If you’ve decided to start writing a journal, you may be wondering about how to make this experience as pleasant and useful as possible. Luckily, there are many personal journal ideas to inspire you not only what to write about, but how to truly get involved in writing and making the journal a representation of your feelings and thoughts. In what follows, we are going to give you a few tips, and with them you may be able to make the whole writing experience more comfortable, and you will acquire the custom of doing this every day.
Some of the most interesting personal journal ideas have to do with manufacturing your own notebook or diary to write in. Of course you can find beautiful journals in stores as well, and they are very well-made, but if you construct your own, it will become much more personal and close to your heart. Ready-made journals can be expensive too, but if you purchase a couple of regular notebooks, you can easily transform them into the perfect platform for your thoughts. Moreover, it can be extremely entertaining and relaxing to work with your hands.
Thus, you can customize your journal by making a cover for it; the cover can be made out of a wide variety of materials; for example, one of the most ingenious and easy personal journal ideas is to take an old book cover and use it as cover for your journal. If you can’t find one, then build one yourself, out of cardboard and fabrics. You just cut the right sizes, make the right creases, and cover the cardboard in fabrics that you like, by gluing them, or sewing them on. You can use a single piece of fabric, or you can create a pattern out of patches; you could even sew your name on the cover if you’re handy like that, you can stick fake flowers and beads, and all manner of cute accessories that you like.
A personal journal has to be a reflection of who you are, and it must therefore be completely private and intimate. Thus, you shouldn’t hesitate to express yourself anyway you feel like in your journal, which means you needn’t limit yourself to writing. Many people feel drawing or painting relaxes them and helps them find solutions to problems they’re facing; it doesn’t matter whether you’re any good or not, as long as the process is pleasant for you. You can use crayons, water colors, pencils, and you can even make collages out of personal photographs, or with images you like.
One of the more interesting personal journal ideas is to combine diary writing with scrap booking; that way, it’s like you create a personal history of yourself, and everything you go through. As for what you should write about, this is entirely up to you. Some people like to write down their dreams and try to analyze them, others like to vent by writing about their work day, some write poetry or thoughts they feel are deep and relevant, conclusions they reach, or even all of that. Whether you write daily or more seldom, what you write about is your own business; the important thing is that you do it in the proper conditions, and that it feels relieving and relaxing afterwards.