This is not a picture of my notebooks. There are not enough notebooks in this picture, and they are not nearly colorful enough.
I love all office supplies, but my feelings for blank notebooks surpass “love” and enter into the realm of “addiction.”
Step 1 is realizing that you have a problem, right? Here’s what happened.
I had to give a speech at the last minute. It was a project speech from a Toastmasters manual, “Get Comfortable with Visual Aides.” In other words, this last minute speech would require preparation. All rightie then.
A 10 minute tour of the house convinced me that journaling would be a topic that I could easily talk about, and that I had visual aides readily available. I quickly outlined the speech and created a handout.
Finally, I chose some of my notebooks to take as visual aides. Only a few of them, mind you, but even so,my back pack was completely full. I was really going to impress the audience with my spectacular collection of journals!
Yes. Well, some people were impressed, but a few said they were so intimidated they didn’t think they’d ever be able to journal. Oops.
And so we come to Step 1 wherein I admit that I am powerless over blank notebooks and my journal collection has become unmanageable.
At this point my “recovery” process comes to an abrupt stop.
I like living this way, with “too many” (as if that’s possible) notebooks and journals. If someone decides not to journal because my collection is so fabulously massive, it just means there are more blank notebooks left in the world for me.
In fact, I was so inspired by my speech and all the exciting things I’ve used my blank books to accomplish that I bought a new one on my way home. I can’t wait to crack it open. There are so many wonderful things you can do with a blank notebook.
All kidding aside, the lovely folks in the audience found enough value in what I presented that I’ve been asked to put something together for Area Governor training at the end of the month. In addition, Think Tank Toastmasters asked me to form a committee to put together a plan to present to the District officers about a journaling toolkit and training for next year’s Area and Division governors.
Not a bad night’s work. I think I’ll journal about it!