Tomorrow our one hundred days begins. I wanted to share some ideas to jump start your notebooking. Here are some ideas for your first entry of 2021:
1. Write a letter to your notebook. Say hello. Share your thoughts, excitement, worries about all of this.
2. Write a letter to 2021. Set goals. Make plans.
3. Pick a word of the year and write about that. What's your word. Why did you pick it? How do you hope your word will guide you during this new year?
4. Write a poem to your notebook, to 2021, to your word...
The sky is the limit. My most important rule about notebooking is this:
YOU are the boss of your own notebook. That means you decide what goes into the pages of your notebook. Be kind to yourself and show grace. This is NOT about being perfect!
Here are a few more places to find inspiration for your notebooking:
Teach Write has a plethora of resources for writing available on their website. If you go to Twitter and follow the hashtags: #TeachWrite and #DWHabit you'll find a word of the day to ignite your writing.
Podcasts are a perfect way to inspire some notebooking! I highly recommend Design Lessons with Dr. Michele Schmidt-Moore. Here's a link to one of my favorite episodes that's about finding joy and gratitude: A Strategy to Find Joy in the New Year. Take a few minutes with your notebook and listen. Are there other podcasts you listen to already? Grab your notebook and jot down ideas, responses, thoughts. I find that the podcast content stays with me longer when I do that.
One Little Word is something that always appears in the pages of my notebook! Dr. Stephanie Affinito wrote a wonderful blog post explaining one little word and her twist on it. You can check that out here: From 12 Big Words to 365 Little Things. What blogs do you read? Find those and use those as inspiration for a notebook page.
As the days, weeks, and months continue I will add resources. Feel free to share your own. How do you start a notebook page? I'd love to hear more about your process.
It's fun to notebook WITH someone else. Sharing ideas for pages and sharing your progress can be a genuinely good motivator. I have notebooked with friends and we have fun. This photo is pre-covid. I met a friend for an early dinner. I was having a bad day. She told me to bring my notebook to the table. We wrote and shared and traded notebooks until our food came. It made me giggle and it's a memory I'll cherish forever.
Here's my other favorite notebooking buddy: my niece Jillian. She helped me hatch the idea of 100 days of notebooking last year. We love to share our pages and notebook together. She taught me how to draw and doodle things and I shared ideas for pages to write. So many of us read to the kids in our lives, why not notebook with them?!??! I highly recommend trying it. Make it precious time spent together. Make it fun! You can do it. Now, go and find a buddy and invite them to accompany you on this journey. Who will you ask?
Interested in more support for #100daysofnotebooking? This year I am facilitating a class through TeachWrite about notebooking. I'd love to have you join me. Here's the link to sign up, if you are interested. Feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions.
Welcome BACK! I am so happy that you've made the decision to return to our community. This morning, I read an important question in the Facebook group and I decided to take a few minutes and answer it here. The question was this, "I tried last year and was unsuccessful. Any tips on how to start?"