In a world where technology has taken over and my due dates have due dates–that have due dates–the only way I manage to keep up with any of it is to write it down. I remind all of us the importance of writing things down in honor of National Handwriting Day, featuring some special calligraphy and design pieces from Magnolia Paperie Co—the dreamer and creator behind my logo..and more!
I tried that whole thing in college and taking notes on my laptop. It never worked–unless I wrote all my notes down first and then typed them out. And then re-wrote them out after I typed them out and re-wrote them in the margins some more.
Some people have adapted to and are thriving in this whole email, internet, one electronic device to another, app after app after app world–congrats, btw. It’s quite admirable and I do wonder how you do it. However, I’m still not over writing things down–my work to-do lists, personal to-do lists, grocery lists, Christmas lists, blog content ideas, blog content calendar, cards, letters, more lists, planning, list of recently watched movies (yes, I currently have that list going). Writing is how I remember things and organize my complex and never-ending-string-of-thoughts wired brain.
No matter how messy my notes ever got, I always managed to interpret and organize them–more than my emails and constantly scheduled and re-scheduled calendar invitations. And there’s a reason for this! Humans weren’t created to operate the way we find ourselves operating (or being forced to operate) in modern day. I’m currently reading “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Daniel J. Levitin, in which he validates all of my thoughts about the exhaustion and pace that information is retrieved and thrown at us. My due dates have due dates–that also have due dates–and to-do lists have sub-to-do lists. It’s exhausting and hard to keep up with.
So to process, I write. In case you didn’t know, writing things down is good for us! Research says so.
For some people, writing is an art. So on National Handwriting Day, I appreciate the art of thank you notes, planners, notebooks, journals, sticky notes, calligraphy, doodling, custom designs and prints–like my logo and “discover and rediscover” digital print below. Thank you, Katie Blasko of Magnolia Paperie Co. for sharing your creative spaces with the world! XOXO