5 July 2015

The Sunday Post #38 | A new journal

A picture of Calm by Michael Acton Smith
When I was younger I always tried to keep diaries and journals, but never really stuck at it. I have lost count of the amount of pretty notebooks I bought, determined that this one would be the one I stuck at. 

It's been a long time since I've had the urge to keep a journal. The idea of writing down memories to look back on in years to come is a nice idea, but I always get bored and grow out of it. I suppose in the way even a beauty blog is very much like an online diary - yeh so I'm not documenting life changing experiences and I spend most of the time on Tattooed Tealady talking about makeup, but every now and then I share a more personal life-y post, or days out, events and trips away, things which in years to come I hope I'll look back on and be able to smile fondly as I remember those days. But a proper journal you can hold in your hand, read when you're old and grey and rocking that red lipstick at 90? It's something I've always wanted. I was recently inspired to try again, and for the first time in years, I actually feel optimistic that this time, I might just stick at it.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will have noticed me sharing a few pages and inserts from a book I've been reading over recent weeks, Calm by Michael Acton Smith. It's a lovely book; a creative, visual, inspiring and motivating book which helps remind you that staying calm and especially taking the time to be calm, is really important. There's activities, instructions, ideas, pages for you to add to, pages for you to write on, draw on. It's like the perfect adult activity book for a peaceful, positive and calm mind. 

At the beginning of the book one of the things it suggests is taking a few minutes out of each day to write down 3 things in a journal; 'What made you feel calm today?', 'What are you grateful for?' and 'What are three highlights of today?'. There's a couple of pages throughout the book where you can answers each of the questions, but it suggests getting a journal if you want a space to do it everyday - and so I did. Since then each day before bed I have been answering those three questions, as well as using my journal as a 'proper' journal when I feel like writing more in-depth. The journal itself is super simple, just a lined notebook journal I picked up from Tesco for £2.50, but it does the job perfectly.

Taking time out of each day to write down positive, calming moments hasn't only helped calm and soothe me before bed, but it's also inspired me to do more each day to be calmer, live calmer and think calmer. And that is something which is having a massively positive impact on my life.

Do you have a journal?

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  1. I am the same, i start one then get bored! Hope it goes well for you :) x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. Thanks Emma, I'm hoping I stick at it! xo

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  2. I have a journal but I use it to write down my thoughts - mainly bad ones. I suffer with anxiety and depression and I keep an A6 small notebook that no one has ever read. I feel like writing down my thoughts make me feel better and at ease once i have written what I need to get off my chest.

    I loved this post.

    Much love,
    Lauren "Sweetened Sour" O'Hara
    http://lauren-ohara-x.blogspot.com

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    1. Love your idea Sweetened Sour, about letting it all out on the page. Going to start a separate "feelings purge" journal today, sounds like such an amazing tool to clear the mind. Thankyou! x

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    2. @Sweetened Sour - That's a great idea Lauren. I used to have some journals when I was younger which were for the same reason and were a great help in getting things out of my head. Such an invaluable self-care method and I've personally found it so helpful over the years. xo

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    3. @A Better Kind - I hope a feelings journal is helpful for you! I'm glad Lauren shared hers with us xo

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  3. I've kept a journal for over a year and a half now. (It amazes me to write that.) I used to do diaries when I was little, but it was always very sporadic and not very interesting. (Also, I was paranoid that someone would read them.) Now, though, I live away from home and I feel like the floodgates have been opened!

    Actually, I started journaling because of Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" She suggests "morning pages", which are 3 pages written in longhand, preferably first thing in the morning, in stream-of-conscious style. The idea is to clear out your head and figure out how you feel. If you have nothing to write, or feel like that, she suggests writing something like "I am an artist and my work will come to good" 5-10 times. It often unleashes a whole slew of thoughts.

    I didn't think it was something spectacular, but I read back on my most recent notebook and I ended up dog-earing a few pages to follow up on. Which I guess says something.

    Love these posts!
    Foncie
    http://overthecauldron.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That is such an amazingly long time, well done! I hope I can say the same in 18 months time :) I was always so, so worried someone would find my diaries when I was younger, especially as I did a lot of moaning about my siblings or parents haha!

      I may have to check out The Artist's Way :) xo

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  4. You should totally look up Passion Planner on Google. I stumbled across it on Kickstarter and finally bought one last month - it is freaking amazing. It has so many cool sections for brainstorming, the day/weeks focus, personal and work to-do lists, spaces to create plans and smash goals, monthly reflection rundowns, and more cool shiz.

    I freaking sound like I'm selling it, buts I aint - I'm just freaking obsessed with mine. Helps you get so much more done in the day and is a handy little motivator! x

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    1. I will definitely look into the Passion Planner, thanks so much for the recommendation lovely! :) xo

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  5. I have always wanted to get into the habit of journalling, but every time I start I seem to stop after a few days.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Maybe have one where it's not meant to be for everyday, but more when you want to write in it? :) xo

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  6. I have this exact notebook, and it's so pretty that I haven't actually written in it yet...

    ^_^

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    1. SO pretty! I love Tesco, they have such a fab stationary section :) I hope you put it to good use soon! xo

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  7. I used to write in a diary when I was younger but I love the idea of writing in a journal now, will be a good thing for my kids to look back on too x

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    1. That is such a lovely way to look at it! Although you might have to censor what you write in that case ;) xo

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  8. My OH bought me this http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Line-Day-Five-Year-Memory/dp/0811870197 and its brilliant. I use it as a memory book, and write in it when something that I want to remember happens, so its full of happiness and joy :-)

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    1. I had one of those myself but after a few months I just stopped, I kept forgetting to do it! I want to do it again though, and stick at it this time!!! xo

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  9. I recently picked up this book myself but haven't actually got round to reading it yet! Not sure I'll be writing down my thoughts every day but hopefully I'll remember to do it every once in a while haha xo
    Cat | Percy & Prunella

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    1. It doesn't have to be everyday :) I'm sure when the baby is born I won't have time to do it everyday, or even once a week! Just when I remember. It's nice to take those few minutes to yourself though. I hope you enjoy Calm as much as I have :) xo

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