Review: Project Love Journal

BritMums’ Mums in Business writer Joanne Dewberry shares her thoughts on a new journal from Project Love. The BritMums reviewer was provided the product free to test and review. All opinions are the reviewer’s own.
Joanne Dewberry Project Love One

Since I started my small business back in 2008 I’ve kept a planner diary to organise both my work and the numerous children’s activities and events.  But over the last few years, I started adding little notes to myself about the day, “went for a lovely walk in the forest”, “Megan read in church” “Charlie got a PB in the triathlon”. Little things to remind me, precious memories, that don’t always sit in the forefront of our minds. This then lead to doodlings, stickers, photographs and paper mementos creating a planner that embodied my whole life rather than the boring mundane routine and schedule. 

I love the idea of the “Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 journal” the thought process is designed to help you plan a life you love in 2019.  By concentrating on what amazing things happened in 2018 and what goals you plan for 2019.  Each page is filled with questions to ask yourself in order to help you look back on the year.  The questions actually make you think about the year which in turn allows you to be grateful for what has happened rather than what hasn’t. The terminology used is all very positive which in turn makes you think that way. I have been working on a #40before40 list, it is really easy to get caught up in what I still need to complete before the big 4 0. However, with the Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 journal I was able to actively celebrate what I did achieve and feel proud of all the new things, rifle shooting, tomahawk throwing, calligraphy, painting, hot yoga, paddleboarding, climbing a mountain, buying random items such as kumquat and insect filled lollies.  Things that I celebrated individually but looking at my list achievements in one hit like this filled me with pride and inspiration to keep going. Instead of looking at the list and thinking I still need to do x,y,z.

Joanne Dewberry Project Love two

For 2018 I decided to adopt a word of the year which was ACTION. I have a tendency to think about something and it doesn’t happen for whatever reason it never happens. Having this word of the year reminded me that stuff doesn’t happen unless you take ACTION.  Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 use “choose your focus” where you look at what you want to focus the year on they use the example of “2019 is the year of creativity” and “2019 is the year of self-care”. I have decided to do more of what I love. In all aspects of my life. I’m not going to take on work anymore that I don’t enjoy, I’m not going to miss opportunities because I feel I should be working on I don’t want to ask someone to help with the children. I’m going to be a little more selfish and do more of what I love. (Although paddleboarding will have to wait until the weather is better as I don’t love the idea of Winter water!)

I wrote my #40before40 in December last year and spent January getting things in my diary to do such as giving blood, organising events to learn new skills. I really believe hitting the first month running helps to build a momentum lets face it after the excitement of Christmas, January can be a bit miserable – there’s even a day dedicated to being blue! Writing down 3 things that you want to achieve before March 2019 is an excellent idea as it’s easy to think I have 12 months to reach my goals then get to September and think oh 💩, leading to overwhelm, stress and feeling like you wasted another year. Which is another great reason to write down your achievements from the past year as you realise you didn’t waste it.  I also really liked that you have 3 check-in sessions, April, July and October to see how you are getting on. I can see how this journal would work in a series following through with one for 2019/2020.

Joanne Dewberry Project Love three

The journal is made from nice feeling paper, however, I did find that as I write heavy handed some of the coloured pages left a ghostly presence on the next page. Also, I like to doodle in pencil then rub it out and the rubbing out took away the grey on the paper and ink pens bleed through, whereas biro was fine. But for those who would rather just write in the book, this wouldn’t be a problem. I wasn’t a massive fan of the cover either. The black matt finish seems to collect your fingerprints and I felt that being black didn’t give me that positive vibe I wanted when I initially picked up the book.  

The Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 journal by Project Love is now on sale priced £14.99 and available at Oliver Bonas stores across the UK.
Project Love founders Selina Barker and Vicki Pavitt created the journal as a life design tool that empowers and supports you to design a life you love. More information at www.thegoodbyehellojournal.com

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About Joanne Dewberry

Joanne is a 30 something coffee lover living in rural Dorset with her long suffering partner and three children Charlie (2007), Megan (2008) and Olive (2011). Joanne is owner, designer and creator at Charlie Moo’s specialising in handmade fabric party bags. She also writes a small business blog, is a Sage Business Expert and author of Crafting a Successful Small Business. In 2010 Joanne was named Dorset Business Mother of the Year and has numerous accolades and awards to her name. In her spare time she likes to eat and watch crime dramas sometimes at the same time!

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