Hey, cool cats! It’s summertime! Whoo hoo! Raise your hand if you have a vacation planned!
In other words, the Law of Attraction can work in your travel journal too. Don’t think you have time to see both “O” by Cirque du Soleil AND Penn and Teller while you’re in Las Vegas? Write ‘em both down and see what the universe can do for you.
Pack Some Journaling Supplies
There are basically three ways to go here:
My own recent trip was short and jam-packed. I wanted to cram in as many joyful experiences as I could, rather than spend time journaling. In cases like this, it’s best to take along a camera and something for notetaking (a small notebook, a notetaking app on your phone, or even a voice recording app). You can jot quick and dirty notes whenever you have a moment to spare. Those notes will jog your memory when you work on your travel journal at home. If you want, you can also take along an envelope for ephemera, but let's be honest here: I just cram mine into an outer pocket of my carry-on.
Perhaps you intend to keep your regular journaling routine or perhaps you would like to take along something to do during downtimes. Geneva Vanderzeil over at A Pair & A Spare has a well-thought-out list of journaling supplies to pack.
The Whole Freaking Craft Cart
No further explanation needed.
Become a Collector
Look for physical things like maps, tickets/ticket stubs, business cards, brochures, local newspapers and tourist magazines, bottle labels, unique candy wrappers, napkins, and tea tags. You can also pick and press flowers and leaves to add to your journal later on.
But there are other non-tangible things you can “collect” (note) too, like:
Keep your Narrative Positive
When we’re traveling, we’re often overwhelmed and out of our comfort zones. In those situations, it can be easy to focus on the things that go wrong. But shifting your perspective to focus on joy and gratitude can make your day brighter. If you need help keeping on the sunny side, consider making a daily list of five good things that happened to you. You could also keep up with your gratitude journal while on vacation.
Do you already keep a travel journal? If you do, and have tips to share, please comment below. I'd love to hear from you!
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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.