Summer time, winter time, all year ’round. It’s always a great to write down your impressions as you experience them. It’s almost too simple, so give it a try!
1. Keep a small Impressions Notebook in your pocket and jot down what you see and feel at various moments in your day and across the year.
2. Record the weather: sky conditions and colors,the temp, the way you feel looking around you or what you feel when you step out into the weather.
3. Outside, touch objects to record their impressive temperature. A chair in the sun feels different from a chair in the shade or covered with frost.
4. Record the way the plants are coping with the temperature. Do they smell hot/cold? Do they droop or are their flowers wide-open? Do you pick any and take them inside?
5. What clothes do you have on? Are you wearing a favorite piece of clothing? Are you comfortable, sweaty, cold?
6. What are you doing and why are you doing it? Does the weather dictate your activity?
7. What are you reading or doing with your hands? Does the activity tie into the season?
Store your impressions for a future writing project or to use as details when you write letters or notes to friends. It’s fun to share a bit of who you are and what you think about with people in your life.
When you read your impressions or use them, you may find that they carry you back to the moments you spent recording those impressions.
Let me know how keeping an Impressions Notebook changes your outlook.