This is a Public Service Announcement for all those of you who have a large collection of unused notebooks. This is my collection of unused notebooks. Yes I have two whole bookshelves of brand spanking new notebooks that haven’t been touched since the day I bought them. Please show this to your husbands and boyfriends and say ‘see, my collection is not nearly as bad as this woman’s!’
I am showing you my collection so that you no longer feel bad about having a pile of unused notebooks. No one should be. They are just notebooks. It’s not like you are hoarding something that is going to go off in the next week.
Besides, they are not unused notebooks. ‘Unused’ has such a negative connotation, like you are already committed to not using them – and that’s not the case is it? You are fully intending on using them and that’s what counts. These notebooks are just waiting for me to get around to using them. They are looking forward to it. So let’s call them ‘waiting to be used’ notebooks instead.
Honestly, there are so much guilt surrounding journaling already, we don’t need to guilt-trip ourselves further every time we look at our ‘waiting to be used’ notebooks. We should be delighted that we have so many choices when we come to pick our next journal. We should look at the notebooks and have fun imagining what we will put in them.
If, however, you do still feel that you have too many and they are starting to make you feel overwhelmed, maybe the following exercise will help you. Figure out how many notebooks you normally go through in a year. Then look at how many ‘waiting to be used’ notebooks you have in stock. You can roughly estimate how many years it will take to use your stock up. Are you happy with how many years it will take to use up your collection? How many year’s worth of notebooks would be less overwhelming? If you have way more than you are comfortable with, then maybe you’ll feel better to gift some of your journals to your friends.
For example, the very top shelf in the photo you see holds the notebooks I have filled this year. So from that I can work out I have roughly two years’ worth of stock (totally not counting any new ones I will buy in the future…) I am absolutely okay with having two years’s worth of stock. I felt less overwhelmed about how many notebooks I have because I now know I can use them up in just a couple of years. So no giving away my notebooks to my friends (sorry my dear friends, but phew!)
That’s the thing about people who journal. We grow notebooks like house plants. It’s just part of who we are.
I spent the morning curled up on the bed, under swathes of blankets and all my notebooks from this month. I’m going to be transferring to a new journaling/task management system next week so I did some prep work for that. Copying over tasks yet to be completed, copying out lines from my writing that I may want to use later, that sort of things.
What are you doing to wrap up your journaling for this month?
We have eight months of travelling to do next year before settling back down in Edinburgh. My husband and I sat over lunch and planned out where we would like to travel next year. Many exciting destinations have came up and they managed to all settle nicely alongside each other on the page.
We both agreed we want to slow the pace of our travel down so that we have time to do the things we really love besides travelling. Him doing his studies and me snuggling up to my notebooks.
What changes to make room for what you love are you contemplating for the new year?
I felt the need to develop my desire words I chose last week (Exotic, Burning, Bold, and Guided), so I’m working through the second half of the Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.
I’m finding it hard to mentally put myself into the context of my words and really feel them. I need to almost live the words in my head and be these words before I can come up with juicy details of how to make it happen.
Right now, I’m still several steps away from my words, too shy to step into them. I’m seriously out of practice from being exotic, burning, bold and guided, you know. I think this is going to take some time to get through…
Where and what are you journaling today?