the mother of all journals…

May 31, 2013

mother journals

I have a new mission for us to do together… below is a video explaining…and I hit publish before I chickened out or went to try to put myself together and re-record.

The MOTHER of all Journals Mission:

1. Leave a comment for me today to share in the journal before we send it out into the world– tell me something you wish someone had told you, your fears, your best (and worst) parenting moments or stories, something funny or shocking, anything you wish you could say but don’t always feel like you can, a note of kindness for another…anything really! The comment can be anonymous or you can send them to me at

2. I’ll write them in the journal and then leave the journal in a public place where I think a mother might find it.

3. When the journal is full, on the last page we will leave the journal’s fate entirely in the last person to find it. They can decide whether they send it back to me to have the collection shared as an art exhibit or online, or they can keep it, OR they can bury or burn it!

4. If you want to start a community journal in your city, here is what we are are writing on the inside and back page to help explain this project:

Inside: The MOTHER of all Journals found you! (yep, you) This is guerrilla kindness project is a collection of advice, confessions, joys, failures, encouragement and kindness from mothers all around our fine city. You can add to it, just read it, curse or bless it, cry in it, yell at it, kiss it, put it next to you like a friend, it’s totally up to you- you know just what to do (and so does it)…the only thing we ask is that when you are done, you leave it in a dry place for the next mother, sister, friend to find. If you aren’t a mother, that’s cool too… you can leave a message to a mom, or tell us how you wish you were one, or share what you think!

Last page: YOU ARE THE LAST PERSON TO FIND THIS JOURNAL…oh my lord, this is so exciting. You get to decide what happens next. Please do one of the following:

1. E-mail to find out an address to mail this journal back to. We will then share all the content online and in an art exhibit- anonymously of course!

2. Keep it for yourself or give it to someone you love as a treasure find!

3. Bury it, burn it…destroy it in a grand and beautiful way!

Whatever you choose, it will be awesome…and let us know at We love you last finder! Kindness Changes Everything!

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Jokes, secrets and poem journals are next…if you want to hide one, hit my e-mail up…OR if you start a journal in another city, let me know too so we can tell our friends in that area to be on the lookout!

*update*- LOTS of goodness is coming into my e-mail box for The Mother of all Journals …lookin’ for a few funny and light lines or stories if you got ’em!

19 Responses to “the mother of all journals…”

  1. Jen Says:

    Patience you’ve outdone yourself. I am so in both to add to this one & to start one in my area. I’ll email you shortly my friend.

  2. Stephanie Brown Says:

    I love you P.

  3. JeriO Says:

    You are so neato! I love this idea and I loved ‘sitting’ on the couch with you this morning! I will email in a bit! xo

  4. HappyCamperRVA Says:

    Just AWESOME!!!

    • kindnessgirl Says:

      HC needs a journal!! What happiness would go out into the world?
      A “what make you happy?” journal maybe?!

  5. Cindy T Says:

    My best advice for moms… be their mom, not their buddy and don’t try to protect them from life’s struggles. Being their buddy is GREAT for you, but they need structure, rules and a unconditional love more than a friend. If you solve all their problems when they are younger when less is at stake, they won’t have the skills to solve their own problems when they are older and more is at stake. You may think you are shielding them, but in reality you are only hurting them. Life is full of bumps and curves. Let them struggle and solve when they are younger. They will be so much better off later in life. This is definitely from a “Been There Done That” mom! I know what I’m talking about!

  6. strokedtolife Says:

    I’m on board! What a GREAT idea! I’m emailing you!

  7. Megan Says:

    Awesome idea – I will buy a journal next week and start one in my city of Auckland, New Zealand.

  8. Brenda Says:

    Oh I’m soooo in!!! I love your projects that all start right from the heart!!! I’ll email you!! I also would LOVE to start one in my area!! LOVE!!!

  9. Tacy Says:

    Hi Patience,

    I’ll start one here in Seattle. I’ll also email you a couple of things for yours.

    Thank you (again and again) for being you.


  10. K Says:

    My advice for moms everywhere: Be nice to teachers. We care about your kids so much that we spend the majority of our time teaching them, planning creative and meaningful lessons, encouraging them, trying to help them make friends, and yes, even disciplining them when necessary. We should be in alliance with each other.

  11. Lorraine Says:

    on my daughter’s 41st birthday, i sent her a bouquet of daisies at work and wrote on card, “Having you was the best thing I ever did”. i know she appreciated the daisies but most of all the comment.

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