Oh, 2017! I don’t think I’m the only one who was ready for 2017 to be over come December 31st. At the same time, there were a couple of really great things that happened to me in 2017! In lieu of separate favorite games/anime/whatever of 2017 posts, I’ve decided to round up all my favorites into an all-encompassing Best of 2017 post. I’ll share my favorite media of the year, but also some personal milestones, favorite products, and blog posts. I know it’s a little late, but I hope you enjoy it all the same!
Over the past year, I’ve started sharing videos of how I decorate my Hobonichi Techo over on my Youtube channel! Have you watched any of them? I’m really enjoying journaling, and knowing I’m going to share my pages with you all keeps me motivated to continue with it!
Today’s video is related to this, but it’s not a Hobonichi Techo video. Rather, it’s a video of my travel journal! It’s much easier to take a small notebook than a large Hobonichi Techo when traveling, so I decided to try it out when I went to the USA to visit my family last month. Check out my video to see how I filled it out!
What do you think? I had so much fun making this journal that I’m going to bring it with me on my trip to Japan next week, too! It’s a great way to preserve memories and little trinkets such as ticket stubs that you pick up along the way. Why not try making a travel journal the next time you go on vacation?
This year I started using the Hobonichi Techo planner for the first time, and to motivate myself to keep up with it I declared that I would post a video every month of my planner pages. There’s no better way to make yourself do something than to declare to the world that you’re doing it!
Well, once ~thesis crunch~ was in full swing, I found that I simply didn’t have the capacity to stick with my promise, and ended up missing a couple of months of Hobonichi Flip Through videos. But now that I’ve had time to catch up on some entries, I’m fulfilling my promise by resuming my Hobonichi videos!
Each month I’ve been trying my best to upload a new Hobonichi Techo flip through, and even though I’ve fallen a little behind, I’ve finally posted my April video! If you like cute stationery, journaling, or just want to see how I fill out my daily Hobonichi Techo pages, please give it a watch!
I knew keeping up with daily journaling would get more and more difficult as I neared the end of my thesis, but what’s surprised me is that I do use it daily, I just don’t always have time to gussy up the pages. Writing down my daily tasks in my Hobonichi Techo the night before has totally become a part of my routine, and I always look forward to carving out some time (usually on weekends) to dedicate to cutting up cute pictures, adding stickers, or drawing on the pages!
If you’re looking for a form of stress relief that doesn’t involve staring at a screen (honestly, we could all use a little less screen time these days), I highly recommend trying out some kind of journaling! Hopefully I’ll have my May flip through ready to share sometime soon!
Happy Easter! I hope you’re having a wonderful, chocolate-filled weekend if you celebrate. March was a relatively quiet but busy month for me, full of trying to juggle thesis work with playing all the hot new video game releases while also remembering to take some time away from electronics to decompress. Blasphemous, I know, but I’ve been finding it really helpful to my overall mood! Read on to learn about a few of my favorite things from this past month!
Holika Holika Gudetama Lazy & Easy Skin Peeling Gel [Amazon] – I’ve really started diving into the world of Korean skin care, and I’m loving all the affordable yet good quality options there are! I fully admit I bought this peeling gel due to the amazing Gudetama packaging (it looks like an actual egg!), but it does a great job removing dead skin and leaves my face feeling super fresh. You just need to use a small dollop once a week, so it’s sure to last a while, too. And it’s only $13! This is the second item I’ve purchased in the Holika Holika Gudetama range, and I’m itching to buy more.
Sakura Koi 24 Watercolor Field Sketch Set [Amazon] – In February I started using watercolors in my Hobonichi Techo, so I decided to upgrade from my dirt cheap set to something that would give me more vibrant colors for a reasonable price. I’d heard amazing things about the Sakura watercolor sets, so I sprung for the $14 24 color set on Amazon, and as I’ve gotten to use it more, I’ve found it totally lives up to the praise! It’s technically a travel set, so it’s super compact and easy to put away when I’m done, which I really appreciate since I only bring my paints out about once a week. The brush can be filled with water, too, so you don’t even need a separate water dish! Talk about convenient!
NieR Automata [Amazon] – As I’m sure you’re aware, March was a downright killer month for video game releases! With plenty of other things to play on my plate, I thought I would be able to wait to play NieR Automata until later in the year, but after seeing people start to talk about the game, I knew I had to experience it myself as soon as possible (and hopefully avoid any big spoilers!). So far, I’m utterly loving it, from the music to the questions it raises pretty much from the get-go regarding what it means to be human and more. Look for a review and spoiler-filled discussion of my final thoughts when I finish!
What were some of your personal highlights from this past March? Let me know in the comments!
Time sure does fly when you’re busy! Between putting the pedal to the metal on my thesis and the slew of video game releases that came out over the past couple weeks, it’s already nearly been a week since I posted my February Hobonichi Techo flip through video! But since I like to make sure everyone is able to see it, I’m going to take the opportunity to share it here:
As you’ll see in the video, in February I started using watercolors in my Hobonichi Techo! I was extremely impressed by how well watercolor worked with the paper. The paper in the Hobonichi Techo is by far the best I’ve ever seen in a planner – you really can’t tell until you see it for your yourself!
I started out with a cheap water color set I bought locally but was pretty unhappy with the colors, so I upgraded to the Sakura Koi set of 24 watercolors that I’ve heard tons of positive things about from both hobby and professional artists. The brush, which you actually store water in, is really amazing!
I hope you’re enjoying these videos as much as I’m enjoying making and sharing them! I would love to know how you fill out your monthly journal if you keep one, whether it’s a Hobonichi Techo or not!
Well look at that! It’s nearly the end of February, but here I am posting about my January favorites. When I took on the (self-imposed) task of posting a 4-part guide to blogging every week for the month of February, I may have underestimated how much time would be involved… But I wouldn’t want to miss out on sharing my favorite things from last month! This month’s favorites will be short and sweet since my February favorites will go up in two weeks, but there’s still a lot to be excited about!