Determination and Dots in a Journal



The card is from my trimmed Tarot of Fire, which I am loving since I trimmed it! These men from India are walking on hot coals, and the booklet talks about faith and courage reinforcing the psyche.

It became apparent to me this week that I was going to have to change or I’d end up with a heart attack, stroke, chronic pancreatitis or in a bed with my legs amputated, or worse. In thinking about this, I realized that the last time I lost a significant amount of weight seven or eight years ago, I had used a food diary. It was a digital program and kept track of nutritional information, calories, and weight. I liked it, but when I went to get a similar program I found that everything had changed, mostly there are online records or apps, and I really don’t want to be chained to a computer entering meals and tracking what amount of water I drink etc.

I like to journal and use my fountain pens so I thought a food diary where I could do little pictures and quotes and poems would suit me. I had heard of a bullet journal three years ago but thought since I’m retired “What would I ever use that for?” but in looking at it again I think it might be ideal for my purpose in regaining my health. I couldn’t get hold of a Leuchtturm 1917 right now, so I ordered a Rhodia Webnotebook with a dot grid and it just came today. The paper is a creamy colour, so I’ll have to test pens and markers to see what shows up best.

When I pulled this card I thought of walking through hot coals and nothing being easy, but courage and determination go a long way toward moving you in the direction you want to go. I like the way he is holding a banner, as if to say “This is who we are and this is what we’re going to do.”




4 thoughts on “Determination and Dots in a Journal

    • Ah, that’s a good quote. I find it hard not to snack in front of the TV at night. I’m bored, I’m tired etc. so my solution tonight was to wash and dry the dishes instead of being slumped in a chair all night. What a concept!

  1. I used a bullet journal for a while, but for everything in life. It became a bit tedious. I like your idea of using it for a specific project. Good luck with getting your health back under control.
    One thing I do to help with the TV at night snacking is set a couple of alarms to get me up off the couch and headed for bed 🙂

    • I agree, you can get carried away in what you track. One thing that gets me up is to do the dishes, it works pretty well, and gets me moving. We can’t go to bed early because the dogs need to go out later so that they last the night. Old puppies, need to go more frequently. One day, I’ll be able to go to bed at 9:30–whee!

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