Since 2005, (when I started journal writing on a regular basis) I seem to have developed certain rituals surrounding the start of a new book. The first pertains to the selection of the book itself. I always have at least 2 or 3 options on hand so I have to decide… plain paper or lined, white or off white, size of the book, color of the cover, etc. I just went through this- having recently finished a large blank Webbie and contemplated a move into either another one of the same or one of the small Habanas with plain white paper. (no longer available as they now contain off-white paper) I opted for the Habana.
After choosing the book, sometimes I will hold off the actual “start” of the book for a few days if there is a significant date somewhere in the near future- like this past Webbie which I started on the 1st of this year. (Actually, it’s more common that I will pace the ending of the previous book to coincide with the start of the new.) If not, I just dive right in… but not before a bit of customization.
Most of the books I use contain a back pocket, so I will look into the pocket of the book I am finishing to see if there is anything I wish to carry forward into the new book and then make the transfer. I write my contact information at the beginning of the book, then some kind of personal statement, mantra or inspirational quote to set a positive intention for the new book. A doodled mandala on one or both of the beginning/end pages is not out of the question.
This process makes it easy for me to get acquainted with this new book of blank pages- like walking around the house with a new pair of shoes to break them in before taking a long hike.
Do you have any kind of rituals that you perform when starting a new journal or notebook?