After reading this article I was all gung-ho about journaling, but then I started comparing myself to the examples in the article thinking I would never be able to make my journal "good enough." However, I realized a few things. The first was that I don't need to impress anyone. The second was that I had actually been "journaling" since 7th or 8th grade, I just never thought of it as journaling. I actually have over seven journals. I decided to share these with you, but I left my actual written journals out because they are more personal letters to God that I would like to keep to myself.
[ONE] Harry Potter Notebook
I am in love with Harry Potter. I used to keep a zip up binder full of all my Harry Potter articles and other papers that I collected since seventh grade. A few years later I decided to paste them into a notebook, and my Harry Potter journal was born.
[TWO] Drawing and Sketch Notebook
My second notebook is dedicated to drawing and doodling. I practice a lot of hand lettering and small comic drawings. I also use it to practice more difficult pencil drawings. I wish I used this journal more often but I get too frustrated because I'm not naturally talented at drawing.
[THREE] Global Warming Notebook
Fun fact: I was obsessed with stopping global warming my junior/senior year of high school. I wanted to become an activist for getting people involved and aware. Obviously, I gave up on that goal but at the time I made a notebook full of article clippings on global warming, from what activists were saying to ways I could be environmentally friendly.
[FOUR] Collage Notebook
This was the first journal I ever made. I have always spent a lot of time by myself and this was a way to keep me occupied. The upper pictures are colleges I made for the covers of my assignment notebooks in high school. I had a lot of magazines, and I used to cut them up when the collection would get too big.
[FIVE] Christian Journaling
This is one of my few written journals. It is mostly filled with notes from church, Bible studies, and books I read. At first it was also a personal journal as well until I decided to separate the two so that I could keep the other journal private. I like to look back on this one to be reminded about my Creator. Filling this journal up with notes always gave me a lot of joy.
[SIX] Lesson Planner
I started this journal during my student teaching. I have a terrible memory! The worst! When I brought this up to my mentor teacher and my supervisor because I was stressed out that I would always forget some piece of information or another they told me that it was okay to carry around a notebook in order to make sure I keep on topic and remind myself of what I need to. It also allowed me to be crafty and artsy in a career that sometimes isn't known to be so.
[SEVEN] Catch All Journal
This is my absolutely favorite journal. I always told myself that if my house were to catch on fire I would run back in for this. Are you like me and have papers, pictures, and notes but have no where to put it? I hate clutter and I neeeded a way to organize my life. I partially came up with this idea from my friend, Haruna, who made a similar notebook while she was an exchange student. She had a notebook and a lot of it was pictures of bodies with different heads. It was so funny and looked like fun. I decided to make it a fun notebook as well as other papers I had collected over the years. This notebook is very eclectic but looking through it it is definitely a journal of what I used to be and who I am now.