Journaling: Past, Present and Future

I started journaling again almost exactly 2 years ago after a 10-year hiatus.

My rebirth as a journaler grew out of an immense need to find a better way organize my life. Planners didn’t work any better for me than a stack of notes/list and a digital calendar did but I had convinced myself that a journal was just a place to jot down thoughts and feelings. A friend told me about the Bullet Journal Method and after learning more about it, a light-bulb clicked and I discovered that journaling was exactly what I needed to be doing.

In the home stretch of completing my 2nd book, I have been reflecting on what I have accomplished in the last 2 years. Having calendars, notes and lists in a book that I always carry around with me has made an incredible positive impact on my life but my journal has become so much more to me than just a place to record information. Journaling is a way to work through ideas, track goals, store mementos, take down stray thoughts, take notes while reading, make future plans and more. Accessories like colorful pens, washi tape, white out and a glue stick are just some of the tools that have allowed me to take ownership over the style of my journal in a way that I was never able to in the past. Experimenting with elements like page design and lettering techniques is a fun challenge but I have also liberated myself from that nagging feeling that my journal has to be “perfect”; sometimes a hastily scribbled list or a whole page or two of unstyled notes is the perfect thing.

It recently occurred to me that it would be fun to post some of my journal excerpts on my blog so that I can share my work with others and spark discussions from my posts. I will start this crossover content sharing with the “ribbon-cutting” of book #3, but in the mean time I would love to receive comments from you about your journaling background and process, tools and accessories you recommend, and any experience you may have with sharing your content online.

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