Thursday, 1 May 2014

10 Signs You Need To Invest In A Journal

I'm absolutely addicted to journals. Addicted.

Just the thought of a new journal, fresh and full of potential makes me so excited! I have a few favourite requirements when it comes to selecting them ... it must be pretty/funky; I much prefer spiral bound for art, and normal bound for writing; I only use A4 visual diaries for anything art related; I really find that having an A4 lined binder book for rough drafts of writing and blog posts an easy and essential part of my creativity (a post on that later).

So, how do you know if you're needing to start a
journal of your own?

Journals are fabulous in that they are so versatile and can be used to serve any purpose you desire; art journals, music journals, gardening journals, poetry/writing journals, cooking journals, wood working journals, photography journals, life experience journals, daily journals ... absolutely anything you like can be the subject of your journal! That's why I love it so much!

Here's a list of 10 signs I believe will tell you you're ready to begin a journaling adventure of your own! ...

  1. You find yourself making lists and taking notes on all varieties of writeable surfaces (e.g.napkins, receipts, old bills, used envelopes, tissues!)
  2. You're wanting to experiment with different art techniques and mediums
  3. You always have brilliant ideas but can never remember them when you need to!
  4. You have precious thoughts and memories that you're not wanting to forget
  5. You're wanting to plan something ... be it a novel, an artwork, a birthday event, a song, a new garden, etc.
  6. You have countless ideas for stories/poems swilling through your head that you can't work on/develop all at once
  7. You're wanting to keep your creativity well practised
  8. You have a desire to create a place of your own to enjoy and just be yourself
  9. You're wanting to have a part of yourself to leave for future generations
  10. You're wanting a documented record of the skills you've learned in the particular area of your interest.
I knew it was time for me to start journaling when I was a young girl who drove my mother crazy with endless snippets and scraps of paper, all of which were very important (of course!), covering a fairly large portion of my bedroom (she must love me!)

If you can relate to any or all of the 10 signs that I've given you ... it might be time for you to begin a journal of your own! Trust me, it's very fun, relaxing and satisfying!

I'll be doing some posts soon on my favourite journals that I use all the time ... like I said, I'm rather addicted so ...

stay tuned and happy journaling ... you know you want to!

P.S. I was planning on adding some photos to this post that I've taken, but after two whole days of attempting to add them without success, I figured I should just publish the post as it's been a bit since my last ... just imagine the photos for me, yes?!


  1. Haha, I love this! This list sounds like me a lot. I do like keeping journals, maybe a bit too much...

    1. I'm not quite sure if there is ever such a thing as loving journals too much! Glad you enjoyed my post May ...

  2. Hi Elisha,

    I love to journal - and your post speaks right to my heart!
    Its a season for starting a few new ones for me!

    Congratulations - you are one of my featured guests this week at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)

    1. Thank you so much! I feel very excited, honoured and privileged to be featuring on your wonderful blog! I'm so glad that you connected with this post and I look forward to seeing your new journals if you're sharing them on Create With Joy! Thank you so much again! :)

  3. You need to be linking up over at Random Journal Day! Please! As a fello Journal addict, I welcome you with a huge journal loving hug!

    1. Hi Dawn! Thanks for your comments! I would love to link up to your blog. I have sent you an email asking you some questions! Looking forward to reading through your lovely blog too!

  4. I love journaling and often make my own. Nice blog!

    1. Hi JoyAnne, thanks for visiting; journaling is wonderful for sure! I've not tried making my own, maybe I'll give that a go someday!

  5. I love journaling so much!! I just wrote a blog post on 7 reasons why you should journal. Here is the link if you want to check it out =]

    1. Hi Joy! I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Journaling is such a beautiful way to relax and clear your mind! I'll definitely pop over and see your post, thank you so much for visiting!


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