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40 Year Old Love Story Inspires Journal Cover

40 Year Old Love Story Inspires Journal Cover

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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10 Great Reasons to Keep a Personal Journal

10 Great Reasons to Keep a Personal Journal

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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, cool cats. 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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Cognitive Journaling: A New Way to Boost Happiness

Cognitive Journaling: A New Way to Boost Happiness

Cognitive journaling is a pretty new concept, developed by Dr. Richard Ragnarson. It is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to give people the tools they need to become their own therapists. With those tools, they can learn how to recognize their own distorted thought patterns and how to move towards happier, healthier thoughts. Cognitive journaling can provide the same tools and benefits, 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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8 Tips on How to Start and Organize an Idea Journal

8 Tips on How to Start and Organize an Idea Journal

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.

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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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How to Manifest Your Most Beautiful Life: Use a Blank Notebook to Create a Vision Board Journal

How to Manifest Your Most Beautiful Life: Use a Blank Notebook to Create a Vision Board Journal

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:

  1. It’s easy to create space for different dreams and goals. 
  2. You’ll be more apt to be honest. 
  3. It’s easier to add images to a journal than to a wall board.
  4. You’ll have a handy archive of your past boards. 
  5. They're portable!
  6. Combining a writing journal with a vision board can open up a new dimension of understanding.
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How to Use a Journal to Infuse Your Life with Hygge

How to Use a Journal to Infuse Your Life with Hygge

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.

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