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From my notebook, 2007-2009

Periodically, I’ll show you what’s inside by notebook. While cleaning out all my stuff, I came across some of my old notebooks from the past few years.

I like to write things down. Words are usually pretty useful. These are some of my lists:

Favorite Words (2008)

Resolutions (2008)

Adam's problems (2007)

Things to do w/ my life (9 Oct 2007)

Life Plan options (2 Aug 2008)

On a list of “things to do with my life” from 2007, I found the following goal:

Backpack (9 Oct 2007)

“backpack for an extended amount of time, living & working across the world”

Well…it’s about time!

  1. ardenttraveller says:

    What a nice idea for a post, Adam. Love your list of favo(u)rite words and your aim to “look in to people's eyes more”. Lastly, I'm interested to hear about your problems with zombies.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Great angles for the photos. Glad some of those goals are getting accomplished!

  3. I love looking at posts of notebooks and journals. Very cool post :)

  4. Adam says:

    Thank you!

  5. Adam says:

    Hmm… every now and then I'll find myself making a list on the computer but there's something different about putting it in your own handwriting. Makes me remember it more, I think.

  6. Adam says:

    Thanks Jeremy!

    I hadn't looked at some of these lists in years, so it was pretty cool to find out I had unconsciously begun to achieve them.

  7. Adam says:


    I always try to write down interesting words that I come across so I can remember them. As far as zombies, those are potentially a problem for everyone! We must be prepared.


  8. Stephanie says:

    I like that under your list of problems you just wrote “girls.” And “sneezing”.

  9. I really need to start doing this to help me jot down ideas. I love your favorite words! They are fantastic!

  10. Adam says:

    Both are serious issues which should be addressed by everyone.

  11. Adam says:

    Words ARE fantastic!

    The only way I can remember the best words is by writing them down.

  12. monica530 says:

    Aww…this is so cute! I do this too except I list things out on Excel. I like the list that starts with “punch someone…” :)

  13. Adam says:

    Thanks for commenting!!!

    Yep. Though up until today it was only words on paper.

  14. Adam says:

    I've got a random assortment of notebooks, too. But Moleskines are my safe, standby notebook-of-choice.

  15. flexeble says:

    Its amazing to see the running thread through your notebook writings—moving to live somewhere…

  16. pinaytraveljunkie says:

    This is so cute! I love making lists too… As much as I love buying notebooks (especially if they're from another country I visited). Haha!

  17. Heather says:

    Really like the photo/text post :-) If you've got more, do it again sometime.

    Isn't it great to look back at a notebook/journal and realize that the dream is becoming a reality. Almost makes it more surreal in a way. I found where I made a similar statement in a notebook a couple of years ago, and it's so odd that it's only weeks away. You're only days away, my friend!!!

  18. Adam says:

    Thanks Heather!

    I've definitely got more. I've got years of journals—lists, quotations and new ones all the time!

  19. Adam says:

    oh don't worry! I definitely plan on it. December 2010, I'll be there.

  20. brookevstheworld says:

    You should probably move to Australia… all the cool kids are doing it these days ;)

  21. Adam says:

    Good eyes! “Punch someone in the face” is definitely on the list. I haven't worked myself up to the face, only the belly so far.

    But there's still time.

  22. Earl says:

    What a unique glimpse into the person behind the blog…great idea Adam.

    I wonder how many of the things on your lists have been checked off by now or are no longer 'problems', hopefully many! Although I think I see 'punch someone in the face' up there, so I'm curious how that one turned out.

  23. Susan says:

    I loved this post, especially the ending :) I've been thinking about doing something similar, I want to try and find my travel journal from when I studied abroad and find out what I wrote about.

  24. Adam says:

    I never kept a travel journal when I studied abroad and I'm kicking myself now that I find myself wanting to write & record travel stories on this blog. Ah, oh well.

  25. Adam says:

    That's a nice word!

    “tintinnabulation: the ringing or sound of bells”

    What were you doing traveling with Alan Dean Foster?

    • Gilserique says:

      a bit late: i am a guide  we were travelling around Brazil. The trip inspired him to write The Drowning World that he dedicated to me.

      all the best

  26. gil serique says:

    alan Dean Foster(author os startrek, alien, the drowning world …)had a small list at the time we travelled together. i remember tintinibulation, i may have mispelled any way.
    cool blog mate

  27. […] & harder to find. Uploading photos on a slow network is NOT fun. My Moleskine notebook (usually full of lists) is now full of stories, journal entries & rough drafts for future blog […]

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