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Join The Journey of Journaling

Updated on October 11, 2013

A Notebook, A Pen, Your Thoughts

I hope to share some writing prompts and encouragement to anyone interested in starting a personal journal. All you need is a notebook, a pen, and your thoughts.

Yes, you could do your journal on your computer but a journal in your own notebook is more fun. Plus it's so much easier to take with you anywhere and everywhere that you go. Plus your own creative thoughts in your very own handwriting make a journal far more personal and unique.

Be Brave. Grab a notebook and pen. Join me on the journey of your life, your own personal journal.

Be Open, Be True, Be You

This is a great journey. It is an opportunity to explore and find the real you. Be open and try to approach many questions. Be true to yourself with your answers. You be you. I will be me.

Each of us are as unique and as different as our hand prints. Different journeys have made us who we are. Where we live, how we feel, what we think, and the why of it all makes our memories our very own. Journaling is one way of passing along those memories to the ones that we love.

Have no fear, no rules here. Correct spelling. scratch outs, poor grammar are just fine. If you are brave you can even add a doodle or two. You don't have to tear out and scrunch up pages. Those pages give an opportunity to add photos, pictures from magazines or even a collage of items. Like sprinkles on a cupcake, those little items can add an extra texture and impact to your journal.

Remember this is your journal about your journey, so have some fun.

What To Write About?

Don't Fear The Blank Page

Well, you have your notebook, your pen and a blank page. What do you write about? Anything you want to, is the best answer. This is your opportunity to think, write and share the real you.

I grew up writing in a "Dear Diary" and hiding it under my bed from peering eyes. Now that I'm older, notice I didn't say wiser, I find journaling far more fun and interesting.

If you need ideas there are plenty of resources available right here on Squidoo. Here are a few to share. So please pick one with me and let's get busy.

1. A favorite song and why...

2. Something you are scared of and why...

3. A self portrait in words and sketch if you dare..

4. A toy or stuffed animal that you had or have...

5. Some one you are proud of and why...

6. A favorite quote or saying...

7. What animal would you be and why...

8. Since Halloween is near, Do you believe in ghosts...

9. A ghost story that you know...

10. What is your favorite way to express yourself?

Do you debate? Do you paint? Do you let your clothes talk for you? Do you sing?

11. A Favorite Costume on Halloween...

12. A Thanksgiving Tradition of your family...

13. A fun thing to do in the fall...

14. What do you do on Black Friday?

15. What do you want for Christmas? one thing or a list...


There are no rules. It doesn't have to be long, short or even finished. So let's grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine if you prefer and start.

The Benefits of Journaling

Why Start A Journal?

The benefits of journaling will often be revealed when you start and what kind of journal you keep.

Journaling can :

Be a method of venting about a problem.

Help you set goals.

Get to know yourself better.

Help share memories with your children.

Pass on family heritage,traditions, recipes, photos etc.

And so much more...

A picture may be worth a thousand words but a journal can share events and stories that a camera can't capture.

On Your Journey Yet

I Hope So

Please be encouraged to journal about yourself. Every person has a story to tell, a memory to share, a recipe to pass on, a fishing tip, maybe even a secret.

No need to get discouraged. Remember there aren't any rules written in stone. There's no hurry so you don't have to journal everyday. Take some time and think about your topic and even take notes through the week. If you feel your time is limited, you might try setting an appointment once a week.

Are you thinking of starting a journal?

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Invite Others To Join You

Grandparents, Parents, Children,

Everyone has a story and there are many specialized journals available for everyone you know. Wouldn't you love to have a journal from your Mom or Dad sharing stories written by them? A journal and a pen is the perfect gift for everyone and for any occasion..

A Journal for Grandpa and Grandma - What was it like growing up?

A priceless gift that say's I love you and I want to more about you. A gift that grandparents can gift back to their grandchildren.

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    • designsbyharriet profile image


      6 years ago from Indiana

      I am not good at using a journal because only I can see it. I like writing about myself, my art and more on Squidoo, which I suppose is my open journal. Thanks for the great advice.

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: Thank you for visiting and blessing. I like to art journal as well and enjoyed your lens on art glue books.

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for the blessing musicaldreamer. What a creative name, I hope do get back to journaling. I need to pick up my guitar again but my hands and fingers don't work as well as they used to.

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      I have started an on-line journal which is effectively meant to be a practice session on simply getting words down on paper, It is a private journal and closed to other readers. I have however been meaning for some time start an art journal which I would use to record personal stuff anaad just getting things off my chest. Maybe its time I stopped procrastinating

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      6 years ago

      I used to journal more as a kid. I am thinking of getting back into it. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      Gayle Dowell 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      Great lens. Journaling can be such a great activity to find yourself. I combine art with my journaling because just as a picture is worth a thousand words, a word is worth a thousand pictures.

    • Craftymarie profile image


      6 years ago

      Writing in a journal can help to consolidate ideas and is a really useful tool for writing in general. If you get used to regular journal writing, you should never need to suffer from writer's block.

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      6 years ago

      I have some journals too, it is a great way for brainstorming.

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thank you and amazed 60 Wow. The conversations idea is excellent. I talk to myself quite a bit, I should journal it.

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      6 years ago

      It takes courage to open yourself in your journal. So congratulations for writing in a journal and for publishing this lens.

      I am three pages away from filling my 60th journal.

      One process that I use is to write conversations between myself and someone else. I use two pens, one for me and one for the other. We have figured out a lot together.

      Wish you the best.

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      6 years ago

      Once someone starts to journal that will love it. I gift is a great way to encourage someone to journal.

    • MrMojo01 profile image


      6 years ago

      I've started a few journals but I never seem to stick with it.

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      6 years ago

      I've been journaling for most of my life. I find it invaluable for sorting out my feelings, or just venting.

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Terrie_Schultz: As you mentioned journaling does help sort out feelings and vent frustrations. I have what I call the Ugly Journal for venting. Rereading some of the entries in it makes me laugh at what I was fussing about.

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @TwistedWiseman: Thanks for the comment. I get too busy too. But sometimes when I write down my many obligations, I can see them clearer.

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @newbizmau: So true. I have done a lot of healing by journaling and exploring my feelings.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Journaling is very good for self healing and working through tough decisions in your life. You have the answers staring back at you when you go to reread what you've written.


    • TwistedWiseman profile image


      6 years ago

      If you want to start a journal you must have something to say and do. For now I am filled with obligations and starting a journal will be a handful.

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      6 years ago

      Good Stuff!!


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