Downsizing my Journals

Moleskine notebooks and I go way back. I truly love using them.

My favorite Moleskine is the XL Classic Notebooks and the XL Cahier Notebooks. I do the plain pages...no lines, no rules...beautiful blank pages.

I also have my sketchbook that goes everywhere I go. They tend to be small than the 7.5" x 10" Moleskine, but they are thicker. I love the spirals; I flip it open and back and work on a smaller one-page area.  

I take the pair everywhere on our travels. Plus, I have a bag with my small paint palette, brush, pens...It adds up especially since I travel light: a carry-on suitcase and a backpack for my laptop and items I keep with me. If I add a book and a file of work I feel it.

This is the Midori Traveler's Notebook. It is only 8.4" x 5.1" and it has component that you can add. I put in a plain writing notebook, a sketchbook with nice heavy paper and a Kraft paper notebook. So far it is working well for me. 

Everything fits into the orange bag. It is so easy to grab it and go. I've used it on one short trip the first of November. I'm excited to see how I like it on a longer trip.

I'm curious what you use for journaling, writing or art. 
Do you have favorites? Why?

Delusional

I thought we were home for at least a month...I should've known better.

Another airport...

Another trip...
A very last minute decision. It started with, "What would you think about leaving on a trip in 36 hours?" A last minute deal...Are you willing? 

This time it is a vacation.
A time to unplug again...to escape and rest...away from the phone, email, texts and Skpe. 

While I'm happy at home and can do all that here, he cannot. 

So off we go...reading, writing and rest...for both us.

What do you do to unplug and rest your body and mind? 

Favorite Things No. One

So many times when I find great items I want to share them. So once a week I will be sharing a few of my favorite things with you. 

The other day I was looking for a large calendar to hang on my wall.  I stumbled upon an artist on Etsy whose work is wonderful. 
I've order a couple of things from her so far, and I'm thrilled with her printable art. You order, pay, and get an email with the downloads. How great is that?!

This is a screenshot of her Etsy page. Click it to go to her shop. I bought the Floral Printable Calendar for 2016 (the first one listed above). I printed it out on 13x19 photo paper on my large printer. It would be great on 8.5x11 too.

This is a screenshot of her Etsy page. Click it to go to her shop.
I bought the Floral Printable Calendar for 2016 (the first one listed above). I printed it out on 13x19 photo paper on my large printer. It would be great on 8.5x11 too.

Pop over to her Facebook page, Two Brushes Designs, as well. She has a FREE PRINTABLE 2016 calendar. I have printed the pages out, put them on a clipboard and hung it on the wall. LOVE IT! 

Another screenshot...

Another screenshot...

Pop over and check it out...Then head to her Etsy shop....Christmas is coming and her work would make great gifts! 

Missed Moments

This morning I woke craving the morning sun. I couldn't wait to get out for a walk.
I almost skipped breakfast...Almost. But I didn't.

And that was my mistake.

From that point on it got crazy...a text came in that sent me to my email...One email led to another...
My To-Do list kept growing longer instead of getting shorter. 
Too many days the past six weeks spent on the road...too many things pressing to get done.

You know how it goes...It happens to us all.

The next thing I knew the sun was gone.
Rain clouds moved in quickly, and it rained and rained.
I figured the rain would move on and soon the sun would return.
But it didn't work that way today. 
The sun never returned.

All day I worked at my computer in my swimsuit and cover-up. All day I longed for the sun.
I could've gone out and walked in the rain on the beach...but it wasn't the walk I woke up craving. 
It was the sun, and I missed it.

I let the immediate overshadow the important. 
It was a productive day. I'm very grateful for all that I accomplished. 
But I still missed out on what was important to me today...the sunshine. 

Seize the day...Seize the moments.
When something is important and continues to come to mind...STOP with the excuses...the wanting to get one more thing done. STOP and go do it...before it is too late.