Journaling

Journaling Prompts #3

RANDOM/FUN

*What animal best fits your personality? Why?

* If you could make the ultimate tree house for a child, what would it look like?

* What can you talk about for hours?

* If you were a celebrity what weird, quirky or funny thing would you put into your will?

*If you were in the WWE (Wrestling Federation) what would your ring name be, how would you look, what (wrestling move, behavior, etc.) would you be best known for?

* If you could be any historical figure, who would it be?

PERSONAL

* How did you change in 2019? Are you happy about that change? How do you want to change in 2020?

*How has 2020 gone for you so far? What do you hope for during the remainder of 2020?

* What was your personality like as a child? Has it changed since then? If so how? What do you think of those changes?

KINDNESS

* Name one kind act that has made a difference to you.

* What act(s) of kindness would you most like to see? What acts of kindness affect you the most? Why?

QUARANTINE

*The best part of the quarantine has been…

*The first thing you’ll do when the quarantine is over?

*Will you change anything about your life after quarantine or will life go back to normal for you?

* What will you miss most about the quarantine?

* What good things have been created by the quarantine?

 

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Journaling Prompts #2

Hi readers! Welcome to 2020! I hope the new year is going well for you and that you are enjoying it so far. I’ve got some fun journal prompts for you to dig into. So enjoy writing or ruminating on these for awhile!

NEW YEAR 2020

* Was 2019 for you good, bad, OK etc? How do you want 2020 to be better?

* List your top three goals for the year. How will you accomplish them? What are you doing now to reach them? How will you feel if you do/don’t reach your goals for the year?

* If you reached a goal in 2019, what was it? What goal in your past years (or in 2019) were you most proud of?

* What would your perfect New Year’s look like?

FUN/RANDOM

* What makes you laugh? What makes you laugh so hard you snort, fall off your chair etc.?

* What food could you not go without?

* If you have journaled before, look at some of your old journals. What is the funniest, most ridiculous or embarrassing thing you ever wrote?

* What is the dumbest/ most useless product on the market? If you were an infomercial host or sales person and had to sell it, how would you convince people to buy it?

* If you could invent anything, what would it be? Describe it, and if possible, sketch it. Do you have any ideas for an invention already?

COMMUNITY & GLOBAL

* What event touched you the most or deepest in 2019?

* If you could see anything on the nightly news or in a newspaper or news website what would it be?

* What do you hope for national (in your country) & international relations for 2020?

* What three things does your community need most in order to improve or flourish?

RELATIONSHIPS & LOVED ONES 

*How do you treat strangers? Are you happy with the answer? Why or why not? How do you treat acquaintances or coworkers? How do you treat your friends and family?

* Pick someone close to you & write about what you love about them.

* Describe a moment of joy with someone that you have had. Describe a moment of joy that you witnessed someone else having. How did these moments affect the day afterwards?

*Has something good happened with someone you care for this year so far?

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Journaling: List Making and Prompts

This post is a companion to the ‘Journaling Prompts’ post.

Journaling doesn’t have to be about writing beautiful, flowing, deep paragraphs. Journaling is about keeping a record of you, expressing yourself and doing whatever the heck you want to with it. Two fun ways of journaling are list making and doing journal prompts. They’re also great if you’re not in the mood to write out everything that happened in your day or record your thoughts on what’s been going on in your life lately. The list making is simple and quick and the prompts get you thinking.

I’ve tried list making journaling and it’s so good for times when I’m busy. I can just knock off a list of what happened to me last week or the goals I want to go for, etc. One new thing I’m trying is keeping lists of things that bring me joy and fun things I’ve done.

I’m doing my journal on my computer currently and  keep two running lists in mine: Good/Fun things that happen and things that make me happy. They’re both ongoing lists and I try to update them as things happen or as I find something I enjoy.

For me, the best thing about doing this is that it helps me keep track of what’s going on in my life, but it also helps me keep perspective, too. I love being reminded of the positive things in my life when I open up my document. It’s great because sometimes I get wrapped up in the busyness or stress of life and seeing the good things helps remind me feel better about life.

Another fun thing I like to do with journaling is using prompts. I don’t know about ya’ll, but it’s really easy for me to get in a journaling rut when it comes to what I write. I usually end up writing about my day, or what I’m thinking. That can get a little boring after awhile. That’s why I like using journaling prompts. There are so many types of prompts out there: fun, quirky, thought provoking, ones for self awareness, so there’s enough to keep me busy for awhile! And they’re great when you don’t know what the heck to write about.

Finding them isn’t too hard. There are plenty of resources out there for journaling prompts. Just use your internet search engine or find some great ones on Pinterest. There are also a few bloggers here on Word Press who publish journal prompts.

Try these sites for good prompts:

119 Journal Prompts for Your Journal Jar

Here Are The 50 Best Journaling Prompts You Will Ever Read Or Need

This is from Word Press blog ‘Wednesday Wonders’

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/147671091/posts/387

This one is via the blog ‘When Life Awakens’

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/113055932/posts/6613

I also made up a few of my own if you’d like some to get started.

*What are your top 10 favorite songs?

*How did you spend the most recent New Year’s Eve? How do you want to spend the next one?

*Describe something you want to write about on your blog but haven’t yet.

*What was your favorite part of your day? Why?

*What food/recipe would you like to try? 

*Name one positive thing that happened today or one thing you really enjoyed (no matter how big or small)

I’ve got a companion post with nothing but journaling prompts that I published alongside this one, so check it out. 

Share your ideas for journaling prompts in the comments!

Happy journaling everyone!

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Journaling Prompts!

Hi readers! Today’s posts are centered on the idea of journaling. This one is a companion to the ‘Journaling: List Making and Prompts’ post. These are just some ideas for prompts to get you going or to inspire you.

*What is the most interesting/funny thing a child has ever said to you?

*What are your thoughts on conversations with kids? Who do you prefer talking to, kids, or adults? 

*What’s the most interesting/funny/weird thing you’ve ever overheard? Did the people you were listening to discover you were listening in? How did they react?

*If you were a magician, what kind of trick would you like to perform? 

*Name the three countries/places you want to visit most; why did you choose those places?

*What do you want to accomplish this month? What actions can you take to do that?

*What was the best moment for you from the past day or week?

*What is your favorite word? Your favorite sound?

*Name one special person in your life (dead or living). Why are they special? What do you love most about them?

*What is your favorite song right now? Why?

* If you could have been in any band, which would it be? Why did you choose this band?

*If you had decided to pursue music, and had put together a band, what genre of music would it play and what would its name be? Would it have had groupies?

*Name a person you have loved or do currently love. What are some ways in which you have acted in love towards them? Reflect on those acts.

*If you could travel back in time, where would you go, what would you do and why did you choose this time period? 

*What historical events are most interesting to you? Why? What sort of impact do you think they had on the world or the society they occurred in? 

*If you had been an athlete and gone to the Olympics, what sport would you have played?

*If you climbed to to top of a mountain, would you yell anything out? And if so, what would it be?

 

So which prompt is your favorite?

 

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Creative Journaling

Hey readers! Welcome to 2018! It’s a new year and an opportunity for new experiences! It’s also a chance for you to start a new journal or try a different journaling style. A few months ago I wrote a post about journaling and how to get started. (Here’s that post: https://perfectlymixed.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/journaling-a-how-to/ )  As I mentioned in that one, I’ve been journaling for years and have experimented with all kinds of styles. Today I want to delve into a couple of those different styles.

The traditional form of journaling is to take a notebook or journal and just write down whatever you’re thinking and feeling. This usually occurs in standard paragraph/sentence form. The cool thing about journaling is that this traditional method is just the tip of the journaling iceberg! There are so many different ways of journaling and neat ways to make it even more fun! I’m talking about creative journaling, art journaling, scripture journaling, smashbooking and what I call computer journaling.

I’m going to take on just one of those today: Creative journaling. Or maybe I should say that I’m going to begin talking about it; there’s so much involved with creative journaling that it will take more than one post. Creative journaling is the umbrella term for many different kinds of untraditional and imaginative journaling styles.

Many people think that journal writing needs to be poetic and beautiful, that they must practically write a novel about their lives. This stops a lot of people from doing it. But journaling doesn’t have to be like this; it’s supposed to be fun. So don’t worry about making something perfect. Your journal is a record of you and your life, so do it the way YOU want. An easy way to start is to make lists. Instead of writing long sentences about your day, write bullet points of what your day consisted of. For example:

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These sorts of lists are great for those days when you’re short on time or the desire to be creative. One tip: make your lists using different colored pens. This adds a creative flair that’s fun and beautiful. It’s so much fun to create a page full of color and it makes it more interesting to look back on later. (These aren’t real journal entries, just fictional ones made to illustrate the examples)

This is ideal for people that don’t like writing or don’t feel like writing out long, coherent sentences but still want to record the events in their lives or their ideas, etc.

Another thing you can do is to write about your day in artistic chunks.

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This is the same fictional journal entry from the above photo done a little differently. You see I took the different events in this person’s life and made each one into a ‘chunk’. You can do this in different colors to give it lots of visual interest and even do doddles around the chunks to help separate them and make it look even more fun. You don’t need to be an amazing artist (or an artist of any kind) to do this. Just do squiggles, lines, circles, dots- whatever you like!

 

 

 

If lists or doodling aren’t your thing then I recommend trying a mixed media style of journaling. This style uses multiple types of supply (like pens and paper, or decorative items and specialty pens) is open to just about anything you can dream up. You can use scrapbook stickers, paper cutouts or stylish tapes.  If this strikes your fancy then I recommend starting with some basic journalistic craft supplies. Colored or printed papers, ribbon, washi tape, colored pens or markers. Below I’ve made some fiction examples of things you can try. P1 uses printed paper cut and glued onto a standard white page and the date done in gold stickers. P2 shows a print page with a gold sheet glued on top and a marker used to write on it. P3 shows a colored sheet with glued on stars cut from gold paper. (Try stencils if you’re not comfortable freehanding shapes). P4 shows washi tape stuck onto a standard white sheet. These ideas can easily be applied to most standard bound journals. The specialty papers can be glued onto standard paper in a journal and stickers, paper shapes and decorative tapes can also be applied directly to most pages in a bound journal or notebook. (In the photos below I’ve used specialty print paper and letter stickers found at a craft store.)

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If you’d like some more ideas to get you started then I recommend searching ‘creative journaling’ on Pinterest or Google Images. Both offer good images with neat ideas for designing your journal pages. These should help get your creative juices flowing!

So where do you get supplies for journaling? In the United States you can try the arts and craft chain Michael’s, which carries all of the things you’ll need for these sorts of journaling and other types as well. Another option is Hobby Lobby. Outside the US, check your local arts and crafts stores for these or similar products.

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(Above Supplies:  L: Washi tape * M: Paper & Stickers * R: Pigma Micron Pens  )

So when you’re ready to start, here’s a list of supplies needed for the journaling I’ve talked about today. (The supplies photographed above are the ones I used for the post and are just an example of supplies. There’s a huge variety of things available for you to use!) Creative journaling is

1) Pens

*Pigma Micron pens (various colors $10-25 At Michael’s and Hobby Lobby)

*Paper Mate Ink Joy Pens

*Pentell R.S.V.P. Ball Point Stick Pens 8 Assorted colors ($6-$7 at Target, Wal-Mart)

2)Scrapbook paper in solid colors and prints

*Individual sheets ($0.69-1.99 at Michael’s)

*Paper packs  ($20-30 at Michael’s)

3)Washi Tape

*Tube of assorted colors/prints ($10-25 at Michael’s. They also sells smaller packs of washi tape with 3-5 rolls for about $5 each)

 

 

 

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Journaling: A How To

Have you ever thought about starting a journal? I’ve been journaling for years and I have loved it! I’ve tried all sorts of journaling techniques and styles and have found every one to be fun and has encouraged a lot of self-development. I started young, actually- in elementary school. I began with a little empty book someone gave me and haven’t stopped since. I just really love writing down what’s going on in my own life, my thoughts and feelings, scriptures and prayers, world events, putting in photos of people I care about, photos of artistic designs and logos I love, being creative with pens, art and creative supplies, doing prompts, lists etc. (more on different types of journaling later!). I’ve tried pretty much everything and love it all!

Another cool thing about journaling is the benefits it gives you. Besides being a record of your life and memories it serves as a tool for personal development. It’s really helpful to look back on your life and self to see how far you’ve come. And if you’re a writer, journaling will help you develop and practice your skills, which helps improve your work. Actually, many famous writers kept their own journals and recommended it to others.

So how do you start? There are a few steps you’ll want to take to get started keeping your own journal.  So here’s what you do:

1)Figure out what kind of journaling you want to do. What does this mean? Do you want to just write? Do you want to write and doodle? Or do you want to write doodle and have room to glue or pin things like pictures or keepsakes in? Knowing this helps you figure out the rest.

2)Once you settle on that, you can decide what kind of journal you’ll have. There are several different options: you can use a regular lined notebook for just writing; an empty book designed specifically for journaling that allows writing and maybe doodling or room for pictures, etc.; a partially empty book that has journaling prompts built in with space to write, a sketchbook for writing, doodling and drawing; or type your journal on your computer.

3)Choose what you want to journal about. Journaling can be about so many things! Recording life events, recording thoughts and feelings, recording ideas, writing and reflecting on scripture, prayer, expressing yourself through art, having fun with doodling, photos, mementos, etc., or maybe you aren’t sure and just want to experiment; whatever you want!

4)If you’ve never journaled before, or you’ve tried without success, I recommend setting some rules for yourself first to help you get into the habit of it. Once it’s a habit, you’ll have an easier time allowing it to be spontaneous. First, decide on frequency; how often do you want to journal? If you’re new I actually DON’T recommend every day as it’s too hard to keep up. Even experienced journalers have difficulty getting it done on a daily basis. Be realistic about your schedule and your desire to write. But the important thing is that you find a frequency that’s right for you.

5)Once you have your frequency, set a date and time for it. Say you want to journal once a week; then choose a specific day during that week and a specific time and stick to it as best you can. The structure will help you be more successful at it. Now, when you have your day and time chosen, decide how much time you want to spend on it. Once again, be realistic with the time you have. Also, consider your frequency and what you want to include; if you want to just write about your life and only journal once a month, you might want to allot more time since you’re covering a whole month. Same is true if you’re putting artwork in your journal. Now, if you’re doodling or writing more frequently, you might not need as much time. Please feel free to experiment with what works.

6)The last step is to find a place to journal. It doesn’t have to be the same place every time, just somewhere where you feel comfortable.

Now you’re ready to journal! So go have fun and see what develops! I hope these tips have helped you and I hope you enjoy your journaling!

 

Photo: Free Images/Lynsey O’Donnel