i used to be all about the journalling, the documenting, the scrapbooking - the savouring and preserving. but somewhere along the way - lively children, ginormous piles of laundry, neverending snack-making, blogging, managing an etsy shop...well - those things took a backseat. like-way-at-the-back-of-a-really-long-schoolbus-backseat.
high on my list of goals for 2012 is taking care of myself (me?!! ME!!) - body + mind + heart + soul. part of this involves taking the time to sit and write...handwrite...and i am excited to have not one but three lovely journals to take me on this journey...
i have a daily/'whatever' journal (sweet one on the right i got for christmas years ago) - because its been way too long since i kept one of those. in this i can write all kinds of rantings and ravings, as well as funny things my little people say, dreams + goals, and i have also written out a rather un-characteristically sensible 'schedule' for myself - ie laundry, baking, vaccuming, crafting...because as you may or may not already know - i am horribly disorganised and scatter-brained. "off with the fairies" they call me. and so in order to stay on top of all the craziness that is life i now have a schedule. lets see how long it lasts!
my 2nd journal is a handmade number, whipped up sunday afternoon before some friends came over for a potluck. i made them one too - see when you come to my house for a potluck i not only feed you cheesymite scrolls, i give you a journal. i'm hospitable like that! see, i've been wanting to have one juicy family journal for a while now - one we can take camping, or on road trips, we can write funnies, and draw pictures. and it will be a nice time capsule of our year. so far yindi has filled half of it with rainbow scribbles. perhaps we will need volumes?
it was a simple-slapped-together (my favourite!) bunch of papers randomly layered and stitched into a file folder, which i had previously covered in thrifted fabric (via the ol sewing machine). big enough that it should be easy to locate under couch cushions or coffee tables.
and then last but not least we have the 2012 journal challenge journal! i debated long and hard about which format to do this in - and out of simplicity chose a nice colourful journal i've been holding onto since i bought it in thailand 3 years ago! if you are going to join in this challenge then ANY format will do - i almost went with a big glass jar to stuff scraps of paper into, as i'm prone to losing journals (jars seem harder to lose?). so anything you choose will be just dandy.
the theme for this year is "remember when...?"
because lately i have been thinking a lot about my nanna, who passed away 18 months ago. i have been having dreams about her, and remembering all sorts of sweet memories - none of which i have ever written about. and this is what i do - remember things, random things...and while these memories have their 10 seconds of designated time inside my brain, i want to write them down. so when i am even more doddery i can open the pages and read and smile...
i will be writing in these pages whenever a memory pops to mind. and each week i will be sharing a memory with a weekly theme (ie nanna!) to perhaps jog a memory of your own. because, if you are anything like my husband...when someone starts telling a story you just HAVE to chip in with one of your own, even if it is entirely unrelated (to the audience mind you)..."i've got legs!" (see, i'm remembering something funny already...)
just to keep things interesting (also because i generally rebel against my own deadlines), i won't have a specific day to post the journal challenge. but they will be here weekly - and i can't wait to get all journally together this year...!
ps gimme a yell if you want to help organize a flickr group for this. and let us know in the comments below if you'll be joining in..!