I have a theory that the most interesting people in the world are collectors. Not collectors in the sense of acquiring coins or stamps or artifacts, but collecting experiences, stories and moments.
Much-Afraid, in Hinds Feet on High Places, was encouraged by the Shepherd to collect a smooth stone from every beautiful or difficult place she experienced. As her little pile of rocks grew, so did her confidence and her stack of life lessons.
I’ve tried to be intentional about recording both the mundane and the special moments that have made up my life this year. From the trivial to the heartbreaking, things as small as delicious new recipes, interesting media clips, social issues from the world- all have gone into my book. I don’t journal in the traditional sense of filling pages with my thought processes and feelings. However, I did want a place to record everything for the year, and then have to look back on and remember. Here is my collection book for the year:
I started off with the my mission statement page, where I wrote my life vision. This statement is fluid, meaning it changes from time to time as life changes and develops. Good questions to get you thinking on writing your statement:
Who am I?
What is my life about?
What do I want my life to be about?
How can I get there?
I have a page for new foods I discover and enjoy and how I learned about them. I also source them for easy reference when I want to make them again.
My page entitled “The Moving” has to do with current social issues or stories that I run across that are moving, shaking, and life-changing. In looking back on this book, I’ll be able to get a good feel of the local and global landscape of 2016.
This page is one of my favorites, and it records the moments, both little and big, that impact my life. In reading through it just recently, I remembered things that I would have otherwise forgotten.
The fun thing about a book like this is that the possibilities are endless, and it can be tweeked and personalized to fit personalities and lifestyles.
I hope to make a new one each year, and store away the old as a collection of the best and worst parts of my life, my favorite music, books, recipes and media.
And it so happens, that I’d like to give one of these away to someone else to enjoy. And since a giveaway is just so fun, I threw in a few of my other favorite things:
- a fun, cute notepad
- my new favorite scented body lotion
- a set of starry lights
- a calendar (for what’s left of 2016)
- a set of cute pencils
- and of course the year journal complete with pictures.
Whoever wins the giveaway will be able to customize their book by telling me a bit about what they like and interests they have.
To enter, comment about one of the smooth stones in your bag: a life lesson you’ve learned or something that has shaped you and made you want to be a bigger person.
Giveaway will close August 3.