A Look Into Our Notebooks | Week 9 of 2021

It’s Monday again! It sort of snuck up on me because my weekend was full of play. Each Monday I take a little bit of time to look back at the previous week. I spend time with my notebook every few hours throughout the week to document how I’m using my time – is it helping me meet my overarching goals? This little check in keeps me grounded and on track even if the day is totally off-kilter!

Materials used: Traveler’s Notebook weekly insert | pastel highlighters | Pilot g-tec-c .25 Hyper Fine Point pens

GREEN | Writing Time
Today makes 337 straight days of journaling! I didn’t spent time on my blog every day last week, but I did pretty well. I’m hoping to play with the time of day that I write my blog posts because I’m looking to shift my early morning time from writing to squeezing in a little time with my exercise bike.

ORANGE | “Healthy Stuff”
This was an excellent week for healthy things. I meditated and did yoga every day last week! I also managed to get on the bike 5 times, which was a dramatic improvement from the two previous weeks (where I earned a grand total of 0).

PURPLE | Blackberry Bluff School
It was an interesting week of homeschooling! Colton was home from his treatment center, which meant that my attention was focused on keeping him safe. So we dialed back our schooling goals, focused on the basics, and then did our best to play the rest of the day. I’m hoping this week will see a return to our previous routine, but you never know what’s going to happen!

PINK | Reading Time
I didn’t do a ton of reading last week and that makes sense because I’d read so much during the previous few weeks. Ebb and flow.

BLUE | Outside Time
We did okay with this category given the weather. Early in the week there was a lot of rain and intense winds, and then some super frigid weather to follow it up. But we braved the cold this weekend because the sunshine was just too good to pass up.

YELLOW | Stitching time
None! This is the second week of no stitching, but I’ve been so busy that it hasn’t been a big deal.

+ Water – I only missed my goal once, so pretty good!

+ Weather – continue to track here and in my 5 year journal. Which is a good thing, because I’d already forgotten how cold and windy it was on Tuesday!

+ Covid – I’m amazed by the case counts. Of course, they’re still high when compared to our numbers in late fall, but much lower than they were earlier this winter. It’s all relative, I suppose.

Okay friends – I’m sorry for such a rushed post this morning. I’m looking forward to starting another week… how about you?


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    1. Thanks, Wendy! I’m trying to measure “balance” in increments longer than a week, so I’m reading a lot right now, but I’m sure I’ll balance that out with a month or so of little reading and a ton of stitching (at least, I hope so!).


  1. Looks like, all things considered, it was a good week! I know having all your kids at home makes things more challenging, and even so I’m seriously impressed by how much you get done in a day.

    We are expecting some really nice, warm weather this week — I hope it makes its way up to you!

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    1. Exactly! I feel guilty saying that I don’t even miss it right now, but I don’t. We’ll see what happens on the next few months 🙂


  2. I’m always fascinated (and curious) at writer’s personal habits: when do they write? For how long? What if nothing comes to mind? What activities help them be better writers? etc.


    1. Oh goodness, me too! It’s why I love those Mason Currey books so much (Daily Rituals: How Artists Work and Daily Rituals: Women at Work). I think the best advice I got about writing is so simple and other writers say the same thing over and over: you write every day, whenever you can, and whatever you can. I saw Jodi Picoult at a book reading and she said, “I can edit something that’s bad, but I can’t edit something that’s blank.” That has stuck with me for the last decade or so!

      And it’s so helpful to see how other mothers, especially, structure their days. I love getting ideas about when/how to plug in the tiny activities that bring hope and joy into the quotidian.

      Thank you for all of the writing that you do, Maggie. I always enjoy it when a blog post from you pops into my feeder 🙂 I hope you have a great week!


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