Midweek Mantra 01.10.2018

This week’s midweek mantra is a lyric from a song that my friend Allie sent me. If you haven’t heard it, you definitely need to. It’s a lady anthem and makes me want to dance around the room tossing my hair and dusting my shoulders off.

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I know this one isn’t as serious or inspirational but I think we all need something that makes us toss our hair and feel good as hell.

You can find the video (also amazing) here.

Happy Wednesday,

Sarah

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Midweek Mantra 1.3.2018

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope that your year is off to a fantastic start. This week’s midweek mantra is the title of a Maya Angelou poem that can be found here.

I know that not everyone had the best year last year but remember that this year is a new beginning and you can rise above all of the negative in your life. You deserve people in your life that will help you rise, too.

Take a moment to read the poem, I think it’s perfect. My favorite line is “Does my sassiness upset you?” Because let’s be real, who doesn’t want to be unapologetically sassy from time to time?!

Sending you all the good vibes,

Sarah

My 2018 Bullet Journal Set Up

Hello Beauties!

One of my favorite parts about a new year is starting a new planner. This year is no different!

For years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with planners. When I was in high school and college I used planners to keep track of homework, practice, life, etc. but when I graduated I couldn’t find a system or planner that worked with me. That is, until I discovered the bullet journal last year.

I started using the bullet journal and loved it but got overwhelmed by the layouts, creative spreads, and colorful drawings and started spending hours setting up weekly layouts that looked great but never got used like I wanted to. I wanted to track habits and make unique spreads that looked beautiful but couldn’t actually follow through every day with using it. Then I bought a happy planner and didn’t like that system as much as I wanted to, even though it was beautiful and had pretty flowers everywhere.

So last month I decided to re-try the bullet journal-this time with a more minimalist (and realistic) approach.

If you’re looking for fancy spreads and creative drawings this probably isn’t the place for you, but if you, too, need a planner that is flexible and easy to use and some ideas for how to get it set up, keep reading. 🙂

If you’re not familiar with the bullet journal, check out the bullet journal website and watch the video.

What you’ll need: a notebook (literally any old notebook) and your favorite writing tool.

My notebook of choice (along with about a million other bullet journal lovers) is the Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted notebook. I got mine on amazon for around $20. The dotted version is great because it gives you guidelines if you want to draw a straight line but light enough that it gives you enough space for creativity. I’ve been using the Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (found at Michael’s Craft Store) and good ol’ Crayola Supertips. I also use sticky notes and a ruler (for all those straight lines).

bujo2The first thing I like to do is use sticky notes to outline where I want everything to be before I lay it down in pen. This worked out great because I reorganized and added/dropped some pages.

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The first page in my bullet journal is the key. There’s a lot of variations on this but I wanted to keep it super simple.

bujo3The next section is the future log. This is where I’ll keep holidays, birthdays, and important dates that I need to keep track of.

bujo5The next pages are my 2018 goals and a list of books I want to read. I think goal setting is very important and one of my many goals is to read more books in the new year. (please send all book recommendations my way!)

bujo6My next spread is where I plan to keep a list of blog post ideas. I’ve had a list going in my phone but I wanted to put it down on paper so that I get the satisfaction of crossing them off my list. Is it just me or does crossing something off (or putting a check mark next to it) waaaayyyyy better than deleting it from a note?

bujo7Up next is my food spread (because this girl loves a good meal). I usually get caught in a rut when planning meals and end up cooking the same 5-7 meals over and over until I get bored. So I am going to compile lists of dinner ideas so I don’t have to spend 4 hours on Pinterest browsing dinner ideas until I end up running out of time and picking up Chick Fil A. I also added a place to put in a grocery list as well because that is another area that I lack creativity with.

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The last spread is my monthly spread. The what’s happening page is where I’m going to list things coming up that month. I’ll add everything from that month’s future log and everything that comes up throughout the month. Since I’ll be doing my weekly/daily spreads one day at a time, I’ll need a place to keep track of things coming up so that I don’t forget about important things.

Well, that’s it for my current set up!

Another one of my goals for 2018 is to use my planner more often to keep my days organized and keep my goals on track. Do you use a planner? What kind are you partial to?

Happy planning,

Sarah

Mid Week Mantra 12.27.2017

Happy Wednesday you beautiful people!

I’ve decided to try something new, and I’m calling it mid week mantra. Each week I am going to write a little bit about a quote that speaks to me. I hope that I can bring a little light, laughter, and good feelings to your week with these. So, here we go!

Be obsessively grateful. This time of year, I think it’s extremely important to be grateful for what we’ve been given in this life. This year is coming to a close and next year is right around the corner. I feel blessed to have so much to be grateful for.

  • I’m grateful for my husband-even when he calls me on my BS
  • I’m grateful for FaceTime Christmas dates with my family in AZ
  • I’m grateful for time off to regroup and get ready for a new job
  • I’m grateful for snow
  • I’m grateful for trashy TV shows
  • I’m grateful for the best dog who keeps me company while my husband is at work
  • I’m grateful for parking in the garage in the winter so I don’t have to scrape my windshield
  • I’m grateful for all of my friends, the ones states away and Denver alike

What are you grateful for this year?

Cheers!

Sarah

Introduction!

Hello there new friend!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and what Happy Little Letters is all about.

I started the Instagram account Happy Little Letters in July of 2016. I was in the middle of planning my wedding and was so inspired by all the beautiful calligraphy and hand lettering in the wedding industry. Dreaming about signage, invites, and save the dates I thought to myself, I could do that! So I started practicing my hand lettering skills, starting with Crayola markers and moving on to brush markers, watercolors, on a variety of materials. I fell in love with hand lettering and haven’t looked back since. I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop or list some hand lettering products on this site here sometime soon.

After a while of just doing hand lettering, I decided I wanted to start a blog. I feel like I have a lot to say (get ready people ya girl can talk ;)) and can offer a unique perspective and bring raw honesty to a wide range of topics. On this blog you’ll find my perspective on anything from fun projects and pictures of my dog to serious life stuff like marriage and mental health.

A little bit about me… My name is Sarah, I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and moved to Denver, CO in May of 2016. I played volleyball for 11 years and have a huge passion for the sport and I am doing my best to pass that passion on to the next generation by coaching. I love anything that has to do with being out in nature and anything that I can bring my dog to (because duh). I married my best friend in April 2017 and love the life we have together.

 

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Best day EVERRRR

 

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Jaxon-the best boy

 

 

If you made it this far, thank you! I hope to get to know you through this adventure I’m starting!

Cheers,

Sarah