When I first heard of the bullet journal trend (getting a notebook and essentially drawing up your own template for a diary) I must admit I was tempted. Then I saw how much work was involved and how much time you need to dedicate to it. As a self confessed time poor, occasionally disorganised under pressure person it just wasn’t for me. Still, feeling inclined to do something with my copious amounts of notebooks (trust me I have a lot) I decided to use my small Smythson diary as a quote diary. Something to use to jot down a quote a day. I’ve been doing it for months now. Even the night before I launched my second blog, LittleInTheCity.com (check it out if you haven’t already done so!) I noted:
“The Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With One Step”
Has a nice meaning to it, hey? I love little quotes like this. Simply yet effective. Kind of how I like my notebooks to work. Regular readers will know that I even like to put a positive quote on my blog – it’s usually on that big landing page when you first come on each day.
So what have I learned?
#1 It’s empowering
Not in a cringe “everyone must do it” way but it really is nice to be mindful at least once a day of something positive that can help create a more brighter outlook on life and overall attitude.
#2 Think Positive, Be Positive
When I’m thinking about or writing my quote, I feel happy. It’s true what they say, think positive and you’ll be positive. There are so many relevant quotes to think about too. During my busier weeks it’ll be something motivational to keep me going. When times are stressful it’ll be something to remind myself that life isn’t all about worry, “the purpose of life is to be happy”.
#3 You Take Control Of Your Own Destiny
As my late Nana used to always say, only you and your actions can control the happiness and joyfulness in your life. Not other people. When I look back over the pages and pages of positive quotes, it reminds me to make myself happy because it doesn’t come ready made.
My Favourite Quotes
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck”
“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher”
– The Dalia Lama
“Imagination is more important than knowledge”
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler”
– Albert Einstein
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”