Hey guys, I am excited to start a new series that will hopefully help us get to know one another a little better! I was inspired by my sister and her series on Two Happy Lambs called Mama Letters– she gives moms a prompt to write to their children about all sorts of things. How they decided on their name, life experiences they have had and they want to pass on, and more to come. I’m not gonna lie – it was the only time I wish I had a kid, because I wanted to play so badly! The thing is, she’ll give you a prompt to write and keep for yourself, and if you have a blog you can post your responses and include a link in the comments. Then she posts her answers as well.
So if you have kids, definitely visit my sis over there and write with her so you can have amazing memories for you and your kids written down to pass on forever. And all you childless peeps of mine, you can play with me!
As some of you may know, I have been keeping journals since I was 12. I buy a big canvas sketchbook from Barnes and Noble (or when I was living at home, Bookshop Santa Cruz!) with blank pages and just fill that thing up with drawings, taped-in pictures and tickets, and of course, written angst. When I fill it up I buy a new one and start over, labeling them with dates and collecting a big pile of these things. My angst level has gone down as I’ve gotten older so I don’t have to buy one every year like I used to, but I still love having tons of stories of my life in my words. I can’t tell you how valuable it has been for me to be able to go back and read my thoughts at certain times in my life and realize that I remembered things wrong, or confirm a date when something important happened, or just hear my own voice in my scrawling pen across the page.
So if you have ever wanted to have some memories written down about your life, I was hoping to help you get started, or just get inspired. Plus, it’s fun to write if you don’t have an excuse to anymore, now that a lot of us are done with school. And no one else has to ever read it!
On Monday I will post the first prompt, with my response included. You can write as little or as much as you want – it’s all up to you. If you have a blog, please post your response too, with a link in the comments! I would love to read them and get to know everyone a little better!
So grab a piece of paper, your phone, or a pretty journal from Barnes and Noble and get ready to reflect! :)
P.S. Speaking of journals, check out the amazing hand made journal my roommate and friend D brought back for me from Nepal!
In case you are interested, like I was, here is a note that came with it:
This product is made from the bark of Daphne Cannabina or Papyracea, locally known as ‘Lokta’ which is found at an altitude of 2000 to 3500 meters in the mountain area. The ‘Lotka’ has characteristics of regenerating again after 6 to 8 years of cutting. Bark is collected with environmental awareness – thus it preserves the fragile forest ecology of Nepal.
The indigenous Nepalese paper is renowned for its exceptional durability and special texture. The oldest available manuscripts of Hindu and Buddhist texts, royal edicts and legal documents are centuries old and have always been recorded on this paper.
This paper-making process involves cooking the bark twice, consecutive washing, chopping, and beating with a wooden hammer. The soft pulp is poured over a wooden frame and spread evenly by gently shaking the floating frame in water and then sun dried.
Buying this product will support and improve the socioeconomic conditions of the lower strata of society in both rural and urban areas of Nepal.