Hello sweet readers! As seen from the title, I’m going to be sharing with you my journey with journaling! I have been writing in journals consistently for about a year now, and I thought it would be nice to share with y’all what I write in my journals, and the different ways in which I use them. So let’s begin!
First I’d like to share with y’all the journal I just recently finished, and from the pictures you’ll see that I write all kinds of things in my journal. My thought is that a journal is where you have free reign to do whatever you’d like without any judgement. If you’re like me, you write your deepest thoughts and draw mediocre doodles that no one shall dare to see. I think this is important because I am able to be creative and raw with myself, which I believe helps me learn more about myself as a person.
When beginning my second journal, I wanted to start a tradition of making goals for my journals. That may sound kind of odd and type A, but I think it has really helped me keep my head in the right place whenever I journal. I didn’t want my journal to be a space of negativity or a burn book (Mean Girl’s reference if you didn’t already know). Instead, I wanted it to be a place where I could be honest but also full of grace. I definitely have written entries of bad days or bad situations, but I always try to use my journals to turn the situation into something positive. If I had a bad day and wrote about it, I would write a prayer too. If I was having a hard time with someone, I would write a prayer or list ten things that I like about them. These things may not meet the exact goals above, but in general the ultimate purpose of my journals are to keep my heart striving towards Jesus, and I think these small goals push me towards that.
A huge portion of my journals are filled with quiet time (a.k.a spending time with Jesus) entries. In case y’all were curious, this is what my quiet time format looks like! Since I’m reading through the bible from beginning to end, I found a bible plan that helps me find themes and lessons throughout the chapters. I have really enjoyed this because it reminds me to study the bible, not just read it! What you see in the photo is a bullet point with a verse/verses followed by some of my thoughts on it. This has been an efficient way to do my quiet time, so I hope this helps some of y’all in some shape or form! If you want ideas on other ways on how to study the bible, I wrote a blog post on it a while ago, so you can check that out.
Here is an example of some of the doodles and drawings that I do!
Here are the goals for the new journal I started!
For my new journal I wanted try out separating it by months. I’m going to eventually buy tabs to indicate when each month starts, but until then I’m going to draw doodles!
Not only did I start one new journal, but three! I thought it would be a good idea to have a blank page journal where I do watercolor paintings and calligraphy
My third journal I use to help me memorize scripture. The front has Isaiah 40:8 printed on it so I thought it was only appropriate to use the journal to write and memorize scripture! Also, my sweet friend Brandi gave me this journal, so it is very near and dear to my heart.
I hope this post has inspired some of you to start journaling, or to change up your journaling routine! I want to remind those who may just be starting to not be discouraged by what you see on social media or Pinterest. Writing in a journal is not about your art looking perfect and having the exact words to say. It is about exploring yourself, your passions, and your talents. It has been such an amazing outlet for me as I’m sure it is for many others!
If you have any tips or would like to share your journaling style, please feel free to comment down below and share!