My sister Jamie‘s book club The Next Chapter is doing the infamous book Wreck This Journal for the month of June. There is still time to buy the book for those who would like to participate! Mine came quickly and with taxes and shipping was less than $20 Canadian which means it is a very good deal.
As far as I understand, the journal is more about letting your destructive tendencies loose than it is about reading someone’s story. The story in fact is your experience of creative ways to attack the book. I have not opened it at all so please, no spoilers!
I almost decided not to participate. The reason? My mom will be visiting me during part of this time period and Mom is, well, kind of a pacifist. In fact when I told her what I would be doing, she said, “That sounds sacrilegious.”
My mom and me, well, we’re very different people when it comes to this kind of thing. When I was a kid I was very loud, bold and destructive. This did not go over well. I was taught to be kind, quiet and thoughtful of other people’s feeling which of course means Mom was an awesome mom.
Sadly, this is not who I really am. I care about others and definitely do try and take their feelings into account but I love to be bad. I think it is why I have so much fun in the kitchen, playing with knives and fire.
When I try to be so careful, so gentle…I get into trouble. It is just how it happens. Chaos and anarchy find me, I prefer to be the one making the destructive decisions thank you! I will take a blown up soufflé over a head on collision any day.
Perhaps this will help heal that part of me that feels ashamed of my radical self? Maybe Mom will find it fun? I told her she could be my videographer and she was very relieved at the idea. All I know is it is going to be interesting, no matter what, which rocks.
Do you want to Wreck This Journal with me?
Genie Sea says
I bought mine yesterday. It was the last one in the book store. Of course! It was waiting for me! One person’s definition of “destruction”, is another person’s definition of “restructuring”. 🙂
Here’s to the rebellion! How awesome that this book is inviting that part of you out to play. And that’s so cool that Mom’s going to be a part of the experience – that adds whole new opportunities! I bet there will be at least one thing where she’ll be like, “Can I do that too?”
This is going to be fun!
Bohemian Single Mom says
OMG – I can’t wait!!! I bought this book last summer for my daughter…it is so cool!
Getting my own copy and getting ready……
LOVE your pic!
It actually sounds like perfect timing that your gentle mom will be there – you get permission from the book to be your true self with her – and like Jamie says, she’ll probably want her own copy by the end of the visit!
I’m in too btw, it’ll be fun to do this with all you wild women.
I don’t know how this is going to work since I started this book a while ago. I still have a lot of it left un-wrecked at least. I can share my old pics along with the new ones I guess.
I got this book because I am pretty much the exact opposite of how you’re describing yourself. I’ve always been too kind, thoughtful, and quiet. My family is and always has been large, loud, and unruly. I love being around them, but I’ve hopelessly failed at trying to unleash that part of me. She’s there, and she’s come out a little more over the years, but she isn’t really present.
Suzie, It sounds great. Yes, I do want to, and I ordered the book and will participate! It will be very challenging for me, in a good way. I need this. BTW, I continue to love what you’re doing in the kitchen. I lurk a lot but read every post. xo, O
I’m into it all to with you Suzie, albeit I’m not into wrecking any of my creative stuff because it’s usually a painstaking journey! But that’s the whole point now ain’t it, and why I joined…
I think that journal is all about freeing yourself up to do things you would never consider. Discovering the creative in unexpected actions and new ways of seeing:)
I am a big fan of Keri Smith!
Suzie the Foodie says
I am so happy that so many people are participating! I can’t wait for us to begin this journey together.
I would loooove to join this again, jamie is such a great coacher. But I can’t, for obvious reasons *sigh*. But I’ll be following every chapter with you! :o)
Hmmm… Bad, bad Suzie? That’s a side I could never see in you! Nothing happens by chance, so if your mom is going to be with you during this process, there’s a reason. I’m sure it will be a priceless experience for both of you.
Kisses from us!
PS: After some talk, Lucas said he’1ll join the dreamboard in June! I was teling him how sweet Jamie is, etc, and he said he would give it a try. Ohmigods, he’s so persistent sometimes! Do you know the videoclip for Yeah yeah yeah’s song, Zero? He said the singer looks like you!
PS2: No, I swear I was not trying to force him to join the dreamboard. I was just sorry that he would lose this opportunity to create something he always loved. If I sensed that I was pushing him I1d stop!
Love the photo of you ‘biting down’ on the journal! THis does sound fun – I’ve been intrigued since first hearing about this book – prob. on Tori’s blog 🙂
I didn’t finish the last book (12 secrets) kind of got bogged down – tho I loved what I read!! But this does sound way fun, . . . & enjoyed your comment on your ‘wild side’ & your mom trying to help you tame that part of your nature – fun to let the Wild Suzi come out & play!