Let’s face it, Journaling is the new trend. It’s the new aesthetic everyone is going for. But what’s making it different is how unique everyone’s take on it is.
What is a Journal?
A journal is a book to store memories and reflections about anything you wish. It could be a day’s log, an account of an important/memorable event. You could maintain a journal of practically any sort- Art, scrapbook journal, a study journal (though I’m not sure what that is), a self reflective or even a private one!
I started a self-reflective cum scrapbook journal, and so far, it’s going great!
Why maintain a journal in the first place?
You know what, I’m not sure either. Why do it in the first place? Why not just jot it down in your notes app or something? Because there’s a special joy to it! Trying to visualize or think of how your today’s journal entry is going to be has a kick to it! What ever you do with your own damn hands is divine, especially during these days when everything is inside a virtual world.
*boken brones, yes that’s what I wrote.*
What do you need?
That’s the million dollar question. What do you need to maintain a journal?
A book and a pen, if you want to keep it simple.
A whole art shop if you’re willing to go overboard.
I chose a notebook I had, sitting in a corner of my *utterly littered* bookshelf. It seemed okay to make-do for the time being. And the rest, was just newspapers, lettering, old gift sheets, and some old sheets of paper.
Tips to keep in mind before you begin-
Do not be misled by Pinterest.
They seem pretty, they seem aesthetic. DON’T BE MISLED.
The thing with Pinterest is that all creators are in an attempt to get more clicks on their pins. Pinterest is solely image based and the creators are making their pins look more and more and more attractive. Why wouldn’t they, if it’s visually appealing, who wouldn’t click?
I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just not doable. Not at the very starting. And you see that amount of glue and paper and the setup they make for shooting Pinterest videos? It’s not economically or environmentally efficient. So I suggest you to try and recycle things. But I can say this with a hand on my chest, truthfully, that Pinterest is great for gaining inspiration.
Things you could do-
- Make your own stickers and decorations
- Try to re-use old papers/newspapers (did I tell you that old brown paper bags make good aesthetic material?)
- Avoid buying decorative and the so called fancy stuff; SUPPORT YOUR BUDGET!
Write it for your satisfaction
Don’t do it for the sake of doing it. If you want to do it passionately, spend your time in doing it. Your time is invaluable.
Get inspiration from everywhere!
Get INSPIRED. Get CREATIVE.
Do things that will make you want to write for your journal. Go out, somewhere different. Have a picnic with yourself, or read something thoughtful. And then you’d feel like writing about it in your book!
What is Journaling going to do for you?
Jumping to the next part; how is it beneficial?
Improve your writing-
Frequent writing will surely help you get better at it. I myself feel impacted by writing frequently. This is not only applicable to journaling, but can be used in any field. I personally feel that frequently writing for my blog has improved the quality and depth in my content. Also, journal is a no-nonsense book, so you’ll feel compelled to write insightful things in it.
(before you come and attack me using so many paper cuttings in the above picture- THEY’RE ALL RE-USED.)
Journals help you to gather motivating stuff from all around. Especially if you’re maintaining a self reflective journal. The name says it all, you reflect yourself. You begin to understand yourself and find out areas you can improve. And in turn, you take it all positively. You look forward for another day full of experiences, how happy does it sound!
Isn’t it getting cheesy now?
Peace o mind
I have no right to talk about having peace of mind. I don’t have any stress weighing on my head, but in a generic way, you’d feel calm when you write about your day. And how peaceful does writing seem to you? Very. And, along with peace, you’re also breeding insightfulness, when you’re thinking about yourself deeply. But it’s not necessary to write deeply.
What can I say, I’m very shallow.
This is the best part, remembering memories of the past. Now imagine, after 10 years or so, you’re maintaining a journal right now, upon reading it in the future, it’s all very nostalgic. Flipping through all those pages, with so many memories and stories, imagine!
I hope you enjoy reading this post, it was just an effort to share what I have learnt. Both positive and negative, lol. The main aim isn’t to get you into maintaining a journal, I intend to make you think of yourselves even more and record it somewhere. Self-love is the best therapy, give yourself time.
Before you go, check out the blog’s Pinterest, there’s lot’s to go around!
Not-so-daintily loving you,
P.S.- Please do not compare my images to pinterest, lol 😛
P.P.S- I recently read a post on journaling by Maya, she has some great tips too, you could check it out here.