Everything you need to know about journaling: My perspective, how I’m doing it and tips!

My graphic designing skills are sitting in a cringe bin, what’s happening!?

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.

All sorts of stuff shown on pinterest.

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!

You could read a post about gaining writing inspiration here.

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.)

Breeds optimism-

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!

Very Happy.

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.

Reminiscing

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,

Divi.

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.

34 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about journaling: My perspective, how I’m doing it and tips!

  1. I’ve been journaling for over a year now and your so right. Reminiscing on your past experiences is amazing. Even stuff that just happened a year ago feels like it was so long ago lol.

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    1. Yes, I get you. I flipped through my journal pages, I get this nostalgic feeling as if it was stuff that happened ages back when it’s been only months. Thank you so much for giving this a read, Sophia!

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    1. Whoa! That’s great, I’m so happy that I could make someone start journaling again! And since it’s the first time I’m seeing you here on the blog, Welcome!
      Thanks for reading, have a great day!

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  2. Beautiful post! Journaling is one of the best habits one can get into. It’s helped me in so many ways. Oh, you are so so right about Pinterest! It’s not practical to maintain such jazzy notes in day to day life.

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  3. Love this post! I used to journal all the time and I miss it. You’re 100% right about Pinterest. I think part of the reason I gave it up was because I couldn’t get mine to look as pleasing as the ones online.

    Your journal is inspiring me to want to try it again!

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    1. Oh that’s sad, Megan. I gave up sketching because of Pinterest, I set the bar up high for myself.
      I’m so glad this post could provide some value to your time, now that you’re planning to get back to it! I’d be the happiest person if you begin doing it again!

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  4. Oh, I totally agree with pinterest misleading people..been there.

    this post is literally, so pretty! Like, the pictures 😌👌- thanks for the tips, too! My journal doesn’t have any sort of decor in it, it’s just space for me to rant in. I love yours though! The journal’s really beautiful 💗

    can you share a post on how you edit your pictures? That’d really help!
    ~Evin

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    1. I feel that regret. But it’s like my guilty pleasure, I know it’s bad but I’m on Pinterest anyways.
      Your journal doesn’t have any decor, I think it’s perfect. I like doing crap art stuff and use up time like that, in a way you’re being both sustainable and conserving time!😂
      Thank you so much Evin, just an effort to make the post look more attractive with those pictures.

      Coming to the editing part, I’m a rookie too. I too am experimenting right now, I think I’m not in a position to post advice 😂 but you could begin with changing the exposure, saturation, tints, shadows and filters from your own photo editor in your phone. You could also try Lightroom, it’s a great app. It’s free but some features require a premium subscription. I’ll surely write a post about this soon enough too!

      Thank you so much Evin, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!

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  5. OMG, your journal is SO pretty!!! The idea of attaching paper cuttings is wonderful! I love looking at your serene photographs <3
    You are right, Pinterest does make even teeny-weeny things look aesthetic 😂
    Journalling really clears up the clutter in my mind!

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    1. Hey Maith! I’m so honoured you liked my journal 😀 and so many thank yous to your words bout my pictures!
      I know right teeny weeny things😂😂😂
      Yes, it’s so stress relieving! Thanks for reading!!!

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  6. I sti remember your Boken Brone😆
    I was literally serching for a post on journalling and there you go!!! Such an amazing post… TBH it was the the best!
    Even I started journalling, and your post was a really informative…
    Ready to see more posts coming like these!

    Love,
    Buddy💜

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    1. Boken brone, god save us😂
      Why do we both go in perfect sync? I’m glad I have the post to you on the right time!
      Thank you so much Aarya, I’ll work on more posts like these! Love ya!

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  7. Wow! That’s great!
    It’s really nice to maintain a journal.
    That nostalgic thing which u wrote in this blog was true.
    I will try to start writing a journal, too.
    You have a Nice Pinterest Collection!

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  8. Definitely it would be good way to have a journal for having that nostalgic feeling and sense of peace that what you did is here with you in the diary.

    “What ever you do with your own damn hands is divine” Exactly 😀

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