Slice of Life Stories hosted
There has been lots of talk as of late about journals, writer's notebooks, and baskets exploding with notes, ticket stubs, and pictures. Ruth, Christy, Deb and Jennifer all shared their thoughts and feelings. As great writers do, they got me thinking about my love-hate-to-take-the-time relationship with notebooks.
I love a new, blank, ready-to-write-in journal. I will buy them just because they look pretty with hopes of writing, holding moments, scribbling notes, describing my hopes and dreams, or whatever my little heart desires. I always have the best of intentions.
Like many others, I eagerly start capturing ideas in my new pretty journal using my just-right-perfect pen. The first couple pages even display my prettiest handwriting.
Days later . . . my pretty notebook sits open waiting on top of a pile on the counter with a few more ideas of stories to share that I managed to jot down in that extra minute.
Weeks later . . . I write a blog post reminding myself that I need to meet up with that old friend again. Where is that pretty notebook anyway? Oh, I see it nestled in the middle of that pile that's growing on the counter.
Months later . . . untouched and nowhere in sight. Probably at the bottom of that pile that I've been meaning to organize for, well, months.
Maybe I need to go out and buy another pretty little journal? Yeah, that's what I'll do.
Repeat of the days, weeks, and months later. That's the life cycle of my writer's notebook.
In late December, a blog post appears from Mary Lee Hahn from A Year of Reading.
She wrote about a time machine that was a journal. A 10 year journal. I know what you are thinking: That seems like quite a commitment (10 years?!?) when I'm having a difficult time writing for a week in that pretty new journal with that just-right-perfect pen!
But what I love about this journal is that each day offers only 4 lines to record a snapshot of life. I can do that! One to two minutes at the end of a day to capture the day's best, worst, or otherwise. I can really do that! That's why it says it's a tool for documenting life, a.k.a The Busy Person's Journal. So, I did it. I purchased that journal "because time flies." As a newer mom with limited time in the day, this seems too good to be true!
It isn't pretty on the outside. It's not slim enough to slip into my purse. But I can still use my favorite pen -- a Zebra SARASA purple gel pen is my current choice. I'm sixteen days in and I haven't missed a day!
|A peek inside my new Journal 10+.|