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.
When I think of a character that radiates positivity, without being saccarine, I remember Anne Shirley. She’s a tad melodramatic at the beginning of the “Anne of Green Gables” series.
Overall, she is a thoughtful person who shapes her worldview around a belief that good things will come to her.
One year, I accidentally had a summer of reading memoirs — or memior-like fiction. I picked up several from the library and devoured them for weeks. They included well know works like Lolita and Memoirs of a Geisha. Some of them were long-time must reads like Wintergirls and The Bell Jar. Others were of-their-time impulse reads like Prozac Nation, Wasted and Girl, Interrupted.
I love looking through weekly spreads to get inspiration for my own designs. Some weeks, they’re really beautiful and carefully created. Other times, they’re raw and practical — as I put them together in a hurry (like the one below).
I remember getting one of my first planners when I was in high school. We had recently moved and I was intimidated by the new class schedule and teachers.
When you start a bullet journal (or a planner), the inspiration is endless. Instagram and Pinterest are full of amazing creators that maintain accounts focused on creating beautiful, useful spreads.