Our last lesson. I’ve got a little tear squeezing from my right eye. I’m going to miss everyone. It’s been a fun journey. If you missed any lessons along the way, you can catch all of them from the class schedule section of our first lesson.
Let’s pretend… you’ve been on your trip, been inspired by the prompts, came home, unpacked and your journal has been sitting aside for about a week.
Take a moment, flip through it, remember those stories. Smile. You’ve captured them.
Now write. You’ve gotten some distance from the trip. How do you feel about the trip now? What’s next?
This page may not seem important now, but you’ll come back to it, and it will trigger memories. This past weekend, my husband and I were on a walk, talking about our upcoming trips. We were specifically talking about what shows we wanted to see. We do have a tendency in the summer to schedule something every single evening of our trip. I came home from that walk and happened to see my Spring Break journal laying on the sofa. I picked it up and the first thing on my page for the footnote was “Lazy evenings at the cabin with the jacuzzi, a good book and some Diet Rite.”
That simple incomplete sentence reminded me that I don’t want to schedule every night of our trip. I want nights to sit on our screened porch, watch the sun go down, crawl in a hot tub and read. If I hadn’t written it down, I might have continued with my usual overplanning, booked us a show every night, and never got to have that experience, let alone more than once.
Write about those things, so that when it comes time for the next trip, you can look back and remember. I also have a page where I wrote about all the things that didn’t work. No sense in making the same mistake twice. For example, my list says “eating out every meal.” That’s right, my family got tired of eating out. Usually, we consider it our luxury to eat out every meal on vacation. Over Spring Break, we got tired of it, especially when we had a full kitchen at our disposal. So this summer, I will make some basic meals and freeze them so that we can have them in the cabin. It goes against all my vacation principles, but I’ve got that footnote that says we didn’t like eating out, and I know I won’t want to cook from scratch, so this is a compromise.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
So now you’ve got a few months to take your trip and write your journal. We have two trips scheduled for this summer — one in June and another in July. I’m already starting the bare basics of the journal/album I’m planning to document our life on vacation.
I’ll be back at the end of the summer to check in and see how everyone did. We’d love to see your finished vacation journals, so check the “looking for” page on The Daily Digi for information on how to submit your journal.
Until we meet again, go out and have a wonderful summer, filled with trips to remember.