I wanted to lump these two into one post because they kind of go hand in hand so this is a longer one. I'll be shocked if anyone makes it to the end but here it goes...
Remember when you were a kid and you used to see your mom using journals and notebooks and planners and calendars? I know I remember notebooks laying around our house all the time and pens and pencils galore. My mom had this calendar that she kept on the kitchen wall and she would write everything down on it. I mean EVERYTHING. Birthdays, anniversaries, activities going on, trips, places we need to be, weddings, baptisms, parties, get together, work schedules, etc. I used to think it was so cool (and still do) to see how filled our lives were with love and activities.
When I was younger, I had a journal/diary Actually I had about 20 of them because I never actually stuck to it. I would start the journal, it would last about a month, then fizzle away. Then I would decide I would want to start writing again, buy a whole new notebook (of course) and repeat. It was obnoxious and probably expensive for my parents but it was what I did.
Now that I'm older and technology has advanced significantly, there are a million different ways one can keep lists and journals. There are a hundred apps out there for phones and I-Pads to prevent carrying a piece of paper and pen around with you. It makes life so much easier! You can finally be paper free!
Does anybody else find this sad?
Yes convenient, but the art of journaling is dying a slow death. In my opinion (and I'm no expert here) I want to be able to show my kids and grandkids my journals 30 years from now. I want them to be able to touch it, smell it, see that people really do write in cursive, and hold a piece of something special to me. That being said, I am still a notebook and journal advocate. I still buy them like they are going out of style and I still write everything down when I can remember to.
The same goes for lists. I don't care if my kids see my lists. In fact, I know they probably never will because once a list is done, it goes to the recycle and a new one is created. I love being able to write down lists of things to do and cross each thing off when I've completed it. I feel a sense of accomplishment and I don't have the same affect when I just delete it on my I-Pad or phone. It doesn't feel as satisfying. Call me old school but I am a paper and pen(cil) person all the way and I always will be.
I have notebooks for everything and I thought it would be fun to show you guys what I keep them for
in hopes that you'll share with me too!