My latest discovery is journaling.
This is actually a rediscovery for me. I started my first journal when I was about 9 years old. Initially I used cheap diaries from the 5 and 10. You know, the ones with a page per day.
I continued through college with inexpensive notebooks.
When I got a “real job”, I bought a few leather journals and several specialized journals.
Shortly after I got married, I stopped writing in my journals. I document our family life in Apple phonebooks, but it’s not the same. I have not written my impressions of married life. I have not captured my memories of my children as babies. I did not write through my struggles with my miscarriage, or the death of my best friend. I will not be able to look back at my thoughts and feelings later in life. And I have not had the peace, reflection, and self discovery that journaling brings. I’m really bummed that I don’t have any journals from the last decade.
I can either be bummed and miss out on another decade of insights and memories, or I can start a journalling practice. Here’s what my journal practice looks like:
- Morning Pages. I hope to develop a habit of writing 3 pages while I drink my coffee in the morning. I am using an inexpensive notebook in A5 or composition size for this.
- Bullet Journal. I’m using Ryder’s original minimalist style to write lists in a small pocket notebook. I am using this to log events and perhaps a one sentence reflection or memory from my day.
- Clutter catcher. I’ve seen several people use this approach for travel journals or art journals. I capture all my receipts, coupons, pamphlets in my bullet journal. I washi tape them to a page. If I’m feeling ambitious I can write a sentence or two about my experiences. Bigger things like kids artwork will go into my A5/composition notebook.
- Blog. Yup. My blog is a form of journal. I’m capturing all my thoughts and sharing them with you all.
- Phonebooks. I’m still documenting my family life with phonebooks. I give them to my parents and my in-laws for christmas each year, as a gift from the children. I include an intro page that hits the highlights of important events throughout the year. The past couple years, I have even been including a page with cute things the kids have said.
- Prompts. I’m including some writing exercises from a book I’m reading. I’m considering including a page for doodling prompts and handwriting prompts.
Do you journal? What kind of book do you use for your journal? What do your journal entries look like?