Rhodia Goalbook Review for Bullet Journaling

I know, I know you read this title and thought, “but the Goalbook is not new” … So, I am late to the game! I was lucky enough to be gifted the Rhodia Goalbook from J. B. Welly at the end of 2017 and immediately began planning out how I would use my new notebook. Unfortunately, I had already started a new journal for my regular planning, collections, and lists for 2018, so I decided that my new Goalbook would be used for blog-related planning outside of my daily planning bullet journal. This is my review of the Rhodia Goalbook for Bullet Journaling.

What drew me to the Rhodia Goalbook was the excellent reviews that I read. Everyone was raving about it. However, I had not yet taken the leap to spend money on a good quality notebook. When I got in touch with J. B. Welly, they offered it to me, and I jumped at the opportunity!

Rhodia Goalbook Review

Rhodia Goalbook Specs

  • 8 x 8.3 inches
  • 90gsm ivory brushed vellum paper made in Étival-Clairefontaine, France
  • 6-page index or table of contents
  • 4-pages for annual planning
  • 4-pages for monthly planning
  • 240 pages (224 dot grit numbered sheets)
  • Pocket inside the back cover
  • Elastic closure band
  • 2 ribbon markers
  • Flexible binding
  • Softcover (16 available colors!)
  • Available at J*B Welly

First Impressions

So, when the Rhodia Goalbook first arrived I was blown away! It was beautifully packed and included a very nice little card from J. B. Welly. Immediately I took pictures and swooned over the notebook. I love the feel of the cover and indented details on the front cover. Additionally, the pages feel lovely and are numbered! I have never used a notebook that was already numbered before!

While the Goalbook comes in various colors, I chose raspberry because it seemed like a beautiful red-ish-pink color, and it is! Once I realized that the inside covers, elastic, and ribbons were orange (a color I don’t particularly care for), I decided to change that. One of the first things I did with my notebook (other than ogle at it), was to dye the ribbons and elastic with a black sharpie. I enjoy neutral colors, and I just happened to have a black sharpie on hand.

Next, I had to do something about my orange inside covers. I decided to cover the orange with gold washi tape!

Pros & Cons of the Rhodia Goalbook

Like any other notebook or products, there are pros and cons. This section will focus on my personal pros and cons for the Rhodia Goalbook after three months of use.

Pros:

  • The flexible soft faux leather cover is excellent. Make using the notebook pleasant
  • Elastic band keeps the notebook from getting damaged and bent
  • Pocket in the back is a great place to store loose notes
  • Beautiful colors to choose from
  • Thick, smooth pages make ink look vibrant and write smooth
  • Pages are numbered

Cons:

  • There is a Logo on the cover. This one isn’t a big deal, I just like sleek plan covers.
  • Off-white pages make it difficult to fix mistakes. I generally use white-out to cover my mistakes, but the whiteout makes an error look worse on the off-white pages
  • Orange inside cover and ribbons (but I fixed this DIY style)
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Final Impression

After having used the Rhodia Goalbook for three months, I’d say that I love the notebook and I don’t love it. I absolutely adore the cover and quality of the pages. The dots and numbered pages are great, and the elastic band, ribbons, and back pocket are immensely useful! The most significant downside to this notebook is the off-white pages. But page color is entirely up to user preference, I just happen to prefer white pages.

Do I recommend this notebook? YES, 100% yes. If you don’t like off-white pages this notebook might not be for you, but considering all the other great qualities it has, you might be able to overlook the page color. Other than the page color, the notebook is fantastic! Head over to J.B. Welly to get the Rhodia Goalbook and other amazing bullet journaling supplies!

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A Bullet Journal for Bujo Beginners | 10-Day Challenge

I was sitting at my desk the other day, looking at my list of bullet journal post ideas, trying to figure out what to post today. It occurred to me that I had not done a challenge in a while, nor had I addressed bullet journaling beginners. So today I will be challenging both beginners and pros (though this will be particularly helpful for beginners) to a 30-day bullet journaling challenge! Let’s get started!

Getting Prepared for the Challenge

Before you can begin this challenge you need a few things: a journaling notebook, colored pens or markers, other tools (stickers, washi tape, stamps, etc.). There are no specific tools that will work for everyone, some people might use a blank notebook and still others might use lined, gridlines, or dotted and that is okay! Below are my bullet journal tools of choice. You can also click here to read about the best bullet journal beginner’s notebook!


Now that we have everything we need, let’s start with day one.

Day One | Create A Plan Of Action

What is a plan of action you might ask? Well, you plan out your first few pages. For me, this means planning out the order of my started pages. My starter pages always include a title page, key, index, and year at a glance. Planning them does not necessarily mean finalizing them, but you can if you’d like. I like to at this point simply choose which pages are which (aka the order they will go in).

If you are not interested in using some of the starter pages I use, then do your own thing! Maybe add some list pages. Today is just for planning, so if all you do is pick some page types and order them, that is fine.

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Day Two | Pick Your Symbols and Colors

Now we will tackle the key page. For some people, they choose to stick to the generic bullet journal key. Others, like me, like to go a little crazier and include additional symbols, rules, and colors. For some inspiration check out these bullet journal keys:

Day Three | Design Your Title Page

Today we will be designing your title page! Before you start designing your page, get inspired here. Next, be sure to start in pencil just in case you don’t end up liking it or in case of a spelling or positioning error. After the design is drafted completely in pencil you can finish it in black pen or color (or whatever else you want!).

Day Four | Design Your Key Page

For some people, this day will be easy, while for other’s it’s more complicated. It’s very important to draw this one out in pencil first and to have completed day two first. Once you know what you want on your key page, draw it up! Here is some inspiration

Day Five | To Index or Not to Index

Did you decide to include an index? If no, then today, design any other of your starter pages that you’ve planned. If yes, you need to design it. Do you need to manually number your page? Do you want to set aside several pages for the index or make it a broad index? I chose a two column, color-coded, multipage index.

Day Six | Take a Break

Designing your bullet journal pages is tedious and can easily burn you out if you don’t take some time off. So today, set aside your journal and spend some time taking care of yourself.

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Day Seven | Monthly? Weekly? Daily? Let’s Plan!

Today we are starting our regular planning pages. To do this you have to decide what pages will be included in your monthly, weekly, or daily planning. Head over to Pinterest for some inspiration. Today is a planning day so you don’t need to start a design, just have a general idea of what you want that layout to include (monthly title page, monthly calendar, goals, weekly spreads, daily spreads, mind dumps, financial planning, etc.) and how many pages it will require.

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Day Eight | First Month Designing

Now that you’ve planned your monthly layout, design it. Just like before, start with pencil and get inspired! Check out these simple layout designs!

Day Nine | Catch-Up Design Day

Get caught behind the schedule? That’s understandable, I did too. Use today to catch up!

Day Ten | Use Your Journal!

Your journal is ready for use, so start using it!! At this point what you do with your journal is 100% up to you, no need for guidance. When it comes to using your journal from here on out, I suggest you take a few things into consideration.

What did you think of the challenge? Was it helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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65 Encouraging Journal Prompts + 10 Quotes

Journaling is such a good way to de-stress and stay mentally healthy. I generally use journaling as a debrief at the end of my day or to encourage and motivate me at the beginning. Here are 65 encouraging journaling prompts.

Encouraging Statements

  1. Name 5 qualities you like about yourself.
  2. Write about a time where you felt courageous.
  3. Name 5 things you are grateful for today.
  4. Name 2 of your weaknesses and come up with a way to strengthen them.
  5. Compliment yourself.
  6. List ways to pamper yourself.
  7. Repeat after me: I CAN DO THIS, I AM CAPABLE.
  8. List today’s goal and how you can accomplish it.
  9. Write 5 positive emotions and when you have felt them.
  10. Fill the page with the phrase, “I am capable.”
  11. List 3 characteristics you wish you had and how you can train yourself to become them.
  12. Fill the page with affirming words.
  13. Fill the page with good things about you.
  14. Lists things you have successfully done.
  15. Fill the page with the phrase, “I am beautiful.”
  16. Name your strengths.
  17. Fill the page with things you are grateful for.
  18. List 10 skills you have.
  19. List 5 reasons you like yourself.
  20. Write about an experience that sucked, but you survived and are now stronger because of it.
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Encouraging Questions

  1. What makes you awesome?
  2. What do other people love about you?
  3. Why did you wake up this morning?
  4. What do you like to do to prepare for your day?
  5. What are you doing right?
  6. How can you accomplish your goal today?
  7. What are your goals this week?
  8. What is your goal today?
  9. How can you pamper yourself today?
  10. How can you succeed today?
  11. What are 5 things you are excited about?
  12. What makes you great?
  13. How have you overcome a difficult obstacle recently?
  14. What do you want and how can you get it?
  15. Why are you proud of yourself today?
  16. What makes you beautiful?
  17. Doodle yourself as your favorite superhero or role-model. How are you like them?
  18. Why are you a great human being?
  19. How have you recently cared for your own wellbeing?
  20. How have you learned from your own mistakes?
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Encouraging Fill-in-the-Blanks

  1. I am successful because…
  2. I am loved by…
  3. In 5 years, I will…
  4. I am grateful for…
  5. I can do….
  6. People enjoy me because…
  7. I enjoy…
  8. My favorite personality trait of mine is…
  9. I am grateful because…
  10. Today’s goal is to…
  11. I am strong because…
  12. I am beautiful because…
  13. When I do something right, I feel…
  14. I am capable of…
  15. Today, I will…
  16. I can be…
  17. I love to…
  18. In 10 years, I will…
  19. I am excited for…
  20. I can be who I want to be, who I want to be is…
  21. Today I feel…
  22. I am pretty because…
  23. I know I can because…
  24. People tell me I am… (positive things only!)
  25. I am… (positive things only!)
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Encouraging Quotes

  1. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arther Ashe
  2. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller
  4. Our Greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison
  5. Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward – Victor Kiam
  6. Speak up for today will never come again
  7. Believe in yourself
  8. She believes in you even if you don’t
  9. You are beautiful always
  10. You must do the things you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Try adding these quotes to your planner or bathroom mirror!

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65 Encouraging Journal Prompts + 10 Quotes