You already know this: being kind to others makes you happy. And, actually, it's a proven fact that kindness makes you feel happy and feeling happy makes you kinder.
Tracking kindness is a terrific way to keep kindness on our radar and incorporate more of it into our lives. Just as a gratitude makes us more attuned to the things that we’re grateful for, a kindness journal or tracker makes us more aware of those moments of grace. And, especially if we have a goal of recording one (or more) acts of kindness daily, we’ll be more apt to take action.
C'mon. Do it. Who would turn down happiness?
Do you have a kitty? Well, just like Fido
, your cat deserves her own journal (or Bujo trackers). Starting a personal journal for your cat is a great idea for many reasons. It helps you and your vet track your kitty's health; it's a excellent resource for a petsitter; it provides a way to make sure Tiger's basic needs are being met; and it will become a beautiful memory book. Click in for tips and inspo on how to get your kitcat started with her own personal journal.
Dear teachers: a Bullet Journal can be an amazing tool for you. It's one place to track ALL THE THINGS. No more tracking stuff (grades, attendance, supplies needed, meetings, light bulb moments) in multiple places. No more pulling your hair out when the system or the WiFi is down. No more lost sticky notes. Just one personal journal, always at your fingertips for quick reference. Read More
If you're not arty, you may be tempted to give art journals a pass. But art journals have the potential unless your creativity and, at heart, they are still journals. They're meant to be a place where where both images and words are used to express anything your're thinking about, from your daily thoughts to your hopes, dreams, and fears. A big plus about art journaling is that, regardless of your skill level as an artist, you probably have the supplies that you would be most comfortable using on hand already. Don't limit yourself to painting, sketching, or drawing. Art journals can incorporate just about any media or technique that you enjoy using, including printmaking, stamping, collages, and mixed media. Read More
If you've ever looked online for inspo for your bullet journal, you've probably been awed by the lush and artistic bujo spreads shared on social media. If you're not artistic yourself, don't let those spreads intimidate you! The original Bullet Journal concept didn't include anything arty. It is a very basic design to help get you organized. There's nothing wrong with a basic bullet journal. But, if you'd like to give your own bullet journal some punch and color, I've got some creative hacks that will make your bujo look amazeballs. Read More
Many people who keep journals are both readers and writers at heart. Book journals are a terrific way to combine both passions, by writing about the books that you've read. Tracking three things in particular can keep your book journal fresh and interesting for you:
- Details, both basic ones (title, author, genre) and personal ones (such as why you chose to read the book and a brief review).
- Lists of books you've read or want to read, including classics you haven't gotten to yet or your book club's choices.
- Reading challenges, such as the popular one produced annually by PopSugar.
Keeping a reading journal can help you remember details about the books you've read, make you more mindful as you read, and help you become a better writer. If you don't already keep a book journal, why not start one today?
Are you dreaming about travelling? Why not start a travel journal? While travel journals are often used to record memories of trips, they are also a fantastic spot to start planning. Recording packing lists and notes about itineraries can help your trip go more smoothly. And why not start thinking now about what kinds of things you'll record in your journal? Do you just want a written record of your travels or do you want to paste in things like ephemera and pressed flowers? Collecting things to store in your travel journal can often increase your mindfulness during trips, making you more aware of your surroundings. And who doesn't want to max out their travel experiences? Read More
Have you ever considered journaling about Fido? If you haven't, you really should. You can go bujo-style to track all those things that keep our doggos happy and healthy (grooming, vet visits, favorite treats). Or, you can use a writing journal/scrapbook to create a beautiful memory book of your pupper's quirks and adventures. Either way, keeping a dog journal is valuable and rewarding.
Are you in a journaling rut? Have you stopped writing altogether and just can't get back into it? Or are you having trouble diving in and just getting started? If any of these sound like you, remember that:
- Journaling is for everybody. There is no right or wrong way to journal. You do you.
- Journaling has proven physical and mental health benefits.
- Your journal can help you discover your purpose and live your best life.
- The amount of journaling inspiration online can be overwhelming. Give yourself a limit of new ideas to try and just stop googling until you give those a whirl.
- If you're experiencing writer's block, use journaling prompts.
I suspect I'm not not the only one out there still trying to discover their true purpose. What about you? Do you wonder if you’re reaching your full potential? Do you do something every day that brings you joy? What do you dream about? What's on your bucket list?
Using your journal to evaluate your life can provide clarity, identify things that you want to change (or that are going well), and give you a chance to set goals towards realizing your dreams. In short, evaluating your life can make your world a better place.
The practice of mindfulness sounds easy enough, right? Put your phone away and be present. But mindfulness is about more than just being in the moment -- it's about actively paying attention to your surroundings and the people you're interacting with. It's about noting sights, sounds, smells, thoughts and feelings as they happen.
True mindfulness involves reflection, awareness, and self-compassion. It can take some practice to cultivate, but it's worthwhile because it has many physical and mental health benefits. If you'd like to become more mindful, a good way to start is with a mindfulness journal.
In today’s busy world, it can be challenging to step back and take stock. More and more people are turning to journaling as a way of taking back control and really reflecting on life. A blank notebook can be used for many reasons, such as recording daily events, making plans, and tracking progress.
Check out our blog for tips on how to max out the effectiveness of your writing journal!