A note from my daily journal.....
The bright spot of green against the white balustrade drew my attention as I stepped out onto the decking. A soft breeze stirred and the green smudge seemed to move and sway.
"Hardly a paint spot," I thought, and moved closer to inspect it.
The large green stick insect was clinging tightly to a paling and I wondered how or why it had managed to crawl so far from the shrubbery. It was a beautiful shade of gum green with darker streaks of emerald down its back. Although impossible to detect in the bush, it wouldn't last long exposed and vulnerable in its present position. A rescue was obviously in order but I didn't particularly relish the task. I had a vague notion that the creature would bite under provocation.
Moving quietly to the end of the decking, I leaned over and called softly, "Clebby! Could you possibly help me with a stick insect I've found?"
Instantly, the screen door below slammed open and two small, turbo-charged boys erupted from inside and stormed up the stairs shouting 'It's mine!' 'No, Nannie asked me'.
I calmed the storm while they eagerly assured me that the insect held no fears for them. Then, clutching their prize, they disappeared downstairs accompanied by rapid-fire comments and admiring observations about the hapless green insect.
Don't miss these moments
Moments like these are regular, but fun, interruptions to a normal day. We'd hate to miss them, and long to chronicle them in our memories.. But the busyness of life messes with our thoughts and the memories are long gone by the evening or the following day. Without a daily journal, there is no way I could remember the fun moments I enjoy with my family and grandkids.
What do you use to remind yourself of these moments? I've used regular paper journals for years. I love them and would spend hours choosing a new one.
But now I've gone digital. it just makes it so much easier. Many of these journaling apps add information automatically: time, location, weather, activity. And... more importantly, it's so easy to include a photo with any notes you care to add.
I've listed 7 top journaling apps below with some of their features for you in case you'd like to check them out.
1. DAY ONE
This app is widely recognised as the best journaling app available at the moment. It is great... and yes, I do use this one, but there is a cost. I've listed some of the features of this app below.
2. Capture 365 Journal
This is another beautiful journal with plenty of incredible features. Yes, this one is a paid app, too. Oh.. and you can add notes on the go with an Apple Watch, if you have one.
3. HeyDay .. an automatic journal
This journal is a little different. It's really helpful because it adds so much automatically. If you take a photo, you'll find it in your journal; visit a location and it's listed in your journal. It sends you reminders and makes it easy to share your memories with others. It automatically creates lovely collages of your photos which make it easy to share online. You'll probably find, though, that you don't write so much with this journal.
4. My Journals iPad app
I've included this app because it just looks lovely. You can have any number of different journals so you can have a journal for your family and kids, a journal for your home renovation, one as your prayer journal, one for your hobby or craft, one for your Christmas plans ...... Not only that, you can create a special look for each of your journals with cover image, fonts, colours.
5. ASKT life tracker journal
This journal is just a bit different. This is a journal app for those who need a bit of help writing their journal. The app presents a question every day of the year. Just answer the question and start journaling. Compare your responses over time.
6. My Wonderful Days
This little iPhone is a little different. Chronicle your day, attach photos, describe your mood, add stickers. Check out the video below.
7. Penzu- free online personal journal
Penzu journal app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android. This app includes custom email reminders so that you don't forget to journal. It will also email you past snippets as a reflective memory-nudging device. There is also a comment feature rather like a post-it note for your journal entries. Check it out!
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I've decided to accept the 31Day blogging challenge with my own focus for the month: falling in love with small moments.