Nothing But Notes


Remember a couple of years ago when Johanna Basford put out that beautiful and novel coloring book for grown people and Amazon sold out nearly immediately and then there were coloring books for grown-ups everywhere and HuffPost articles about how coloring improves mindfulness and is great for busy people who need to decompress? I do. I bought Basford’s first three books and they’re wonderful.

What didn’t get picked up into the mainstream but is just as calming, fun, and way more useful, is Bullet Journaling. I made a bullet journal, bujo for short, last Summer and it was a blast. Basically, a bujo is a place to keep all of your thoughts in one spot instead of spreading your daily tasks, goals, projects, weight loss tracking, water intake across calendars, apps, and spreadsheets.

You begin with a blank journal, pens, and get as creative or basic as you want. If you’re not artsy and a blank page fills you with anxiety instead of excitement – visit for ideas on how and where to begin. If you horde stationery and pens like I do, head on over to Pinterest and start browsing all of the bright and colorful modules. Beware though, within a week you might have ordered 20 rolls of Washi tape and the 36 pack of Staedtler Fine Liners…which is definitely not what I did last year.

I got back from Panama City Beach two weeks ago and my mom had bought me a new journal so I thought that I might as well do another bullet journal. I usually lay out a months worth of pages at one time so I don’t skip weeks or tasks. I begin with a calendar page to glance my month on one page, next to the calendar are boxes for keeping track of my finances, reading goals, and big events. Then I do weekly spreads, which are just basically what you’d find a pre-printed agenda. And between months the pages are filled with brainstorms, doodles, writing, journaling, anything that comes to mind and needs to be recorded. You number your pages and keep an index so you can find everything. It is a great time suck that allows you to feel productive when you’re being anything but.

This month I’ve got three books to read: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. This one is late. I know. A collection of Hildegard von Bingen’s writings and visions. And When Women Were Priests by Karen Jo Torjesen.

I’ve got to finish that research project that should have been finished absolutely forever ago.

I’m auditing a class and working shifts in between.

Can’t have an idle mind if you have a tired one! If I could place that emojii of a girl shrugging from my laptop I’d put it here.

Recap time.

First off, me and my boyfriend drove my car 5,000 miles across the Southern U.S. in three weeks. Caleb from Reeder Chevrolet is going to have questions considering I had my oil changed on May 18….


My favorite road stop was San Antonio, hands down. The last time I visited San Antonio I was maybe 6 years old and we made a pit stop at the Alamo and the River Walk and then moved on.

Tucked away inside the city is a little historic district called La Villita. It is San Antonio’s first neighborhood, restored and turned into a place to explore, shop, and dine. It was enchanting.

Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was San Antonio’s first neighborhood. It was originally a settlement of primitive huts for the Spanish soldiers stationed at the Mission San Antonio Valero (the Alamo). After a flood in 1819, brick, stone and adobe houses replaced the earlier structures. In 1836, La Villita was the site of General Santa Ana’s cannon line in the Battle of the Alamo and a map from early that year showed the village to be of considerable size.

Late in the 19th century European immigrants from Germany and France moved into the area. These pioneers became San Antonio’s business leaders, bankers, educators, and craftsmen. The cultural mix that occurred at this time is best illustrated by the variety of architectural styles reflected in La Villita’s buildings. The architecture portrays the evolution of buildings from palisado to Victorian Houses.

The first part of the 20th century saw La Villita decline into a slum area. In 1939, as ground broke on the San Antonio River Walk development, city fathers led by Mayor Maury Maverick acted to preserve this colorful part of San Antonio’s history. Today La Villita is a thriving art community that stands as a monument to San Antonio’s past. La Villita is on the National Registry of Historic Districts.

City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation


In four days we traveled from Austin to Ledbetter, Lampasas, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Llano, Taylor, and Waco. Essentially, I was buried deep in the heart of Texas. I forgot the golden rule: it takes two hours to get anywhere worth going.

We also visited Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Enchanted Rock is a natural land dome made entirely of pink granite and you can hike (about .39 mi straight uphill) and peer out hundreds of miles in every direction. It is the furthest west I have ever been. We camped the night to star gaze, the light pollution is reportedly so low that it’s quite the show. However, the moon, the O.G. light polluter, was full and bright so we didn’t see any stars.


Now I’m back in Knoxville for the foreseeable future with books to read, some Latin to relearn, and so on and so on.


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