20 Ways to Fill Your Blank Notebooks or Journals

It’s back to school time and if your like me you can’t resist the urge to buy all those super cute notebooks at the store. You know the ones Lisa Frank, leopard print and GLITTER ones. I’d like to share with you 20 ways you can fill them and not feel guilty for splurging.

1. Keep a daily journal: Take a few minutes out of everyday and write about your day.

2. Daily to do lists: We all have tons of things to do each day. Why not jot them down in one place each day?

3. Lists: Do you have books you’d like to read or purchases you’d like to make why not keep a list of it all in a notebook?

4. Doodles or artwork: Are you an artist or just find yourself doodling at work on a post it note? Why not compile them all on a notebook.

5. Catch all journal: The idea of this one is to carry it with you and whenever an idea or thought pops in your head you take out this notebook and record it.

6. Time capsule: Use this notebook to post or write about daily events in your town or past events you find fascinating.

7. One word a day/ one sentence a day notebook: The idea behind this notebook is simple. Keep it beside your bed and each night write the date and one word or sentence to describe your day.

8. 52 week notebook: The idea behind this notebook is every Sunday write down a paragraph or more about your whole week.

9. Gratitude journal: Each day write one or more things you were grateful for that day.

10. Bucket list journal: Write down things you want to do or experience before you pass on and also write about doing them.

11. Letters to your child: Write to your child while carrying and while caring for them up to 1 year and keep if for them til they are old enough to enjoy it.

12:Travel journal: Write about all the places you’ve traveled to even just around your state.

13. Guestbook Notebook: Keep it by your door, on the toilet, in the living and let friends and family write whatever they want in it while visiting.

14. Character Journal: If your writer, fill the journal or notebook written like it would be written by your characters you create.

15. Quotes: Compile all your favorite quotes whether they be from famous folks or your own family.

16. Vision board or mood notebook: use it to log your mood each day or a vision board for special projects.

17. Dream journal: log your dreams each morning and try to analyze them or track them to see how they change over time.

18. Friendship or relationship journal: pass this journal back forth between your friends or significant other and write letters, draw doodles or ask questions back and forth. Include photos or events you attend together.

19. Inspiration collage notebook: use this to add photos for tasks you wanna do from like Pinterest or google.

20. Holiday journal: Add a photo of each holiday and write about your experiences.

These are only a few ways to fill those blank notebooks or journals. Honestly the possibilities are endless. I hope you use some of these ideas and have fun!

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I Deactivated my Facebook // What I Learned

I have been without a Facebook for over a week. I did so because it was causing a lot of bad things in my life and my mental health. This is one thing I never thought I could do but I did it and I wanted to share my thoughts and tell you what I learned.

On the first day of deactivation I was very anxious. I felt like I was missing out on something and I felt very detached from the world. I kept clicking on the app only to remember that I was no longer a member of the Facebook community. As the second and third days rolled around I didn’t feel as anxious but I still woke up every morning and grabbed my phone to check Facebook. It’s amazing to step back and realize how much of my life I actually spent just “checking” Facebook.

After about a week I stopped even wanting to look at my Facebook. The only thing I felt alarmed by was that I was absent from Facebook for nine days and absolutely no one contacted me to see if I was ok or what may have happened. It really proved to me that the validation I was always seeking was only in my own mind. I thought by deleting my Facebook I would miss important things or I would miss someone sharing something special with me only to find out that even if I disappeared no one would notice.

I have reactivated my Facebook today only to catch upon my Thrive business and make sure everyone was ok and I definitely didn’t miss the bull crap you read and all the drama. I think I may deactivate for good.

All in all this was a good experience for me and I suggest you at least try it for a week. It will open your eyes to a lot.

Happy New Year!!

Hello everyone, I hope you had an amazing holiday season. I am so sorry I have been so absent I have been going through some things health related, relationship related and mentally. I will expand on this in a later post. Well since 2018 is here and 2017 was such a terrible year for me I have decided to set myself some goals for this coming year to get to a better place and live a happier and healthier lifestyle. I thought I would share those goals/Resolutions with you all in case you are in the same boat as me.

First off I am finally going to step it up and get my butt into shape, and not just a round shape haha. My goal weight loss wise is at least 85lbs or down to a medium/large shirt and size 14/16 pants which ever comes first! Secondly I have also decided I am going to stop spending money on dumb shit and actually plan for my future. I have cut out all subscriptions I have, except Apple Music of course and decided my husband and I will go on one date per paycheck. Next, I would like to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. I feel like I’m wasting my life away sleeping late which is cause by 3 or 5 o’clock bedtimes. Next I aim to be more active on all my social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, wordpress and YouTube) and post more positive things and keep my negative thoughts and feeling to my journal and my therapist. Lastly, I aim to be more active in my independent sales such as Thrive, Country Scents Candles and Lala Leggings. I aim to at least get two customers per month and step out of my comfort zone.

I hope you all will join me on this journey of bettering my life and overall well-being. Comment some of your New Years Resolutions, id love to see them!

How To Start a Journal

In order to start a journal, you’ll need a notebook/ journal, a writing tool, and a commitment to yourself to write. First thing to do is write your first entry. After writing your first entry, you can then use the journal as a way to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings.

Below are some tips and ideas that might make your first entry easier to write.

  1. Make your first entry about yourself in present day, such as your current favorites, current prices of things you use, current events that way you can look back on this page in a few years and see how you have changed.
  2. Simply write about your day. Where you went, what you did or who you spoke to.
  3. Make a list of things you want to get out of keeping a journal.

I have been keeping a journal on and off since 2009. some other tips I have would be to always date your entries, get into the flow of writing, brainstorm what you want to write about for the day and always carry your journal with you.

I hope these tips help you on your journal adventure! Happy writing!

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Benefits of Keeping a Journal

I have been journaling for over 8 years. I keep over 6 different journals at one time only because each one of journals have a theme. Refer to one of my other posts on 7 types of journals to keep. https://wordpress.com/post/thejournalgurl13.wordpress.com/28 in total I have over 35 journals. I use journaling for many different reason. To escape from the problems of the world, to brainstorm story ideas, to describe characters for stories, to cope with mental illnesses the possibilities are endless but today I would like to share some of the benefits of journaling are.

First off it helps you get to know yourself better. It helps clarify your mind, reduces stress and helps you open up about things that you may not feel comfortable enough to share with your friends or family. It could help solve disagreements you may have with someone by writing down the problem and finding solutions.

Journaling can also help boost your memory and comprehension, improve communication skills and self confidence. Journaling is also a great way to spark your creativity. I love journlaing because it gives me an outlet and frees my mind from all the negative thoughts I have each day. Journaling has saved my life on more than one occasion.

Happy Journaling!

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13 Reasons Why // Coping with Bullying

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Recently I have finally caved in and started watching 13 reasons why on Netflix and upon watching this series I found myself relating to Hannah Baker very much in many aspects of her story. I love the way this series explains the story of Hannah in her own words. I highly recommend watching this series on Netflix. I finished watching the series today and felt compelled to share my story with you and give you some resources if you feel this way too.

My bullying story started all the way back in 6th grade at Westwood Middle School. Sadly most of the bullying came from kids I grew up with and spent the last 5 years of my school life with that knew my story and my background. From the very first week of 6th grade the torturous bullying started. Mostly about my weight and the fact that my family didn’t have a lot of money so I had very few outfits.

A kid I knew started calling me a dirty, which means I don’t bath or wash my clothes which obviously wasn’t true but that term spread like wildfire. The next day people stopped sitting next to me on the bus, in class or at lunch. The whispers started your a dirty, why don’t you take a bath once in awhile they would say. It started getting worse. One day as I was getting off the bus someone threw a shopping bag at me which contained travel sized soap, shampoo, conditioner and wash clothes. I was so heart broken that at the young age of 13 I had already had my first thought of suicide. I tried to ignore it for a few more weeks but it just got worse to the point that they were now starting to use my weight as a new way to bully me. My new name was cow or whale. It continued you all the way up until 9th grade. I was so excited to go to a new school.

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Little did I know high-school was just the same. The names started again and the mistreatment. I had things thrown at me at lunch. In one of my classes I heard a rumor about myself that I had sex with a boy for money. Which was not true of course but it didn’t make it hurt any less. The names started circulating slut, whore, nasty cunt you name it I was called it. My senior year in high school was the worse. They started a list similar to the one from 13 reasons why. I was named the most likely to have sex for money, the most likely to not take a bath etc etc. I had finally reach my breaking point. I left school for over a week and too counselling which saved my life. Bullying is a very real thing and living with it makes life difficult. Bullying and suicide too often go hand and hand. I alone thought of suicide more than a few times.

If you are being bullied please step up and tell an adult. If you see bulling happening step up and tell an adult. There are also anonymous way to report bulling as well check out  http://stopitsolutions.com/ and if you know someone who is thinking about suicide or if you yourself are thinking about suicide please tell someone.

Here are a few links that may help!

What to look out for:
Take a stand against bullying and step up and speak out about suicide!