After repeated attempts to "journal," I have decided that I am just not deep in a literary way or even very articulate. I cringe when I consider putting my innermost thoughts on paper. ( I would probably not hesitate to spill the beans to anyone within hearing distance but commitment to paper is so final and could be damning. Thus it scares me.)
BUT, I was inspired by this book to begin a daily journal of some sort anyway. Also the fact that I am trapped for 8-9 hours daily in a non-creative atmosphere helped to convince me that any creative act is better than none.
This page from Linda Woods book gave me the idea for my little journal. You can find her art in her Etsy shop. (click on the pictures if you want to see them larger)
In years past I tried making this little daily calendar into something inspirational by printing out quotations and taping them to each page. In that way I could be "surprised" by each thought of the day. I enjoyed the quotes, but it required a lot of work done ahead of time. (Yes, I know they sell this sort of thing already done. Let's just say I am cheap.)
The tools of my trade are these; any pen or highlighter already at work (nothing brought from home for this purpose), any trade magazine or flyer that is mailed to us at work, any magazine or paper product that someone at work may give me.
I try to journal about some aspect of my day. Now, I don't want you to get the idea that I am wasting company time on this little whimsy of mine. I don't take breaks, I don't go outside to smoke, I put in my time. I usually only spend 3 to 5 minutes a day for each entry. I may take the calendar out of my drawer and jot down a thought and pop it right back into it's hiding place once or twice. I try to write something everyday but some days we are just too busy.
I was longing for sunlight and spring on this particular day. I was feeling quite dull. Can you tell?
And you can see how my mood was lifted by this sunny day.
Ooops, I'm back to wanting out! I was a SAHM for 26 years. I took care of my kids, I worked with the PTA, I went to Bible studies, I had a craft business. It has been the most difficult thing for me to get used to being stuck in just one place day after day. Some days I think I will go stir crazy if I can't do something new. This was one of those days obviously.
Refreshed by a nap in the car on my lunch hour. I love my lunch hour! : )
I got a new car over the weekend!
It was a VERY frustrating day!
Did I mention that I live for Fridays?
My Blog's birthday!
My list of woes.
The month end is always really busy. Not much time for fun. Just work!
Looks like some things will be changing around the office. It's all good!
Bad weather Friday!
And today's entry......
At the end of the year I'll make some kind of cover and use rings to keep this little work journal together. I hope it will amuse me to look back on 2008 and remember each day.