But, more and more crap started cluttering my desk and workspace, and the large size just didn't fit anymore. So I used a regular calendar for awhile, but it never had the same motivational effect as the big calendar.
Then, I decided that maybe a leather journal would be worth trying. I adore leather journals, but I don't actually journal (you know, except for broadcasting all my horse-related stuff on the internet). I can type so much faster than I can write that I hate to hand-write anything these days. But, I do really love leather journals. So, I decided to order a journal from the same company I got our wedding album from. It was a gorgeous album worthy of a medieval monastery, and I thought something along the same lines, only substantially cheaper, would be fun to play around with. I eventually decided on this journal (size large, bomber jacket color), and had it customized a bit. Here's how it turned out:
|Handcrafted Rustic Wrap Leather Journal|
|Close-up of the embossing I had done|
|I LOVE the medieval-looking stitching for the pages!|
I created a three-year calendar using Microsoft Excel to fit the page size of the journal (about 6x8), and then I printed it and adhered it to the inside of the front page. I feel lost without an annual calendar, and since this journal has enough pages for 3 years, I wanted to have all three years at a glance. I may do something like circle the days I ride (color-coded by type of ride, of course) or write micro-scopic weekly/monthly totals on it as well to give me an overview and help me see patterns.
Then, I drew in lines to give me spaces for each day of the week, plus one extra blank box for maybe weekly notes or comments, and a little space at the top for the same. I made sure the boxes for Saturday and Sunday were a little bigger than the other days of the week, because I tend to do my conditioning rides on the weekends and I wanted more space for notes. I stamped the days of the week in the boxes using a Studio Calico stamp from an old Project Life subscription kit, and I used this stamp set to create a monthly stamp with a red oval showing me what week it is.
|Stamp set that I used to create monthly calendars|
Anyway, I think the journal is beautiful and functional, and I hope it keeps me motivated to ride.
If, however, you are not interested in doing a whole lot of work to create something that you can buy for a lot less money, check out Mel's post on what she is doing for her running and riding logs this coming year.