I have an Instagram feed filled with beautiful photos of fountain pens and notebooks with the intention of encouraging people to write. Expressive writing has been proven to be an effective tool for enhancing one’s well-being. I am a believer and a proponent. And as pretty as my notebooks and fountains pens are, I never want to convey the message that those things are necessary for the kind of writing I’m encouraging people to do. And in fact, I fear that my photos might have the opposite effect than that which is I intended.
As I mentioned in my feed today, I can recall, as a single mothers, some extraordinarily tough days. Days when I did know how I’d pay the mortgage or how I’d manage the bills or how I’d fill the refrigerator with food. In fact, some days the refrigerator would be much to empty for far too long. My heart still hurts when I think of those days and the stress that it caused my two sons.
You need no special notebook or fancy pen. You only need something in which to write and something with which to write. The most important thing is to write. As I strive to be a minimalist, I am struck by the wastefulness that I see online. People with multiple planners, all of they cannot use at one time. Then there are those with multiple pens. Collections of pens. I see this pressure to spend money and to consume material goods, which seems excessive and, again, wasteful.
I embrace the simplicity of having less, though I seem to have so much. It seems liberating, and, even in my journaling, I am working towards it every day.
Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn, also known as The Minimalists, host one of my favorite podcasts. If you don’t already subscribe, I strongly suggest getting to know them.