Feb 17, 2011

of journaling.

I keep a journal. I love journaling - writing down memorable and important things in my life, my thoughts, encouraging scripture, and sketches.

Normally, I write down a section of what I've been doing lately and what I'm looking forward to. Under that, I write to God and write down my struggles, questions, thanks, and praises. It's a good way to write down a prayer without getting distracted.

It doesn't matter if your handwriting is fancy or plain, neat or cluttered, because no one cares. This is your journal, and no one else will read it.

I am very artsy when it comes to journaling and love to try out different calligraphy styles. This is quite fun and makes the times when I look back and read my past entries more interesting to look at. Yes, I read back what I've written - it's an excellent way to see how life's dynamics have changed, your growing maturity {I started journaling over 3 years ago.}, and sometimes it's even fun to look at your mature handwriting. :)

Steps for Starting a Journal

1. Get a journal.
Your journal can be anything from a simple school notebook or a fancy little binder. It doesn't matter.

2. Write.
Just write! Write your day-to-day activities. Write your frustrations. Write your joy. Write anything you want. It doesn't matter what's in the journal,  no one will read it.  

3. Formatting.
Most likely you'd like to be able to read your past journal entries. Make sure you have a 'standard format' every time. It's really important you know the date you wrote it, I love looking at journal entries from two years ago. {grin}

Here's a simple format you could use. 

Dear Journal,   2/17/2011

It's also really important to understand that there are no rules for journaling! You need to make your journal all you. Don't feel like you have to write a certain thing here and a certain thing there, just let the words flow. Personalize your journal and make it look like your own. There is no wrong way to journal.

So, have fun with your new journal and I'd love to know if this inspired you to start. If you already have a journal, share what style you journal! I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Anonymous said...

I've had a journal! It's lasted for over a year now! I might do a post on it later! I'll let you know~!

Shelley said...

Great journaling tips! I don't write in a journal but I have one that I'm planning to use on my up coming birthday. Very helpful info!

Megan said...

Nice post Lulu! :)

I've been journaling for like 4 years... but I've always had trouble keep up. I'd like to make it a habit to write every day/every other day. :)


Abby said...

Right now I have an art journal. :) We use Barry Stebbing's program and it's really fun and helpful.

Abby :D

PS. I tagged you over at my blog.

Lily said...

I love journalling! I can't say I'm a pro at it in any way, but my journals are ALL me! There can't be any exactly like mine. ;)

Thanks for the tips!

Much ♥,

Anonymous said...

Hey Lulu,

Yeah, my cousin showed me hers when we saw them last. They are awesome. And I actually think the 32gb and the 64 gb are WAY overboard.
But, that's just my opinion.
Oh, and I found the newest edition one on Walmart.com and it had a camera and it was only 209.99. WOW!
I also like the fact that it texts and has internet.


Rachel said...

I've journaled off and on ever since I was like 7 or so {I'll be turning 15 this summer}.
I love to go back thru my old journals too!!:-)
Oh, and by the way, we're about to start using Barry Stebbing's program too!:-)

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