Hi there! I’m Paige and I hope you find this website helpful.
Whether you are:
- a journaling newbie researching how to get started or explore different journaling techniques might
- a journaling enthusiast looking for ideas and inspiration
- looking for reviews and guides on the best products to fuel your journaling endeavor
Well you see, I haven’t always been a fan of journaling. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if I’d like journaling or be able to stick to it at first.
I remember having a few random diaries growing up, but I was always petrified someone would find them and read my inner thoughts and secrets.
In fact I still have one of those journals–I believe from junior high–and it makes my cheeks red reading it.
After I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder, both my psychiatrist and therapist really encouraged me to start journaling.
And because I equated journaling=diary (let’s face it both contain my most private desires & struggles,) I would nod my head and say, “sure, I’ll try it.” But, I never meant it.
BUJO . . .
As bullet journaling got more popular and I saw examples, I realized it appealed to me for a few different reasons.
- it’s artistic and that appeals to my creative side (I love doodling and coloring)
- it doesn’t involve as much writing as traditional journals
- it can be used to track many things (I especially like the idea of the mood trackers for my Bipolar)
- it can be used as a planner for organizing your life
As I began researching about bullet journaling, I came across some other journaling techniques that peaked my interest–junk journals-art journals-future journals.
And I also came across the idea of guided journaling prompts. This sounded better to me than “free writing” or typical diary entries.
Finally, the suggestions by my doctor and therapist to journal didn’t seem so bad. But I still wasn’t sure that journaling was for me.
So I thought, let me try this “journaling” thing–as an experiment. And if I don’t like it, at least I can tell my therapist I tried.
I am a “high-fact finder” and love to research. As a former English teacher, my favorite part of my job was creating lesson plans that engaged my students. I would spend tons of time researching alternative ways to teach concepts that are typically considered “boring” by students.
My purpose for starting this website is to kind of create an encyclopedia of sorts–curated content that i find as I research about journaling. But also to find some outside-of-the-box ways to journal.
My main focus is to use journaling as self-improvement activity that will help me get more out of life.
I am still in the process of exploring different ways to journal. This website is an ongoing project. I welcome ideas and tips you may have and would love to hear about them–shoot me an email at [email protected]
Otherwise, if you want to join this experiment, find a comfy spot and start exploring!