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Journals (+ Writing Prompts) Get Me Every Time

Some Journals for starting 2015 | Gets Me Every Time

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:

Journal Prompts for 2015 | Gets Me Every Time

  1. “This is what I dreamt last night”
  2. “The Dailys” (outfits, meals, movies watched, placed visited, exercise routine… etc.)
  3. “If I were a…” (Fill in with a dream occupation)
  4. Changing the world one page at a time (Ideas of how you’d change daily norms.)
  5. “My name is…” (Change your name, and write about your fictional life)
  6. “This one time during my childhood” (Write down as many childhood memories as you can.)
  7. “If I had a million dollars” (A different outcome every day)
  8. “Objects in my home” (Write the story of all the things you have collected in your home)
  9. “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.)
  10. “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!

Reasons to Journal Get Me Every Time

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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:

  1. It’s a great way to remember things—meals, outfits, activities, details. Whatever you want to remember. Write it down.
  2. It’s the perfect way to “talk” things through with yourself. And if you listen hard enough, you might just answer yourself too.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Writing Gets Me Every Time

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All blog posts are for you, my dear, sweet readers. But some are more for friends in far off places. And others are more for other bloggers. This one falls into the latter category. This is a blog post written by a blogger for other bloggers.

It’s part of the “Blog Writing Process Tour” that my friend Emily took part in last week. Basically, I answer a few questions about how I write, then I tag a few blogging friends to do the same.

 

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What am I working on?
More like, what am I not working on?! Right now, the list seems endless. From finishing some painting in the house, to getting some more listings in my Etsy shop, to just trying to plan out our weekly meals and stick to making them. Writing-wise, I’m trying to be a better storyteller.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’d call my blog a “lifestyle” blog, but I think I err on the side of personal blog more than I do lifestyle. I’m not able to tell you the latest styles or trends for my lifestyle or any other. I’m not out and about on the town either. I’m posting about my life to give friends and family who live so many miles away a chance to see what we’re up to.

Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do for me. That’s why I started this blog in the first place—as an outlet for me to write what I wanted. Since I’m a writer by trade, I spend my days writing for others. A mentor/friend mentioned I might improve my professional writing by writing in my own voice too. You know what, he was right.

How does my writing process work?
Maybe there should be some more structure around how and when and where I write, because there is really none. Sometimes, I write blog posts on my phone. Sometimes, I write during my lunch break. Sometimes it’s on the train and other times it’s on my couch. My writing process is as sporadic as my posting schedule. I do keep a list of post ideas in a notebook though and I refer to that when I get in the mood to really write a few posts at once. Once writing, I just try to tell you guys a story like I would if we were chatting on the phone.

And now, I’m happy to pass this little chain on to three new bloggers. I do hope you’ll click over and check out each of their blogs too!

 

Beckie @ Cubicle57
Beckie and I are (old) college friends who happened to live in the same dorm and share a love of t-shirts and crafts and dancing. She now lives in New York where she writes about her fabulous life. She was one of my inspirations for starting this blog and finally meeting up with #BostonBloggers.

Alaina @ SoAlaina
Alaina is one of the many fabulous bloggers I have met through the #BostonBloggers group. She always seems to have the happiest of dispositions and her writing is so genuine and honest. Plus, Alaina is a new mom, so if you hop to her blog you get to spend some time looking at her cute little nugget.

Alex @ Literally, Everything
Alex is another blogger I met through #BostonBlogger group. If I say Alex has had a big year, I wouldn’t be doing her accomplishments justice. Let me just say that girl ran the Boston Marathon and got married in the same month. So, go read about her year and see some pretty wedding pics.