Write what you know, see and hear.
I made this journal cover by using my collage papers made from scraps of paper that have been piling up. Paper really is the gift that keeps on giving. This is a one signature journal and will fill up fast. These styles of journals make great travel companions and fit nicely into your on-the-go tote. If you’re a reader like me, they are also great for taking notes of the books you read. While many annotate their books, others prefer to not mark up the pages. These journals are the perfect solution. Spiral notebooks work just as well but these journals make it fun!
Today, I want to talk more about journal writing. Oftentimes I still come across people mentioning that they are finding it hard to write in their journal, whether it be, lack of habit, or what to write about. People feel intimidated by the act of writing your inner most thoughts and feelings. Perhaps, it’s because when one does so, it exposes you in a way and I don’t mean to the outside world, but to you. I believe that is what we need more of. The examination of self and to look back on what we were experiencing, even if it is ugly or uncomfortable. That said, journaling isn’t strictly just writing those uncomfortable moments you are revealing about yourself to yourself. Journaling is rewarding and is a positive medium in one’s life. Journaling can be about anything, really. It can be as small as writing watch you watch on TV that day. Just write it down. Start somewhere simple and watch your words develop. You’ll be glad you did. It is a treasure to look back on the things you were experiencing from years gone by. There is much to be said about this pastime.
But how does one get started? I can’t write whole paragraphs, one might say. You don’t have too and as I said above, journaling can be about anything. Even with one word. Below the prompts you see, I have written example sentence to give you a sense of what I’m talking about.
These journal prompts are great to put on small journal cards if you want to make it brief. They are also great for hiding them in pockets and tucks in your journals. That is if you are creating journals with places to store your cards. I like to use old scrap paper and decorate them on the front after I have written on the back.
- Summary of daily prayer.
- List of daily goals and tasks.
- What you are tired of doing.
- What are you overthinking?
- What you want to do but haven’t done.
- Favorite craft supply.
- Something that makes you smile.
- A book you finished.
- An artist you discovered. Can me any type of artist.
- Book on your night stand.
- Recent books you added to your -to-read or wish-list list.
- Something you are excited for.
- Recent happy mail.
- Changing a habit.
- An outing.
- Seeing anything interesting on a nature walk.
- Passage from the Bible.
- Title of poem you love or currently reading.
- A dream you remembered.
- A memory from long ago you remembered.
- What doesn’t taste good to me any longer.
- How many crafty/art projects I’m working on.
- How my art made me feel today.
- How my writing made me feel today.
- How many items I checked off my to-do-list today.
- Favorite animal. -Yes, this is important too.
- Recent purchase.
- God’s purpose.
- How I felt about social media today.
- Who did I talk to and what about?
- Favorite historical period.
- A book that has been on your mind a lot lately.
- What you ate today.
- Favorite beach destination.
- Favorite vacation.
- Favorite State.
- Favorite country.
- Bird watching. (I have an amusing story about this one. It involved a recent visit with my sister.)
The list goes on…
Example sentences of one or two liners:
- I woke up feeling refreshed today and had a good outlook on today’s activities.
- I drank three cups of coffee today and I just know it will keep me up tonight.
- Today, we went to our local park and the outside air was cool and breezy.
- I recently purchased note cards from the Dollar Tree and they are beautiful! I can’t wait to use them for sending mail to my friends and family.
- Today was busy and it took me much longer to get done wanted I wanted to accomplish.
Okay, so these many sounds boring to write down but when you go back and look at them in the future, they might spark your memory on something you want to write about, or you will be amused by what you wrote. It is also fun to look back on these and compare your writing from then to now. -Stephanie Hopkins
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