Thursday, May 5, 2011

Notes to self

To post or not to post.  I had sort of a strange idea this week.  It's light and positive and mildly wonky, but that's me.  The thing is, I'm not entirely sure it's widely applicable outside my own imagination, so . . . well . . . that's where we're at.

Anyhoo, I started the week thinking about how it's May now and this new year keeps right on marching along and I have completely lost my rhythm.  I've been trying to put one foot in front of the other, even though neither one of them (my feet) have the foggiest clue where they're headed and I've been making lots of lists and plans, and searching my soul for all its worth, but I still can't find the beat.

I know I'll sort it out eventually, but until then, I've been telling myself that stuff happens (only I don't use the word stuff) and life's a big freaking mess a lot of the time and get over it already and it will all work out exactly the way it's supposed to.  And these things I say to myself, these little notes to self, they're helpful.  When it comes right down to it, I think it's really important to remind yourself that you're doing fine, that you're not a failure, that this too shall pass.  (This is not to say that I don't have a lot of positive input from outside my own head.  Every comment on this blog is a blessing and tremendous source of encouragement and I have an extremely supportive circle of family and friends.  But sometimes, I don't know; I need to silence the inner critic, who is quite relentless lately, and hunt down that part of me that believes in herself and force her to speak up.)

So, as a person who thinks in words and loves to see thoughts and ideas written down, I doodled out a few spaces to write out the various and sundry notes to self that become necessary every once in a while.  They're love notes really. 

Here are a few of mine, right over my computer where I can see them:

I'll write more of them as the mood strikes.  Maybe fold up a few and put them in my purse or the back pocket of my jeans to find on laundry day.

Like I said, a little wonky, but nice too.

I made up a pdf, just in case you're in the mood to write a little love note to self . . .

Happy Thursday, friends!


  1. Very lovely! My grandfather used to put little love notes in my lunch, (I was in HS, it really made my days better :)

    Keep making yourself feel loved!

  2. These are AWESOME! Totally love these. And do we not all need some love notes to ourselves once in a while ...???
    I bet the ones that say no are lying! :-)

  3. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to write some little "notes" to myself right now :)

  4. Hey Christie. I definitely don't think you're the only one out of step looking for "the beat" these days. In a world of sensory overload it can be hard to focus and maintain one's direction - that is, if you had one to begin with! (Not so sure about myself.) Just remember that we are under the influence of those crazy planets all lining up. I choose to believe the universe has great things in store for us. To use some metaphors: Stirring the pot creates a better blend of flavors; Rebuilding after the storm often creates a more sound foundation; ... well, I'll stop there, but I could go on. I think you get my message. Just know you're not the only one marching to a drum they sometimes can't hear! Meanwhile, I appreciate your candor and love your creativity. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I like this idea! I'm forever writing notes to myself (mostly of the to do list variety, but also quotes I come across and such). It will be much more fun to write them on these little note papers. Also good for sharing with someone who needs a little encouragement!

  6. You really come up with the BEST ideas! I really enjoy visiting your blog. Just remember, you are not alone in this world. We all go thru things and manage to get thru each day. My mantra is "Is this a test? Do I want to pass or do I want to fail?" For some reason this gives me strength to push thru because I refuse to be a failure.

  7. Hi,

    I am really sorry to have to tell you this, but I cannot download a single one of your journal pages from Google docs. I have no idea why, and I have been trying for a good hour now!

    Would you mind emailing them to me? As a zip file or something?

    My email address is

    I am so sorry! Would you mind advising me of what to do?!



  8. You are an inspiration to so many Christie! Remember THAT when you are down. People who don't even know you, go on your blog, just to be inspired! That's no small fete! Thanks for these little notes! I can't wait to make several copies and post them everywhere! :)

  9. This is really perfect for where I am in life too! I'm glad I'm not the only one who needs to talk/write to myself!

  10. these are awesome Christie!
    you are definitley not alone.
    and I don't think this is a strange idea at all (maybe that makes ME strange LOL) - it makes total sense to me and seems like a really healthy, self-supportive thing to do!
    thanks for sharing these.

  11. Love these and I will add them to the ones I carry in my purse. I am a stealth poster of self esteem notes in ladies rooms. I post them on the mirror and they say stuff like "I love your smile" etc. Makes me feel good every time I do it, and I walk out with a beautiful smile too.
    Love your blog
    joan in fair oaks

  12. I LOVE what you are sharing! Pinning some of your posts to my boards now, to share with others. I am excited about printing out these sheets and using them asap! :)

  13. YOU are so creative! I do love the ideas you come up with. You're so sweet to share them with us in
    the "blogosphere."

  14. Thank you! What a blessing you are to me.

  15. Hello Grace .. Would you like to print the tags you've done - "not to self" who saw in his blocking but could not bixar. can you send me via e-mail? hugs ..


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