A look inside my journal . . .

by Tammy Strobel on August 5, 2012

Last week, Scott asked me . . .

“What do you put in your journals? This probably sounds kinda silly. But do you keep to-do lists, daily journal entries, notes from lectures and reading, ideas for books and writing, etc. all in one journal or do you keep separate journals for specific things? Maybe you could take a few pictures of your journal pages and share them with us.”

Earlier this week, I was journaling at the Urban Grind Coffee House and snapped a few photos of my journal for Scott . . .

As you can see my journal is filled with all kinds of content including, lists, mind-maps, personal letters as well as first drafts of blog posts. Everything goes into one journal because I organize things by date and I also dog-ear important entries.

Typically, I write in my journal everyday; sometimes the entry is short and other days it might be ten pages long. Journaling is a key part of my writing practice because it keeps me honest. I’m more likely to write from my heart and less likely to edit my words when I’m writing with a pen.

If you don’t keep a journal, I’d encourage you to give it a try. It’s an inexpensive, dynamic medium. For example, you can create mind-maps or draw in your journal. Remember you don’t have to fill your journal with words; it can be a place for sketches, art, or quotes. Write (or draw) what makes you happy.

1 Sandra Pawula August 5, 2012

Your journal is so beautiful and creative! I’m inspired and see that I can expand beyond words. I have a personal journal and then I have a notebook where I jot ideas for blog posts and other writing. I also draft blog posts there. When the right moment comes, everything pours out and becomes the rough draft of a blog post. I find using a pen far more powerful than starting on the computer.

Thanks for the glimpse into your journal!

2 Tammy Strobel August 5, 2012

Thanks Sandra! :)

3 s.e. August 5, 2012

I’ve kept a daily journal for more than a decade. I do have separate journals for knitting and for my spiritual work. I found it too difficult to find stuff I needed to refer back to stuck in amongst my regular musings and writings.

4 Scott August 5, 2012

Thank you! This is great! I agree with Sandra – your journal is beautiful and creative. I’m inspired to give it a try myself. The best part is you can’t go wrong as long as it serves you well and makes you happy. Thanks again!

5 Tammy Strobel August 5, 2012

Hey Scott – I’m happy that the photos were helpful and thanks for the kinds words. Give journaling a try! :)

6 Becki August 5, 2012

This is so inspirational! I really want to do more with my journal all of the sudden! I love your artful way of thinking in there, and I like that it can be many different things rather than just free writing. Thanks!

7 Heather August 6, 2012

Hey! I’m happy to see you’ve been using some journals I designed! What fun!

8 Meg | One Love Meg August 6, 2012

I am going back and forth with a hard journal and an electronic one. There is something special about writing and highlighting for me that I just don’t get with my journal on my computer, but I am also traveling and having to send home these journals when they get full. Rough life I know, but still a battle. :)

9 Greg August 6, 2012

Wonderful images Tammy! I’m about ready to start a new journal and this time I think I’ll separate out business and school from the personal. Thanks for sharing.

BTW I was intrigued to see you taking a break from G+, did you write about that decision somewhere? Part of your August Break / Digital Sabbatical perhaps?

10 James L. Carey August 6, 2012

That’s pretty much what I use my journals for and yes, you should read The Magicians :)

11 Emily August 6, 2012

I’ve kept a journal since I was 7, which means in a few months I’ll have 20 years of my life written in those books! Crazy!!

Journalling is such a lovely way to release tension and let the creative juices flow. You’re looks much prettier and more colourful than mine do though!!

12 Rose Byrd August 7, 2012

You have motivated me to purchase a new journal, instead of continuing to use separate notepads and sketchbooks! So much better to keep all in one place, isn’t it?

13 Liberty August 7, 2012

Inspiring journal! I picked mine back up when the kids went on break. It is the only way I can talk to myself without them making fun of me. LOL

14 brandie August 9, 2012

Lovely journal, thanks for sharing. I have to ask, where is this journal from? I am forever on the hunt for unlined journals. Thanks!

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