Journal Often, Journal Always

  “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” (William Woodsworth)  Three years ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote a post entitled ‘How to Keep a Journal.’ At the time of writing it, I was struggling with the idea of keeping a journal. There was something daunting about all those blank pages – I constantly felt as if I didn’t have the dedication and ideas to fill them all. But still, there was something about journaling that I just loved. It was so cathartic. No matter what you were writing about, you’d always feel ‘cleansed’ after every entry, as if you got a chance to pour out your thoughts or capture the moment you were writing about. What is even better is that it allows you to store all these memories – the big days, the heartache, frustration, and happiness – on paper. Over time, getting…

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The 5-Year Journal

Hey everybody! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s! I rang in 2016 on my cruise to the Panama Canal so stay tuned for those blog posts coming up! For Christmas, my friend got me the Q&A a day Five Year Journal and I couldn’t be happier to share this with you guys. Last year, in February, I had my eye on this journal in the bookstore but I didn’t purchase it at the time because a month had already passed and I wanted to wait a year. I was ecstatic when I got it for a gift. If you feel like you’ve always wanted to keep a journal or just really love to write and reflect, this is perfect for you. How it works basically is that for every day of the year, (they even include February 29th for leap years!) they pose a question. It…

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An Adventure Journal

Wanderlust~/ˈwändərˌləst/ a very strong and irresistible impulse or desire to travel the world. This is my last blog post before I leave for my trip to Europe next week, which is why I’ve dedicated it to all things travel. For my birthday, my friend bought me an “adventure journal”, which is a book where you can record all your most memorable adventures. This is PERFECT for anybody who loves to travel and travels often, like me! I just wish I had this book sooner! Most of the journal is filled with pages like the one above. There’s space to write each destination you visited, who you were with, what date you travelled, what you did, etc. There are also lines to write “the best of the best”, such as the best food you ate while you were there, the best attractions, the best places to shop, the best lodging, etc.…

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How to keep a Gratitude Journal

 grat·i·tude ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness     I love the idea of a gratitude journal. I feel that it’s so important to notice the small things in life and to cherish them.  Everybody has good days and bad days. We’re always going to have bad days; those are inevitable. It helps if you have moments of happiness and love to cling onto when the bad days are crashing down on you. That’s what a gratitude journal is all about. It’s a place where you can write things you saw, things you heard, or things you did in this notebook. It doesn’t even have to be a paragraph; it can just be a sentence or two. You don’t even have to write in it every day. Studies actually shows that  you’ll be more happy if you only write in…

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How to Keep a Journal

All my life, I’ve been nagged by parents and by peers to start keeping a journal, especially because I’ve told them I’m an aspiring writer. In the past, I would always start with a brand new notebook, write a few entries and then completely forget about it a couple weeks later. I was never motivated enough to stay with it until the end. Starting from January, that all changed. I went out to purchase a new notebook and I put pen to paper. What surprised me the most was that I actually loved to write in it. Once I started rambling, I couldn’t stop. Some of my entries were about 3 pages long. It was such a great way to relieve stress and other emotions. You could yell as loud as you wanted in there, and no one could tell you to be quiet. It was almost like an escape…

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