Wednesday, January 14, 2015

moleskine: highlights

in the last few days of 2014, i began chatting with my friends over at get it scrapped! about "intentions" for the new year.  i was intrigued by a link on bullet journaling that was shared and thought i might give it a try.  i then impulsively stopped at books a million on the way to our new year's eve party for my very first moleskine travel journal with the intention of bullet journaling on its pages.  i just couldn't do it.  the pages were too pretty and the journal too cute.  i just couldn't sully it with random messy lists. 

i was then faced with this adorable new journal with absolutely no intentions for it.  i pondered its fate all day long on new year's day.  i finally had a "eureka!" moment late that night after my football team lost its bowl game.  it's now my "highlights" playbook.  each day i simply write a few highlights, sketch a little picture, and color it in with watercolor pencils.  no back handed compliments and no disclaimers allowed.  only highlights.

semantics are funny.  i've tried this sort of thing before.  gratitude journals, reflections on my day, joys.  sometimes it all just seemed too profound when i was having a shallow sort of day.  highlights, though, highlights i can handle.  just a few little things that have made me happy each day.  no pressure.  just fill a tiny page with a few moments that have made me smile.  it's surprisingly easy and not so surprisingly uplifting.

it's also been not so hard to keep up with.  i try to write every day or at least every other day.  then i make the sketches and color them as i have time.  very relaxing.  give it a try!  i know it's been adding an extra smile or two to each of my days so far this year.


9 comments:

  1. Love the idea! LOL about being able to handle a highlights journal! I've been colouring mandalas for a few weeks and it's *so* relaxing: slows my mind down so well.

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  2. Just lovely! And your handwriting is so stylish! I am also intrigued. I bought a (larger) moleskin a year ago or more and couldn't work out how to use it. At the end of December, I followed a link from a blog to the same bullet journalling site as you and decided to use the Moleskin and try bullet journalling. I've just abandoned coloured pens in favour of pencils, and leaves and twirly bits have been making an appearance inbetween the columns I feel very inspired by your delightful work :).

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  3. whaaaa?! oh girl - this is so inspiring! your creativity is just bursting! and what an artist you are!

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  4. the highlight idea is great too - that kind of thing would work for me ...

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  5. You can DRAW?! I love this!

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  6. I agree with the semantics thing - I could never get to grips with a gratitude list but have been noting things that made me happy at the end of each day with no trouble. beautiful drawings

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  7. It sure helps that you can draw too! I'm totally lacking in that department.

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  8. SO cute Doris...I love this idea!! Very inspiring.

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  9. This is so wonderful I can't even express it. Love, love, love!

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