How I Currently Plan

How I Currently Plan


I quit my day job a short while ago, at the tail end of my maternity leave. This put an immediate end to my leave and swung me into high gear as a stay at home mom and wife… and I had no idea what that meant. (I still don’t—give me at least six months.)

I’ve only been home with our little girl for a few weeks and already I find myself feeling antsy and anxious.

I have plans for home projects, my daughter, the family budget, this blog, and myself. There is more work to be done in the home than I could have known. And I don’t even get a lunch break! I digress. There is a whirlwind of things going through my head every day and if I’m not careful, I’ll miss something.


I started keeping a running task list in my notebook and got rid of my day planner all together. (Truthfully it ended in early fall and I did not buy a replacement because it was suddenly less functional but, same diff.) This way I could use a sheet or two for a project we were planning—or a packing list for our trip home. Once, I journaled a little blurb about how much fun I was having watching my baby girl grow, and filled out another page on our family’s debt pay down schedule.

As I was changing and adjusting each page day-by-day, I thought it might help streamline the process if I did a little research. Essentially, I was building my own planner to meet my current needs, which is all I understood bullet journaling is about.I went ahead and looked into it. Before I knew it I was checking out The Bullet Journal Method (a supremely quotable book by the way) from my local library. It turns out, a bullet journal was exactly what I was plotting out for myself. Now that I’ve read the book, I have a few tweaks I plan to make, but for the most part I will at least use the book’s suggestions as a jumping off point.

While I wish those extravagantly curated bullet journals could work for me, they look like too much of an undertaking. Habit trackers and themed layouts are gorgeous but would not be useful, and would likely discourage me from the system altogether. For years I had also purposely avoided looking into bullet journaling because I don’t need one more excuse to purchase art supplies and special pens or paper.


So here’s what I’ve opted to do:

  • I bought this plain journal on Amazon and will use it to map out my days, hold my memories, house my grocery and to-do lists, and brainstorm ideas for my blog.

  • To start off, and until my days become more routine, I am planning each day the evening before.

  • I’ve been leaving larger sections of white space open which gives me the option for journaling —otherwise it remains white space and that’s ok. I don’t know when I’ll want to write a paragraph and spill my feelings, and I don’t want to feel like there’s no place to do so.

  • Because of this, I will not be drawling up weekly layouts in advance either. Some days are loaded with tasks and some are almost empty or set aside as baby adventure time. I may know what my plans are the next day or so and plot out those ahead of time, but that is all. I have found that I want to plan out a project while it is front of mind, and I’ll need a place to jot things down right away. I don’t want to have to limit myself to a page of the journal at the end of a week or month for this.

how I currently plan

  • This means that things like the budget or our grocery list will likely fall in between days of the week. I have not gotten there yet but I think I like that idea, because it will be more organic. Looking back through it, I doubt I’ll care that I had a wishlist in between a Tuesday and a Wednesday, but it will feel truer to the ways my brain works.
  • I love looking at pretty paper things. (See?) As much as I know I want to keep this journal minimal, I know that deep, deep down I am a scrapbooker. I’m alright with scraps creeping into the journal from time to time. I think this might actually be the most organic scrapbook I have ever created once I am done with it!
  • I need to have my month at a glance and then break that down into weeks.

I’m excited to be trying something new like this. It will be a functional place for me to plan as well as a nice location for me to express myself creatively. Hopefully I can use up some of the paper products I just love to have, too. Do you do some form of analog planning or bullet journaling? Please share your tips below or tag me @love.becomes.her with inspiration photos.

how I currently plan

I’m excited to be trying something new like this. It will be a functional place for me to plan as well as a nice location for me to express myself creatively. Hopefully I can use up some of the paper products I just love to have, too.

Do you do some form of analog planning or bullet journaling? Please share your tips below or tag me @love.becomes.her with inspiration photos.

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hi, i'm v.

about v

Sticker maker, shop owner, Marine wife and mom.

ISTJ, Taurus, Type 5

I recently discovered bullet journaling, but have scrapbooked since grade school. I enjoy many aspects of papercrafting and share them here, along with any productivity tips I stumble across because ase I can tend to be a bit of an organization junkie as well.

You can contact me here.

what you can expect on the blog

  • papercrafting and journaling
  • intentional living and productivity
  • shop updates and behind the scenes
  • a personal post sprinkled here and there

fun facts


What’s in your shop?

Stickers first and foremost. I started the shop after I realized I wasn't the only paper girl who was itching for simple stickers for women of color. You'll find digitally illustrated sticker sheets, die cut stickers, and printable/digital stickers. 

Limited-time products also include: magnets, bookmarks, post cards, and greeting cards. 

How’d you get started?

I started the blog almost five years ago as an outlet for myself, but it quickly transitioned into being just about my hobbies: travel, taking photos, and scrapbooking.

Through my blogging journey I discovered bullet journaling and my scrapbooking passions were re-ignited. I began sharing my journey with these and quickly saw a need for the stickers I was already making for myself. I gave myself six months to open up a shop, and half way through my time frame we lived through a pandemic. During my time at home I now had NO MORE excuses, so I opened up my shop!

Why the name Love Becomes Her?

I started the blog on Halloween night and one of my favorite movies (Death Becomes Her) was on. I was a major cynic back in the day but I felt that the name suited the blog because at the time so many of my blog posts were around my long-distance relationship with my now-husband. I always assumed I'd change the name later, but I think I just love it too much. It reminds me of how far I have come with learning love


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P.O. Box 621 Kaneohe, HI 96744