Pen to Paper


by Amanda Stewart
@mandijstewart

I have a drawer at home full of notebooks (because I can’t say no to buying another when it’s only $2.99 at TJ Maxx) - all sizes, colors, bindings, cover designs I can’t help myself but to buy them. I love school supplies, paper products, note cards, notebooks, post-its, and pens. I love handwritten lists and cards for friends.

The last 10 days have been a bit of a whirlwind and I have been thinking a lot about that drawer of notebooks. What if I wrote in the them? What would happen if I actually took up journaling for good? (which is the intent I have every time I buy a new notepad).

I’ve been in my head a lot this week too. Very contemplative. Thinking about things like: “What is my calling?”, “What am I meant to do?”, “What do I love?”, “Who am I?”. Then this morning, I read this quote:

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” Rumi

I love that and maybe I need to be spending more time listening to my own pull. I have decided to commit to journaling more, pen to paper, as I make an attempt to answer some of these questions that have been floating in my head all week. Maybe I’m missing the required reflection of my graduate program, maybe I am just experiencing some transition anxiety, maybe this is the beginning of a quarter-life crisis? Or maybe, I just need some time in the quiet with my own thoughts, a pen, and a notebook. And a reminder that I do not have to have it all figured out by the end of the weekend.

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you for this. I've been feeling the same way and have similar drawer. Maybe I'll use our upcoming snowy weekend to do just that.

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