Friday was Vgood and Patchy’s school anniversary so it wasn’t very hectic for me and the girls. After a few errands for my hubby and on the way home, Patchy and I decided to drop by Papemelroti, a quaint little shop that sells really nice stationery and lots of other wonderful stuff.
I love the country-home feeling of Papemelroti shops. I was hunting for a journal, a scrapbook, and a calendar (Yes, I procrastinated long enough for NationalBookstore to run out of the good ones! Hmm, now that I looked up its website, I see that calendars are on sale! *sigh* oh well!).
I was out in search for a nice journal and a scrapbook/sketchbook because the Simple Abundance book required these tools. I’ve started writing a Gratitude Journal (for the nth time!), where I’d list at least five things I am thankful for each day. Doing this daily exercise has helped me see things in brighter perspective- life isn’t that bad after all! And oh, how much I have taken for granted the ordinary things. Such as being able to pay the bills on time. Such as having a trusty old car (it’s old, but it’s trusty!). Such as having good web connection. Such as having a lovable family. I am blessed, and everyday I’m now able to remind myself that.
The sketchbook is for my Illustrated Journal. I haven’t started on this yet, but I am looking forward to doing it. Other tools for the Illustrated Journal are colorful magazines, lots of pens, scissors and glue. I am to make a collage of things I love, aspire, hold dear, and wish for. One of the main goals for going the Simple Abundance path is to find your authentic self. With the Illustrated Journal, I’m going to discover my true preferences, uninfluenced by anyone or anything but just me.
The hot pink spiral notebook above is my Daily Dialogue Journal. It’s where I literally talk to myself, debate if I must. My first entry had to do with a biatchy episode I had. After ranting in the journal and re-reading my entry the morning after, I felt good! And my mind refocused. It actually works… I might be using this DD Journal more often… hehe *winks*
“To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.” (