📒💛Journaling: How It Can Jumpstart A Girl’s Life

Before I step away from all things digital detoxing and pretty paper items (for awhile, at least), allow me to share with you an idea. It’s a practice that you may already know about, and may already be practicing. Some of you out there may not have ever done this though; but by the end of this post you may find yourself wanting to give it a try! Need a hint? Start journaling.

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If you’re thinking, ‘Well, I’m not a very good writer!” or “I never know what to write!”, I’ll share with you just how effortless and exciting journaling can be, regardless to how much/little you write or what you write about. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to what you can do. It’s your journal after all.

Simple Ways to Add Journaling to Your Life

For the good days:

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Lots of girls have what we call ‘gratitude journals’ which they use as a way to remember events, experiences or simply a good thing someone said to them that made them smile. At the end of a long day, you can sit back, relax and reflect on the moments that encouraged you the most. This pays off so that you’re well suited up when the bad days come. When they do, you can literally flip a few pages back to the day when someone ahead of you at the coffee shop paid for your iced coffee. (You know, that unexpected surprise that made your day.)

And especially for the bad days

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As a stationery addict, I get weak at the knees for cute journals (as evidenced by my collection; well the snippet of my collection I’ll show you). I like all the pretty things. What I write inside them though? Not always a happy-ending sort of story. As much as capturing the sunshine-y moments of your day is a mood-booster, capturing the not-so-stellar moments pays off too. Your best friend made a passing comment that was really insensitive and didn’t say sorry? Before you completely call that friendship quits, or ‘return the favor’, it pays to clear your mind by clearing your feelings on paper. 

Imagine how many ‘oops’ moments we can avoid by clearing our heads before speaking our minds.

Think of it as taking a deep breath…on paper.

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It’s Your World

The best thing about personal journaling is that there are absolutely no rules.

If you can’t quite get your thoughts out but they’re raging through your brain, why not write out short lists about what’s going through your mind at the time?

You can decorate as much (or as little) as you want; with stickers, washi tape, stamps, your own doodles. The options are (literally) endless!

If you’re in the U.S.:

Michael’s is the place for all things journaling!

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Just a few of Michaels’ journal options! Check them out!

They’ve also got all the cute accessories you can imagine. I absolutely love their washi tape sets!

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A few of my washi purchases from Michaels

If you’re in the U.K.:

The stores that I know of that sell journals and accessories are TK Maxx, The Works UK, Wilko and of course Paperchase!!

These are a few from Paperchase:

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Journals and notebooks from Paperchase.co.uk Click to have a look around their site!
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Mora Flora paper tapes (set of 8) sold at Paperchase.co.uk and in stores. They also ship internationally!
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Paperchase is the mecca for adorable washi tape. This is the first set I ever bought from them (a year and a half ago); they’re huge so they’ve lasted forever!

One Final Perk

Growing up (and still to this day) my mom told me that the more you do something, the better you naturally get at it. She tells me that to improve my writing, I should write (and read) more! If you’re having a hard time with essays or report writing, try a bit of writing on a less formal level, with way less pressure. Write at your own pace, in your own time, in your own journal. What’s better, it’s not being graded!

Give It A Try

Do you have a journal? If so, how long have you been journaling? Thinking about starting? I say, give it a go!

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Until next time!

Written by

26 year-old writer, unabashed bookworm and coffee addict.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • I’ve always loved journaling. It’s an awesome way to get your feelings, emotions, thoughts out on paper. It’s always great to do before making a decision, talking to someone about something important or risky, etc. Loved this post—thanks for sharing! (p.s. this blog is gorgeous, and I love what it stands for!!!)

    • Talisa

      thank you Leah!!

  • Talisa

    Thank you! Give it a try, doesn’t even have to be every single day or alot. Let me know how it goes!

  • When I was a kid I used to keep a journal. However, I just remember my mom reading it one day and that was kind of the end of that.

    • Talisa

      lol! My mom read mine once when I was about 14 (then called my dad one day and told him all about it) and I stopped for YEARS. Trust me I understand!!

  • Journaling away is the best way for me to keep myself from going out of control and yelling at anyone in general. I pen down all my thoughts to see what’s bothering me and write down solutions. That clears my cluttered brain a lot.

    • Talisa

      That’s what it’s all about. Love that it helps you so much. Thanks for reading!

  • I’ve been trying to journal for years! I love a cute journal, I just always feel that they are too pretty to mess up with my handwriting, LOL. That’s EXACTLY why I started blogging – because I didn’t like my handwriting and typing was chicken-scratch proof! LOL! I agree though, journaling is soothing in ways that no one can really understand.

  • Oh! Where is the love button now?
    I used to keep a journal for everything but later got fed up =D This post just reminded me I need to go back to journaling. Thanks for encouraging me, Talisa. Great post 🙂

  • Hmmmmm…I think i’ll consider journaling! I always have thoughts and am very opinionated about random things that come to mind throughout the day. and i often reflect about my days anyway. thanks for reaffirming! <3

    xo
    chrissie
    lipstickvillain.com | @lipstickvillain

  • You know, I used to always keep a journal…for the good and bad. I can’t even remember why I stopped. After reading this, I’m starting again (just took out an old but new journal out, lol). Thanks for sharing this!

  • I love journaling. I noticed that it’s help me clear my head. I also like to doodle in my journal or decorate it with whatever emotion I’m feeling sticker.

    • Talisa

      Same here!!! Thanks for stopping by!

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