I have journaled for as long as I can remember.
I prefer a great stationary/journal store over a shoe store. Without hesitation.
For this summer's journal I decided to use the Midori Traveler's Notebook, having been inspired by so many that I was seeing online.
I love the insert options.
On my front cover I put a pocket, in which I have mine and Wendy's summer manifestos. The boys don't seem interested in creating them this year.
The insert on the right is one I use to put whatever writing sticks I want to take with me at the moment. I do a lot of journaling and list making during karate and soccer.
These pages are part of the weekly calendar insert and work out perfect for summer. There are four pages which gives me June, July, August and September. I decided to use them for three goals per day. I may switch those goals each month, so haven't put them yet for July. For this month - I'm trying to regain some ground after a time consuming soccer season - so have made goals of 30 minutes of exercise plus per day. Day 1 - I took a 30 minute walk. Day 2 - I ran/walked 12 laps while Wendy was at goalie training yesterday.
I'm also quitting chocolate again as it's always the beginning of my slippery slope.
Goal three is to document/journal. I'm hoping to reattain some lost creativity this summer.
Summer vacation began on a Saturday, so I only needed the 2 boxes on this first page enabling me to doodle summer. I learned here that I can't use markers [in this case, my Copics] on these pages, as even the light grey that I used to highlight bled through. It'll be journaling pens, crayons and colored pencils from now on.
The pages on the right will be for my weekly to do lists, but I didn't bother with that for this first weekend so did a bit of summer hopes and good start journaling instead.
I had been looking for some creative prompts and challenges, but wasn't having any luck finding one that suited me consistently. [I AM picky] I decided, instead, to make my own. These are just jump starts and inspiration to get me going on some of the more creative pages I have planned for the blank page insert which I'll share another day [when there is actually something to share].
This page is still from the calendar side. It gave me a few more pages than I needed for the summer, so I'm using them for this inspiration page along with pages for my kid's summers. Mark's page, for instance, reads that already this summer he had fun at a cousin's, went swimming at Thompson Lake and went kayaking with dad.
Wendy's page reads a little different
Day 1 - Had a dead squirrel thrown at her.
Day 2 - Popped not 1, but 3 ribs at goalie training
Day 3 (today) - Blacked out from pain and hit the living room floor. (we were at the chiropractor for 7:30am)
The boy's pages I'm using for a reminder when they get on me about 'we haven't done anything fun yet this summer' that they indeed have. Wendy's I'm using in hopes that we can look back and laugh.
The back cover I added a few more pockets to hold my gift cards. As I'll be carrying this book everywhere, I'm hoping to get these used up this summer.
As for summer - we're starting strong.
- Enjoyed a visit with Greg's sisters and families
- Wendy had two sleepovers already
- Mark and Greg went kayaking
- The boys have been swimming
- I finally got over to meet my newest nephew
- Brian had his last soccer game.
- Wendy had confirmation class
- I caught up on a few things
- Greg had the weekend off (fingers crossed for two in a row)
- Brian went to a friend's birthday party
- And having not run since November and not making it to personal training consistently for months, I got a better time on my 12 laps yesterday than expected.
- I had fish tacos.
It's going to be a good summer.
For most of us.