This month I’m delighted to be a contributor to my dear friend Alauna Whelan’s May Magick community project. The theme this year is about sharing our passions, taking up space, and creating space to gather and pause, and reconnect with each other and ourselves, so I was thrilled to be invited to share my thoughts on the prompt of Moments. You’ll find more information about the project and different ways you can join in (daily emails, a Facebook group, and Instagram prompts and hashtag) over on Alauna’s website, but in the meantime I hope you’ll enjoy reading my contribution here too.
It’s very nearly a year since I first had the idea for the Moments Journal, and a few months now since it’s been out in the world and being used by people who bought copies through supporting my Kickstarter campaign (thank you! - I can’t keep saying that enough!), so I thought it was time for a bit of an update.
Hello! How are you? I feel like I’m still getting my blogging mojo back after the Christmas break - we’re now in February and I’m beginning to get back into the swing of things! Do you struggle with motivation and energy and motivation at this time of year? I think it’s pretty normal to be honest, after all it’s winter, daylight hours are short, the weather can be grim, and we’d much rather be hibernating. Still, it’s good to take some time to recharge our batteries, and not rush headlong into big plans that will burn us out before spring.
On that note, I want to share a bit about how I’ve been focusing on what matters to me, identifying the kinds of moments I want to have more of, and let you know about a way I can help you to do the same.
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.