Yesterday I mentioned my top 5 reasons to journal. And well, that bonus #6 item got me scouring the internet for my next journal.* So, here are six of my top finds to fill with your greatest, or worst, memories, ideas and thoughts. (PS. These make great gifts too!)
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Sometimes when I blog or journal, I follow daily writing prompts, but I also love the idea of following one journal prompt to fill an entire journal. I brainstormed some that were really awful, some that might be good enough to turn into books and some just fun ones. So, above, some journals to fill. And below, some journal prompts to fill them with:
- “This is what I dreamt last night”
- “The Dailys” (outfits, meals, movies watched, placed visited, exercise routine… etc.)
- “If I were a…” (Fill in with a dream occupation)
- Changing the world one page at a time (Ideas of how you’d change daily norms.)
- “My name is…” (Change your name, and write about your fictional life)
- “This one time during my childhood” (Write down as many childhood memories as you can.)
- “If I had a million dollars” (A different outcome every day)
- “Objects in my home” (Write the story of all the things you have collected in your home)
- “People I’ve met” (Start with your family, your friends, your coworkers, then go to the bus driver, your dry cleaning guy, etc… document their places in your life.)
- “An invitation to dinner” (A series of dinner invitations to anyone you want, what you’d serve and how it’d go.)
*NOTE, I have a drawer full of empty journals that I’ve been hoarding over the years, so I’m just going to admire these through the screen!
In the drawers of my childhood desk there must be 8 to a dozen journals. All started. All unfilled. I never seemed to stick with it. It’s not because I don’t like writing, obviously. I just never seemed to keep it going. Sometimes, journaling felt odd to me. Odd because those private thoughts were being written down to be read by whom someday? Your kids? Your spouse? Your grandkids? Who knows.
But the more I think about it, the more I think there are reasons to journal, so I started journaling again. Yes, in a real notebook. With a real pen. Actual paper. Not just this blog thing. So, why journal? Here are my reasons:
- It’s a great way to remember things—meals, outfits, activities, details. Whatever you want to remember. Write it down.
- It’s the perfect way to “talk” things through with yourself. And if you listen hard enough, you might just answer yourself too.
- It can be therapeutic. When you’re going through something difficult, it’s sometimes easier to write the words than say the words that come to mind.
- It’s preserving your life. So what if your kids or grandkids read it someday. They might learn more about your family than you could ever tell them. Or that you could even remember.
- It can be funny. If you did keep a journal when you were a kid, go back and have a read and you’re sure to have a laugh. The things that you’re worried about now (and were worried about then) might seem silly in the future.
- Bonus! You get to get pretty new journals and notebooks and fill them up with words and thoughts and ideas. And when you finish one, you get another one. See where this is going?
OK. So, do you journal? What are your reasons for journaling? (or not journaling?) Give ’em to me.