This thing started when I decided that I wouldn’t set any goals for 2019.
Not for my business.
Not for my art.
Not for my education.
Not for my personal development.
I decided that I just wanted to select a project that I found inspiring. I wanted to do something positive that could keep me focused on beauty throughout the year.
I remember being really confused the first time I heard the term “bullet journal.” A coworker pointed to my notebook and said, “Is that a bullet journal?”
I told them, “no,” because I had no idea what they meant.
I was a mess when I came home from the hospital with my son. Although I had a healthy pregnancy, stayed busy, and felt really empowered, I had a difficult, scary birth. I actually had preeclampsia that remained undiagnosed until two weeks after my due date. My blood pressure looked healthy because I have low blood pressure normally.
By delivery, my kidneys, liver and heart were quite strained.
If you’re new to keeping a blank journal as a planner, the empty pages offer a new world. They focus your creativity and boost your positivity.
Handwritten planners offer a break from all the bings and beeps of digital reminders on harsh screens.
If you’re new to using a dot journal or a blank weekly planner, it can feel intimidating to start. My number one suggestion is to start following some accounts on Pinterest or Instagram to see how other people are using their pages.
If you love the stationary section of the craft store, but never really seem to fill out those planners and journals, this post is for you!
The concept of using a journal in therapy has permeated pop culture. For example, BBC’s Sherlock is narrated by John Watsons online journal blog at his therapist’s suggestion. Usually, these examples show the subject writing down reflections on their life in a narrative format — to move the plotline forward.
I use my journal for self-care but, not as a diary.
Lately, I’ve been trying to think of different journal-keepers in pop culture like Felicity (Felicity TV series) with her audio-tapes and Kirk’s Star Trek Captain’s log. Writers often use this format to give a first-person narration that brings you into the character’s inner world (like Ally McBeal‘s fantasy sequences).
Sometimes, I go to art galleries and simply stand in awe. I don’t have an art degree, or even a body of creative work. So, the thought of developing a collection of studio art is awe-striking to me.
I wonder if I could ever be so creative.