I've had yet another beautiful day on Tuesday. I woke up and since my boyfriend refused to get of bed, I headed out on my own and had a wonderful morning. Toronto is currently under a heat wave, as it is every single summer starting July, so ice-cream seemed like a good idea. I went for ice-cream sandwich with coconut ice-cream and dark chocolate cookie - yum! Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod is what I'm currently reading. I thought it was a novel but it turned out to be a memoir, although it's written like a novel. Just imagine a girl quitting her corporate job, leaving for Europe in search of creative happiness and falling in love in Paris? A novel? No, it's just Janice's life, and it's amazing. A book for girls, girly as it is, but recently I've been loving books that leave me lighten up and inspired.
This is what Janice wrote in the beginning of Paris Letters:
"In Julia Camerons's book The Artist Way, she details how to become an artist. One of her instructions is to write three pages a day in a journal and the answers will come. She explains that in writing, "many changes will be set in motion. Chief among them will be triggering a synchronicity: we change and the Universe furthers and expands a change".
I've alway loved to write, but in the midst of dealing with everyday matters of a grown-up, it was difficult for me hard to keep up with both living and writing. Mostly because tended to get way too immersed in the world in my head, and it was truly hard to balance. What I realized is that I usually start thinking of writing when I'm sad; my mind's way to find a getaway. I don't think that's how it should be, though. There's so much more to writing than this! So I decided to try and start a journal, just to keep up with moments of my life. Maybe I can even get an Instax and incorporate tiny snapshots in my journaling?
I decided not to go with a fancy notebook because we all know what happens to fancy notebooks, even the prettiest ones; you end up never using them. I got simple $1 composition books, one for journaling, one for fiction. Actually, blogging is a good way to journal too, so I really want to blog more often.
It would be really nice to see how this whole idea of "setting changes into motion" will work for me. I've been really struggling to understand what I want with my life, so hopefully journaling helps me to find clarity.
And finally, a picture of my new desk. It's so tiny but actually, it offers quite enough working space. I haven't painted it yet so excuse the undone look, but somehow this finish looks so cozy. Is it just me, or this little spot in the bottom left corner of my tabletop is shaped almost like Italy?..
Let's keep on having beautiful days! xx