Is it me, or is it sickening how quickly 2017 flew by?

Well, ready or not, the new year is coming and for once in my life, thanks to bullet journaling, I’m going to be prepared! I’ve always been a person who aspires to work on myself continually. There’s still room for improvement. While I 1000% do not believe that anyone can be perfect, I don’t think there’s any harm in striving for it (within reason). Before I started bullet journaling, I always believed in taking some me time, exploring the things I’m interested in and figuring out things in my life that I would like to improve. The problem was the fact that I had no way to measure where I was at, where I want to be, or a plan to get there.

I don’t believe in making new year’s resolutions because it’s the new year. I am however making goals for 2018 solely because it is the beginning of my new bullet journal. I have enjoyed bullet journaling, and it’s done nothing but encourage me to grow, and I want to utilize this tool to its full advantage.

My kids are growing, and so are my dreams

When I think about 2018, I’m thinking about significant changes I want to make in my life. I have come so far in 2017. I opened a home daycare and quit my office job, I started this website, and there are some items I want to pursue next year. My boys will be 4 and 2 in April and require significantly less attention than when they were babies. They play incredibly well together, and it has opened up a bit more time for me to multitask.

Now that bullet journaling has encouraged me to be the best me possible; I want to improve my life on as many aspects as I can. After a lot of research, I think I’ve been sucked into taking part in Level 10 Life. I’ll be honest. When I first saw this everywhere, I thought it was a huge trend, one of those cheesy self-help books that will be gone as quickly as it came. Not only do I think I’m wrong here, but I just purchased Hal Elrod’s, “The Miracle Morning” and wow, I was hooked. His story is incredible, and his system seriously seems to follow common sense, which isn’t all that common. I feel like his “Level 10 Success” as he calls it, covers every aspect of your life in one convenient assessment and that’s really what I was looking for in a review. You need a baseline to figure out how far you’ve come.

So what is Level 10 Life?

Level 10 Life is a method of self-assessment in 10 areas of your life. The purpose is to rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 for how satisfied you area in each area and then to create goals in each category to improve yourself. Of course, this assessment is entirely subjective. There’s no objective way to rate yourself; it’s all based on your feelings, your happiness. I think that’s what I like best about this system is that you’re judging yourself based on what YOU want in life — not what others may think. I’ve seen some pretty incredible spreads that have also helped convince me! Check out these spreads from Boho Berry, Bujo Mama and Craftyenginerd!

While I do not have a spread for you today, I am treating this blog post as a journey for you to join me and the spread will be created as I’m preparing my 2018 bullet journal. So let’s see these ten categories!

1. Family + Friends

While I am thrilled with where I am on the family side, I have room to improve on with friends. I talk to my parents and siblings most days of the week, though I should call my wonderful mother-in-law more often. I don’t call my friends nearly as often as I should. Yes, I talk to a few of my friends weekly, but I rarely go out. I’m so busy with the daycare, the blog and family responsibilities, that I find it incredibly hard to make time for my friends. That’s something I need to improve.

Baseline Assessment: 4/10

2. Personal Development

If I were to assess myself at the beginning of 2017, I probably would have given myself a 0. But thanks to bullet journaling and other life circumstances, I have done more for myself this year than I have in a long time. I am careful to make sure I give myself some much-needed me time, but it’s what I do with that me time that I need to improve. I now have this blog, but I have quite the list of things I would like to change about myself.

Baseline Assessment: 3/10


3. Health + Fitness

The extent of my exercise is walking right now because lupus limits what type of activity I can do….and as you can see too, I like to make excuses! What I need to improve on is limiting sugary treats and drinks. I’m addicted to pop. It’s kind of pathetic. Even though I’ve gotten very close to my goal weight, that doesn’t mean I’m healthy, so I need to work on that.

Baseline Assessment: 3/10

4. Finances

While there’s a lot of personal things I like to discuss on the blog, unfortunately, finances is not something I’m willing to share. I will say that I have a lot of goals I would like to pursue, but I’m sorry, I won’t be sharing anything more specific!

Baseline Assessment: 2/10

5. Career / Business

I love the kids in my daycare, and I love being home with my boys, but I will be honest in saying that I do want to pursue my blog and freelance design as passive income on the side! It’s just something that I love to do and hope that I can get to the point of making some decent cash in the evenings! I’m incredibly proud of the website I’ve built and will continuously make improvements, but there are some goals I would like to pursue to get me on the road to success. I have the dream; I have the desire, now I need to do!

Baseline Assessment: 3/10

6. Physical Environment

I love my home, but I’ve been living here for four years now, and I haven’t done much to add some unique touches. I would like to add some design and flair to every room of my home, but more importantly, I want to get it to a place where I’m happy with how it’s organized. I routinely do a purge every six months to get rid of clutter, but it doesn’t seem to matter how often we do it, it comes right back. Perhaps this will be the year I can keep it clean and clear!

Baseline Assessment: 1/10

7. Fun + Recreation

I’m going to apply this more towards family activities because my hobbies and passions are covered in the career and business section! In the summer, we go to the cabin almost every single weekend. Yes, it’s the same adventure every week, but I can’t even begin to explain how much fun we all have at the beach. Every single week. We’re incredibly blessed to have a place like this to go: a retreat. We need to improve as a family and take part in more winter activities.

Baseline Assessment: 5/10

8. Romance

I am incredibly lucky to have met, married and be incredibly in love with my best friend. We don’t need any help on the love front. We do, however, need to spend more one-on-one time together. Life has gotten so busy, and we haven’t had much time for us. I’d love to start doing more for each other. We rarely get out on dates together and even when we have time away from the kids, we usually stay home and just relax!

Baseline Assessment: 6/10

9. Contribution / Giving

Systemic Lupus Erythmatosis

This one is a pretty sad category. I’m hoping it counts for something that I WANT to be able to give to charity and help out where I can but we’re not in a place financially that we can help out the way we want to. One thing I’ve been wanting to do though is to volunteer design services for The Lupus Society here in Winnipeg. Living with Lupus is very hard at times, and I’d love to help get some exposure and raise funds for research so we can cure The Disease of 1,000 Faces!

Baseline Assessment: 1/10

10. Spirituality

The best I can do here is equate spirituality with my emotional/mental health. I have a lot of areas I can grow: procrastination, I’m too sensitive at times, I automatically go to the negative side of things and need to talk my way into positivity… This is a great one to work on!

Baseline Assessment: 2/10

A look forward

I’ll be honest in saying that I thought this self-assessment was going to be way easier than it was. Sometimes it’s hard to admit where your weaknesses are. One thing I’m finding is that I don’t seem ashamed to accept where I’m wrong. Instead, my mentality has changed to thinking this is my baseline, but I’m going to improve upon it.

My new purple Leuchtturm1917 (if you’ve seen on Instagram!) is currently being sketched and will be ready for ink soon. All I can say is I’m glad I found this book before I finished my setup!

What would you like to see in this spread for me? Comment below!

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