As we're fresh into the new year, but past all the busy-ness of new year's celebrations, I thought I would share a few journaling prompts for those of you interested in getting back into daily writing, or looking for some inspiration to get the ink flowing.
Now some years ago, I taught a series of journaling workshops at Covenant House, a youth shelter here in Toronto, and I loved it: writing and sharing stories, prompts, poetry, notebooks and paper, all of us sitting around a table scratching away.
Over the last six months, I've been really stripping down what I use to keep organized in terms of journals and agendas. In an ideal world, I would have more time to spend lost in the pages of a notebook (or book), as I really enjoy the process of writing, but I've been working on finding a balance between what needs to get done and keeping sane.
These days, following the incredible excitement and stress and commotion of the move and renovations and launching the new west end shop, have been a bit slower - the summer heat seemed to come over Toronto all of sudden, and I'm embracing it with picnics and naps outside and writing again.
These spring and summer days have brought us back and forth to the cottage a bit, but we've also been spending time in the city, taking in the warm afternoons and long evenings with slow projects and tasks.
These days, I've been really enjoying taking a few moments after Caleb's gone to bed to write, both in my journal and keeping up with my correspondence. It's in part a conscious decision to slow down a bit, but in part also because my failing laptop has now reached its boiling point, and has spent the last week and a half at a Mac spa, with some vague hope for it returning early next week.
Last December, I posted about the notebooks I planned on using in 2016 to organize my life and my thoughts. It was nice to sit down at the end of a year and think ahead to a fresh start and what all was going to happen.
Here we are! In case you missed it, a while ago I had a recent spurt of inspiration, having to do with having more hands in the shop, spring and cool breezes and green leaves, and re-discovering writing.
I may or may not have mentioned (I thought I did) that I've been doing some marathon letter writing over the last couple of weeks, and getting caught up on some crazy old letters from last...year. It's been one of the most satisfying things I've been doing lately, to finally get those letters sealed up with postage and love and out the door.