#100 Days of Notebooking
One of the things I love to do in the pages of my notebook is to keep ephemera. Ephemera like notes– those bits of things that make me smile or hold a memory. Sometimes a photo of something helps to bring the memory to life. (I use a Polaroid Zink Printer. You can also use a Sprocket Printer. They print with no ink and the photo is a sticker!)
My notebook is a part of me. My writing is a part of me. Everything (and I mean everything) goes into my notebook. I put it all into one notebook. I've tried having separate notebooks for different things, but it never worked for me. I'm often asked, how do you find anything? I find it by serendipity. It's true. When I have to find a page from a notebook, I usually remember the notebook cover first. Once I remember that, I get the chance to flip through an old notebook. It's like visiting with an old friend.
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!