Book One May 1, 2013 – April 31, 2015
Carpe Diem. Two little words that inspired me to do so much. On a shelf covered with bright colors, glitz, glam, glitter, cartoons, elegance, and jokes, it was a plain brown semi hidden “ugly” book that stood out the most because of those two words. They caught my attention and led me to do something I have never done before. They made me purchase a $34.95 book. The book that started it all. Two years and 384 lined pages of memories. Two words that secretly became my life motto. Seize the Day.
Book Two May 1, 2015 – Present
When I saw that my book was coming close to an end, I had a little panic. Should I continue to write? Should I get a new book that is the exact same as I already have? Should it look different? I was lost on what to do. I was so inspired by Carpe Diem I wasn’t sure what would happened once the book came to an end. With a little less than 50 pages left, I decided to spend my birthday (9/30/2014) searching Barnes and Noble for my next book.
Stood there for hours I did. Don’t believe me? Ask my mom who kept urging me to hurry and pick one before she killed me. I did see my little brown books twin and almost took it home. I actually picked it up to take it. Hidden behind it, however, was a journal with an antique map. Just as before, it called to me. Seemed like it could be a book filled with stories of travel. Something I have always wanted to do. I picked it up. Took it home, and exactly two years after my first purchase, I finished Carpe Diem and began to write in Book Two.
I am still writing in Book Two. I was right. While Book One helped me learn to Seize the Day. Book Two inspired me to travel. I even made it to Niagara Falls! The book is filled with many adventures, and just like Book One I will be sad to see it end. I am a little over half way and figured I should keep up with birthday tradition. I purchased Book Three today.
I’m not one to spend money lightly. I always try to get the cheapest of things when ever I can but, when it comes to my journals, I only like to get the best of the best. So today I spent some much needed time alone looking through the journals at the Barnes and Noble of the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. Its not exactly a waste of almost $40 to buy a book that will actually be put to good use. I only buy one every other year too, so in the grand scheme of things, its not that bad a price.
I have to be honest and say, it is not what I expected to bring home with me. Nothing seemed to call out to me as much as the First Two books. I almost went with one covered in antique writing just because it seemed to fit the look and feel of the other two but it wasn’t calling out to me.
Then I spotted this beautiful white leather journal covered in bouquets of purple peonies. I was surprised it caught my eye. Not usually something I would get. But I could just see myself writing in purple ink my future thoughts, adventures, travel, and the moments I stopped to “smell the flowers” and enjoy the little things in life. Something I enjoy doing as much as travel and adventure.
I do not understand my need to feel a strong connection to a journal, but when I do experience it, I know it is the book I am meant to have. Although the book is very different, I am happy with my choice. I cannot wait to start filling in its 384 pages with the amazing memories I have yet to make.