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Writing Rituals

Dreams don’t happen unless you get them out of your head and onto paper. Eight Years ago when I started Make My Notebook my goal was to make more than just a beautiful, functional notebook–It was to give you the ability to mix and match the perfect combination of style, color, size, and function to end up with a co-created product that expresses YOUR unique style. Make My Notebook was designed to inspire creativity, spark the imagination, give you a place to process, reflect, and remember through the connection of taking pen to paper.

Since starting this journey I have worked hard to do things differently– Creating a 100% US sourced product that was as environmentally responsible as possible was at the heart of my vision.

By challenging traditional manufacturing methods I have been able to give other designers, agencies, and entrepreneurs a production playground to bring their concepts to life.

None of this would have been possible without you, our amazing clients, and our team.

I know in the world of notebooks there are many options, and I am truly grateful for your commitment to local US manufacturing, artisan materials, and the ephemeral nature of paper.

From all of us at Make My Notebook, thank you for your support! Please share your why, your creations, and the lessons you’ve learned along the way. It’s through all of our experiences that we motivate, grow and continue to inspire where we want to go.

With joy,

I know that everything has happened precisely as it should and it is with much gratitude that YOU have been part of this story. Through my work I have been able to make gratitude a habit. It’s one of the many rituals that gets me out of my head and into my heart.

Take 15 minutes to free write a list of the Top 100 pieces of your life that are grateful for. Need help getting started? I like to use the technique of writing freely with passion and the second I am blocked or hesitate I “Expand” to the next area of my life. No matter how many times I do this exercise I have never written the same list twice.

Open up a fresh sheet in your favorite journal or sketchbook. Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes. Start small and intimate then expand while finishing big and bold. Focus on YOU first. What are you grateful for about yourself? If you have 100 things about YOU-stop there. The second you hesitate or get blocked on what you are writing it’s time to “Expand”. (Expand is to move the direction of your list to a different area of your life. Example: your home, your friends,your work, your community, your world). Repeat this process of writing and expanding until the timer goes off.

Upon completion you’ll find yourself feeling lighter, abundant, and hopefully smiling at all the beauty, love, and support that surrounds your life.  If your list falls short of 100 it’s still enough. As you develop your gratitude ritual you will fall into your own flow and craft an experience that is uniquely YOU.

What you are grateful for grows and makes you feel more gratitude. That’s why a daily gratitude ritual can add to your happiness. The list and journaling produced during this time may be small, but the emotional effects will resonate with you during the rest of your day.

Set a reminder on your phone to do a gratitude check-in daily and write to remember.

Do you have a practice around gratitude or other writing ritual you would like to share? What are you grateful for? Let me know, I would love to see what’s filling your pages...

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