Books. And things. I mentioned several days ago that I had a new obsession: bullet journaling. You probably now know about my love affair with books of all kinds, but bullet journals are something new. New to me, anyway!
I have resisted buying a new journal and am still using my “Plans for World Domination” notebook to try it out. In an effort to learn as much as I can, I am using Instagram as a visual guide, and have even joined two challenges there: #RockYourHandwritingChallenge and #planwithmechallenge. Who knows if I’ll actually finish the challenges (and truth is, I rather like my handwriting as-is), but they are fun to help me immerse myself in a new world and don’t take any time to do. Here are photos from the first couple of days of the handwriting challenge. No biggie, right?
Although it seems so very intuitive, I laugh at my struggle of overcoming the lack of a traditional calendar view in bullet journaling. There are no boxes. Yes, I could draw boxes in if I needed to, but then I have created another calendar. I am trying to just use text. It’s such a small thing but is a bigger challenge than I realized. Who would have thought?
I also get a little spooked at the lack of future planning capabilities in the bullet journal. Yes, there are hacks to fill that need, but I am so scared that I will completely forget something I have committed to do. Of course, I am afraid of that when I use a regular calendar too, so I should probably just get over myself, huh?
I am seriously resisting the urge to buy a new fountain pen. When I started learning cursive writing, way back in the fourth grade (yes, that’s when we started it then, don’t ask me why), we had to use a fountain pen. Thus started a lifelong love affair for me. There is something about that nib and ink that makes me slow down and be more mindful of my writing. Sadly, I’ve realized that my favorite pen, a MontBlanc Meisterstück, given to me for my college graduation, is not where I thought it was. I am not really panicking, merely frustrated that I can’t lay my hands on it. (My office is seriously overdue for a major mucking-out, so it will probably turn up soon.)
In any event, I won’t be buying one quite as wonderful as that one, but I would love to have a less-expensive, everyday fountain pen too. I’m trolling The Goulet Pen Company and JB Welly sites today, coveting this Pilot Metropolitan pen (and this notebook too, if you must know).
Speaking of books, I asked friends on Facebook for recommendations for some good reads this week and, holy cow, there are now a ton more on my list. Two that were suggested more than once were, The Martian, and Reading Claudius, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading those soon. I was surprised to see that I am actually ahead of schedule in my quest to read 52 books this year. I just finished the ninth, The Forgotten Garden, and the tenth, Through the Veil (by Colleen Halverson, the daughter of my Facebook friend, Claudette). I will admit that Through the Veil is a genre I don’t ordinarily read but I really enjoyed it. It is very fast-paced, with lots of excitement, and way more than I ever knew about Irish mythology.
Being re-introduced to journals and even so many more books than I usually read has been really refreshing, to say the least. I feel I am seeing old friends, and making some new ones too. In some ways, these are slow-life pleasures, the first things to get shoved out of the way when times are busy. I can’t promise they won’t get shelved again in future, but for now, I’m really enjoying them.
How about you? Are you a book or journal nerd? Do you love fountain pens? Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear!