As Brandy suggested, I'll be adding notebooks slowly to my life so I won't overwhelm myself, or my son, who will be tagging along for his own education. As he nears AO year 4, his own note booking is about to begin in earnest, so I'm going to lead the way.
I already have a journal for dumping my thoughts, but don't use it very often. That's okay, its there when I need it, and its feelings aren't hurt when I leave it in a drawer. I also started a prayer journal last year, with the intention of writing down requests as they came to me, praying over them regularly, then putting down the dates they were answered. Oops - that fell to the wayside as well. I will be picking that one back up, but not posting about it here, as that is a very private notebook.
So, for 2015, I plan on adding to my private and prayer journals the following:
1. Commonplace book, for keeping direct quotes from books and what-not. Started Dec. 2014 (I'm totally counting it for 2015!)
|Started out as a journal when I was much younger...|
|Rediscovered as an adult, with many pages ripped out...|
|...so I decided to make it my first commonplace, knowing it was already imperfect would help me to just. do. it.|
2. Bullet Journal, for keeping lists, notes, to-dos, goal tracking, and all those things I need to remember but aren't convenient in Evernote (which I use extensively already). Below are most of the pages I'm already using, by request (I'm talking to you, Dawn Girl!) Started January 2015
3.Price Book, for comparison shopping of grocery items, to be updated at least every 6 months and adding new items regularly (bi-weekly or monthly). Example. Start goal: February 2015
4. Nature notebook, for our weekly nature walks; to include drawings and observations. Yes, we started one a few years ago, but let it slide. Start goal: March 2015
For Jan and February, I am planning on tracking the weather, as that is the current nature subject on AO. Here's what we've got going on there - he tells me what to write, or I tell him what to write, so he participates each time in some way.
5. Book of Centuries, which has a goal of one entry per week of an item, person or event that strikes me as important for a particular year in history. I'm considering one of these for both my student and myself. Until then, we will get in the habit of adding to our timeline. (What is a BoC?) Start goal: September 2015
Most were inspired by the ladies over at AO and/or Charlotte Mason. The price book comes from trying to be more frugal and eat healthier simultaneously, and I've seen it suggested many places over the past few years so am not sure who to attribute that one to.
My goal is to post once or twice a month with photos of our notebook keeping efforts, and to join in the link-up here. If this is something you'd like to start to help your mind and soul keep growing, join us!