used interchangeably, but cacti are actually a type of succulent. According to The Spruce, cacti generally have no leaves, are covered in spines and have rounded indentations called areoles along their stems. All cacti are succulents because of their water-storing capacity, but there are many types of succulents that are not cacti.

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3. They may change color with the seasons. Changes in temperature, sunlight and watering can cause some succulents to “blush” and turn beautiful colors. Much like human skin, the plant tissues produce pigments to protect themselves from environmental stresses. So, technically, the color change is a sign that the plant is not growing in optimal conditions — but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Plants can tolerate a certain degree of stress while still remaining healthy. 

4. Succulents “breathe” at night. Plant leaves take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen through tiny pores in their leaves. Usually, these pores are open in the daytime so that the plants can breathe and perform photosynthesis, and they close at night to protect the plant from the elements. With succulents, it works the opposite way; they breathe at night and close their pores during the day so they don’t lose too much water to evaporation. This is just one of the many special adaptations that allows succulents to conserve water.

5. The leaves are coated with a wax film that resists water and protects the plant from sun damage. This wax coating, which is also known as farina, also provides some natural defense against pests and diseases. To keep your succulent babies happy and healthy, it’s best to avoid touching them any more than necessary because the farina wipes off very easily — and unfortunately, it doesn’t come back once it’s gone.

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6) Some succulents don’t need soil. If you’re after something really low-maintenance that doesn’t even need to be potted, try air plants. These succulents fasten to trees, rocks, or whatever they can find for support, but air plants gather water and nutrients through tiny scales on their leaves instead of through their roots. They need to be misted or soaked in a bowl of water periodically, but apart from that, they hardly need any care. And they’re just so cute!

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7) They are incredibly resilient. To illustrate this, let me tell you about my prickly pear. I bought it last summer and planted it in a big pot. It thrived in the summer months but shriveled up as soon as the weather turned cold. I assumed it was dead and threw it into the scrap pile in our backyard, where it got buried in dead branches. Fast forward to this summer — one day I was doing yard work and I found my old prickly pear growing up through the scrap pile. That thing survived the winter deep freezes and snow, with roots exposed, and grew up sideways through the branches towards what little bit of sunlight it could find. Unbelievable!

8) Succulents spawn easily. Succulenting (yes, I’m coining that term!) doesn’t have to be an expensive habit hobby. You don’t have to buy new plants every time you want to grow your collection; with many types of succulents, you can pull leaves or take cuttings from existing plants and easily grow new babies (it’s really fun!). Some types of succulents produce offsets called “pups” that can eventually grow up to become full-fledged plants, which is another way they reproduce; others can multiply via flowers and seeds. Growing new succulents is not exactly a quick process, but if you’re patient, the rewards are worth the wait.

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9) Some succulents have medicinal and culinary uses. Aloe is famed for the soothing, healing jelly that comes from its leaves; it may be best known for sunburn relief but according to Medical News Today, it also has antimicrobial properties and is nourishing for the skin. It’s also edible. Prickly pear, also known as nopal, can be peeled and cooked, and is especially popular in Latin American cuisines. And, of course, agave is cooked, milled, fermented and processed to yield tequila. Delicious and therapeutic!

Not all succulents are fit for consumption, though; some (such as jelly bean plants and pencil cactus) contain sap that is poisonous to humans and pets. If you’re intending to grow succulents to eat or use medicinally, make sure to thoroughly research the species in question.


What about you? Are you a succulent addict like me? Or curious about them? I’d love to hear your comments below.

Food and Recipes

Pasta with Vegetarian Red Wine-Tomato Sauce

Looking for a quick weeknight meal that's also healthy and fresh? Try this vegetarian pasta with scratch tomato sauce on for size. #recipes #easydinnerideas #vegetarian
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Oh, how I love tomatoes. Especially sweet, juicy, ripe ones fresh off the vine. Our backyard garden is bursting at the seams with four plants’ worth of red and golden cherry varieties, and I’ve been faced with the fun task of figuring out what the heck to do with all of these beauties. The tomato vines and our monstrous zucchini bush plant are popping out fruits much, much faster than we can eat them, and while this is a blessing of sorts, one gets to the point of needing a strategy so that one’s fridge isn’t overwhelmed by a ginormous amount of produce. (I know; first world problems, right?)

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But having gobs of tomatoes on hand, actually, is a boon to home cooks for many reasons — and one of those reasons is homemade tomato sauce. Not to dis on the canned or jarred sauce you can buy at the grocery store — there are some decent-quality brands out there — but the “real thing” (aka homemade) has a fresher, more vibrant taste. The herbs are wonderfully aromatic, and the richness of the flavor you get from the tomatoes is unparalleled. Searing the tomatoes at high heat breaks them down quickly and starts to caramelize the sugars, giving them a taste that can normally only be achieved by roasting in the oven. Plus, this sauce is quick and easy to make, so you can whip up a whole pasta dinner with it in less than an hour.

This could be called a “rustic style” sauce. It’s intentionally chunky, and as such it’s not exactly “saucy”. It’s light and oil-based with bursts of intense tomato and onion flavor. I, for one, love it that way, but if you prefer something smoother and more uniform that will evenly coat your noodles, you can certainly throw your sauce into a blender or food processor after you’ve made it and puree to your heart’s content. If you really wanted to, you could pour the sauce through a strainer after blending to remove the tomato seeds and skins — your call. Personally, I like my sauce to have a bit of texture and body to it, but you may feel differently. And this recipe is meat-free, but if you’re a carnivore, you could easily add some protein (I’d suggest chicken or Italian sausage).

At any rate, without further ado, here’s my recipe. This sauce is my own personal version of a recipe from the wonderful Lost Art of Real Cooking by Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger — an excellent and fun read on culinary history and traditional food preparation, by the way, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. 

Recipe: Pasta with Vegetarian Red Wine-Tomato Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Makes 2 generous servings

Ingredients

8 oz. of uncooked spaghetti, macaroni, or other pasta (gluten-free, if you like)
3 large tomatoes (or about 24 oz. of cherry or grape tomatoes), coarsely chopped
1 large white onion, peeled and diced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
½ tsp. crushed red pepper (or more, if you like it hot!)
½ cup red wine of your choice*
Cooking oil**
2 TBs butter
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. Kosher salt
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil (for finishing)
Parmesan cheese (optional)

*Which kind of wine you use isn’t terribly important — my rule of thumb is that anything I enjoy drinking will taste great in this sauce. If you’re not sure, try a Pinot Noir, a Malbec or a red table blend.

**Make sure to use a cooking oil that can withstand high heat. This article has a table showing which cooking oils have the highest (and lowest) smoke points. The higher the smoke point, the less easily the oil will burn.

How to Make It

  1. Get the pasta ready. Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Drain, put into a covered bowl or pan to keep warm, and set aside for now.
  2. Bring on the heat. While pasta is cooking, in a large saucepan or skillet, add a few tablespoons of cooking oil and heat it on the highest setting you’ve got. You want to get the pan so hot that the oil is just starting to smoke.
Searing time! Photo credit: Amber Carlson
  1. Sear your tomatoes. Once your pan and oil are smoking hot, throw in the tomatoes and stand back.

    Here’s where it gets a little exciting and dramatic: it will be noisy. The tomatoes will hiss and sizzle ferociously, and there will almost definitely be some smoke (so make sure to have your fume hoods and fans preemptively switched on!). It’s all okay, though; just let the tomatoes do their thing and make sure nothing catches fire.

    Once the heat has subsided a bit and the mixture starts to bubble rather than smoke (which usually takes 1-2 minutes), remove the tomatoes from the pan and place in a medium bowl.
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  1. Repeat step 2 two more times. I always sear the tomatoes three times because it seems to cook them perfectly. Re-heat the pan (adding a tiny bit more oil if needed) and toss the tomatoes back in once it’s nice and hot. No need to clean out the pan in between searings; the charred bits will add flavor to the sauce.

    After three searings, turn the heat down to medium-high and continue to cook until tomatoes have started to break down and skins are falling off, as in the photo below. Remove them from the heat and set aside.
Mmm…starting to get juicy! Photo credit: Amber Carlson
  1. Toast your herbs. In the same saucepan, add a few more tablespoons of cooking oil along with the oregano, thyme and crushed red pepper. Let herbs toast for 30 seconds, just until fragrant.

    Toasting (or “blooming”) herbs and spices before adding anything else to the pan is a technique I learned once in an Indian cooking class. You may want to add a few drops of water to the herbs first so they don’t burn, but the heat activates the oils and aromas in the spices and makes them pop more in the dish. Here’s an article that explains this in more detail.
Blooming the herbs. Photo credit: Amber Carlson
  1. Sauté the onion. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and lightly browned (about 10 minutes).
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  1. Bring it all together. Pour your seared tomatoes back into the pan along with the red wine and butter. Turn down heat to medium and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the tomatoes have completely broken down and the sauce has thickened a bit.
Just about ready! Photo credit: Amber Carlson
  1. Season it up. Add brown sugar and Kosher salt, and then do a taste test. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
     
  2. Finish and serve. You can serve this sauce on top of your pasta or toss it with the noodles — I usually toss it in. Serve on plates, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle on a little Parmesan (if using) and call it good.
Nom nom! Photo credit: Amber Carlson

And last but certainly not least…enjoy!


Thoughts? Questions? Feedback? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!

Productivity and Life Hacks, Self-improvement

The Magic of Bullet Journaling

Need a fun, unconventional way to organize your life? Here’s why you should give Bullet Journaling a try. #bulletjournal #organizeyourlife #selfimprovement #personalgoals
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I am something of an “organization junkie”. I make lists — way too many lists — of all sorts, and I am a borderline-fanatical keeper of notebooks and journals. I love to write ideas down, to track things, to have a plan. I prefer feeling like I (sort of) know what’s going on in my life and what all I’ve got on my plate at the moment. And when I’ve got my heart set on achieving some kind of long-term goal, I truly enjoy the challenge of thinking and scheming about how I am going to tackle it.

But part of what fuels my love of organizing is that I need to be organized. I’m someone who tends to be doing a lot at any given time, and I’ve found the need for some system to hold and keep track of it all. I’m always seeking, always looking for novelty and ever-curious about trying new things — I live passionately, and I could never tire of that. My weakness is that I don’t always know how to rein it in; many times in my past I’ve taken on too many things and completely overwhelmed myself in the process. For as much as I love exploring all that life has to offer, I am also easily overstimulated, and when it all becomes too much I can burn out pretty quickly.

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I have other thoughts about why being organized is so important, and I’ll save those for a later date. For now, suffice it to say that, to me, organizing isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. And it’s also always been a bit of a challenge; I’ve used plenty of calendars and day planners but I never found a way of being organized that really “clicked” or worked for me. 

Which is why I’m so thankful that, a few years ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to a new system she had started using to keep her life organized: Bullet Journaling. I’d never heard of it before, but the name intrigued me. Basically, she said, you take a blank notebook, divide it into sections and use it to keep track of your various ideas, projects and goals. I started to do research online, and as I read and thought about this unique, quirky system, I realized I needed to try it for myself. I’ve never looked back. The way I use my journal has changed and evolved over the years, but I can honestly say I have never found a better organizational system than this.

So why is it called Bullet Journaling, anyway?

The technique was created by Ryder Carroll, who had trouble focusing and getting things done in conventional ways as a kid. As he grew older, he longed for an organizational system that mirrored the way his mind worked. After a lot of experimentation, he finally arrived at something that worked for him: a hybrid between “a planner, diary, notebook, to-do list and sketchbook”. He even created his own language to describe his one-of-a-kind process. One of the key practices is “rapid logging”, the act of jotting down daily task lists in shorthand sentences known as “bullets”. And that is where the Bullet Journal — or BuJo, as many people in the community call it — gets its name.

And what makes Bullet Journaling so special?

Now you may be asking what it is that I love so much about BuJo, and why I will extol its virtues to anyone who will listen. After almost three years of keeping Bullet Journals, I still geek out about it because:

1. It’s effective. Quite simply, it works. There’s a bit of a learning curve with starting your first journal, but once you get into the flow of using it, it’s very easy and intuitive. All of your to-do lists, plans, upcoming events, ideas, and notes go in one place, and it’s all organized by an index so you can easily and quickly find any information you need, which makes life feel a lot more manageable. I’ve been significantly more productive since I started Bullet Journaling regularly, and there are tons of other BuJo fans who I believe would say the same.

2. It’s incredibly flexible and versatile. A Bullet Journal allows you the freedom and the space to not just write down the items on your task list, but also make note of ideas, muse about long-term dreams or even journal about your day. It has the power to encompass more of your life than what a conventional planner or calendar can do, and that’s the beauty of it; you get to design the book in whatever way works for you and your life. There are as many ways to BuJo as there are people on the planet — the possibilities are endless.]

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3. You can create cool trackers, lists, and other innovative ways to organize info. Sure, you can fill your BuJo with lists, if that’s your cup of tea. But if you are more of a visual thinker, you might try adding some trackers to your journal. You can use habit trackers like these to record how often you do habits like exercise, healthy eating, sleep, reading, meditation, and time with loved ones. Other types of trackers let you document how many books you’ve read, how much money you’ve saved for your next vacation, or even what mood you’re in from day to day. Regardless of how you choose to use them, though, trackers can be a great way to visualize your goals and priorities. 

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4. Bullet Journaling is all done by hand. Writing by hand, Ryder tells us, engages our minds in a different way than typing or using apps. When we hand write notes, for example, we activate more parts of the brain and store information more effectively than when we type our notes. Writing by hand takes more focus and intention than typing, but it also keeps our brains sharper by getting us to think more deeply about the information we’re taking in. It also means less time spent in front of a screen, which most of us could probably use.

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5. You can make it as creative and colorful as you want. The artist in me loves this. A BuJo can be purely functional, of course, but there are all kinds of ways to add a little personality and zazz to your journal if you feel so inclined. Personally, I keep a stock of PaperMate flair pens on hand specifically for Bullet Journaling; they come in a whole rainbow of fun, bright colors, they write well and they won’t bleed through your paper. Aside from indulging my inner kid, writing in different colors allows me to color-code different sections of my journal, which makes it easy to scan through and see what those sections are about. Functional and fun!

6. You can see evidence of your progress. The Bullet Journal format makes it easy to thumb through your notebooks and see how you are doing in different areas of your life. Once you’ve been using your trackers for a while, they can show you your patterns over time — like which habits you’ve been most consistent at — and you can see a visual record of the progress you have made. I’ve personally found this to be very motivating. 

Even simple daily to-do lists, when they’re written by hand, give you the opportunity to physically cross each item off of the list. Digital to-do lists can seem faster and more efficient, but I’ve found I get a greater sense of accomplishment from using paper lists because they show me what I’ve done. When I’ve kept digital lists in the past, the things I’ve done are simply deleted, while new items continue to pile on. At the end of the day it’s easy to look at a list like this and wonder if I really did anything at all. A paper list full of finished tasks is a record of how I spent my time and an affirmation that I am, in fact, a productive human being.

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7. You’ll have old journals to look back on. One of my favorite parts of journaling — any kind of journaling — is reading through old journals. Cracking open a notebook from years ago takes me back to another time and place in my life. Suddenly I remember who I was then, what I thought and felt, and what was important to me. Journals from the past are a record of who you have been. And who you have been is what led you to who you are now. It’s an amazing thing, to be able to look back on years’ worth of stuff you’ve written and trace how you’ve evolved and grown as a person — and the rewards only become richer the more time you spend journaling.

8. It helps you live more mindfully. At its core, BuJo is a mindful practice. It’s all about discovering what is most important to you and learning to focus your time and energy on those things. It makes you look more closely at how you spend each day and helps you structure your time. BuJo is so much more than just scheduling and planning; it’s a journey of self-inquiry and exploration. I’ve found that it gives my days structure and helps me feel like I am spending my time in meaningful, purposeful ways. And to me, that is enormously valuable.


While I don’t think there is any “perfect” way to stay organized, I am a firm believer in the power of Bullet Journaling because it has worked so well for me. And I want you to know that if I could do this, you absolutely can, too. If more people could feel the peace and contentment that comes from something as simple as being organized, or the satisfaction of making progress towards long-held dreams, I believe we’d be living in a different world.

What about you? Are you a BuJo fan like me? Or are you thinking of trying it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.