Because journaling is fun I do it every day, but it’s not only the fun aspect that inspires me. Writing down my thoughts gives me clarity when I find myself overwhelmed. What is my priority today? When I write it down I can see a path.
Most of my friends journal one way or other. Some journal on napkins, and some in elaborate expensive journals with leather covers.
It doesn’t matter what kind of journal you use; it can be a composition book from the box store. What matters is you having a conversation with YOU.
It’s like coming home to your most honest part.
Journaling brings not only clarity but vision that might stretch into the future. What do you want with your life? What do you want to experience?
I mostly write a journal entry every day and a vision for the week, and sometimes I can try to plan out the future, but you know what happens to “best laid plans…” I always write a page of gratitude every day. There are sooo many things to be grateful for.
Journaling is good for:
- solving problems
- kick around ideas
- write down what you’re grateful for
- write off “steam.”
- get clarity of what you want to experience the most
- write about relationships with others (or lack thereof)
- a journal is a solution finder!
It’s good for pretty much anything we encounter. It can be your best friend. I talk to my cat a lot but he doesn’t give me a lot of ideas. 🙂
Many of my friends, including myself journal with art / writing in combination. That is probably my favorite way to journal, but I like to write too, and it’s a lot quicker.
As you can see I have been busy making lots of art journals for my etsy shop. You can make your own easily. All you need is some heavy watercolor paper, acrylic paints and inks, some string. A while back I made a video on how to make a simple journal /art journal.
When you make your own, it truly becomes YOURS. There are so many ways you can make a journal. The library has books on book binding where you can get more ideas.
I find it to be lots of fun and inspiring too. I’ve gotten so inspired by making them that I keep making more and more, trying out different styles and combinations.
You can find some to buy in my etsy shop EARTH AND FAERY.
I encourage everyone to spend an evening making one. Even if you don’t make it from scratch you can buy a journal or notebook and jazz it up.
If you want to write a journal online you can join 750 Words.com. You can also use a Word file and keep it on your computer. There are no rules.
When I was a kid I had a red journal with a gold chain and a lock. I don’t know how many times my brother tried to open that… I don’t remember writing much in it but I loved it.
If you want to make a cloth-covered journal and more, I have a short e-course on making them. You can read about it HERE.
I think I will go and do some art journaling now.
I hope you will do some type of journaling too. It’s really helpful!