Starting a Journal

For the last few weeks I have been watching a lot of drawing and painting YouTube videos as I have been trying to pick up this hobby again. Besides picking up tips and tricks, I also find them very calming so when I'm stressed or finding it hard to sleep, I usually watch a few of these. (Am I the only one haha?)

While watching these videos, I stumbled onto a "bullet journal" tutorial. I had heard about these but I had never really understood their point. After watching a few more to try and understand what they were exactly, I decided to start one myself and I headed to the shop!

So armed with a new notebook, a pen and a set of old watercolours, I started my own journal. I found that Pinterest and Instagram were great sources of inspiration for the layouts and beginning pages. Most of the bullet journals that I have seen look so perfectly organised with pretty details, drawings and designs. I love looking at them but to me that's completely unattainable so I decided to make mine a bit more casual and random. I didn't really follow any rules or instructions on how to do it. Till now I have mainly used it as a form of diary/photo journal but I will change it as time goes by. Since it's my first journal I'm still figuring out what I want to do with it.

I think that I got inspired from all the videos that I had watched as I decided to upload my own! Like I said, I'm new to this so it's quite simple but I think it's good starting point. You can watch the video at the bottom of the post or head over to my Youtube channel.

My top reasons to start a journal:
1. It's a great place to be creative. Be it writing, drawing or doodling.
2. It will help to organize your thoughts. If you're like me and quite forgetful, this is great for jotting down a to do list or shopping list.
3. To keep track of your life. Using it as a place to write down what you are feeling is always a good idea.
4. To remember events. Diary entries of a fun day out are so nice to look back onto, otherwise you may forget that it even happened!

I think that it's such a great thing to do and if you are thinking about starting one, do so now. Doesn't matter if it's the middle of February or if you're not that artistic. All you need is a notebook and pen!

Do you keep a journal?


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