The power of personal writing
Some forty years ago, on top of Lookout Mountain, TN, I met the sweetest girl at Covenant College.
Smitten, I was.
Wrote her a love note, I did.
That love story is reflected on our latest journal cover.
Do you track your garden from season to season? If you don't, you should. A tracking system is a valuable tool that can help increase your garden's yields - and its beauty.
Whether your garden is producing right now or you're dreaming of the day the snow melts, it's a good time to start a gardening journal. Gardeners are planners at heart. If we're not drooling over seed catalogs while the snow flies, we might be mulling over when to divide perennials or getting ready to dig that pond we've always wanted.
A dedicated notebook can help you create the garden of your dreams. So why not choose a cute notebook with a gardening theme - like this Tree Diary from SohoSpark - and start creating the garden you've always dreamed about?
If you’re thinking that idea journals are for fully-formed, brilliant, world-changing ideas, stop right there. Idea journals are for all kinds of ideas, including those that need to be incubated for awhile. These journals can include all kinds of things, such as daily goals, achievements, observations, quotes, artwork, and ephemera. They're not so much about fully fledged ideas as they are about inspiration.
As I’ve watched my journals fill up over the past yeat, I’ve had some revelations. I've been on a journey towards self-improvement without even realizing it. Self-improvement through journaling can be focussed and goal-oriented. For example, you could write down your goals and brainstorm ways to achieve them. But self-improvement can also happen serendipitously, as you work through issues and review your journal entries for patterns and revelations.
There is no wrong way to journal. Well, actually, there IS one wrong way--being too negative. But other than that, your journal can be whatever you want it to be. Since there are no rules to follow, you can't be horrible at it. But, finding your personal journaling niche can take some trial and error. You may be feeling overwhelmed by all the options. Or, you may have chosen the wrong option and have gotten stuck because it doesn't work for you. If you're currently not journaling but you want to, here's a little push to get you back on track.
Sparkly unicorns, you can absolutely set intentions through meditation alone. But, since I’m blogging for Sohospark -- and because I’m a writer at heart who loves using journals -- of course I’m going to focus on how to use your personal journals here. There are several benefits to getting your intentions down in a writing journal. Check out the blog post for tips and inspo.
Do you have a vision board? If you do, is the kind that you hang on the wall or is it inside a writing journal? There are a lot of terrific reasons to use a blank notebook for your vision boards:
Hygge is about making the ordinary special, by practicing mindfulness and by ritualizing everyday activities. It’s also about creating a feeling of coziness, by restricting the amount of empty space around a person or group of people. The end result is a feeling of contentedness.
When you think about it, journaling is all about hygge.