How to Start Journaling

Hey there, Badass.

Today we’re talking about something I find extremely beneficial for both my life and my creative flow… journaling.

Many of us have had a journal at some point in our lives (“Dear Diary, it’s me again”) and I’m here now to urge you to start keeping a journal as a practice for your everyday life.  

Journaling is a great way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, jump start creativity, improve your communication skills and the list goes on and on! In short, keeping a regular journal is awesome for you and will improve your life.

“But Jen, I can’t get started. I sit down to write and I’m totally blank.”

I totally get it! And I’ve got you covered.

Here are 4 quick tips to get started with journaling: 

  1. Try journal prompts.  I have a go-to book called 642 Things to Write About by San Francisco Writers’ Grotto that gets me started when I’m struggling with creative mojo. Prompts kickstart creativity and invite you to explore topics you may have never considered otherwise.
  2. Make it more fun with stickers. I love adding a playful approach to almost anything and who doesn’t love stickers? I’m obsessed with Ban.do stickers and how cute are these kitties? Not only do I use stickers on the interior pages of my journal, I also love to buy blank journals and customize them with stickers or images that are fitting for a theme in my life like Growth, Focus, or Love.
  3. Start a timer.  I know we all struggle to find time so setting a timer is a great way to carve out 5 minutes. You do have 5 minutes, right? Set a kitchen timer and write ANYTHING that comes to mind. Song lyrics, your grocery list, the name of your next book – just start! If 5 minutes feels like too much, try writing just one paragraph. Don’t judge yourself, just go for it!
  4. Buy a pretty journal. Just like cute workout clothes motivate you to go to the gym, buying yourself a beautiful journal for your beautiful ideas is a good way to get inspired. I love pretty much everything from PaperSource.com and their custom journals are amazing.

So this week, find a timer, bust out your stickers and carve out a few moments to focus on you!

You CAN do it. I promise.

XO lovelies!

Jen


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