#100 Days of Notebooking
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!
As we prepare for our journey as notebookers, one question I get asked over and over again is, "What can I write?" The short answer is anything you want to write, but I know that's not helpful to many notebookers. I am not a fan of writing prompts, but I understand how some writers depend upon having something to prompt them to begin.
We will begin on January 1, 2020. Here are some answers to questions I've already received...
I've spent most of today driving home. After eight hours on the road and a run-in with a tree, I'm safely and happily home with my sweet pup, Bella. I'm overwhelmed and excited about the huge response to #100DaysofNotebooking!