5 Reasons to Keep a Journal

For as long as I can remember I love journals, pens, drawing and writing. I have a box full of old diaries, holiday scrapbooks and other notebooks from the past years. Still I journal almost every day.

I keep a Bullet Journal for my daily appointments, tasks and lists.

I have a Junk Journal for memory keeping.

And I have a journal in which I write for half an hour (almost) every day. I write about what happened, how I feel, what my wishes are, what my fears are.. This is a personal notebook in which I write everything that I can possibly think about.

This morning I was reflecting about why I enjoy journaling. Here are five reasons why I love to write.

My journals.
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Book Review – Creative Flow

Two days ago I walked into a bookshop and I stumbled upon a book between a few large stacks. The book has cheerful illustrations on the cover and I was drawn to it immediately.

The book is called ‘Creative Flow – A year in my mindful life’ and it is sort of a creative diary. It is written by Jocelyn de Kwant, a mindfulness journalist, and the illustrations are by Sanny van Loon. ‘Creative Flow’ is a workbook with 365 practical exercises that revolve around mindfulness. There are many drawing tasks, but also writing assignments and breathing exercises.

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Wreck this Journal with Me

A few years ago I started a Wreck this Journal, but I never finished it. I bought a new Journal last month and I finally started working on this new book.

What is Wreck this Journal?

In case you haven’t heard about Wreck this Journal before, it’s basically an creative activity notebook for adults created by Keri Smith. Each page has different directions on it and you can interpret the task any way you like. It’s about thinking out of the box and coloring outside of the lines.

Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in ‘destructive’ acts in order to experience the true creative process. Readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

Examples of the tasks you can find in the Journal;

  • Crack the spine.
  • Drip something on this page.
  • A page for four letter words.
Freeze this page.
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21 Random Acts of Kindness

Sometimes life can get overwhelming.. Just the other day I wasn’t doing great and my colleague send me a text saying that she was thinking of me. It was a simple act of kindness and it was just what I needed. Sometimes it’s the smallest act that makes the biggest impact.

Random Acts of Kindness – Day

Tomorrow, February 17, it’s Random Acts of Kindness – day. I believe every day should be a day to be kind, but let’s try a bit harder tomorrow. Being kind and compassionate not only helps other people, but also makes one happy and healthier. Maybe this has something to do with karma. Maybe it’s just because when you do good to others, you notice good things around you.

And don’t forget; Kindness is free and most acts of kindness don’t take up more than a minute of your time.

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Bullet Journal – 25 Habit Tracker ideas

What is a Habit Tracker?

Every month I include a Habit Tracker in my Bullet Journal. It’s one of the things I love about my Bullet Journaling and it’s one of the things that boosts my productivity. It’s a chart which allows me to keep track of my habits and to see how I’m progressing. It’s a helpful tool to manage my time and to see what I do on a daily (or not so daily) basis. Also Habit Trackers are a great way to save you time re-writing the same tasks multiple times per week to remind you to do those tasks.

Habit Tracker
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Bullet Journal – Postcrossing Tracker

In 2017 I started with Bullet Journaling. For 2018 I started in a new journal. I write down my plans and goals, but I also like to make lists and track things. One of the things I track in my Bullet Journal are the postcards I send with Postcrossing.

What is Postcrossing?
Postcrossing is a project that allows you to send and recieve postcards from all over the world. You can sign up for free. After signing up, you can request an address of a random member. Now you can write and send a postcard. For each postcard you send, you will receive one back.

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Junk Journal – C is for Coffee

Even as a child I used to keep diaries. Last year I kept a Junk Journal for the first time.

A Junk Journal is a handmade book made up of different kinds of paper. It can be used as a diary.

My Junk Journal is made of design paper, vintage pages from old books and pieces of cloth. I use it as a diary to document events and thoughts, but I also use it for collages. One of the collages I made in my 2017 Junk Journal was about coffee.

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