Today’s post is a quick one, since I was out all last night at our kickball playoffs (we lost, but had fun anyway since we were 5th out of 12 in the league!) and out for a beer with my teammates afterwards. I’ve got no time during the day to post since work has been crazy and I’ve been working through lunch, and no time tonight because I’ll be going to a pumpkin beer-fest with a friend I haven’t seen in weeks!
I really wanted to have the time to let my mind wander while I’m in St. Kitts, since I’ll have a lot of downtime just laying on the beach or sightseeing. On previous vacations, I relied entirely on my camera to document the moments. But this time around, I want to have the freedom to do more than just take pictures. I want to be able to record my thoughts, dream up future goals, reset myself and improve my life.
So I bought a sketchpad, and some watercolor pencils.
My first “entry” into my sketchbook is a map of St. Kitts. I was so excited to get my new watercolor pencils that I had to put something in it right away! I’ll use it to sketch pictures of the landscape, record my thoughts, and generally just use it as a giant brain dump. To be fair, I did try to trace the image of the map, but the paper was thick, so cut me some slack if it doesn’t look exactly like the island! I plan on making a similar map for Puerto Rico, but I didn’t want to complete it now in case I run out of pages for St. Kitts. I’ll just print a map of Puerto Rico and trace it while I’m there!
Update: While browsing through some other blogs today, I found this awesome post about what to write in your travel notebook – practical advice about maps, flight information, travel inspiration, etc. Click on over to Yes to Travel for 13 Things You Must Write in Your Travel Notebook Before Leaving.