Hi everyone!

This is Kim from Tiny Ray of Sunshine, and I’m excited to introduce you to the #bulletjournalchallenge. The way it works is simple, every month a fun new challenge will be posed around a theme. The theme is meant to inspire you to try out and explore new things in your Bullet Journal. The theme for September is handwriting.

It’s no secret that Bullet Journalists love to look at each other’s notebooks. Handwriting is the common factor in all Bullet Journals. When we see especially beautiful handwriting, we’re awestruck.

There’s something profoundly moving about carefully composed handwriting. It inspires us to reach for a notebook and revel in the joy of writing.

Though we each have our own individual handwriting that is beautiful in its own right, wonderful things happen when we work on improving it. For starters, we’ll be able to read what we wrote better. When we send someone a letter, they’ll be able to read what we wrote more easily. Most importantly, over time we’ll be able to clearly read the cherished memories of where we were, what we’ve done, and what our hopes and dreams were.

Handwriting is a deeply telling and personal act that we pour ourselves into. When we’re stressed, it’s scratchier. When we’re tired, it’s sloppier. When we’re happy, it’s curvier.

Focusing on the art of handwriting will allow us to grow a deeper appreciation for the written word and fall in love with our own loops and strokes. This will make the joy of writing in our notebooks that much more personal and special. It is the loveliest thing of all when you’re able to read your past entries and lose yourself in the memories.

Above all, writing is a meditative act that can help us make sense of the present.

To help your handwriting journey be as beautiful it can be, we have three suggestions:

To participate in the challenge, simply take a photo of your progress and add the hashtag #bulletjournalchallenge on social media, such as Instagram. This will ensure that your photo is added to an ever-growing pool of Bullet Journal inspiration, full of photos from all kinds of wonderful people.

The challenge is a great way to share your Bullet Journal journey, connect with others, and get ideas. Simply search #bulletjournalchallenge on Instagram, Google+ Bullet Journal community, Bullet Journal Junkies Facebook group, or Pinterest to find photos from the challenge.

What are some of your tips for improving handwriting?

About Kim Alvarez

Kim Alvarez is the creative behind Tinyrayofsunshine.com, where she writes about the Bullet Journal, productivity, planning, and other creative pursuits. She is working on opening up an Etsy shop with goodies that will bring a smile to your face!
  • Deborah King

    The first thing that popped into my head was commitment and really paying attention to what I’m doing. Not just what I’m writing about but how I’m doing it.

    • I agree. I find that when I am at work and no doubt rushed, my BuJo gets sloppy and ugly. If I take time in the morning or evening to update/migrate/plan it ends up looking much more presentable.

      • Definitely, these are all great thoughts! 🙂 Great tip on the taking time in the evening to migrate forward, those quiet hours are helpful in slowing down to write neater.

  • habubrat

    I was a professional calligrapher in the DC area for 20 years. I taught italic handwriting to my children and then later a few college graduates embarrassed they had to actually hand write in their new jobs. I use this method. It’s the method that if you only taught children to print properly they would evolve naturally into this style. http://www.handwritingsuccess.com

    • Wow! That’s impressive. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and the link, I’ll have to go check it out 🙂

  • I like this challenge. My handwriting looks terrible most of the time.

    • I can agree with my own. Chicken scratch city! The challenge did help me to slow down and be more mindful, at least part of the time. I hope the same was true for you 🙂

  • Kelly Lynch

    This is a great challenge topic. My mom recently mentioned that my handwriting was so much clearer when I was in elementary school than it is today — words of wisdom for sure! I need to make myself SLOW DOWN and hopefully it’ll be like riding a bike …. you never forget. 😉

    • Hey Kelly! That’s funny, I’ll have to go dig out some old notebooks to see if my handwriting has improved from them hehe. That’s a great analogy, I’ll have to remember that one. 🙂

  • neoprime33

    This has inspired me to have more patience and improve my handwriting. I accept this challenge! 🙂

    • Yay! I hope it was wonderful and carries on throughout time. I think my handwriting improves the more I’m aware of it while writing. I agree on the patience part, it’s worth it though. 🙂

  • Kim, so cool to find you over here too! Love love love handwriting and journaling, and this Ted-X-talk just rocks. So thanks for sharing it and your passion for writing!

    • Hey Hanna! Thank you so much for the lovely words, it means a lot to me! 🙂

  • Evangeline Brown

    I think writing slowly is the key for me. And when I use a fountain pen and write slowly my handwriting improves dramatically.

    • Oh yeah, that’s a winning combination right there! And finer points also help. 🙂

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  • Andre Sprague

    I just really slow down when I’m writing, and try and reproduce my best work. I have been trying to improve my writing for about 10 years now, as I was embarrassed one day while filling out a form that I couldn’t read my own handwriting. I got sucked into typography and got myself a TWSBI fountain pen that always draws comments while I’m journaling. When I write slow and small I produce my best handwriting.

    • I think your handwriting is quite lovely and legible! I think fountain pens make my handwriting look nicer too. 🙂

  • Leapops

    Such a great Ted Talk – I have my 11 year old watching it now – her handwriting is appalling and her school don’t seem to mind – hopefully it inspires her and I can help her to improve her writing. Thanks again for sharing.

    • Yeah it seems schooling nowadays doesn’t hold much of an emphasis on neat handwriting. I think the only time we focused on handwriting was when learning cursive in third grade. It’s awesome that you’re getting her to work on her handwriting now, it will definitely make a difference 🙂

  • Jewel Wheeler

    Yikes! Has the speaker not heard that “he” and “man” are not universal signifiers anymore (or like for the past 40 years)? How much of a stretch would it have been to choose inclusive language? Wish the embedded version had a fast forward option. Would have liked to see if he had some advice for us women.