When Jayda was 3, about once a week I let her stay up late. She’d climb into my bed while I did her hair. I’d make popcorn and pop in a Disney DVD. (This was way before Disney+, but I am serious about my movie collection). This is a big reason she can now speak in movie quotes. And why she wound up being the co-dreamer and creator of this new project. This thing we created together.
You see, movie nights are a big deal in our house. Like, a HUGE deal. Every week we laugh, enjoy and rate a different movie. We wanted to make something that could easily bring, or strengthen, this tradition in your homes, so we created the Family Movie Night Journal.
Jayda and I have been working on this for six months, but in actuality, it feels like it’s been a project in the making since she was a toddler watching movies in my bed. We sketched out drawings, interviewed artists, wrote and revised over and over and we are SO happy with how it’s turned out.
To be honest, I’ve always wanted to write a book. It’s been on my vision board for more than a decade. Though I must admit, I thought it might be something like a best-selling memoir brought to you by a top publisher. A self-published movie journal? I didn’t see that coming.
I didn’t wait for a fancy publisher (I’m too impatient). And I had to learn everything from scratch. Artwork, designing, book styles, paperweight, color matching, publishing, printing, sale tax (ugh) and shipping! And being the world’s most indecisive person, made all of that CHALLENGING. Honestly, I still have no idea if I’m doing it all right. But I am so hopeful this book will reach families who want to connect and bring new life to a family movie night tradition.
Let this be a reminder to myself, and anyone else who needs to hear this, that sometimes we’re the only ones standing in our way. Take that leap of faith you’ve been considering. Learn something new. Pick a dream and make it happen.
We are offering pre-orders for the Family Movie Night Journal at a special rate and have a limited amount for this first run, but I’d love to get one in your hands. Make sure you’re on our email list for another special coupon. And follow @movienightjournal for more sneak peeks of what’s inside.
We are SO excited and we hope you are too!