Thursday, September 9, 2010

My new journal came today

Where magic thoughts begin!

I just happened to have the day off today and I had decided that this would be a day of self care for me.  A quiet morning at home, reading and knitting, then special tea time with a friend, a hot yoga class and of course a nap would be in there somewhere in my afternoon.   I work full time as an Optician in a very demanding Eyecare practice.   I have to choose my days off carefully;  today happened to be a Jewish Holiday and we were closed, the time off was a gift and I took it gladly!  When I arrived home after running my errands, I saw sticking in my front door was a package.   I was really excited because I thought it might just be a journal I had ordered on Etsy a few short days ago with my birthday money.  I could think of no better gift than this journal.   There it was, beautifully handcrafted and ready for me to begin writing.  My day had just become even more special.

My thoughts began to flood me today and I wanted to share them with you.  I think that we forget sometimes the joy of writing and journaling. How wonderful it feels to have pen in hand and actually handwrite onto a page.   I know that beginning this blog has been a way for me to express what is inside of me, a way to express in a totally different way than writing in my journals.  I have learned to write deeply, share freely those thoughts, work on my computer, how to design a blog and all that goes with that.  I have mentioned before, adding widgets and gadgets, was not a part of my vocabulary.  I didn't even know how to link anyone or anything!  This was a whole new world for me and I am enjoying the entire process.  I have learned though that it is taking an enormous amount of time and energy to keep a blog and be able to do it successfully.  When one thing takes time, something else is always sacrificed.  I realize for me my written word and journals were being slighted.  Life truly is a balance of give and take isn't it???

I do not want to get so involved with the writing of my blog that I forget my love of journaling, my love for drawing and doodling on the page.  When I look back at my older journals and read through them I am amazed to see the messages that come through loud and clear.  Thoughts from my heart and mind from many years ago.  I have journals about weaving, knitting projects, poetry, short stories, a diary of inner thoughts, sketches etc.  This is truly the magic that happens within a paper journal.

A variety of magical pages!
So as my new journal arrived today at just the perfect time I was reminded that I can't wait to begin writing an entry in it today during my self care and self nurturing time.  What better way to take care of myself than writing my inner thoughts and dreams on a brand new page of my beautiful new journal!!  I also decided that this was a good thing to share on my blog with my friends.

Inside the cover!
I encourage you to check out the journals and artwork from Harmony Lenasbunt at, you will not be disappointed.  I also have a tab at the left side of my blog page and it will take you right to her gorgeous blog.  I want everyone to know about Harmony!  She is so talented and her journals and artwork are to inspire others.  I will treasure my new journal and as soon as it is filled, I will treat myself to another!!

I want to push you a little today ... try journaling.  Or if it has been a long time since you have written down your inner thoughts, revisit it again.  Grab a small notebook, journal, piece of paper, napkin  or whatever you can find to being writing your inner thoughts.  Begin with this...Today I am feeling....
It is that easy.  See where your thoughts take you.  Don't forget to let me know how it turns out.

Thank you for following my small baby blog and I thank you for your comments and words of encouragement to me.  I am having a wonderful time with it, it is growing and I am growing in ways I never dreamed that I would.  Blessings to you and more blessings my friend!


  1. Talking about being inspired...girl, you have inspired me today......I know what you mean about blogging taking so much time....I really struggle with this issue.......I love all the new friends but I am constantly trying to set boundaries on my blogging time and asking myself how much is enough......

    I love your new journal and I know you are going to have so much fun writing your thoughts and feelings on those wonderful pages....Journals are very special and wonderful to go back and review and relive some of the precious memeories one has forgotten......

    Your post today was from the heart and those are the best kind....sometimes I put the art on my blog and don't write the inspire me to combine both which makes a better and more interesting blog...

    Hugs my friend

  2. I love this post! I once considered giving up journaling in notebooks for journaling on my computer and guess what? After a few tries I quit - for me it was so much more deeper and soulful to write in a special book dedicated for my thoughts. It felt like I was doing something personal for me. Your new hournal looks beautiful by the way! I'm sure it will make a sweet home for your thoughts!

  3. oooh i'm so happy that you are inspired to journal! and you have a beautiful book to do it in! you are so right when you say that you can't forget about sketching and doodling. that is so easy to do when you are tweeting, facebooking, blogging. all that is great stuff because it keeps us connected, but we always have to go back to our roots and get grounded again. so enjoy enjoy enjoy journaling! i will be with you in my thoughts as i journal myself for the next couple of days!

    with heart,
    rita maria

  4. Hi! I love your new journal and I am hopping right on over to Harmony's blog after I write this. Thanks so much for your sweet comment and SO glad you came for a visit.

  5. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my little corner of blogland! So happy to "meet" you! Love your blog...and really enjoyed seeing bits of your studio. There is something so inspiring about seeing others' work spaces! Will be back soon. Have a great day!

  6. What a beautiful journal! Thanks for reminding me to take the time to journal, you are right it is a wonderful way of self nurturing. So happy to be in our group of creative coconuts, it's so fun meeting everyone!

  7. Love, love, love to journal myself. Just did it this morning. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't doodle and write down my thoughts as they pop into my head. My hubby teases me because I have little post-it notes all over the house with differnet quotes etc.. I've jotted down. And I have an old clothes hamper full of old written in journals.

    Your journals are beautiful. I'm going to hop on over and check out her blog.

    Lee Ann

  8. wow, that is a lovely journal! i love how even the inside pages are lovely!


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