Hello there! If you’re a PaperLove Blog Hopper and first time visitor to my blog, welcome! I’m Gabrielle and I have a wee obsession with spreading joy in the world with papery goodness. I have written quite a lot about the great value of sending hand written notes in the post to make someone’s day, but today I thought I’d write about notebooks.
I love notebooks. I have a lot of notebooks. I like notebooks (and postcards and letter writing sets and note pads…) so much that I started my own stationery company, the green gables. The picture above shows a collection of notebooks that I found lying around my home, none of them are my own design and I know there are even more stashed away in drawers and cupboards and probably the attic. However I come across a notebook, whether it’s given to me at an event, I can’t resist it in a shop, or it comes free with a magazine, I have to keep it, even though I have more than I need.
It’s something about the crisp, clean, smooth, blank pages holding so much possibility that I can’t resist. Mathematical equations, scientific formulas, works of art and literature as well as doodles, lists and plans can all be laid down on those expectant blank pages.
Most of the big events in my life have been recorded in some way in a notebook. Not on a word document or on a note in my phone but in a notebook. Lists of areas and houses to look at when my husband and I have been searching for our new home. Written in a notebook. Planning the details of our wedding. Written in a notebook. Ideas for how I could leave steady employment and run my own business. All written down in a notebook. And even when I may have only used a few pages at the start of the notebook, and what I’ve written is of no use years later, I wouldn’t dream of tearing out those pages or ditching the notebook.
I’ve lost count of how many notebooks I’ve gone through since I started my business and I’ve kept every one because a quick flick through shows the development and evolution of my work. The doodles and scribbles, the hopes and dreams I poured onto those pages as I trudged through the daily train commute to my then employment are forever recorded in a simple little notebook. Yes I could have made notes on my phone or written plans on my laptop but it’s just not the same, is it? By committing in pen on paper I felt my dreams were made more real, more achievable, more concrete.
I’ll never know if I would be living the life I live if I had spent those hours typing on a blank screen rather than scribbling on a blank page, but I have my doubts. Ahead of me is a lifetime of more scribbling in notebooks and I can’t wait!
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I’ve written a few times about positivity and finding happiness in the little things each day. I’ve become super interested in the psychology of happiness and one theme that keeps coming up is that feeling gratitude each day boosts happiness. I rather liked this idea so I started off thinking of three things I was grateful for before I went to sleep. Trouble was, I kept falling asleep before remembering to be grateful! Plus, thinking grateful thoughts is good for that moment but you don’t necessarily remember them when you need to, like when you’re feeling fed up and not at all cheerful. I’m taking part in #100happydays on Instagram but it hasn’t quite filled up my daily positivity quota.
So, I have decided that writing down something I feel grateful for each day and keeping track of them is the way forward. Starting this month the hubbie and I are writing down one thing each day and putting the little cards in a jar. (As you can see I’m quite easily pleased, a sunny instead of rainy dog walk makes me happy! Tea and biscuits make me feel pretty grateful too…) At the end of the month we’ll open up the jar and read all the cards. I bet we’ll have forgotten half of the little things which on the day made us smile. By storing them up and reading a month’s worth in one go I fully expect to be cheered and have my mood decidedly boosted.
Fancy joining me and noting down what you’re grateful for each day? I’d love to have some company (besides my hubbie of course) in this cheery challenge so do let me know if you’re keeping a gratitude diary too. And if you’d like a ready made Jar of Gratitude just waiting for you to start filling take a look here.
I find a great way to notice the simple things in life and bring a little bit of joy into my day is to take snaps on my phone. The cameras on most phones now are top notch quality and as I never go anywhere without my phone (I know, it’s a bit of an addiction) it’s always on hand. Just over a month ago I decided to join the 100 happy days challenge which is simply to snap a picture that makes you happy every day for 100 days. You can keep it to yourself or share it on instagram, facebook, twitter, wherever you fancy, with the hashtag #100happydays. I’m posting my pics on instagram each day (I’m @thegreengable if you want to find me) and you can join in any time you like. Let me know if you do!