Journaling in 2020

I've been fighting a virus since last week, but happily I'm just about over it now.  I'm not even sure what it was, but I think it might have been a mild case of the flu.  I fought it hard with lots of water, sleep, zinc, and vitamins.  We appreciate good health more after we're sick, don't we?

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Also this week, I once again committed to spending more time with journaling, lettering, and art in the new year. This year, I mean it!



Are you familiar with traveler's notebooks?  They're my latest favorite journals. I discovered them last year I think. They're basically refillable notebooks. So, there's a folded cover  with inserts (individual notebooks) that slip inside with elastic bands, so that you can remove and replace them whenever you want.  I use one notebook insert for to do lists, one for sketches, etc., but they all stay within the single traveler's notebook.  (A divided binder or discbound notebook serves a similar purpose. I have those too! Different notebooks for different things!)

Here are the traveler's notebooks I've committed to filling this year.  The floral one in the picture below used to be available at scrapbook.com. (It's made by Webster's Pages.)  I don't see that particular one on the site anymore, but there are several similar ones. The brown one was on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

There are more expensive versions of these too, made of leather. If you want even one of the non-leather ones like mine, you might want to find one on sale, because they can be a little pricey. (Mine were both on clearance!) They each came with one plain notebook insert, and then I purchased additional (much prettier!) inserts separately on Etsy. Inside each of these, I have 4 individual notebooks (inserts), but I could fit a few more. 

Journaling in Traveler's Notebooks




Journaling in Traveler's Notebooks


Journaling in Traveler's Notebooks


I bought the notebook inserts  from a wonderful etsy seller named Staci,  who happens to live 10 minutes from me!   They are gorgeous.  Her shop is Stinson Paper Company. Just search for traveler's notebook inserts when you get there. (I'm not affiliated, just love her stuff.) Tell her Pam Province sent you!  I haven't even used the new inserts yet, which is why I'm committing to journaling more this year.

I'm going to fill those babies up this year with lists, drawings, gratitude, goals, prayers, etc. (I have ideas to fill a notebook in my post here.) I want to encourage all of you to journal this year.  No journaling fear!  I'll be sharing some pages with you.

Speaking of journals, here are some gorgeous ones.  My husband and I go to Barnes and Noble after our  breakfast date on Saturday mornings a lot, and I always have a look at all of the beautiful ones.  I've decided I have enough already and need to fill them before I go investing in one of these beauties. But I do love to look at them.  Do you ever do this?  My problem with these kinds of journals, though, is that they are so intimidating to me that I'm almost afraid to write in them!


I'm also a bit of a pen fanatic, and I have some new favorite gel pens. They make my journaling so much fun. I love them so much. They're so smooth, they glide. They also dry very fast and don't smear at all.  The picture below is of the Pentel Energel RTX retractables.  I put my camera away before I shot photos of those, but below is the set I have. I also love the Pentel Deluxe with the 1.0 mm (broad) tip. That one only comes in a few colors, but sometimes I love that thicker line when I'm writing bigger letters. (I got the Deluxe ones at JetPens. Not affiliated with JetPens, just love them.)



A bright spot to the virus I've been fighting is that  I discovered some new soups. I always crave soup when I'm sick.  I guess most people do. It's about all I wanted to eat last week, but when I'm sick I don't like to cook.  So I found some new ones!

My favorite one is a creamy organic broccoli soup made by Imagine. It's gluten and dairy free.  And only 2 WW points! If you like broccoli, seek out this soup at your grocery store. I had some Schar gluten free table crackers with it. (Schar has the best gluten free table crackers. And bread!)



Stay well, and happy journaling!

Linking to:

Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy
Wonderful Wednesday at OMHG
Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging
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Your Whims Wednesday at My Girlish Whims
Our Home Away from Home
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Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
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Creatively Crafty
Artsy Fartsy Mama
Blogger's Pit Stop
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Create, Bake, Grow, and Gather at Shabby Art Boutique
Tuesday Turn About at My Wee Abode
Over the Moon at Marilyn's Treats
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom

12 comments

  1. Ooh they do say to go more dairy free when sick so that soup looks divine. I know just what you mean about being so grateful for health when not sick. Being sick can really take its toll. It can last for so long these days.
    I'm a sucker for pretty journals, and also gel pens.

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    1. It really is a great soup. And, can you believe it, I'm still not over this virus. More time to rest, eat soup, and journal. :)

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  2. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you are having a great week!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank YOU too, Debbie! I hope you're having a great week!

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  3. Sorry to hear you are not feeling up to par. I make elderberry elixir and Kombucha. We take some every day and do not get sick. If however, we do feel something coming on we will take it three times a day and by the next day we are fine.

    My daughter just bought both of us bullet point journals. This will be the first time I am using a journal.

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    1. My daughter is a fan of elderberry, and she, too, recommended I take some. She also loves Kombucha! I will have to try those. I think you will love journaling. I am really trying to be more consistent with it. My mom journaled a lot, and now that she's gone, the journals are so precious to me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. I’m fascinated with these traveler journals but not sure how i would use them...would love to see some of your sample pages!

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    1. I will be posting some pages in the near future, Amy! I really love this format for journaling!

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  5. I always look forward to a new year with a new journal!

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    1. Yes, such fresh pages to fill!

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  6. Love the floral notebook! Enjoy using it. #HomeMattersParty

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  7. I have always had a love for pretty journals. Four years ago or so, I used to follow Dawn Nicole's daily hand lettering/doodling prompts, and really enjoyed it. I went through some life things, and got out of taking time to do it, but I would like to do it, and will need a pretty new journal for it!

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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