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My Must Haves for Filofax and Bullet Journaling

My Must Haves for Filofax and Bullet Journaling

Hello Everyone! Today I want to share with you the way I stay organized with my planner! In 2016 I tried the bullet journal system for the first time ever, using the highly recommended Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid notebooks. I absolutely loved it! I wasn’t perfect by any means – there were a lot of days where I wouldn’t plan or write anything (I still do this, I’m so bad). But when I did need that extra reminder, my bullet journal was the perfect place to put it!

My version is modified beyond the true purpose of the bullet journal’s simplicity. While some bujo users stick to the simple method created by Ryder Carroll, many other users (myself included) have added our own twists and artistic flairs. It’s amazing how much creativity can be found inside the pages of someone’s journal! Rather than Ryder’s monthly list method, I would draw out a monthly calendar on a full spread. For my daily spreads I pretty much only used dots and hyphens, forgoing all of the symbols indicated for use by Ryder. I also liked to track expenses every month, as well as monitor my health and fitness goals. Those tracking pages were in list format, so I have not included photos in the blog post. If you are intereted I could always post a few snapshots over on my Instagram!


Come 2017, my Leuchtturm 1917 was completely full and it was time to start a new journal! But this year I decided to try implementing the bullet journal system into a Filofax planner! My planner-of-choice was the Filofax Saffiano in the special edition Rose Gold color, A5 size. I’m OBSESSED with rose gold, so I just had to have this color! My second favorite was definitely The Original in Fuschia, but that one runs quite a bit more expensive (although it is currently on sale for $80.50, orig. $115!). If I ever need a second planner I can see myself going back and getting this one as well. The color just really speaks to me.



My dividers just came in the mail the other day, and I’m so excited to have them! I ordered these from Minted Sugar over on Esty. I purchased both the dividers and a dashboard for the very front with a pocket, perfect for storing receipts for my expense tracking.

For my paper, I had to get creative. I ordered two Rhodia No. 16 Notepads from Goulet Pens (my favorite stationary company! They are so wonderful and helpful). These come perforated so they were perfect for the purpose of tearing from the notepad, hole punching, and inserting into my Filofax!  I put one notepad worth of paper in it, keeping the other as backup and also for playing with my brush lettering.

For the hole punch, I had to order a special one from Amazon. The official Filofax hole punch runs upwards of $60 and had poor ratings, so that was a no go for me. The Amazon Recommended product for the hole punch was the Open Industrial 6 hole punch which I purchased for just $19.75. With Amazon Prime, this showed up on my doorstep within 48 hours! It only punches about 4 pages at a time, but it punches clean and well and is perfect for the price and purpose. It took me just under 5 minutes to punch through a ream of the aforementioned Rhodia paper.

Through bullet journaling I became an avid pen-freak. I LOVE fountain pens (which is why I went all out with the Rhodia paper for my Filofax, I knew it would be perfect for the ink) and have only started my collection. I rely heavily on my turquoise Pilot Metropolitan pen with a fine nib (far left in above photo). This one is perfect for daily writing and is such a great introductory fountain pen. You can’t beat the price or ease of use! I use the Pilot Namiki black ink in this pen.

I use my black Staedtler fineliner pen in 0.3mm every day for drawing up the layouts (far right in above photo). The fineliners are a staple in most bullet journalist collections, but there are many other pens that are similar to choose from (I’ve heard the Stabilo pens are wonderful also!). The only complaints I’ve heard on these is the nib wearing down fast. SInce I write mainly with my fountain pen I can’t attest to the nib longevity on the fineliners, but I do have a backup pack of four black ones on hand just in case! You can find the Staedtler pens at Target if you’re interested in picking up a pack and don’t want to wait for shipping!



My all-time FAVORITE pen so far has to be my Edison Nouveau Premiere Spring 2016 Edition Water Lily. Whew, that’s a mouthful! Adequately nicknamed the “unicorn barf” pen, it is a beautiful swirl of aqua and a lilac/pink color. I was pleasantly surprised with it as a birthday gift, along with cartridges of both black and aqua Diamine ink cartridges. I currently have a trial size amount of Diamine Hope Pink ink in my pen. I absolutely LOVE this ink and fully intend on buying a full size bottle for use in this pen. I love the way the pink compliments the color on the pen!

I hope soon to add a new pen to my collection. I’ve been eyeballing the Matte Black Pilot Vanishing Point pen with a fine nib for quite some time now, and think it would be a professional, sleek pen to have. I’m nervous about having the clip being where I would write, but I also wonder if it wouldn’t make it easier to grip. I’m hoping they come out with a special edition of this one – Kara over at Boho Berry had a blue/purple gradient on that was limited edition that I love!



Of course, my collection wouldn’t be complete without some fun washi tape and stickers! I haven’t decorated the pages much in my Filofax, but my Leuchtturm saw washi tape quite often. These two rolls here are the newest from my collection and were purchased during my recent trip to Ohayocon, an anime convention in Ohio that I visited this past weekend. There is an artist whos booth I visited and apparently I had bought variations of her artwork before. This year I discovered it was all her work! I fan-girled a little bit, told her all about the first chrome-detailed piece I’d bought from her and a coffee mug/coaster I bought a year previously as well, all while purchasing two more prints (one with more chrome detailing), the tape, and the stickers! The artist is Cari Corene, and she runs the Etsy shop Story of the Door . For the two foxes in the stickers above she did a collab with Etsy artist Devil’s Bakery. Check them out if you want to see more of these two cute little foxes! They even wrote a children’s book of which the foxes are protagonists, so make sure to check that out if you have a little one at home!

So there you have it! All my necessities for planning in a Filofax. So far I’m really enjoying the migration to the FIlofax system from the Leuchtturm. My biggest peeve with the bound journal was having to constantly re-find spreads if I needed to migrate information. I really like having things grouped together, so being able to move pages around and keep information together and organized really makes me feel better. It’s also nice being able to throw away junk pages or mess-up pages. I hate looking at them. I’m not a perfectionist by any means but it just brings me no joy to flip through my pages and see big x’s and scratched off pages. Although I must say I miss the simplicity of just carrying around a little bound notebook and cracking it open to jot things in.

Do you plan in a bullet journal? What system do you use? Let me know in the comments below, or link me to your blog/instagram if you have photos! I love following other bullet journalists to get inspiration from their pages and soak in the creativity. I am NOT a creative person by any means, I can’t doodle to save my life. So when I see a well planned page with cute doodles and gorgeous handwriting it inspires me to try a little harder in practicing my own handwriting and doodling.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful Friday!


xo, Karli



Decluttering with Emily Ley

Decluttering with Emily Ley

A new year brings the itch to start from scratch. Unfortunately, we bury ourselves in so much during the year that starting fresh is pretty darn difficult. Starting from scratch means cleaning, donating, throwing away anything we don’t value. This process is a long and stressful one that I’ve never attempted because I never had much to begin with. Now as I’ve progressed through my career and my young adult life, I’ve accumulated quite the trove of things. The daunting task of going through and really cleaning up is too much. I still have boxes stacked up in an out-of-sight place that contained gifts from Christmas! Going through and figuring out what to keep, what to donate, what to toss…I don’t even like thinking about it!

Earlier this year I started following Emily Ley on Instagram and Twitter. She’s the creator of the Simplified Planner, a planner that I don’t use but the logic behind it really resonates with me. After reading her book Grace Not Perfection, I knew I was a lot like Emily – I wanted my life to be Pinterest perfect and beautiful, but I knew I wasn’t capable of maintaining that level of perfection. And in the attempt to create that “perfect home”, I have accumulated so many decorations. I need to buy more storage bins for the plethora of seasonal decorations I keep bringing home!

I’m like a chicken with its head cut off when it comes to decluttering. I’ll start with one thing, then run off on a tangent and start another little project before actually finishing the first one. Are you guilty of this? I’ll go into the living room to just tidy up and throw away some junk and before I know it I’m trying to organize my bookshelf alphabetically or by color, the garbage bag I was working on filling up laying next to me on the floor unused. It’s the worst, and it takes forever to get things done this way! Luckily for me (and those like me) Emily and her Simplified Planner team are doing a 30 day “Simplicity Challenge” to clean up and organize for the new year. I’m going to try to follow this challenge every day and see how my apartment will feel when it’s done! A clean home is a happy home, and my home is anything but! So hopefully following this challenge will lead me to a happier, more relaxed life at home!

Check out the challenge on The Simplified Planner’s instagram account and let’s clean up for the year together!


This post is in no way sponsored by Emily or The Simplified Planner, I just wanted to share because she is one of my favorite entreprenuers and she inspires me to be my better self and get my life together, and also I really feel this challenge will help me and my home!


xo, Karli

Welcoming 2017

Welcoming 2017

Welcome to 2017! I’m so excited to see what this year has in store for me. 2016 was a year of crazy highs and devastating lows, and I’m really hoping to see some self redemption in the upcoming months. I have a lot of things I want to work on this year to improve my quality of life, as everyone does. Last year I allowed so much lenience, so much laziness. Not this time! This year is going to be the year I become what I’ve always wanted: the girl who has it all together, but is not perfect. The girl who can make mistakes, but laugh them off instead of cry and lament about them. The girl who finds that happy balance between socializing and lazing around on the couch scrolling through Bloglovin’ for hours and playing The Sims. 2017 will truly be the year of my improved self.

My goal is an all-ecompassing one: to work harder to maintain a healthier lifestyle. This obviously will include a wide range of smaller tasks and goals, including (but not limited to):

  • Being more active!
  • Eating more wholesome, natural foods.
  • Decreasing my waste output – less plastic and single-use items.
  • Working on improving my skincare routine.
  • Reading more books (for this I’m doing the 2017 reading challenge that you can find here on Pinterest)
  • Decluttering: hold on to what’s important and get rid of everything else! I want to be able to enjoy the best parts of my life without being overwhelmed by excess “stuff”.
  • Studying for and taking all four sections of the CPA exam.

It’s difficult, because all of these things are “resolutions” of previous years that I never seem to follow through with. Unfortunately 2016 was the first year that I actually went in the OPPOSITE direction, rather than at least staying the course. But last night when I watched New York City celebrate the turn of the new year, I felt a flicker of hope inside me. Maybe this could be my year. This could be the year that I turn everything around and finally create the life I want to live. I’ve always waited for everything to be done for me, I’ve waited for that perfect moment where everything clicked and I finally got it right. I’ve realized that moment doesn’t exist. It’s do or don’t, and I’m ready to start getting things done.

It’s time for me to stop waiting for the perfect conditions. I need to embrace the sponteniety and imperfection that is Life. I need to see the beauty in unplanned moments (like my cat getting into the middle of a scene for my blog photos) and take advantage of the hidden opportunities in them to create memories. I don’t want to just sit around and wait anymore.

I’m so excited for this year. I have big plans to really make it the best one ever, one day at a time.

What are your goals for the new year? Are you seeking a career change? Is this the year you decide to settle down and start a family? Or is this the time for you to spread your wings, travel and explore the world and your self and see what it is you want out of life? Or maybe this year is just the year you’re going to enjoy with no plan, because plans never work out anyway! And that’s okay too! Make this year the best year for YOU. And tell me all about what your 2017 has in store.

Here’s to a new year, a better life, a better us. Happy New Year, everyone! May it be your best one yet.

xo, Karli

Christmas List

Christmas List

Christmas lists are so much fun! Even if you don’t get anything on them it’s just fun coming up with a wish list of items you’d love to have and haven’t yet bought for yourself! I always keep my favorites together using a Pinterest board. It’s great because it’s so easy to click the photo and follow the link to the appropriate site for purchase! I always ask people I want to buy gifts for if they have Pinterest. It’s a great way to get ideas, even if they don’t have a specifically labeled board. I always try to keep my Christmas List items under a specific price. This makes them more realistic for me (although it would be fun to come up with a luxury list!). Here are just a few items I would love to find under the tree this year:


1. Check Woven Square Scarf – Nordstrom – $29.00 on sale for $18.90! Square scarves are my personal favorite when it comes to scarf shapes.

2. I’m in dire need of a standing floor mirror, and really love the sleek minimalist look of the HOVET Mirror from Ikea! – $129.00

3. Who DOESN’T want a cute pair of Nike’s for Christmas? I’m totally in love with the look of the Nike Metcon training shoe, and was overjoyed to find one with a rose cold Nike swoosh! – $130.00 on

4. Finding classy and simply jewelry at a good price is difficult for me. I really like the simple sleek look of this High-Low Faux Pearl Necklace from The Limited. – $29.95

5. I’m finally at the age where asking for household goods for Christmas actually sounds like a really great idea! And since I have a nice new couch that doesn’t have pillows as a backrest, I’m in the market for some cute matchy throw pillows. Target always has great deals on pillows, and you can find a large range of styles and options online! Pictured here: 2-pack of Room Essentials Suede Pillows in Teal ($15.99, reg. $19.99) and the Cersei Decorative Pillow ($20.99, reg. $29.99).

6&7. I literally live in athletic gear any hour that I’m not at work. Even though I probably own almost 20 pairs of leggings and more tops than I can count, I always find myself wanting more. Recently I discovered this adorable brand called Senita Athletics, a company that makes affordable athletic gear with POCKETS. Even the sports bras have a pocket in the back! An unbelievably nifty idea, which is why I’ve included two items on my wish list: The Fierce Capris with cute mesh cutouts in black ($35) and the Dual 2-in-1 Tank in the Bahamas print ($32).

8. One can never have enough plaid. I love a longer tunic-length shirt over a simple white tee or tank with black moto leggings with zipper detailing and cute black booties! H&M has a lot of cute plaid options, including this Long Shirt that comes in 5 different prints at $24.99!

9. Now that the Apple Watch has been out for a while, it’s unbelievably easy to find customized gear to spruce up your device. One wonderful website to check out for this is . They have such a large collection of design options, and the ability to even create your own! Another great place to look and to support small business is Etsy. On Etsy I found this super cute wristband for $32.58!

It’s amazing how quickly individual items add up.

While it’s fun creating a Christmas List and dreaming of the possiblity of owning some of your favorite things, don’t forget to step back and keep in mind what Christmas is really about: enjoying time with family and friends, celebrating life and faith, and being as good of a person as you can possibly be. I know Christmas means something different to everyone, but it has become a very commercialized holiday. Don’t forget to think of others this holiday season, and I really encourage finding some way to help local families in need in your area during the holidays! Toys for Tots donation bins will start popping up everywhere, and donating warm clothes to shelters would be a great way to keep those less fortunate warm in the cooler weather.

Happy Holidays!

xo, Karli

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!


Hello Everyone! I’m so happy to share with you today a few snapshots of my home this holiday season! It isn’t much, I live in an apartment and since it’s only my second year not living with parents, I haven’t yet acquired as much as I would like for holiday decor. But what I do have is still enough to put me in the Christmas spirit! The newest additions to my collection this year include my new couch and fluffy white throw from Ashley Furniture, and ever more cute decorations from Target. At this time all I have are decorations for the living and dining areas of my home, and I hope to expand this collection to bedroom and office as well in the future! Without further ado, here’s the mini-tour!

You will never see my coffee table without the latest edition of Real Simple! I love this magazine.

Yes, that is a giant Vaporeon on the ledge in the dining room. “Geek” is in my blog name for a reason ;D

Once I saw this ornament at Macy’s I KNEW I had to get it for my tree.

Toothless is apparently a tree-dwelling cat. Luckily he hasn’t ventured onto any branches, but if he’s missing I can always find him under the tree on this brand new plush buffalo check plaid tree skirt from Home Goods!

Target’s 2015 Christmas decor was my favorite collection. So happy I purchased this dining runner and these placemats while they were still available!

That’s everything for now! Hopefully you enjoyed my little tour. I would love to see how you decorated for the holidays! If you have a blog showing your decor, link it in the comments for me to see!

Thanks again for stopping by, and Happy Holidays!

xo, Karli

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving! This year has been so long and so full, and I have a lot to be thankful for. Gratitude is an important thing to practice every day, not just on Thanksgiving day. It’s important to remember and hold on to things you are grateful for and things you love. These are the people and experiences that can help you turn around some mildly depressive thoughts and remind you what it is you live for each day. I for one definitely struggle with reminding myself to be grateful for even the little things. So to start Thanksgiving off on the right foot, here is a list of what I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday season:

  • I know this one sounds silly, but I’m thankful that I woke up this morning. It’s so important to look at each day as a blessing and a gift, one where you can choose how it plays out and ends. I’m thankful that I’m given another 24 hours to do what feels right for me in any given moment.
  • I’m thankful for my job, where I am surrounded by supportive people who care about me and my ambitions. I’ve never felt anything less than their equal and that is definitely a blessing in the workplace.
  • I’m thankful for my boyfriend. Even though it’s been a rough year for us, we’ve learned a lot and only through that can we make the decisions that will move us forward. Regardless of the bad, you’ve been there by my side through thick and through thin, and you’re my best friend through and through. I can’t appreciate that enough.
  • I’m thankful for my wonderful amazing family. My mom, dad, stepdad, sister, brother, and two half brothers mean the world to me. I may not be present enough and take enough time out of my days for family, but I love you all more than you can imagine and don’t know what I’d do or who I’d be if it weren’t for your constant love and support.
  • I’m thankful for my health. I get to wake up, get myself ready, drink coffee, drive, and run a Turkey Trot this morning with my wonderful sister. I have two legs that can push me forward and a body that functions well, even if it is out of shape. There’s so much I can do without worrying about limitations, and that’s definitely something I take for granted by sitting on the couch for hours at a time. This holiday season I’m striving to complete the Runner’s World holiday run streak, where you run at least one mile per day every day through the holiday season. 1 mile for me is 10-11 minutes. Just getting up and doing one mile will be a wonderful way to remind myself that I can be active and take care of my body simply by taking the baby steps to get there. And once I get to the gym chances are I won’t just stop at a mile. I’ll run more, or lift, or maybe do some stretching.

I highly encourage you to write out your own list of things you’re thankful for. And try and stay away from being thankful for material possessions. While they are wonderful and fun, it’s important to remember the people and experiences of life more than anything. So yes, while I’m sure many of us are thankful for a wonderful cars or pretty apartments and great technology, remember to give thanks also for the family and friends that support you through the tough times and the good.

Also, I highly encourage everyone interested in starting up running to take a chance at the holiday run streak with me! I think this will be a great way for me to remember my health while I’m consuming all the cookies and drinks my heart desires over the next few weeks. It’ll also be a great way for me to get some good use at out of my new running shoes!

And lastly, perhaps the most important thing to think about this holiday: we are lucky. If you get to go visit family today, sit around a big table and eat delicious food to your hearts content and drink wine and laugh alongside the ones you love – be thankful. But I also encourage you to remember those who aren’t so lucky on this day. It’s really important to remember the battles that are happening RIGHT NOW in America affecting our neighbors and friends. I encourage you to reach out and help today, help someone in need. Whether this be through a donation, an act of kindness, or signing a petition – please help those who aren’t able to enjoy this day like you and me. One particular fight going on really strikes deep with me: the fight over the North Dakota access pipeline. The North Dakota Sioux people really need our help in stopping this destruction of their land. Follow this link to see what you can do to help.

I’ve done my part, now let’s hear yours! What are you thankful for? What can you do to give back today and help someone else in need? Let me hear your part in the comments below!

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo, Karli