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I have kept a journal since I was about 7 years old. Since then, I have recorded memories, quotes, lyrics, and much more throughout my life that I’m happy I’ll be able to go back through and read.

Here are some benefits of keeping a journal:

  • It trains you to be observant
  • It prevents you from losing an idea
  • It helps you memorize and idea
  • It trains you to express your thoughts
  • It helps you expand your ideas
  • It helps you review all the lessons you’ve learned
  • It allows you to see progress over time

If you don’t know where to start with the whole “journaling” thing, here are some ideas for you.

  • Use quotes
  • Use poems
  • Use definitions from a dictionary or create your own
  • Use magazine clips
  • Use receipts or labels
  • Create a journal jar with various themes. Pick one each day and journal about that subject. Include photos if possible.
  • Use the ABC’s- think of descriptive words for each letter
  • Use commercials or TV catch phrases
  • Stickers! Mixed media!
  • Use bullet points rather than full sentences
  • Use lyrics to songs
  • Use the words to a favorite children’s book
  • Conduct an interview
  • Fill in the blank…
  • Use templates like Journal Genie from Chatterbox to create creative shaped journal spots like circles or waves
  • Place a bunch of descriptive word strips on the page
  • Write from the point of view of a pet or child
  • Journal “a day in the life” complete with photos
  • Record a funny conversation
  • Journal your defining moments!
  • Journal you routine or daily schedule
  • Journal your weekly menu and grocery list
  • Journal your style by cutting out pictures from magazines that represent your likes and dislikes

Happy Journaling!