My 2014 365 Notes Challenge Notebook (handmade by Arielle)

My 2014 365 Notes Challenge Notebook
(handmade by Arielle)


I don’t know what got into me but for this year, I am taking on a challenge.  The challenge is: To write a note each day of the year.  Words of inspiration or something that will serve as a personal reminder. Something POSITIVE daily.

Aside from coming up with my One Word for 2014 and my 2014 Declaration of Intention, I was bold enough to do My 365 Notes Challenge, as inspired by Cindy Cheung of I’m no graphic designer like her but when I saw a post in Instagram which led me to her own IG account, I was inspired!  I searched for her and her Pinterest board on her 2012 365 Notes Challenge was SIMPLY AWESOME! 

I couldn’t find a notebook to fit all 365 days of the year and one with pages that won’t make the ink bleed (but I had to settle with our supply of multi-purpose paper).  So, Arielle, who was with me in my search for THE notebook, seeing how frustrated I was, offered to make a handmade notebook for me, applying the bookbinding technique she had learned from before.  I couldn’t be more thankful!  And to complete the essentials for this challenge, I stocked up on black pens, asking for recommendations from our girls, who actually gave good ones! 

I’m now on Day 23 and so far, so good.  This challenge has allowed me:

  • To have some MORE quiet ME time.  
  • To pay attention to what’s going on around me.  
  • To be more reflective on words.  To be more introspective.  
  • To find more meaning in life, in general, or in the simplicities that life offer which I often ignore.  

Plus, I get to try to be more creative in terms of writing and taking photos. 

Here are my favorites, so far:

I love that I’m doing this!  My mind sometimes go blank but there is always something to write on a new page.

Just as each day has SOMETHING different to tell us, if we only listen and pay attention more. 


  1. Posted January 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    Hi Racquel! This is such a nice challenge 🙂 I like your note that says, “small does not mean insignificant.” Sometimes we easily give up because it seems like we are nowhere near our goal but if you look at it this way and go for your goal one step at a time, it becomes less overwhelming.

    • racquel
      Posted January 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

      Hi, Bits! That’s actually one of my favourites, if not MY FAVORITE! 🙂 We do have to remember that we all have a purpose, we all CAN do something. We just have to discover it ourselves so we can live our lives according to what we are intended to do…happily 🙂

  2. Posted January 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM | Permalink

    The reason you didn’t find THE notebook is because Arielle had to make the notebook. Looks great! I would like to make my own notebook again, It has been awhile.

    Looking forward to more positive thoughts from you.

    • racquel
      Posted January 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

      Hihi, correct, Dette! This challenge has been positive, so far! 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement ha!:)

  3. Posted January 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    This inspired me. This might’ve inspired a lot already. Keep on bringing simple thoughts and insights to others.

    Blessings to you and your family!
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    • racquel
      Posted January 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

      Thanks, Camille. Hope you get to find your inspiring challenge, too 🙂

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