Happy Monday, friends. Today is a big day for me: this morning’s journal entry marked day 365 of journaling. I’m here today to share a few thoughts about how things have shifted for me over the last year and my journaling plans for the future.

One year ago, I crawled out of bed earlier than anyone should and claimed a little time for myself. I didn’t plan to write 365 days straight — I simply set out to see how far I could go. I began to think about shooting for 365 days by the time I got to day 100, but didn’t dare jinx it. I kept crawling out of bed, kept my head down, and kept replacing pens as they ran out of ink.

Typically, I rush through things. I’ll knit a pattern as quickly as I can, read books nearly all day long if I can get away with it, or sit down for marathon quilting sessions. Here – the script was flipped on me. The goal was to write a little bit every day, the whole it’s a marathon, not a sprint idea. I’d write 15-20 minutes, wait 24 hours, and then do it again. 365 days takes 365 days, no matter how I try to manipulate the system. This was a practice in patience for me and has helped me pace myself in other areas of my life, which is a lesson I’ve needed to learn for a long time.

There were a lot of days when I felt like I could have written more than one page, but I used restraint. I knew that if I got in the habit of increasing my goal, then I’d constantly be changing the rules on myself. This needed to be something I’d look forward to every morning – and knowing that I could easily write 1 page each day helped make that possible.

What did I write about? Really – a whole lot of nothing. The weather, what I was reading, what I was crafting, what I wanted to do about the chaos in our house, how worried I am about a whole host of things. I don’t go back to read what I wrote, the goal is to simply get the thoughts swirling in my head out on the page. Maybe even think through a little action plan for the day, which then gets filtered, sorted, and worked through in other places of my life.

Has it been worthwhile? Yes. At the very least, it’s motivated me to get out of bed early in the morning which has so many other other benefits. I’ve been able to cultivate a meditation practice (today was day 100!); I’ve been more consistent with my blog than ever; I have a stretch of 2-3 quiet, kid-free hours that my soul desperately needs; and I go to bed nice and early to compensate for a pre-dawn wake up time. And on top of all that, I feel like my worry thoughts have a place where they belong – the practice of consistently writing them down helps me find ways to successfully herd them up throughout the day and keep them out of the way until I’m ready to deal with them.

Will I keep going? Yes! Why not? At this point, I can’t imagine starting my day any other way. Let me tell you – climbing out of bed, pouring a steaming cup of coffee, turning on my desk lamp, and opening my notebook is the best way to start a day (for me). No phone, no computer. Coffee, light, paper, pen — in that order! Maybe you, too?


On a slightly different note, I want to give you all a warning that my blog will be quiet this week. We are in the midst of painting and replacing flooring and my home is in complete disarray, which activates all sorts of stress within me. To compensate, I’ve decided to pull back on my expectations and less blogging is one way to do that. I will still wake up early, still journal, and I’ll even be working on blog posts — but without any of the anxiety of editing and that tickle of dread and worry that I feel before tapping publish. So don’t worry about us – we continue to be Covid free (I hope!), we’re simply trying to push through this moment of chaos… and know that I’m dreaming of a carpet-free house with gleaming floors!

I hope you all have a great week, full of good books and happy moments.

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    1. Thank you, Jordy! The house is totally upside down and I’m already so frustrated by it. Trying to breathe!! And I’m imagining freshly painted walls and new floors.

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  1. Congrats, this is a great accomplishment! The chaos of home improvements, it will be so worth it when finished. I think this calls for carry out from some restaurants this week!

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    1. Oh my goodness, the takeout idea is genius. Thank you!! You’re right – the improvements are going to be worth it. But man – it is such a mess right now!!

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  2. Congratulations, Katie! This is exactly how the best journeys begin… one day after another after another! I love that you just write down those random thoughts. It is so lovely to have a place to park those thoughts! đŸ™‚

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  3. I have long admired your ability to get up in the very wee small hours of the morn’ to write…especially with three young ones…and tho’ I have no children, I perfectly understood. Congratulations on your milestone; you are well on your way to many more. And enjoy your new floors.
    Cheers~

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    1. Thank you!! I’ve always been a morning person, but it’s been fun to stretch myself into a SUPER morning person, ha! The quiet time makes a difference for all of us, doesn’t it??!

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  4. Congratulations on a truly amazing journaling streak! That is impressive, and I’m glad you’ve been able to adjust your schedule so that you have that time to yourself each day.

    Hope the flooring/painting goes smoothly and easily!

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  5. What an accomplishment Katie – KUDOS! I love that you have figured out a way to get much needed YOU time. So important! Lately I’ve been feeling the need to write again, but I think my time will be on a break at work or before bed – I’m not a morning person, LOL.

    Good luck with the home improvements!

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    1. It’s hard to find the RIGHT time for each individual person. I’m an early morning evangelist but try to respect individuality đŸ˜‰ I hope you find something that works for you!!

      And thanks for sending luck my way – I really need it right now!!

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  6. Congratulations on a FULL YEAR of journaling! It’s a practice I started in December 2006 and have continued (not EVERY day, but usually 5-6 days a week) for all those years … one page at a time (I started notebook #46 last week!) GOOD LUCK with your house project – hopefully the promise of those gleaming floors will keep you going though the mess!

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    1. 46 notebooks!! I love it! And I love practicing one page at a time… and one day at a time! Thanks for the good luck – I close my eyes and picture the floors. Painted walls without lines of markers… we can get through this. Right??!

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    1. Thank you so much!! The last year has been hard in so many ways, so it’s nice to see that some good habits have come out of it!! And thank you for the positive thoughts about the house… I hope we’re able to finish it all very quickly!!

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