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Peek in my journal

Grab a cup of coffee with me and I’ll let you peek into my journal.
I’ve mentioned my journal before.

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I am still at it, recording important & meaningful thoughts from books I read or conversations I’ve had. I don’t like the thought of having an experience or reading something motivating and not be able to recall what struck me.
I want to grow & learn, I never want to be stagnate or simply live to be entertained. Therefore, I record to recall.

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I also use my journal for school planning. Book lists, schedules, yearly goals, & the kids’ interests all get recorded .

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Something new that I’ve been doing is Morning Pages. I try to get up before anyone else, find a quiet corner & write 3 pages. It’s an exercise developed by Julia Cameron. I have been doing this nearly every day for about a month and I love it. Some days my morning pages are a prayer, pearls of pleas strung together on the page. Other mornings the three pages are full of grouchiness & complaints. Ms Cameron says that morning pages are a means of clearing out the cobwebs,  similar to taking yourself out for a cup of coffee.

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And of course my journal will always be full of doodles, just as my school papers from childhood always had them down the side. I’m sure my teachers loved that.

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I’ll always be a doodler, have favorite paper textures, ink pens & words, and it’ll probably always be difficult to find a normal ball point pen in my home. That happened last week when a friend asked to borrow a pen. We found gel pens, felt tip pens, pens with every color ink except black…. it was rather humorous & I appreciated that she loved the search even if we never came up with a simple ballpoint pen.

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journaling, journaling, journaling, and more journaling…

This has been the year of journaling for me. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a journaler. Yet with the nudge of reading & beginning to understand/live the message of “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are” and also being a little more purposeful in my Charlotte Mason Education (read about keeping a book of mottoes) the occasional journaling has gone over the edge into a daily desire. I’m thankful.

So I currently have two journals. One is what I call my “big book of ideas” and the other is my “quotes journal”

Somehow I don’t have a picture of the cover, but this is the side. I use washi tape (which is pretty much my newest addiction) to bookmark all the different sections. The sections are: budgeting, meal planning, school planning & parenting, recording blessings & scripture studies, and lastly any art or doodles.
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This is an example from my scripture studies, although it is simply a song by jj heller that I’ve written out. It is called “Back Home” and a sweet friend of mine sang it for me at my last retreat weekend. We have played it together & I love joining in with some harmonies. The lyrics pull at me when I am having a difficult day.
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This is school planning entry that I wrote out after reading a post on bravewriter. In fact, it was this post that I reblogged from Handmade Homeschool back on July 11th. It certainly made an impression on me & I wanted to work through it for our upcoming school year.
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This is actually a scripture study & an art page. The reference is from a book I’m reading called “Having a Mary Spirit”. She mentions that we, like Eustace in the CS Lewis story “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” all need de-dragoning. When I read that an image immediately popped into my mind. This is just a rough draft, but it needed to go in my journal!
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This is the inside front cover. I love the photo booth strip! We did that at the City Museum in St Louis, which was a fantastic day.
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So these next few pages are from my quotes journal. I have a page for each month. Of course, I am never orderly, so this starts in April. But there are 12 nice thick watercolor pages, which is perfect for a year project. It is full of quotes on every topic & scriptures.
This is April:
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this one from about mid-June, unfinished:
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July (lots of words last month!):
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and a peek at August:
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I had to doodle on my thumb to keep the ink flowing because this page was prepped with watercolor crayon & the wax makes it difficult to ink on at times.

So there are some peeks inside my messy, crazy, joyful journals. I actually love them very much & I am thankful for the time I spend in those pages!!

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