#100 Days of Notebooking and Beyond
Show up to the pages of your notebook.
I notebooked today. I notebooked a lot. Pages and pages and pages about so much...but today my notebooking was for ME and only for me. I wrote about challenges and I wrote about gratitude. I wrote to figure out the answer to some problems and I wrote to celebrate! There are days like that, days that I won't share...and that's ok.
Notebooking is not intended for public consumption. I decide. I notebook and doodle and jot and list and write in these pages and I get to decide who sees them. I need to trust that if I don't want anyone else to see these pages, no one else will see them It's THAT trust that gives me permission to take huge risks in my notebook.
I decide. ME! No one else and today my decision is to keep these pages to myself. I notebooked. I'm sharing the process with you. That's enough.
Happy Notebooking Month!
Today I bought a bicycle. I haven't had a bike in a long time, but I've seen so many people cruising around my neighborhood, I started looking. My dream bike was bright yellow, but I couldn't find one. This baby blue bike is perfect!
I don't have much to say today. The sky is getting dark with stormy rain clouds and life feels like a lot. I've been sinking into this quarantine, but there are still moments that get to me. I turned to my notebook and wrote about today. How is today for you? Notebook about it...
Why do I write in my notebook? I write because I can't not write. I write because I must write. This practice has been part of my life since I was ten years old, so it's part of who I am. My process and my practice has changed and it continues to change throughout the years, but the one thing that's stayed the same is showing up to the page.
It all comes back to showing up to the page. The pen or the kind of page doesn't matter as much as showing up. When I show up, I allow myself to pour out onto the page: the beauty, the messy, the confused, the certainty...it's all there. Having a place to do that brings me peace and it makes me feel safe. No matter what, I know that my notebook will be there.
My invitation to you is to show up to your notebook today. However that looks and whatever goes onto the page...celebrate that. It's good. The ritual of showing up will change you, I promise.
We celebrate notebooks in May! The third Thursday in May, May 21st, is National Notebook day. I decided to spread out the celebration throughout the entire month!