Thursday, September 21, 2017

PSA: How to Pronounce Kuretake

PSA: How to Pronounce Kuretake
Today's PSA is about how to pronounce "Kuretake". Kuretake is a Japanese stationery brand especially known among calligraphers for their brush pens and watercolors. I have no idea what the name itself means, but this is how to pronounce it!

"Kuretake" can be broken up like this: coo-ray-TA-kay. Here is a more in-depth explanation of the pronunciation syllable by syllable:
  1. coo: like in the word "cool", but almost like you're making a bird call
  2. ray: rhymes with "say"
  3. TA: the accented syllable, rhymes with "la"
  4. kay: like in the word "okay"
I hope this short little guide on how to pronounce "Kuretake" helped you out!
Mae-Mae Han

If you have any other requests on things you want to see in the PSA series (like other stationery words that you want to learn how to pronounce), make sure to comment it down below!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ways to Use Washi Tape in Your Bullet Journal

Ways to Use Washi Tape in Your Bullet Journal

I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of washi tape. If you don't know what that is, it's basically decorative masking tape that originated from Japan. The name is derived from a portmanteau of the Japanese words "wa" (which means Japanese) and "shi" (which means paper), so it literally means "Japanese paper tape". It comes in so many different patterns, which can easily leads to hoarding collecting. However, washi tape can be one of those things where you like the idea of it, but you don't know how to actually use it. Fortunately, your bullet journal is a great opportunity to use lots of it, so, here are some ideas on ways to use washi tape in your bujo!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Show & Tell of My Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal Show & Tell: Mae-Mae Han (Our Journey in Journals)

Today's post is not necessarily a "real" post, but it's just here to announce that I have a guest post over on the Mighty Journals blog! It's a showcase of my bullet journal, so it kind of goes through some of my system. I hope you guys check it out and enjoy it!
Mae-Mae Han

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September 2017 Bullet Journal Setup

Bullet Journal September 2017 Setup

Welcome to my bullet journal setup for September 2017! As of when I'm posting this, it'll be my birthday :) (though it most likely won't be anymore by the time you're reading this post haha). Anyway, this is actually my last month in my current (and third) notebook since I only have about 30 pages left. So, I'll be needing to get a new notebook sometime in September. In August, I was purposely quite conservative with my page use to ensure that I would have enough pages to last me through the entirety of the next month. Nonetheless, here is my bujo setup for September 2017!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

PSA: Calligraphy vs Handwriting

PSA: Calligraphy vs. Handwriting
Today's segment of my PSA series is another thing that I see so often misconstrued, especially since not only do people mess it up online (usually in the bullet journal community), but people also frequently do the same in real life if they happen to see my calligraphy. This topic, as you can tell from the post's title, is the difference between calligraphy and handwriting - and this is a big difference.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Transformative Benefits of a Journey in Journaling

The Transformative Benefits of a Journey in Journaling

Hey, everyone! Today's post is a little different, as this is a guest post from Tabitha. Tabitha is the founder of Mighty Journals and has been an active journaler since 2008. Mighty Journals is committed to seeing people to and through their journaling journey by providing the journaling community with the just-right materials that keep them keepin’ on. Mighty Journals will launch in September of 2017 with limited pre-sales before the official launch. Anyway, as a fellow stationary lover, I hope you enjoy what Tabitha has to say!

If you’re reading this blog, then you may already know… the benefits of journaling are tremendous. If you don’t already journal, read on to discover how journaling will transform your life and then get started! If you’re looking to grow, to change, or to improve the flow of your life, journaling will take you where you want to go.

If you start to journal, here’s what may happen:

You might learn something about yourself, for better or worse, but usually for better.
I’ve been journaling since 2008, and when I flip back (and I always flip back), I see consistent patterns in
"We are what we repeatedly do." -Will Durant
my behavior. Patterns in my happiness, in my anxiety, in my put-togetherness. Patterns, patterns, everywhere. It reminds me of that Will Durant quote, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Once I get my eyes on it, I can say, “Hm. I can clearly see now who I am. Is this who I want to continue be?” It can be difficult, but sometimes the answer is… NO! In which case, your journal will be there for you yet again. A couple of years ago, I realized that I was perpetually moody and I wanted to better understand what was causing it. I used a mood tracker to pinpoint what was going on. And *poof* I was able to deal with the problem.

You’ll suddenly find yourself in a big, warm hug from one of the most active online communities that's out there.
It’s actually biology; human beings need to be part of something, to belong to something. We all thrive most in communities, even us introverts (hi!). When you start your journey in journaling, you’ll be welcomed by large and active online groups on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest, and blogs. Our community will offer you the opportunity to learn new techniques, to understand you’re not alone when you face challenges, and to motivate yourself to reach higher and grow.

You’ll get time for yourself to do something intentional every single day.
Journaling is a sort of active meditation; you get all the benefits of meditation like reduced stress and anxiety, AND you get a pretty journal spread to show for it. Jackpot! Literally everyone has had the experience of being stressed or overwhelmed, and we often forget to take care of ourselves. Once you’re into the habit of journaling, you will always have that sacred time with your journal that is reserved just for you.

Mighty Journals is committed to helping people make journaling a transformative habit, and habits are born from routine and commitment. That’s why, this September, we’re launching a project to help our friends in the community stick to journaling. Science shows that when people are rewarded for behavior, they stick to that behavior and start to build a habit. Reward yourself (or someone you love) for consistently journaling with our monthly box of journaling goodies - which is 30% off during pre-sales! And don’t forget to keep in touch (@mightyjournals) -- you’re part of our community now, and we want to know how journaling has transformed you!

Comment below - how has journaling transformed you?