Mondays in my notebook

I had a guest illustrator join me in my notebook this week. Our almost four year old loves to draw so I gave him paper and pencils while I sat down to add some details to my weekly page. He kindly offered to show me how to draw some fish and I happily accepted that offer.

Last week, I had a conversation with a notebook friend about journaling and documenting. She shared her plans to move from a larger, page per day format to a smaller notebook with a weekly set up. She said, ā€œIā€™m better at documenting than journaling.ā€ We talked about her attempts to write morning pages and journal. I thought about her words a lot this last week. I think I am more comfortable with documenting. I like looking back to see when I started a book or knitting project, what little tasks I was doing or having notes about the weather.

My reading notebook is becoming less of a list of titles and more of a journal with notes about how I found a book, background about the authors, and quotes, passages, and ponderings. I also have a notebook that I am using as I read, watch, listen, and learn about things like racism, poverty, and scripture. Lots of notes and questions, questions, questions.

Where do you land? Journaling, documenting, a little of both?

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

11 thoughts on “Mondays in my notebook

  1. Top notch fish! I am having a think about my notebooks now- what they are for, how I use them- how I could do things better for me- i think better when I write stuff down!

  2. How super that your notebook could be shared – shows great generosity of spirit :). I was intrigued by your question and found this definition of journal/diary: a diary is a book to record events as they happen and a journal is a book used to explore ideas that take shape. I guess I lean more to the documentation/diary side but with reflections on it also. Was it Socrates who said ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’? Perhaps a notebook can contain both …

  3. Okay, those fish are so wonderful! What joy you’ll have every day this week when you open up your notebook. šŸ™‚
    As for documenting/journaling . . . I definitely do both, and actually have a difficult time differentiating between the two. To me, they are quite intertwined! XO

  4. FISH! what a delightful bit of documentation. I have two inserts in my notebook – the vertical calendar for documenting and a bunch of blank pages for journaling. I use them both and what really settled me on this format was that I could do both of them in one place. The trickiest thing for me when I stopped working and had to “plan my days” was figuring out how to do that in a way that didn’t make more work. It took me 7 years …

  5. I love those fish!! I think I enjoy both documenting and journaling. I never go back and read what I’ve journaled – it’s just a big brain dump. But I often go back to read what I’ve documented – what book I was reading, what the weather was like on a particular day, etc. The vertical planner has made this really easy!

  6. The fish are great — very impressive! I’d say I fall somewhere in between journaling and documenting. I call my notebook a journal, but often the content of what I write is documenting the events of the day.

  7. I’m not sure I know whether I’m documenting or journaling, I guess I don’t really distinguish between the two. Those fish are adorable, they will make a sweet memory when you flip back through your pages.

  8. I have grand plans to someday journal. Haven not yet started. It’s nice to have a guest illustrator. Nice fish! My granddaughter sends me drawings through the mail from California. They have a rotating showing on my fridge.

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