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How I’m Journaling in 2021 — Tammy Strobel

January 15, 2021

Final week, I learn and listened to a variety of reporting concerning the siege on the Capitol, the Presidential transition, and updates on COVID-19. I went manner too deep into the information. I additionally acquired unhappy information on Monday. My mother’s canine, Henry, died.

Henry was a loopy canine, and I beloved him. I took a whole bunch of My Morning View photographs with Henry within the body. Henry was simple to {photograph} as a result of he was very meals motivated. He’d do nearly something for a deal with. At the moment, I’m gathering my photographs of Henry for my mother. Henry was a ravishing canine, and he can be missed deeply.

Amid all this, I’ve been journaling. I’ve been an avid journaler for a number of a long time as a result of the apply helps me course of my emotions, synthesize concepts, and maintain monitor of my life. I can’t think about my day-to-day routine with no plethora of pens and notebooks.

Since readers have inquired about my journaling course of, I believed it will be enjoyable to share a round-up of my 2021 journal assortment. I hope the round-up under conjures up you to maintain writing!

Logbook of Delights 

Final yr, I learn The E-book of Delights by Ross Homosexual and his essays delighted me. Homosexual’s e-book is on my “learn it once more listing” as a result of it is so inspiring. It is no secret that 2020 was a tough yr, and based mostly on final week’s political violence, it seems like 2021 goes to be difficult. It doesn’t matter what occurs, I will be cultivating enjoyment of my day by day life.

This yr, I am conserving a small logbook the place I report day by day delights that I expertise. We’re only some weeks into 2021, and I might listing dozens of delights that I’ve loved. Listed here are a number of favorites: consuming doughnuts with blue and white sprinkles on prime, taking photographs of mentioned doughnuts, occurring lengthy walks with Logan, snuggling with Christie the cat, going to mattress at 8 p.m., and extra.

Paying attention to delight does not imply that I am blind to the horrors of the pandemic, political violence, and extra. As a substitute, noticing and recording day by day delights has given me optimism, pleasure, and religion that issues will get higher.

Commonplace E-book

This yr, I made a decision to create and keep a commonplace e-book. I wanted a system to maintain monitor of quotes, together with the books, articles, and podcasts that encourage me.

In A Transient Information to Retaining a Commonplace E-book Ash mentioned, “The commonplace books differs from bullet journals in that it’s dedicated to knowledge-making, and never essentially planning out one’s life … It is a superb device for readers, serving to memorialize phrases, phrases, quotes, passages, and pictures.”

I additionally preferred Mary Karr’s description of commonplace notebooks. Not too long ago, Karr was on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and she mentioned, “… principally what I write down are items of language or issues, poems that I learn, paragraphs, something, so that you simply’re simply consistently copying in longhand. You may’t kind it. You’re consistently copying issues which might be stunning. You’re consistently guzzling magnificence, you’re guzzling the gorgeous language. So that you simply’re sort of steeped in it like a fruitcake in good brandy.”

Writing down quotes, info, and extra in my commonplace pocket book has boosted my studying retention. Plus, “guzzling magnificence” is one thing pleasant to do.

The Planner/Dairy

Final yr, I ordered a big 18-month day by day planner from Moleskine by mistake. I am really glad I made the error as a result of the massive planner is a superb device to prepare my days, monitor duties, and course of my emotions.

Be at liberty to steal the concepts I discussed above on your journaling apply. If you happen to’re new to journaling or want a refresher, try my e-booksWrite to Flourish: A Newbie’s Information to Journaling or On a regular basis Adventures: Tiny Quests to Spark Your Inventive Life.

With gratitude,


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