For the Love of a Cheap Notebook

A spiral notebook to record your thoughts

Dear friends,

Every year around this time, I buy a 200-sheet spiral notebook at the grocery store. The purchase sets me back about $3.00, and the rewards are at least a hundred fold.

We all need a place where we can be real and messy and imperfect.

An inexpensive spiral notebook can be your laboratory to explore and think and process and go wherever you want to in the year ahead.

A Forgiving Blank Slate

On the nice, empty pages of your unfancy notebook, you can record your resolutions and hopes and dreams and goals.

You can collect all your crazy (and not-so-crazy) business ideas.

You can jot down that awkward first date conversation you overheard in the cafe, because you might like to use it as dialogue someday when you write your novel.

You can keep track of all your future home improvement projects.

You can write your gratitude list.

You can jot down all the plants you’d love to grow in your garden this year.

You can write the first draft of a love letter.


charming cottage


You can keep a list of charming cottages for rent in the English countryside, and research all the airfare deals to London.

You can write your way out of a problem.

You can scribble down recipe ideas.

You can write a prayer.

You can pour out your heart about how it felt when someone made you feel small, and how you are doing the best you can.

You can pen a poem.

You can write without any particular goal in mind, and see what emerges on the paper.

If you write something that later embarrasses you or that you wouldn’t want your family to discover, you can rip the page out and no one will be wiser. Unlike fancy journals, cheap spiral notebooks are forgiving that way.

How About You?

Could a nice, fat, blank notebook help you navigate the coming year? Do you need a place where you can totally be yourself, a place to write and see where your thoughts take you? I’d love to hear about your hopes and goals.

Happy new year!

The signature for Eliza Cross

P.S. You might also enjoy “What’s On Your Victory List?


Grateful thanks to Karen Roe for use of the Furzey Gardens cottage photo. 

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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