A journal for appreciating the beautiful, the quirky, the surprising, and the overlooked.Throughout the hustle and bustle every day, we must remember to slow down, unplug, and take in our surroundings. Illustrator Jorey Hurley has made the quest for mindfulness easy. Her gentle prompts, paired with bright but delicate illustrations, will encourage you to reflect on those sA journal for appreciating the beautiful, the quirky, the surprising, and the overlooked.Throughout the hustle and bustle every day, we must remember to slow down, unplug, and take in our surroundings. Illustrator Jorey Hurley has made the quest for mindfulness easy. Her gentle prompts, paired with bright but delicate illustrations, will encourage you to reflect on those seemingly mundane moments and find what makes them worthy of holding on to. Maybe your watermelon at breakfast was perfectly crisp, or the brake lights of traffic formed a beautiful pattern. Each page offers a new opportunity to jot down a story, paste in a picture, or doodle something from your imagination. As the days go by, you’ll discover how this one small ritual will put you more in tune with yourself and the world around you....
|Title||:||Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A Journal|
|Number of Pages||:||368 Pages|
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Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A Journal Reviews
Versatile & Very Cute!(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Blogging for Books.)-- 4.5 stars --If I had to choose just one word to describe Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A Journal, it would be "adorable." Jorey Hurley's artwork is simple and understated - yet cute as all get out. Her previous titles include four picture books for kids - Nest, Fetch, Hop, and Ribbit - and the illustrations in Extraordinary Ordinary Moments are similar in style to what you see on the covers. (Of course I can't speak to the interior artwork, seeing as I don't own any of the books!)Each page in this thick, 368-page journal features a different image or scene, along with a prompt. The general theme is "extraordinary ordinary moments": an event, chore, object, person, or experience that's so mundane that maybe you often take it for granted, or don't even register it at all. Some of my favorite examples include:- something nerdy- comfort food- something with nice curves- something that puts you in a good mood (yeah, because there's an illustration of a dog! you got me!)- something silly (^ditto!)- a good walk (definitely should include a dog, okay.)- something eternal- something you carry with you- a good excuse to order a pizzaYou can take the prompts literally, interpret them loosely, or ignore them altogether; that's what makes this journal so versatile. The prompts are written in a smallish font and are rather unobtrusive so, if you're not especially partial to one (or all), just use that page for regular journaling. I guess the lack of lines might make this difficult, though all the white space is conducive to drawing, sketching, or scrapbooking, so there's a tradeoff.The pages are made of a thick paper stock, and the book has a pliable but bendy cover; it's softcover, but not quite paperback. There's an image of an orange peel embossed on the cover, which might sound a little boring, except you can actually feel the texture of the peel when you run your fingers across it. Many of Potter Style's journals are tiny, about the size of a mass market paperback; the small size of the paper, coupled with the thickness of the book, makes them very difficult to write in. Extraordinary Ordinary Moments is a little more generously sized, at six by eight inches. New rule: all journals should be these dimensions at the very least!Though I enjoyed most of the artwork, there are a few pictures of animal-based foods that didn't come as a surprise, but turned me off just the same. I can pretend that the sizzling bacon strips are Lightlife Smart Bacon (delish!), but the whole roasted turkey is a little harder to rationalize away. I know not everyone's a vegan like me - I'm not delusional, okay - but it's still tedious to see images of animal suffering everywhere I look. Even in seemingly neutral places, like guided journals. (I guess maybe I can use that page for all my favorite AR quotes?)I feel a little weird deducting a full star for this, though, so let's call it 4.5 stars, rounded up to five where necessary. http://www.easyvegan.info/2016/10/08/...
Let’s talk about mindfulness, my friends, and the beauty of directing our appreciation and awareness of beauty toward the moments left unnoticed throughout our day. Extraordinary Ordinary Moments, a journal written and illustrated by Jorey Hurley, will help you do exactly that. As the author states, this little journal is a wonderful addition to the desk of anyone in need of a little help slowing down to “appreciate the beautiful, the quirky, the surprising, and the overlooked.” The first few pages of the book include a short introduction in which Hurley explains how over the years, her daily meditations in sketching culminated in the collection of short writing prompts and simple illustrations which fill the pages of this journal. In every prompt, Hurley encourages readers to look at the seemingly-mundane details of their day-to-day lives and acknowledge their beauty. Readers don’t have to work through the journal from front to back, either. They can simply thumb through the book until an illustration or prompt catches their eye, instead. The artwork is simple yet quirky, and small enough to leave ample room for journaling, as well. Some of my favorite prompts include pages encouraging me to acknowledge “something unnatural,” “something kind of gross,” something that makes you believe” and “ingenuity” in my day. Without pressuring me to write a lengthy journal entry or scrawl out profound ideas each day, this journal helped me reestablish a quick, daily practice of mindfulness. Personally, I’ve been enjoying this journal since it arrived in the mailbox. It serves as a helpful reminder to slow down and re-center myself when I’m at my busiest. It doesn’t matter if I doodle, jot down a few song lyrics or write about the small details of my day. What matters is taking the time to appreciate the hidden beauty all around me. And to that end, I highly recommend Extraordinary Ordinary Moments. Just sayin,' I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a review.
The author wrote, "Throughout the hustle and bustle every day, we must remember to slow down, unplug, and take in our surroundings." She then writes about a time in her life during the recession when she was without work and needed something to do. She then decided to do a daily blog. Every night, when her kids went to bed, she sat in the quiet and drew a picture of something she noticed that day. This was therapeutic for her and led to many other career opportunities. One of them, was an author. In this book is an opportunity for her readers to begin the same ritual. On each page is a picture and a prompt to give the reader a chance to stop and think by writing or drawing or whatever they find as a good way that works for them.I absolutely love this idea! As a mother, I find that I go, go, go a lot and don't really stop to reflect on my day. As part of my process to review this book/journal, I decided I needed to institute this as one of my rituals as well so I could discuss the difference it has made in my life. It has been refreshing. I followed the advice of the writer and sat down after kids and hubby were in bed with a cup of tea. Just me and the four legged fur babies. It was quiet and just gave me a chance to reflect on my day. I loved it! While, this ritual could probably be done without the journal, the journal is a good starting point for someone who hasn't done it before. The pictures and prompts help get your creative juices flowing.
This book was and still is super fun. It really shows you how to find meaning and pay attention to the smallest things, which can be important to living in the moment. Loved it.