The Story of J.O.T.
It was 2 am and I was sitting in the rocking chair next to my bed, nursing my six week old baby boy, and scrolling mindless on instagram to stay awake. My thoughts drifted over to the events of the day before and I felt a sadness come over me. I remember thinking: Where was I in all of this? How can I preserve these precious yet extremely hard moments of my day? It was easy to feel stuck in these days spent nursing, doing laundry, changing diapers, cooking dinner, and a million other tasks. It sometimes felt never-ending, and I found it difficult to see through all the tantrums and diaper blow outs to focus on the incredible work I was doing as a mother.
This was my second baby, and as deeply as I loved my role as a mother of two I felt a bit lost. Each day was filled with a variety of highs and lows, and also many sweet moments with my family that would just drift into the back of my head and become a fuzzy memory.
As I sat there feeling sorry for myself I remember specifically having this thought: My children and posterity need to know all of what I experienced in the throes of motherhood. It will eventually be a guide for them, and it will be healing for me to record my days as they unfold.
But who has time for that? I thought. Who has time to journal? Just the thought of journaling on pages and pages of blank paper made my sleep deprived mind nod off. I needed structure, I needed something that could quickly and easily jog my memory of the day so that I could write it out in five to ten minutes.
So during the early hours of the morning snuggling my baby, I hopped off Instagram and pulled up my Notes and started brainstorming about a journal that would have simple prompts to help busy mommas jot about their day. Prompts that would not only focus on the positive and magic moments of the day, but prompts that would cause you to think about your challenges, your worries, and whatever else your heart needed to share.
J.O.T. journals open doors to journaling over time, at your own pace, and hopefully throughout your life. Come, jot with us!