Long before I started blogging, I was journaling.
I’ve never been a “dear diary” sort of writer. Somehow I’ve always felt like, though I was writing in a journal, I was writing for an audience. I suppose I always was, even if my audience consisted of my future self rereading my own words down the road. [I may be the most vain writer in all the land; it’s not uncommon for me to lose track of time a few times a year as I reread things I’ve written.]
I wasn’t one to write daily, or recap the day’s events much, but I did use journaling as a way of self-therapy growing up. If you consider yourself a writer, I would bet you can relate. I find that taking the time to get it all out and filling a once blank page is the most effective way of understanding my emotions, experiences, and opinions. Journaling [and now blogging] has always been something I use to process that which is happening around me, to me, and because of me. Sorting it all out in neat little sentences and metaphors and sing-songy collections of words.
As a matter of fact, up until my mid-twenties, my journals were filled with only words. Then, after my friend Lacey showed me a journal she had made during high school, I adopted a new habit in my journaling – adding bits of life to the pages. I taped in cards I received, notes and lists I had written myself, quotes I had stumble across and Bible verses I was working to memorize. My love of journaling and my love of scrapbooking came together under one cover, and I’ve never looked back.
I love the idea of Project Life, a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins, [I especially enjoy following along as some of my favorite bloggers share their spreads each week, as can be seen here: Elise, Kelly, Sarah] but I think the reason I haven’t yet jumped on that bandwagon of creativity is because I’ve been using my personal journals as my own sort of project life. It’s so simple to do and makes looking back through what I’ve written in years past an awful lot of fun.
Ticket stubs, post cards, event passes, letters from friends, quotes scribbled on post-it notes, momentous from road trips or conferences – it’s all in there. And it’s simple. Though I don’t journal daily, I do keep a small decorative box near my desk in which I put little scraps from my day to day life that I want to add to my journal the next time I’m writing. This makes my low-key, no-pressure, scrapbook journaling do-able for me.
Celebrate Journaling Activity: Add life to your journal today. Set a timer for whatever amount of time you can spare and get to work adding to your blank pages. If you don’t know what to write about, consider one of these 30 journaling prompts. And don’t forget to tape in a piece of paper from your day to capture a little extra bit of your life.
Celebrate Journaling Bonus Activity: Start a relationship book to give as a gift later this year. What family member of close friend would most enjoy a journal of collected memories of your relationship? Start collecting pieces for your project today and set aside a small amount of time each month to work on your gift. You’ll have a thoughtful, personalized gift in no time!
Celebrate Journaling Extra Resources:
- Ten Tips for Scrapbook Gifts is a great resource for your gift making!
- Love this bucket list journal. It’s been on my favorites list for ages!
- Finding Peace Through Journaling from This Mama Cooks
- so much great journaling content: FULL of ideas, suggestions and designs!
- The 5 Moment Memoir from The Kindness Project
- WANTED! Hand Lettered Mini Journal
- Back in the day I shared peeks into my old journals. You can see that collection here: journaling.