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SohoSpark Journal Rated #1 in Top 10 Journals of 2020

SohoSpark Journal Rated #1 in Top 10 Journals of 2020

Our Sunrise journal takes the top spot on Ezvid's Wiki "The 10 Best Journals" of 2020.
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5 Questions That Will Help You Start Journaling AND Turn it Into a Daily Habit

5 Questions That Will Help You Start Journaling AND Turn it Into a Daily Habit

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Are you one of those people with a shelf full of empty notebooks? Do you find the idea of journaling every day to be daunting? Are you not really sure what to write in those journals that are collecting dust? Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by all the ideas out there and are not really sure how to dive in. If you are struggling to start journaling or make it a daily habit, this is the blog for you.

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Start Cognitive Journaling Today and Change Your life for the Better

Start Cognitive Journaling Today and Change Your life for the Better

Do you ever get caught in negative thought patterns? What if you could learn how to reverse those distorted thoughts all on your own and focus on joy instead? Cognitive journaling could do that for you. It's a pretty new concept, developed by Dr. Richard Ragnarson. It's based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which aims to give people the tools they need to become their own therapists. Cognitive journaling can provide the same tools and benefits as CBT and; best of all, it can be done on your own (though it is more effective when done under the guidance of a licensed therapist).
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40 Year Old Love Story Inspires Journal Cover

40 Year Old Love Story Inspires Journal Cover

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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. 

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12 Terrific Reasons to Start Writing in Your Journal Again

12 Terrific Reasons to Start Writing in Your Journal Again

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Recently, the team at SohoSpark had an impromptu poll that asked: Why do YOU journal? Not ONE person referenced bullet journals or planners. No one said that they journal because it helps them stay organized. Instead, the answers focussed on mental wellbeing, fostering creativity, improving writing skills, achieving goals, and manifesting dreams. And, hey, some of you admitted that you journal solely for the joy of stationery. If you're already journaling, stay the course. You do you. If you're looking for a reason to start, dive on in to this blog piece.
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Curious about the current self-care trend? How to use your journal to mindfully recharge

Curious about the current self-care trend? How to use your journal to mindfully recharge

What routines do you currently have for self-care? The phrase has become a trendy buzzword that's often used to encourage consumerism. Things like manicures and scented candles might bring us moments of joy, but they're not actually self-care. True self-care strengthens your mental and physical resiliency over the long term. Getting more sleep and turning off your phone to spend time with friends are excellent ways to practice self-care. You know what else can strengthen your resiliency? Journaling. Because journaling has so many mental health benefits, keeping a writing journal is one of the most powerful self-care tools around.
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How to Harness the Magic of Journaling Morning Pages

How to Harness the Magic of Journaling Morning Pages

I’m pretty sure we’ve ALL heard of morning pages by this point. Julia Cameron introduced the concept in her book The Artist’s Way, back in 1992. They’ve been a part of our collective cultural consciousness for almost three decades and I still  don’t understand them. If you're in the same boat, consider this blog your cheat sheet for morning pages.
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12 Tips to Help You Create an Amazing Gardening Journal

12 Tips to Help You Create an Amazing Gardening Journal

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?

 

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8 Tips to Help You Create the Best Idea Journal

8 Tips to Help You Create the Best Idea Journal

What do you do with your ideas? I often get my best ones when I'm walking my dogs. With my phone stowed away and the sun on my face, my brain whirls. The problem is, by the time I get home and unhook the harnesses, those ideas are often gone forever. The solution: an idea journal.

Now, 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, from home decor inspo to trip itineraries to holiday gift ideas. As a bonus, idea journals are great incubators. Big ideas often grow from smaller ones.  

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How a Writing Journal Can Help with Self-Improvement

How a Writing Journal Can Help with Self-Improvement

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.

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Horrible at Journaling? 10 Tips to Help You Start and Keep a Journal

Horrible at Journaling? 10 Tips to Help You Start and Keep a Journal

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.

 

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Manifest your most powerful intentions ever - by using your journal

Manifest your most powerful intentions ever - by using your journal

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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.

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