Most days I feel like I don’t stop moving from the moment I get up around 6 am until I go to bed around 10 pm. Do you feel that way? I’m positive it started when I had kids. I mean, it’s not like I was sitting around eating bonbons and staring at my belly button before that, but I definitely had time to at least read a book. I came across a book lately that feels like the antithesis of my life right now: A Book That Takes Its Time. It actually makes me laugh because I feel like I have zero time to take! But I thought it would be a good exercise for my sanity so I cracked it open. And you know what? I found time.
A few months back I mentioned that something I’ve always wanted to do was learn hand lettering. And it just so happens that there’s a little section in the book on lettering. So instead of pounding out some work during the kids’ nap one day, I sat down with a chalkboard to mess around. And it was so. nice. No, I’m not a great letterer now. And no, this isn’t a DIY post about making a chalkboard sign. It’s just a post about how maybe when it seems like you don’t have any time, it’s just because you’re not taking it.
At first I was stressed because I wasn’t getting done the chunk of work that I usually get done during nap. But after a while that sort of faded and I let myself get excited about what I was doing. The book kind of guides you through it, too — the act of taking time, I mean. There are so many little interactive pages on that beautiful paper. Postcards that you can pull out and send via snail mail. Sketchbooks for doodling. Stickers for sticking. Tiny notebooks for jotting down ideas. And in between there are beautiful essays and mental breaks. It was such a treat to flip through as I was actually taking time to do something other than working or momming. And I didn’t even realize it, but I was being mindful for once, intentional and slow in doing something just for the joy of doing it. I kind of felt like the old version of me, when I started blogging — things were all a little slower back then!
And in case you’re wondering, here’s how my little adventure in hand lettering ended up.
You can grab the book here; I’d be so curious to know which pages you like the best. And if you want to keep the creativity going, Flow Magazine teamed with Workman Publishing to create a series of books and calendars that have the same vibe. I made a goal for myself to take a little time weekly (baby steps, guys!) to flip open to a new page and see where it leads. Hoping you do the same. 🙂 xoxo
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