Since I often get questions about my journaling style / habit, I thought that it might be the best to answer everything in one blog post.
These are some of the things that I use when I journal.
Stickers, pens, sticky notes.. and the like.
You don’t need an expensive notebook / planner / journal for journaling.
And remember, there are no rules! 😉 You just have to ENJOY!
1/3 of my washi collection
I bought my first hobonichi diary last Spring when my friend Abbey & I visited LoFT Shibuya. To those who are curious, my hobonichi techo size is A6 (postcard size). It’s the perfect size for me.
If you want to buy online, go to hobonichiplanner.net. They ship worldwide. ^^
Click the video below to watch a flip-through video of my spreads ~
In case you missed this, here are my Hobonichi Diary Summaries from before.
(Also, thanks Justin for taking these photos for me!)
To start, let me answer the question..
“Why do you journal?”
Well, I keep a journal for many reasons.
I journal because I have many dreams and I want them to come true. I love visualizing my dreams and making reminders for my present and future self.
Above photo is a scan of a spread from my Moleskine journal when I was in college (maybe early 2010?). As far as I could remember, I made this spread during a very difficult time (when I stopped school to work online for my brother, who’s already based here in Japan). I believe that constantly reminding oneself everyday about his or her dreams is very essential for self-motivation. If you have dreams, write them down, describe them so vividly, remind yourself everyday by reading those, get inspired to actually act upon them.. and shock yourself later when you finally achieve your goals. ^^
Secondly, I journal for positivity. In order for me to accomplish things and improve my life for the better, I know that I need to be a positive person. If you observe truly happy & successful people, you’d notice that they are all overflowing with enthusiasm, passion and positivity. I can’t imagine achieving a goal by being negative and whiny (I mean, how would that work?)…
People often say that to have a positive life, you need to surround yourself with a positive environment / people. That is very true but what if you can’t control your crowd yet and you have no choice to be around negative ones? Would you let them affect and influence you..? Or do you find ways on how to create your own source of positive energy instead? Of course, we pick the latter one. And my way of doing so is through journaling.
To explain, let me share a personal story.
There was a very sad phase in my life and by keeping a diary of my raw feelings and hopeful prayers for myself to get better (a.k.a. getting myself out of depression), I was able to become the person I really dreamt to be. There might be gloomy days, but the positive mindset that I worked hard for years to attain would always remind me that there are still things to celebrate during a very, very bad day. ^^
Before you become a truly a positive person, I think that being grateful plays a big role so that you can become one (a positive human being haha). I journal because I think that there are many things, people, events (no matter how big or small).. that I should be thankful for. I am thankful for the very rare times I could cook for myself, for the productive mornings before work (#thestruggleisreal), and for people and strangers who genuinely support me offline and online. I immortalize moments that I am grateful for by narrating what happened on my diary. If you think that you don’t have anything special to write about, I think that you just need to look closely for these simple joys in your life you might be overlooking. It might be as “basic” as waking up early and not feeling tired, getting to work earlier than usual, and the like. Sometimes, keeping a gratitude list also helps a lot to turn a sour mood into a cheery one. : )
And lastly, I journal because I consider it as a gift for myself.
It’s a gift for my present self because I find it as a form of self-care. My stress magically goes away whenever I do kawaii journaling or whenever I film my process.
It’s a gift for my future self because a year from now, I know that I have created evidence (a “book” filled with notes for myself) that I did not give up on my dreams and I really / proactively took care of myself for the past year. It would be a proof for myself that I consciously chose to focus on the positive events rather than be bitter on my not-so-good days. : )
“If your life was a book and you were the author, what would your story be?” – Unknown
Anyway, let’s move on from these cheesy motivational lines, haha! I REALLY get carried away whenever I explain why I journal. ^^ As you can tell, this is just more than just journaling to me. : )
If you find it a hassle to bring your journal and materials during your special travels, I suggest that you create your own pocket-sized kit. This is the travel diary kit that I brought with me when I went to Taiwan.
You can also purchase the last stock here from my store, if you’re interested. ^^
I recycled a magnetic card (that I found inside my mailbox lol) and made my own washi sampler kit ~
I love keeping everything together by using a ziplock bag. Watch the video blelow to know my favorite / staple stationery items!
Hope this blog post was helpful!