Today reminds me of the power of the notebook. It was one of those days when I woke up and I had a lot to say, a lot to write. With this challenge, I find myself very aware of what I'm putting on the page because I'm sharing it, but this morning I forgot all of that. I wrote it all out. My "share" is only one of my pages from this morning and it's blurred. Remember that sharing is your choice, sharing is for support and encouragement, and there are lots of different ways to share.
Wherever you are in your journey, take a moment and look back on the pages you've created so far. Congratulate yourself for showing up and trying something new. Find something you are really proud of and linger there.
Are you sharing this journey with anyone? Do you have a friend to notebook with? How about a family member? Students? Colleagues? Sharing the journey helps when you falter and when you celebrate! Maybe that's something you can do today...find someone and invite them to join you.
Most parents I know read to their children. It's a bedtime routine, a ritual. It's valuable time spent together. What if parents and kids notebooked together? The times I've spent with my niece and nephew notebooking are some of my favorite memories! Happy Notebooking!
How are things going? Are you still writing? Have you experienced the "I don't want to write today" feeling yet? If not, you will. Remember to celebrate the small successes. Remember to show yourself grace. If you've missed a day or two or more, come back.
I'm going to quote my good friend, Teach Write owner, Jennifer Laffin who always says, "Progress, not perfection." It's true. I like the messy progress of it all. The challenges when I've missed days and come back are the most successful to me because I know I've found a way to fix my mistakes. I've missed something and yet still returned...that's not a small thing.
You continue to inspire me. Thank you for taking this journey with me. Happy Notebooking! My pages today include the origin story of #100daysofnotebooking. Enjoy!
Today is a snow day. I was just deciding whether or not I had time to write a blog post and magically an entire day was gifted to me. I want to welcome new notebookers to our journey! We are SO glad you're here! Follow #100daysofnotebooking on twitter and you are invited to join our Facebook Group too.
Messy pages. A lot has been said in our group on Facebook and on twitter about being intimidated about the beauty of many of these pages. I agree! Some of them are breathtaking and sometimes I think, "I'm not an artist. I can't make that." The thing is that I don't have to make that. You are here to record YOUR story in your own way! No one can tell your story, so you must.
I have pages that I've created that are pleasing to the eye. I like using colorful pens and doodling on the page. It's not about any of that though...it's about showing up to the page. It's about leaving a piece of yourself on the page. I've learned that there have been too many times when I've valued the "look" of a page over the content. I'm continue to learn and grow. In my experience, messy pages are when I just don't care and something surprising always comes out. Messy pages hold so much of my untangling of life. Messy pages represent learning and growing.
In my classroom, we celebrate the messy pages! For those of you notebooking with students, please remember how hard this is and value the process over the product. Don't require colorful pens, instead invite them to use what's most comfortable for them. Doodling and drawing is exciting for some of your students and it's not for others. Honor the notebooker...and do that for yourself.
Messy pages, colorful pages, neat pages, crazy pages...ALL are welcome here! Happy Notebooking! #100daysofnotebooking
It's Monday morning and I have a few things I'd like to share with our community...
Congratulations on making it to day five! It's Sunday, so I'm going to share some invitations to write. If you can't think of an idea...here are seven for the upcoming week. Use them all or use none of them. Change the idea to make it work for you. That's the beauty of notebooking...YOU are the boss of your notebook. Happy #100DaysofNotebooking!
* Make a list. Lists are a great way to create an entry for a notebook page. One of my favorite lists to make is an “I Believe…” list. Start every line with those words and see what happens.
* Write a letter...to someone, to something. What do you want to say?
* Find inspiration everywhere. Look around...an Instagram post, the coffee mug in your hand, the noise in your home. What’s going on around you? Write about that. Use lots of details. Take a minute and reread what you wrote and now how do you feel about that?
* I love quotes. I’ll share a quote each week to trigger some writing. Here’s this week’s quote by the brilliant Anne Lamott from her book, Bird by Bird. “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.”
* Poetry is a wonderful way to create an entry. How do you feel about poetry? Why? What’s your history and experience with poetry? Start with that today. Most people tend to have a love/hate relationship with poetry. What’s yours? Think about the WHY behind that emotion.
*20 in 20. This past week I’ve seen lots of pages with this list. I’ve started it and it’s not as easy as it looks. What 20 things do you want to accomplish in 2020?
* Writing BINGO- Glenda Cowen-Funk shared a BINGO card she created on the page. I found it so creative. She was inspired by a former student, Abbi McConnell, who is also part of our community.
Today is day four. We continue to grow and that makes me so happy. I am learning so much from all of these pages and I can't wait to try out lots of different ideas. Today I wrote about music and how influential music is in my life and I created a playlist for our group. If you have songs to add, please comment here or contact me and I'll add your suggestions.
Let's continue to write and to support each other. I am loving all of the connections that people are making in this group. Thank you for showing up to the page and for showing up for each other. Happy Notebooking!
Day three begins today. We are over two hundred strong in our Facebook group, not to mention the notebookers over on Twitter too.
Many notebookers started back to school yesterday, but still took some time to write and share. Outstanding! This is a long journey. There will be days when you forget or can't get it done. The most important thing when those days happen is to show yourself grace. Be kind to yourself and try not to beat yourself up for making a mistake. The next thing that you must do is COME BACK!
I wanted to take a moment and share gratitude to all of the notebookers who are bravely sharing their writing. Share as much as you feel comfortable sharing. If you're writing about something sensitive that you aren't comfortable sharing, blur the page, or write about your writing...but please, still show up.
When we get to read the entries, we connect. That's been my experience. Connecting with friends I've known for years or friends that are new to me. Learning about how someone is dealing with grief or frustration or celebration- all of these things connect us. Thank you again for working to make this a safe and supportive community!
It's not too late to join! Are you interested? Use the hashtag on Twitter: #100daysofnotebooking or join our Facebook group! You are welcome!
Welcome to Day Two! The first day was filled with inspiration and excitement. I am overwhelmed and excited. As I write this post, I am still accepting members to the group on Facebook and we are at 178. There are many people notebooking and sharing on Twitter too.
The best part of this experience is the supportive community. I love reading encouraging comments that people are leaving for each other. It warms my heart. The notebook pages are amazing too.
I've heard a few people struggle with feeling like their pages aren't good enough to share. A few others have asked for the rules. Here's my answers...
YOU have a story that only you can tell. Tell that story in the pages of your notebook. Share what you're comfortable with sharing. Use a pencil and scribble all over the page or use watercolor markers and create an artistic masterpiece. They are both beautiful expressions of the notebooker and one isn't any better than the other. My only rule is this: SHOW UP to the page without apology. We are here to support and encourage you on your journey.
Happy Notebooking! Day 2/100
I still haven't decided if I'm going to post here every single day for all one hundred days. Today is the first day. We are off to a great start! People are sharing pages in our Facebook group and on Twitter. There are already so many encouraging and supportive comments. I'm incredibly inspired.
Our group is bigger than I anticipated. I estimate there are at least one hundred and fifty writers participating in this challenge. We have writers from all over the United States and Canada, the UK, Australia, Cambodia, and Nigeria.
Have you written your page for day one? We are here. You can do it! #100daysofnotebooking
Don't forget to share your page or your progress.
Remember to share encouraging comments to other notebookers.
Tomorrow our journey begins. Honestly, I'm a little nervous. I worry that I won't be able to finish all one hundred days. I worry about providing enough guidance and support to those who have signed up to participate...but I'm more excited. Excited to see where this journey brings us all.
Here are a few pages from my notebook that I'm finishing up today. The final two photos are of my new notebook that will start 2020 with me.
I'd love to see your notebooks! Please share a picture of your notebook on Twitter or in our Facebook group. Happy New Year!