I feel very lucky to have a customer like Sallie Duncan. She wrote an effusive review of my product and shared her joy at finding it. I go back to read it from time to time just for the sheer energy she gives me as a product creator…
"This. This is the most perfect, most beautiful notebook EVER. I absolutely love this journal! … I use this journal at work, and it brings me so much joy. If you love leather, get this. If you love classy things, get this. If you love a notebook/journal/diary that opens easily and lays flat: BUY THIS!!! You need this journal in your life. Seriously, I could hug this thing. The details on the cover are well done, and the entire journal is a pleasure to have and write in… I love it! I am so glad that I bought this. That’s right. I bought it. I didn’t get it for free, didn’t get it as a gift, I was online shopping and found this beauty on my own somehow and made the decision to buy it. I am so glad that I did!
Go on. You know you want it/need it. You will not regret this purchase!"
Sallie — wherever you are — thank you so much for being a customer and sharing your joy with the world!
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Of course you want more joy in your life. Who wouldn't?
Joy and gratitude are very much interconnected. In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown notes: "Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice."
Journaling can help develop and enhance your gratitude practice - and so too it can help develop and enhance your joy. Here are six tips to help you get started.
How do you feel about new beginnings? The uncertainty of what's to come can be scary, exciting, nerve-wracking, overwhelming.
You can take control of each new beginning by setting intentions. Intentions are not goals. A goal is something that you work towards and check off your list when it’s done. Intentions are about your way of living. They're about who you want to be in this world and how you want to show up. Intentions are rooted in mindfulness and gratefulness.
Many people set intentions through meditation alone. But, you can absolutely set intentions in a blank notebook and there are several benefits to doing so.
Bullet journals, in particular, are known for their splashy, artistic spreads, like those tagged as #bulletjournalspreads over at Instagram. One look at all the flowers, cartoon characters, and pastel colors, and some men might decide that, nah, bullet journaling is NOT for them. As one Redditor says, he was initially “blown away by all the girls with fancy tape and stuff.”
Here's the thing, though: journaling is what you want it to be.No one says you HAVE TO use “fancy tape” but no one says you CAN’T. Stop worrying about what your journal should look like and just start writing.