Preparing for and setting up a new month is one of the most enjoyable aspects of bujoing, in my opinion. I have fun deciding what my new monthly layout will look like, what challenges I might incorporate into the month, and what seasonal extras I might add to the mix to keep things fresh. I look back at what worked in the previous month and look forward to new ideas for the future month.
Although that seems like a lot of decision-making, there is one spread that I’ve incorporated into my monthly set up that doesn’t involve much work at all. You’re probably familiar with it: the goodbye, hello spread.
When I first started incorporating this into my bujo, it was difficult for me! Most people drew beautiful wreaths, or sketched cute doodles. For me, all that just seemed like work that didn’t add a lot of meaning or enjoyment to my bujo. Hence this really pathetic spread from the end of September… as you can see, I didn’t have a lot of inspiration.
How I Use the Goodbye, Hello Spread
After that failure, I decided to make the goodbye, hello spread more meaningful to me. I started using goodbye, hello spread to help me practice gratitude on a larger scale than my gratitude log. It goes something like this:
At the end of a month, I will write “Goodbye (Month)” in the center of the left page. Then all around it (in various styles of writing of course) I will record the best memories, inside jokes, small things I might forget from the month – all the things that make smile.
Here’s my most recent one:
Then on the right page I will write “Hello (Month)”. All around it I will put various things I have planned and am looking forward to. I might throw in a doodle or two here, to jazz up the space a bit. Here’s the one for December:
Gratitude is a Practice
As you can see, I was truly blessed during the month November, and I have so many wonderful things to look forward to in December! Meditating on and writing all these things out each month develops a thankful heart. Also, I often surprise myself when deciding what to write, which reveals to me the things I may be taking for granted. Creating a spread like this is truly worth the time, when you consider the scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.
Are you interested in incorporating this style goodbye, hello spreads into your own bujo? Do you already have something awesome that you do with your goodbye, hello spreads? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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