Happiness

How I Use My Journals

by Tammy Strobel on July 1, 2014

For the last few years, I used a Moleskine Journal to capture my thoughts. I wrote to-do lists, blog posts, gratitude lists, and more in my sole journal. If I needed to revisit an entry, I would dog-ear a page or use a sticky note to mark a section. Prior to using Moleskines exlusively, I carried around multiple journals and each one had it’s own theme. That didn’t work for me because I kept misplacing notebooks. Carrying my Moleskine was preferable because it fit in my purse.

After shredding my old journals, last month, I wanted to try something new. Rather than keeping all my thoughts in one notebook, I decided to try a Midori Traveler’s Notebook (Passport Size). For me, the Midori is more than a notebook. I see it as an organizational system for multiple journals. The system centers around one leather cover and multiple bands that hold several notebooks in place. It’s a slick system! Now my art journal, gratitude journal, and my journal for daily thoughts and lists are all in one spot. Plus, they are cleanly organized.

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In addition to my Midori, I have a gardening journal and the Desire Map Daily Planner. Both of these notebooks hang out on a bookshelf because I don’t use them everyday. They serve their purpose for planning and gardening notes. However, I’m thinking about using my Midori for both of those themes.

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If you want to begin a journaling practice, give the following tips a try …

1. Find a journal you love. Over the years, I’ve tried out dozens of journals; journals that were insanely expensive and others that were found at the Dollar Tree. If I like the feel of the paper — and if the journal fits in my pursue — I will write in it and love it!

2. Look for inspiration and encouragement online, in books, or in magazines. A few of my favorite sources of inspiration are listed below:

  • Seaweed Kisses — a sweet blog by Michelle Marie — is full of beautiful images and helpful posts.
  • Journal Your Life” is a lovely e-course taught by Susannah Conway. I also adore Susannah’s blog and Instagram feed. Like Michelle’s site, it’s filled with awesome tips and tools.

3. Journaling is a personal and private activity, so don’t worry about grammar or being neat. Write, draw, or make lists of the people, places, and events that inspire you.

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I’d love to hear from you! Do you journal? Share your story and thoughts in the comments section.

Be well,
Tammy

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