Updated: Mar 5, 2018

You do know what bullet journaling is right...? It's basically journal porn... Okay... Let me explain... We, who love order, droll over the sight of creative ways to manage time, expenses, experiences, and just about anything else that can help us see life more clearly. Patterns are a tasty since of comfort for us who strive for organization or those of us who love writing things down and creating imagery for the purpose of keeping track of the facts, occurrences, and feelings that show up throughout our day. If you're a journal addict like myself, you're about to have an eye-gasm as I show you our pick of February's Top Ten Bullet Journals of Instagram. We select one winner who is able to customize there very own Drama MaMa Bookshop Journal. If you'd like to me considered for the upcoming months hashtag your bullet journal Instagram image #bujoawards.

10.) @nini.journal

When you need to see how your sleep might be effecting your work life or your work life is effecting your sleep...

9.) @Inksandcoffee

"Remember when you wanted what you currently have." Love the Bravery Challenge theme? Can't wait to see what the rest of this journal looks like throughout the year!

8.) @lacqueredworld

Absolutely love this doodle! Hope your February was just as fly as this heart!

7.) @breeeberry

Because I have such a crush on prioritizing. And because this is super duper cat lady cute.

6.) @plant.doodles

How awesome! Now I totally want a living room full of plants and plant art work. YOU'RE AWESOME!

5.) @agirlwithajournal

The entire universe is on these pages. So cool! I dont know what the words say, but i just know it's mystical!

4.) @sleepy.bujo

Love this personal planner. Super cute break down, and some times you just have to tell yourself to goddamn clean up!

3.) @bluenittany

Love the double page reviewing and planning choice. Reviewing your accomplishments and goals while devising a plan is a sure fire way to get the results you want in whatever you pursue.

2.) @handwritten.doodles

Super simple but the organization and clear thought is so heavenly on this page. Broad topics, but reminders of time management and bounders and this aim to chart is so RIGHT ON!

1.) @explorejournaling

Because this is the single most creative way to track your mood for the month of February. I TOTALLY LOVE THIS!

That was fun! Let's Do it again in March!

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Updated: Feb 22, 2018

There are about a million reasons to love the movie Black Panther! Let's be real: the graphics were insane; the fashion by #ruthecarter looked so damn good it hurt; and the displays of #blacklove made my heart skip a beat. While I'll probably rant and rave about it for the rest of the year and throw up the #WakandaForever sign until I'm an old woman, there are three lines that stuck with me and I'm sure jumped out at a few of you.

FIRST OF ALL,(click the hyperlink for notebook) let me just say that mainstream media was long over due for not just a black super hero, but also a relatable black villain. While I can't tell you I agreed with all of the characters100%, I'd me lying if I told you I didn't understand each and every one of them, their rage, their love, and their choices. It's sort of bitter sweet, though. While it hurts to think that we grew up without a super-hero that looked like us, it also brings me great joy to know that the children of this generation will

have it and be shaped by it's presence.

"You Are A Good Man With A Good Heart, And It Is Hard For A Good Man To Be A King"- Baba

When in a position of power, is having a good heart really a limitation? While it is far too easy for folks to mistake that good heart for weakness from time to time, it isn't the good heart that's the problem. When you're faced with the decision of having to decide between yourself and the greater good, having a sour heart makes the decision a whole lot easier because there is nothing to consider.

In any position of power, you'll be faced with decisions that may not always be easy to make if you're truly someone who considers the well being of not only yourself but those around you. It is much harder to find compromising solutions when you're not the only one who matters. Although some decisions won't be as extreme as deciding on how to preserve the culture of an entire civilization while contributing to the well being of the rest of humanity, whatever it is, with a good heart it will require a lot more effort to sit in a position of responsibility.

"A Monster Of Our Own Making" - T'Chala

I think this one stuck out to me because I'm currently reading #TheHateYouGive by #AngieThomas. In the book she reminds us when Tupac told us that T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. stood for, "The Hate You Give Little Infants, Fucks Everybody." Killamonger was that infant who suffered, not only systemic neglect but also neglect from his family, the people who were supposed to love and protect him in a society that already didn't give a shit about him. While his emotions were valid, his actions were the result of a collective failure. It really made me think of the responsibility we have to our children, and ask myself what I can do to soften the hearts of those infants/children that might have been dealt a shity hand in an already warped society? What can I do to soften the societal blows our children face every day?

"Burry Me In the Ocean With My Ancestors Who Jumped From Ships Because They Knew That Death Was Better Than Bondage." -Killmonger

Enslavement: mental, spiritual, or physical was far worst than death to many of our ancestors. What is your freedom worth to you? What are we willing to sacrifice for that freedom? While the Killmonger was bat shit crazy, you have to respect his rage, even if you despise his actions.

"Just Because Something Works Doesn't Mean It Can't Be Improved."-Shuri

Often times we become so complacent with the way things are that we stop advancing and moving forward. We simply forget to work on the improvement and functionality of something because it may be working for us now. This quote was a reminder that maybe I should be mindful of how frequently I use the saying "if it aint broke don't fix it." If used to hastily and without balance, it could the doorway to stagnation.

"Stand Up! YOU ARE A KING."-Baba

I know #Kendrick said be humble and all but.... FUCK THAT. When it's time for you to stand, don't you dare kneel. You better take your crown and act accordingly. As you advance to new levels and find yourself in positions where people are watching and depending on you to stand strong, do so and accept it with a knowingness. Always be willing to listen and accept advice worth taking, but stand in who you are or fall for the bullshit. FACTS

You Get To Decide What Kind of King You Want To Be"- Nakia

Growing up, we often look for examples on what kind of person we're "supposed to be." When we're children we look at our parents, friends and public figures for examples. This is part of the reason why it's important to have positive black figures like the ones we saw in Black Panther growing in mainstream media. But at a certain point in our lives, we have to thank those before us for the examples they set, take the wheel, and step into ourselves. At some point we get to step into who we are and configure who we'll be in any position we hold. We Decide!


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In my previous article I spoke briefly about the Can/Need/ Should method I use when prioritizing task for my business. Because you might be starting out with a tight budget, it's important that you become a master at prioritizing. Knowing what to do first can save you time and money and put you on the right track towards rapid success. These three questions will not only assist you when you're starting out, but It's a method you can use at any stage of your career.

So get your notebook out and start asking yourself these three questions when observing each individual task on your list.

1.) Can I do it now?

Do you have the time, money, and ability to carry out the task at hand? If not now, when will you be able to carry it out?

*Being real about where you stand now can help you determine what you'll be able to do and what you'll simply have to do later.

2.) Do I Need to Do it?

How necessary is the task? Does it prohibit you from being able to carry out other task on your list?

3.) When Should I Do it?

Is it in your best interest to carry out the task first? Is this task something that should be executed now or in the near future?

How you answered these three questions will determine what requires your immediate attention and what does not. Once you're clear on your answers let it be a guide for prioritizing each task. I use four labelling categories.

Priority Labeling Categories

1.) TOP PRIORITY- This task will be completed first

2.) SECONDARY PRIORITY- this task will come after all the top priority ranked task

3.) THIRD CLASS PRIORITY- this task will be completed when there is extra time

4.) SCHEDULED PRIOTIY- this task must be scheduled and worked towards over time. *all items can be scheduled but some have to be scheduled depending on what you can/should do.

Here's how I label each task based on my answers...

Can/Need/Should = Top Priority

Can/Need = Second Priority / Scheduled Priority

Can/Should = Third Class Priority

Can = Third Class Priority

Need/Should = Scheduled Priority

Need= Scheduled Priority


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