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95: Kara Benz — Bullet Journaling for Creativity and Growth

By May 18, 2017Podcasts
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Journaling is as old as language. While journaling may have begun as a way to simply keep a record, it has evolved into a method used by millions of people to clarify their thinking, increase creativity, and even become better leaders. Our guest today is an online teacher and somewhat of a celebrity in one of those journaling systems known as “bullet journaling.”

Kara Benz Boho Berry

There are plenty of bullet journaling websites around, and plenty of buzz around the idea of bullet journaling. But, beyond the appeal of unattainably-beautiful pages that seem to be the norm on social media, what, exactly, is a bullet journal good for, and how do I do it?

Kara Benz Boho BerryKara Benz, creator of Boho Berry, teaches her readers how to live a more centered, fulfilled, and inspiring life full of creative energy and focus.

In this podcast, Kara shares with us how she has used bullet journaling to achieve those goals in her own life. Listen to learn how she does it.

Episode Bullets:

  • 5:10 — What is bullet journaling?
  • 8:00 — Anatomy of a bullet journal
  • 12:45 — Improving problem solving skills and creativity
  • 14:54 — Perfectionism, fear of failure, and letting go
  • 16:30 — The comparison trap
  • 18:55 — The heart of the practice
  • 22:10 — Structuring your day and miracle mornings
  • 27:20 — Morning meditation
  • 32:20 — Bullet journaling basics
  • 33:52 — Planning your week
  • 36:04 — Finding time for journaling
  • 41:20 — Meeting notes in your bullet journal, flip it!
  • 43:08 — Fitness and workout tracking
  • 44:47 — Is this all too much?
  • 45:53 — Seeing the biggest opportunities for growth
  • 51:40 — Comparative thinking, the ’70s, shaved heads, and social media
  • 57:08 — Digital versus analog
  • 1:03:14 — Get started bullet journaling like this


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P.S. If you only have five minutes, listen at 36:04 when Kara describes the parallels she’s found between journaling and life, and how that has helped her grow in unexpected ways.

Kara Benz Boho Berry

BIG THANKS to Kara Benz! If you enjoyed this podcast, click here to thank Kara on Twitter.

Episode Resources:
David Allen — Getting Things Done
Ryder Carroll — Inventor of the Bullet Journal
Leuchtturm 1917 — Journals — The analog system for a digital age
The Miracle Morning — Hal Elrod
[Getting Started with Bullet Journaling] – Bullet Journaling 101 Video Series
Kara’s Bullet Journal Health and Fitness Tracking
Kara’s Morning Routine
BoHoBerry HandWriting Course
Psych Central — The Health Benefits of Journaling
WorkFlowy — Organize Your Brain
Dynalist — The note-taking app for logical people

Connect with Kara:
Kara’s website
Boho Berry’s Facebook page
Kara on Instagram
Kara on Twitter

If you enjoyed this podcast, here are some others to check out:
Megan Devine — How Journaling Can Lead Us Through Grief and Into Our Heart
Adam Stanecki — On Life, Listening, and Living Authentically

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.