3 Reasons Gandalf is my January Theme #Bujo #Monday Blogs - Jo-Ann Carson

3 Reasons Gandalf is my January Theme #Bujo #Monday Blogs

In short, Gandalf is funny, wise, and a wee bit scary.

Gandalf is, “… a protagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien‘s novels The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. He is a wizard, member of the Istari order, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Army of the West.” (Wikipedia). When we first meet Gandalf he is known as Gandalf the Grey, but later, when he returns from his death he is Gandalf the White.

How does Gandalf fit into a Bujo?

A Bujo is a bullet journal. As you probably know, they are more popular than Cheerios.

When I first heard the term “Bullet Journal,” I scratched my head. I wondered why so many people were wild about an organizational system. Seriously! Who gets excited about a daily planner? And, haven’t we all put a bullet notation in front of an idea?

But I was wrong.

There’s a lot more to bullet journals than dots and words. Their main goal is to help you create a life you truly want, a life of intention, by connecting what you do with why you do it, in (and here is the kicker) as few words as possible. It’s a journal crossed with a planner shrunk in the laundry of your mind, heart, or whatever part of you makes decisions.

Does it sound too good to be true? Maybe. But here’s the thing, a lot of people find them useful. “So,” I said to myself, “why not try it.”

Ryder Caroll created the organization system to help himself cope with ADHD. Over the years he refined it and now he shares it with the world. In a Ted Talk two years ago he explained how it came together and the true purpose behind it. (You can find it at the end of my post.)

Getting back to Gandalf …

I decided to use Mages as a theme for 2020 because I write stories involving magic and sorcerers. My pick for January is my favorite wizard, Gandalf.

My quote for the month is:

All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given us.” Gandalf.

The quote I chose to spice up my notes for the first week was:

“I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.” (The Two Towers)

The quote for the second week is:

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” (The Hobbit)

I’ll tell you about the rest later.

Ryder Caroll’s Ted Talk

My Wish for You

I wish the beginning of January is gentle with you, and that you are filled with enthusiasm for what lies ahead. I wish you all the best in 2020.

To quote Neil Gaiman:

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

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