THE MOON IS A METAPHOR:
We make workbooks, ask questions, share prompts, and create tools to inspire different ways of thinking.

What's the point?

Observing inner life in this format can be useful for both addressing the specific (ie: starting a new project or addressing an emotional block) or more generally distilling the magnitude of ongoingness into tangible examples.

Perhaps the prompts can just be a “better” way to waste time than idle scrolling...

WHY JOURNALING?

Journaling can synthesize our idea of who we appear to be and who we actually are, serving as a hinge between our abstract ideas of personhood versus the tangible details of our days.

In other words, the things you pay attention to are what you become.

The only way forward is through
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller

How to use the Moon Lists:

“Artists, poets, whatever you want to call those people whose job is “making” take in the commonplace and are forever recognizing it as worthwhile.

I think I am always collecting in a way, walking down a street with my eyes open, looking through a magazine, viewing a movie, visiting a museum or grocery store.

Some of the things I collect are tangible and mount into piles of many layers and when the time comes to use those saved images I dig like an archaeologist and sometimes find what I want and sometimes don’t.”

— Sister Corita Kent

Example Prompts:

Mystery

What happened that doesn't have an explanation?

Proud

What were you proud of?

Theme

Any themes?

Nostalgia

What was felt more deeply because it took you back to your past?

Detail

James Salter wrote: "Life is weather, life is meals."

Describe a meaningful moment involving each in the last month.

Adjust

What are you amid that is almost (but not quite) right? A draft, a relationship, an injury—what needs refinement and attention?

Sensory Inventory

A TASTE:

Passion fruit pavlova

Image: Via Rochelle Canteen

A SOUND:

Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” played loud with the windows open.

A SCENT:

Gjusta Bakery’s sprouted rye bread picked up in Venice; a loaf that satisfyingly weighs a pound and is dense as a rock.

A FEELING:

Crossing stuff off

A SIGHT:

Bird watching with new binoculars

Recommendation from "The Best Binoculars for Birding," via worldbirds.org

Moon Tee

$46 USD
  • Size

A mantra in wearable form — our limited edition tee, made in Los Angeles from 100% raw, unbleached, recycled cotton (sourced from repurposed manufacturing and industrial waste).

Cream toned with earth-hued speckles and a super-comfortable texture. Blue hand-screenprinted text on front with "Moon" and "Lists" printed on sleeves.

Note: tees run oversized!

Emotion Wheel Tee

$46 USD
  • Size

A wearable word bank — expand your emotional vocabulary (and develop a better response than "crazy" after someone asks you how your last year was).

Our highly limited "wheel of emotions" tee is made in Los Angeles from 100% raw, unbleached, recycled cotton (sourced from repurposed manufacturing and industrial waste).

Cream toned with earth-hued speckles and a super-comfortable texture. Gray/black hand screenprinted text on front with "Moon" and "Lists" printed on sleeves.

Note: Tees are oversized! Please size down. No returns.

Digital Workbook 01

$12 USD
  • Format

Six months of journaling prompts, list-making activities, and exercises that invite you to think differently about the present.

A journal for a non-journaler; the most low-stakes, high-reward ritual we can imagine for stepping into personal growth, sparking creative breakthroughs, or prompting deep conversations.

HOW TO USE

  • After downloading, use as a digital companion to a blank notebook or simply print out the black-and-white sheets and store in a folder of your choosing.
  • The download includes plenty of space to record your responses and take notes.
  • Every (undated) month is broken up into four sections — one activity per week. Weeks 1-3 of each month are short list-making ideas. Week 4 is a longer list of prompts meant for reflecting on the last month as a whole.

The Original Workbook

$18 USD

Our OG printed workbook — our DIY-inspired guided journal of questions, list-making ideas, and prompts for taking inventory of the present.

NOTE: Our workbooks are only available for shipping within the US.

How to use

  • 18 months of original prompts with space to write responses and notes
  • Weekly ideas to consider, lists to make, and themes to notice

The Moon Wheel

$16 USD

A limited edition, analog tool for self reflection. Inspired by finding unexpected inspiration in everyday objects, the wheel is a simple DIY distillation of themes and ideas for reflecting.

7x7 inches, two thick paper cardstock wheels connected by a metal brad
Comes in glassine envelope

* The moon wheel is only available for shipping within the US.

How to use

  • Choose a word on the outer edge of the wheel to inspire you, then slide the outer circle to reveal a brief explanation in the hidden window.
  • Pair it with a blank journal, put it on the coffee table, pin it on the wall — use it alone or with a partner or friend.

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by LEIGH PATTERSON, 2021

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