Notebook #2 for #100daysofnotebooking. Actually, notebook # 84.
It's hard to believe that we are approaching the middle of our journey together. The middle is a good place to stop and reflect. How is it going? What's surprised you? Where do you want to improve? What are you learning?
For me...it's going well. The notebooking is already part of my world, so the daily-ness of it is easy for me. I'm completely surprised that so many of you are joining me in this journey. I am also happily surprised at the vulnerability so many of you are willing to show when you share your pages, your struggles, your journey.
I wish I was better at keeping up with this. I wonder if people need the blog and the suggestions. I hope I'm providing enough support for all of the notebookers out there. I'm learning about new ways to notebook and that's a huge thing for me. I've been doing this for more than thirty years, so to learn new techniques and new ways to create pages and show up...I'm so grateful!
The middle is the place to stop for a moment and take a breath. Turn around. Look behind you. You did that! You made it these days! There are some days that are better than others, but you're here. You continue to show up and that's what is most important.
Now, turn around again and look forward. You've got the next half to go. How will you continue? What will you change? We are here. We are all here for each other. Continue to support, encourage and lean on each other. And before you go, would you take a moment and complete this survey...finish all of the questions or only answer the first, but let me know you're out there...notebooking!
Congratulations for showing up! Today we are officially one-third of the way through the #100daysofnotebooking. It feels good. I'm noticing that I'm focusing on my time in my notebook, which means I'm not blogging or on social media as much. Noticing is good...judging is not. I'm still working on this.
As I notice something, I need to reflect and decide if it's something I want to change. Right now, I'm feeling guilty about my lack of presence online, so I do want to get better at participating in our FB group and responding to twitter comments. The blog will stay a weekly update.
One more thing before I share some notebook page ideas...make this challenge YOURS. To me, notebooking is spending time each day inside the pages of the notebook...a physical notebook. Write diary-like entries, use artistic elements, make lists, write poetry, rant...do what works for YOU. It's important to remember that YOU are the boss of your own notebook.
Are you familiar with the Serenity Prayer? “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
I found this alternate version online: The Other Serenity Prayer God, grant me the serenity To stop beating myself up for not doing things perfectly, The courage to forgive myself because I’m working on doing better, And the wisdom to know that You already love me just the way I am. Eleanor Brownn
And then I wrote MY OWN version for notebooking. Think of it more as a mantra: Notebook, grant me the serenity To stop comparing myself to everyone else, The courage to take risks and to be messy and imperfect, And the wisdom to know that notebooking is about showing up to the page.
Here are some ideas to inspire your next week inside the pages of your notebook... * Bring your notebook with you somewhere to write...a coffee shop, restaurant, the mall, church, a park, a Super bowl party...anywhere. Sit. Observe. Breathe. Write.
* Write a commercial script for MONDAYs. Who would be your audience? What would be the selling points?
* Take a page or a spread and do something different...something that feels strange and uncomfortable. Try it...and then, notebook about it. How did it feel? Would you do it again? Why or why not?
* We are one-third of the way through our #100days already. Reflect. How do you feel? Go back and look through your pages. Have you changed as a notebooker? Has it gotten easier? Harder? Has your attitude about it changed? What’s your plan for the rest of the challenge?
* I love quotes. I’ll share a quote each week to trigger some writing. Read this. Copy it into your notebook. Write about it!“Stop thinking you’re doing it all wrong. Your path doesn’t look like anybody else’s because it can’t, it shouldn’t, and it won’t.”― Eleanor Brownn
* Stuck?! Remind yourself that you are the only one who can write your story. What does that mean to you? What kind of story are you sharing? Is it a comedy? A tragedy? Drama? Why?
* Write as your teenage self OR write to your teenage self. What advice do you have to share?
* Is there someone gone from your life? Are you separated by death or simply by life taking different directions? Write to them Write about them...record your memories.
Congratulations! Today marks the twenty-sixth day of this challenge. It's important to mark all of your successes on this long journey. I'm grateful for every single day of this journey. Some days are easier to show up to the page than others. This week, I didn't blog at all. My focus stayed on my pages and my book.
Have I told you that? That I'm writing a book...it's about notebooking. Through my journey of writing this book, I've discovered that the most important thing about writing is to show up to the page. The second most important thing is to have a supportive community of writers to encourage you to continue on the days you want to give up. Whether you're notebooking or composing on a laptop, show up- even when you don't feel like it. To me, that's what makes a writer.
Here are some ideas for notebooking: * Make a list. Lists are a great way to create an entry for a notebook page. Here’s a favorite of mine...A List of Things that Annoy Me. Have fun with it!
* Write a recipe for perfection. What ingredients will you need? How will you cook it? Be creative.
* This page is just for you. Give yourself permission today to write just for you. Don’t worry about how your page looks or who will see it. Just write. How does it feel to write when you know it’s only for your eyes?
* Set a timer and just write. No planning. No judgment. Just let everything fall onto the page. Keep your hand moving. Don't stop. Start with seven minutes. Work your way up to ten minutes or more. Pay attention to how this kind of notebooking is different than other pages. What purpose does this serve?
* We are one-quarter of the way through our #100days already. Reflect. How do you feel? Go back and look through your pages. Have you changed as a notebooker? Has it gotten easier? Harder? Has your attitude about it changed? What’s your plan for the rest of the challenge?
* I love quotes. I’ll share a quote each week to trigger some writing. Read this. Copy it into your notebook. Write about it! “When you love someone you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
* Be creative with your pages. Turn your notebook upside down. Scrawl across a blank page. Write with your opposite hand. Use it. Get messy. See what happens.
* Find a favorite book or a book you’re reading now. Use this book in your notebooking. Use the colors of the cover in your pages. Write to the character. Write as the character. Change the ending.
* Here’s an excerpt from a poem. Print it or copy it into the pages of your notebook. Allow these words to inspire your own words.
Are you looking for fresh ideas for notebook pages? Follow the hashtag #100DaysofNotebooking on Twitter and get ideas from other notebookers! That's what I'm doing. Here are some ideas for this week...
YOU'RE STILL HERE...Celebrate that!!! Happy Notebooking!
* Make a list. Lists are a great way to create an entry for a notebook page. Make a “DONE” list instead of a “To Do” list. List everything you’ve accomplished. It feels good. Have fun!
* Write a letter. Be reflective. Write a letter to last year...Dear 2019,
* Dream! Make a bucket list of places you’d like to go, things you’d like to achieve...the sky is the limit. * I love quotes. I’ll share a quote each week to trigger some writing. Read this. Copy it into your notebook. Write about it! “Because the world needs your spark. The world needs your energy. The world needs you to show up for your life and take hold of your potential! We need your ideas. We need your love and care. We need your passion. We need your business models. We need to celebrate your successes. We need to watch you rise back up after your failures. We need to see your courage. We need to hear your what if. We need you to stop apologizing for being who you are and become who you were meant to be.” ― Rachel Hollis
* Use stickers or markers or watercolors in your notebook. Create a collage. Find something outside of your comfort zone today. Be creative. Get messy. See what happens.
* Listen to your favorite podcast or find a new one. Grab your pen and use your notebook pages to process what you’re hearing. Jot down quotes. Add your reflections and reaction.
* Here’s an excerpt from a poem. (It's called "Origin Story". Here's a video of the performance by the poets!) Print it or copy it into the pages of your notebook. Allow these words to inspire your own words. Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye write beautifully about friendship. Try it yourself...
And they could tell you what a miracle this is. They could tell you how rare this is. But they could tell you how rare friendship always is. The chances are slim. The cards are always stacked against you, the odds are always low. But I have seen the best of you, and the worst of you, and I choose both. I want to share every single one of your sunshines and save some for later. I will tuck them into my pockets so I can give them back to you when the rains fall hard.
We are nineteen days into our challenge. This past week was hard. It was challenging finding time to notebook every day and to share and to comment on the posts of other notebookers. Did you struggle this week?
This is the point when we are all figuring out how to truly incorporate this practice into our daily lives. There are days when it works and days when it doesn't. Don't give up! Take the time to notice when it doesn't work out. Ask yourself why it didn't happen. See if there's a small change you can make to adapt. Leave the judgment behind!
No apologies are needed if you've missed a day or multiple days. Just celebrate the fact that you are back. One hundred days is a lot. Take it moment by moment. Lean on the community we've created here and don't give up!
Day fifteen has been a good day of notebooking for me. I spent lots of time inside the pages and I feel it. I always FEEL better when I notebook consistently.
I was thinking about this community and wondering how YOU are feeling. I created a survey. I hope you will take a few minutes and share with me how you're doing. I really want to hear from you. Thank you in advance!
Here's a photo of some of our notebookers during a writing marathon in Pennsylvania this weekend. What is a writing marathon, you ask? The idea was created by Natalie Goldberg, in her book Writing Down the Bones. It's when a group of people get together and write. You write for about ten minutes and then the group gets up and walks some more until you find another place to write. The process repeats until the group is ready for a break. It's a wonderful way to find a new perspective in your writing and to find a community to support your writing.
What if you had your own writing marathon? Could you be part of a writing marathon? Maybe there are people in our group who are geographically close to you. Share a post. Extend an invitation. Find a date, a location, and write. It will be so worth it! I'll be inviting people to one in my neck of the woods soon. If you are too far away from others, keep your eyes open for a virtual writing marathon. The plans are still in the works, but I'll keep you updated.
The most valuable part of the writing marathon is the community aspect. Writing can feel like a solitary event, but finding a community to support, to encourage, and to keep you accountable is priceless. Keep notebooking! We are here for you.
Are you looking for fresh ideas for notebook pages? Follow the hashtag #100DaysofNotebooking and get ideas from other notebookers! That's what I'm doing. Here are some ideas for this week...
* Make a list. Lists are a great way to create an entry for a notebook page. I love to make a list of words...your favorite words, words that sound good, words that are new to you. Have fun!
* Write a letter...to something in your life that you’d like to get rid of...fear, pain, guilt, a pair of shoes. Be creative.
* Think about something that annoys you. Write a rant! Let it all out. Write and allow your emotions to fall all over the page. * I love quotes. I’ll share a quote each week to trigger some writing. “Instructions for living life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” –Mary Oliver
* Find something to tape into your notebook...a card, a quote, a receipt, a photo, anything. Tape it in with washi tape and write all around it. Use it to inspire the story.
* Here’s a poem. Print it or copy it into the pages of your notebook. Allow these words to inspire your own words. Cleo Wade writes beautifully about loving yourself. Try it and see where it takes you:
A love note to my body:
first of all, I want to say, thank you.
for the heart you kept beating even when it was broken
for every answer you gave me in my gut
for loving me back even when I didn't know how to love you
for every time you recovered when I pushed you past our limits for today,
We are one-tenth of the way finished with our challenge! This is so exciting.
Today,I have spent little time on social media today. It was a busy day and part of me feels guilty, but as I snuck on to check, I'm grateful that the community continues to support and encourage each other.
Keep showing up for each other. Keep showing up for yourself. We are here for you!