I thought it would be fun to start a blog. It’s something I’ve been thinking of doing for a while – partly to let you in on some of my top tips and tricks in regards to setting up a good looking journal, but also so that you can get to know the person behind the brand a little better – aka, me! I’ll be sharing book reviews, stationery reviews, my design process, and lots more. I hope you’ll pop by now and then to take a look at what I’m up to!
I thought I’d start by introducing myself! My name is Megan, or Meg for short. As you can see I love nothing more than a cosy jumper and a cup of tea!
I grew up in the South West of England and found a love for the arts at a very young age.I started keeping a journal about four years ago to help myself stay organised while my life was very, very busy. During this time I trained to be an actor at drama school in London. Acting, singing, performing in general is something I’ve always had a passion for and it was such a privilege to get to study it full time at a very highly respected drama school. I hope that performing will always be a big part of my life.
Before drama school I studied Education, English and Drama at Cambridge University which, apart from everything else, left me with the most wonderful group of friends. Below you can see a few of us exploring the Cotswolds and being very silly as usual!
Growing up in the countryside means that I love visiting family back in Cornwall. It makes a nice change from the bustling city life! This week I will be looking after my gorgeous dog, Toby while my parents go on holiday!
When I’m not going back to my roots I am living and working in London. I live with my fabulous housemate, Sophie –you’ll probably see her name, and my boyfriend Matt, pop up a lot in my journal! I work part time for a Ladies’ clothing and lifestyle shop which is BRILLIANT because I get a very good discount on truly lovely products!
Whatever time I have left I enjoy going to the cinema, or the theatre, travelling (we have a holiday to Prague booked in March and I’m really looking forward to it!), shopping (my achilles heel!!) and brunching with my friends (special shoutout to Tash, Emma and Kate – my go to brunch buddies <3).
So why bullet journal? And how did Good Looking Journal come to fruition?
Well, as I said before, I began journalling simply as a means to stay organised. I used to find conventional diaries really annoying because I’d never fill them, or I’d lose them, or I never had them on me when I needed them! So I decided to create a diary that was completely unstructured so if you miss a day, there’s no gaping hole in the book as evidence.
I found it the perfect creative outlet for me – it is so satisfying to put together an amazing spread that brings all your little drawings, stickers, calligraphy together. If you keep a journal too you will know what I mean!
But I also found it incredibly therapeutic and fantastic for my mental well being. It gave me an outlet to vent my frustrations, but also to celebrate and remember the good times. I enjoy going back over old journals to reflect on how much my life has changed and how I have progressed as a person.
My first journal was incredibly simple – I just used a black pen and an orange highlighter. Since then I’ve developed my own, bolder style. I would encourage anyone to start bullet journaling. All you need is a pen and a notebook – it needn’t be incredibly complicated straight away!
As my instagram page started to grow in popularity I decided to try and turn this small hobby into a business. More and more people have given such lovely feedback and I’m really grateful for all of the generous support. I have lots of ideas and I’m really excited to devote more time to developing them. I hope you’ll stick around to see them come to fruition.
I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a little better – look out for another blog post in a few days!