Saturday, July 25, 2015

How I Journal

Back in the day (i.e. like 5 years ago) I had a traditional Dear Diary style journal. It was filled with heightened teenage emotion and huge high school problems. It kind of started to become a less common thing during my senior year and even less common for me to write in during my first year of college. The last two years I had random papers filled with roommate dilemmas, secrets about my depression, and things I was struggling with but no real journal that kept all these papers together.

At the end of 2014 I felt like I would really like to get back into journaling, but I wasn't sure how to do it now that I'm busy and only really want to write down a few little scribbles to remember each day by. On a shopping trip to Barnes & Noble I found the most beautiful planner and had to have it. I decided it would be my journal for the year.

When I started, I just wrote down a few notes about where I went, what I did, and who I spent time with. I added a few stickers or doodles if I had something to go with it.

Now it's evolved into a more visual journal with lots of stickers, bright colors, and doodles. I have to put stickers in to compliment what I did that day or I feel like the page is naked.

This journal is something I really enjoy spending time on. I normally have a day or two a week in which I decorate and write down what I did and who with for each day. I refer back to my planner or bullet journal if I can't quite remember a particular day. It takes probably 15-20 minutes and it's a time I look forward to.

Here's the journal/planner I'm eyeing for next year.

Do you journal? How do you do it? Do you have any journaling tips?