First of all, and with great delight, I’m utterly thrilled to share - if you haven’t seen me shouting about it all over social media already - that the Kickstarter campaign to launch the Moments Journal has been a success! Your support and pledges raised enough money to pass the funding target with time to spare, so the first print run of the journals is going ahead and I hope to have them winging their way around the world very soon!
Hello again! If you’ve been keeping up with these posts about Moments and the evolution of the Moments Journal then thank you - and if you haven’t you can catch up on what Moments are and why they matter in the two previous posts.
This time I want to let you in on how I use the journal, how it’s changed my life (no exaggeration), and why I think it works.
Continuing from last week’s post looking at what Moments are, this time I want to address the second part of the definition, which was that a Moment is something of significance or value.
I spoke recently on an Instagram post about how memories seem to work - we very rarely remember whole days, but instead recall moments, which must mean that there was something important enough for us to take notice and store them. They must resonate with something about our outlook or beliefs for them to register with our conscious mind and our senses.
After I posted the progress update on the Moments Journal project a couple of weeks ago, I realised that I was at a point where I need to start thinking about whether the messages I was sharing about it made sense and were what I really wanted to say about not only the journal as a physical object, but also how the process of using it has impacted my life over the last few months. So that’s where I’m going today - back to the beginning.
Since last I wrote about the Moments Journal some things have changed, so it's time to bring you up to date.
Don't panic, the journal is still happening, but it's evolved from where it was and now feels a great deal closer to becoming a real life hold in your hands paper creation. I've made some tweaks myself as I've continued to use the process, and am also grateful for the feedback of several lovely testers you gave me really valuable thoughts about how they found using it and adjustments they'd prefer to make it even better.
Thank you to everyone who's read the introductory post about the Moments Journal, I'm now more than three months in to using it myself, and today I'm excited to share more with you about what the process looks like for me, and what I'll be including in the version that I'm working on to bring to you.
I’ve always had a tricky relationship with journalling. I’m really good at keeping a daily diary of what I’ve been doing, I’ve done it for years as a memory record to look back on. But although I often feel like I want to keep a long-form journal – the kind where I can write for pages and pages about whatever’s on my mind – I find I tend to default to rumination in this format and will go round and round in circles with my problems and frustrations but never really find any answers…