So, when I saw a journaling kit called "Make Monday Magic" appear in my Facebook feed this month, I was intrigued. While I am a diligent journal-er in the context of my Project Life albums, I struggle with keeping a regular written account of my life. When I am working on my album, I include funny stories, quirky moments from our week, captions that fit the photos I am sharing - and while I am honest in that space, I don't include a lot of writing about my struggles, the little moments in each day, or even my hopes and goals.
It's not that I haven't tried to keep a journal in the past - in fact, my bookshelf is full of notebooks with a page or two of writing, nearly blank sketchbooks, and other journals that were, "just to pretty to write in." But until Make Monday Magic, what was missing from my attempts at journaling was a system.
I think the reason that I am so successful in recording our lives with Project Life is because the system is already defined for me. I know that each weekend, I will sit down to record the week before, in two pocket pages. I have developed a routine for editing my photos and printing them, for photographing my pages and sharing them with you here.
Journaling has never been a ritual for me but that is about to change.
In her introduction to the kit, Sara Blette, owner of Make My Notebook and creator of Make Monday Magic, explains that "inside this box you'll find my ritual to start your week off on the right foot; a way to jump-start your day with positivity and learn how to find calm within the chaos that comes along with life. By taking just 15 minutes each Monday morning and following these simple instructions, you'll transform your mindset, be more productive, reflective and thankful."
15 minutes a week? I can do that.
I don't want to give too much away about this "just enough" journaling technique but I will tell you that Sara put thought into every part of this journaling kit. Not only do you receive instructions on creating a journaling ritual of your own, and a beautiful journal to do it in, you receive a fun purple pen (because as Sara says, life is too shirt to write in black ink), 12 gratitude notecards that moonlight as inspirational artwork and Altoids, because there is no better way to journal than over your morning coffee and who wants coffee breath?
Thinking back to why I am successful with Project Life, I realized that in addition to having a system, I have a community. That is why I am inviting you all to join me in a closed group where we can share how we are making Mondays magic. You can click through to join, or leave a comment with your email address to receive an invitation.
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So tell me, do you keep a journal? How often do you write?