I’ve been journaling from a young age, but I just got into it consistently about a year ago, and I love it! It can seem intimidating at first, but once you get into it, it’s actually really fun.
Something that helped me be able to journal consistently for so long is only writing when I feel like it. I don’t force myself to write every single day or about every single detail; only highlights or interesting days. This definitely helps you to stay motivated and enjoy writing. Another thing that helped me was personalizing and decorating my journal. I like to add receipts, pictures, stickers, and notes from my life to the pages. Doing this helps it feel personalized and less just like WORDS and nothing else, which can get boring after a while.
Journaling has definitely helped me a lot. Looking back on what I’ve written in the past year, I can see what I’ve been through and the growth that has come with that. It can be easy to forget where you’ve come from, so it’s nice to be able to look back on who you used to be. It’s also just nice to be able to get your feelings out and not have to care what other people think or who’s going to see it since it’s only for yourself.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a writing person, there are question a day journals that take literally minutes and can give you almost the same benefits.
With that being said, I wanted to show you guys my journal collection! I have a LOT of unfilled ones (it may or may not be a slight problem), but hopefully, that will change if I continue this hobby! 😉
The first one I have to share is my current journal. I’ve been in this one since September 2019, and I’m almost finished — I’ll probably be done with it in about a week. This one is book-themed and has art with quotes about reading every ten pages or so. It took a while for me to get attached to this journal, but now that I’ve personalized it I really like it!
The next journal is the only one I’ve completely finished so far. I was in this one for a very long time — from November 2018 to September 2019. A lot in my personal life happened that I wrote about in this journal, and I also spent a lot of time decorating the inside, so I’m really proud of this one. You can see how thick it is and how many different papers I put in the back! 🙂
Now we get to all of my unfilled journals (it’s a lot!). These are ocean-themed journals I got in a set of two at a stationary store this past summer. The pages are unlined, which I think will allow for a lot of creativity as far as decorating!
Fourth is this beautiful journal. This is the biggest one dimension-wise that I own. This has lined pages, but it’s so big in size that I think like I said with the last journals, it will allow for a lot of creativity in decorating. It includes a different Bible verse at the top of every page.
This one is special to me because I got it last year while I was on a school trip to Spain. I’m not a big bullet journal person (I think they’re awesome, but I just can’t do them because they require a lot of artistic talent), but it was so pretty I couldn’t pass it up! I’ll probably just end up using it as a normal journal.
This cloth journal is from Paperchase. I got it for my birthday a few years ago. If you know me, you know I love anything vintage, so it’s perfect for me! 🙂
This journal is themed with pictures from old Simplicity sewing patterns from the 1940s and 1950s. (Similar to my finished McCall’s journal, but those patterns were from the 1970s.) I got it as a present, but I’m pretty sure you can get them at JoAnn’s.
This is my oldest journal; it’s probably about four years old. I’ve started to use it for a lot of things but then quit and torn the pages out. Even though it’s not a big part of my aesthetic, I’ve always liked nautical-themed things, so that’s probably why I’ve kept it around for so long. Hopefully, someday it will get its place as a daily journal. 😉
Finally, I have this journal from OneCanoeTwo. I got it at the same time as the Rifle Paper Co. ocean notebooks. I absolutely ADORE the cover art on this one, and the paper is also nice quality. It will probably earn its spot as my next daily journal once I finish up the reading one!
There we have it! All of the journals I currently own. I hope you guys found this post interesting!
How about you? Do you enjoy journaling, or something similar? What’s your favorite (or least favorite) thing about it?
Thanks for reading!