Journaling 101- Where Do I Begin?

I remember my first journal. It was a hot-pink frilly one that I bought at the book fair in the third grade. I would come home from school each day and write about my crush, and other elementary school characters that seemed so important back then. Admittedly, the journals that we as adults have nowadays are a lot different than the ones we had back then. Journals used to act  more as diaries than anything else. Nowadays, journals serve as a multi-functional area to write down ideas, plans, notes, lists, and for some people, their emotions. My boyfriend recently gave me a Moleskine journal and, strangely enough,  I had no idea what to do with it. The journal sat on my desk for at least a few weeks before I finally worked up the courage to do write something. I came to realize that the first step to successful journaling is eliminating the desire for perfection. Your journal will not be perfect. It is meant to act as a place where you are free to write down what ever you desire. Nobody needs to see your journal, it’s not something that will be graded, and it isn’t something that will be judged (unless you want it to be). Below is a list of ideas, as well as a few links, to get you started on a new journal!

  • what you’re looking forward to this month / year
  • goals for this month
  • things to study / learn more about
  • favorite quotes / lyrics / poems
  • write down recipes
  • listen to your favorite song, and illustrate it
  • sit in a coffee shop & write down snippets of over-heard conversations
  • go for a walk & stop randomly to draw little details
  • make a color-palette page








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