Hello and welcome to Storybook Press!
I am Mary Ann, your guide to helping you preserve your story. Storybook Press publishes journals of all kinds for grownups and fun books to encourage kids to read, write, and color.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions about journaling?
The great thing about journaling is you can start over every day. Since this is a brand new blog let’s make a fresh start and begin with what journaling is all about.
In Middle English/Old French, the word root ‘jour’ means day. So bonjour means good day. If you want the dictionary definition, a journal is a daily record of occurrences, experiences, and observations.
I challenge you to keep an open mind. Journals are so much more.
Journals are organic, evolving things that grow with us.
They should never be bound to a single method. It is exploring different avenues and finding the style you like best, and then trying new things if the urge hits. For me, I was so bored writing day to day occurrences that I lost interest and made excuses that I no longer had time. Art journaling reignited my love of journaling and I began searching out all kinds of different methods. My current journal is a mix of planner, bullet journal, sometimes art journal, and narrative. It suits me. It changes with me.
That doesn’t mean any of those will do it for you. I have a friend who likes the form of simple narrative, a minimalist. What’s great about that is she’s doing it! She’s writing!
The important thing is to leave some kind of record of your life story. If that means you stick with more traditional methods, go for it!
The one thing I’d like you to remember from this post is that YOUR journal is for YOU. What brings you joy? Your journal should be exactly what you NEED it to be. You could write several times a day whenever the need arises, or it could be weeks before your next entry. Some days it may be your only friend and hold your most embarrassing secrets. Other days it shares your likes and dislikes, your epiphanies and disappointments, your favorite quotes, and track your goals. It is YOUR story. It could be artsy or minimalist. It is whatever brings YOU joy. You can’t make mistakes here, only changes. If you try something and it doesn’t turn out you can cover over the part you don’t like, or remove the whole page and start over.
Don’t be afraid to search yourself. Make lists of things you’d like to include in your journal. Maybe sketch out what you want your journal to look like, OR just write. Nothing beats simplicity. There is little cost to just write.
Remember, your journal will evolve with you and you will come to know yourself like never before. There is no right way to do things except YOUR way. There are as many different ways to journal as there are people. And though some journals may be similar, there are no two journals exactly alike, as individual as your fingerprints and DNA.
In the next post we’ll explore different types of journals. You may be surprised to find ways you are already journaling.