This is a guest post from team member Michele Holcomb.
I am a planner by nature. I love making lists, gathering my thoughts and refining my writing skills.
Back in 2008, I created what I called a “Dream Journal” and documented eight items that I wanted to be sure to bring into my life. This little book gave me the satisfaction of creating with my hands and putting my thoughts down on paper. 2008 was definitely a year where I needed to find some peace. I had forgotten all about that time period until I went down memory lane and re-read my thoughts.
Here’s a peek into bits of my journal:
Dream #2 – Be a stay at home mom. Looking back, I can see how this dream would make it on my list. I wanted the opportunity to be present for my girls, who at the time were five and twelve years old. Would I still keep it? Definitely! Now that the girls are getting older, I feel as if they need more guidance than ever before. Oh, the joy of raising teenagers.
Goal #8 – Be Happy! I intentionally kept this space free of journaling. I can remember clearly that I wanted the words to speak to me more than anything else. Sometimes less is more.
The journal came together very quickly by using products from the same manufacturer and a repetitive template. I have learned that assembly line style is the way to go, otherwise, if I have too many choices, my productivity will slow down.
Note: The tag line “Dream a Little Dream and Work to Make it Real” was an error on my part. It should state “Dream a BETTER Dream and Work to Make it Real!” My ten year old daughter kindly showed me the error of my ways since the line was taken from one of her favorite movies.
Creating a “Dream Journal” is fast, easy and a great way to capture your thoughts in the moment. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to reflect on the past and see all that you have accomplished.
What are some of the ways you capture your hopes and dreams? Feel free to leave a comment or a link to your journals or layouts in the comments section.
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Michele, I love this mini. The colours and size are fabulous and it’s such a great idea! My favourite part is that you just let the “be happy” page shine on its own.