I Finished a Notebook!

I think this is the first time in my life I have completed a notebook front to back. Minus maybe some school workbooks but no one cares about those when they leave school do they?

This is the notebook where I started my journal a couple months ago, it only took me just under two months to finish the whole thing. I started 1st June and ended 26th July.

I’m really surprised how fast the notebook filled up, but when writing everyday, with an average of two pages per day, you can see how it adds up.

It has definitely been an adjustment to add journalling to my daily routine, but I think it’s been good for me. Sometimes it helps to write and let out all the frustrations. Though I have to say my life is a lot less dramatic than it was when I was 16. And also being in a pandemic and not leaving the house very often doesn’t leave much to write about haha.

Also with this journal I have been using washi tape to decorate the pages, I think it helps to break up the days and also makes it a little bit more fun. I don’t do anything super fancy with the washi, it’s usually a strip along the top and the bottom of the pages but it makes it pretty to flip through.

Along with my regular entries, I have also been adding a few decorative pages throughout, again inspired by the girl on YouTube I found that does journalling/scrapbooking type videos. I like the idea of having a day-to-day kind of scrapbook on top of a bigger scrapbook for bigger occasions. It kind of helps you celebrate the every day things.

A page I decorated for my birthday

Every so often, I’ve also been trying to do a collage-style of decorating to break up the pages instead of the washi tape, I can’t say I’ve been super successful with this but I have enjoyed doing something new.

And so I have already started in on my second journal for the year, this next notebook is a dotted journal so it can be used as a bullet journal, but I have just been using it as a regular journal. The dots mean there is so much more space to write in it so I imagine I will be keeping this one for a while, still I imagine if I keep this up I could be through a couple more notebooks by the end of the year.

I haven’t exactly decided on how to store all my journals once they are complete, my boyfriend and I moved into our house before Christmas and it is still very much a mess, so for now everything just sits on the floor in piles around my desk haha. I will need to think of a better way to store things as we decorate and start to have some order to our house. But I guess that’s a problem for another time.

For now, I am going to keep writing. I don’t know for sure if I would ever go back and read what I’ve written, mainly because there isn’t much going on in my life at the minute. But I’m sure someday in maybe ten years I’ll take a look, I do enjoy reading my old school journal entries from time to time so we’ll see.

Maybe one day I’ll publish them as an epic life story lol. (I’m kidding I could never do that and my life is not that interesting. No one would read that, people rarely read my blog haha)

I’m Journalling (Again)

I have decided to start a journal, again lol.

Like with blogging, I feel like journalling is something I have tried on/off over the years. And I was actually quite consistent with journalling when I was in secondary school, I kept an online one and I used to write about everything.

After school, it was harder to keep up a journal because I was busy and often forgot or didn’t make any time for it. So the posts got less frequent.

Then in an attempt to get back into it, I started writing in a physical journal and I think I went through a few notebooks that way, I kept it up for a few years but again, never as consistent as when I was at school. I think I wrote maybe once a week and I got a new notebook every year so I probably didn’t fill them as much as I would have liked.

Fast forward a few years, the journalling had stopped completely. I hadn’t really thought about getting back into it or anything.

Not until last year when I discovered Notion and thought about keeping a journal there. It didn’t last very long. I feel like I didn’t like the format there so I went on the search to find something else. I could have just used the online journal I used when I was at school but I wasn’t a fan of that style anymore.

I downloaded lots of apps trying to find something that I would like but nothing was for me. I don’t know exactly what I was looking for, but I just knew it wasn’t out there for me.

Then one day, I saw a Facebook post in one of my planner sticker groups of this girl’s physical journal. She decorated each day in a scrapbook style and she has has a YouTube channel where she would share all of her journalling videos. (See this one below)

After watching some of her videos and seeing her journal I was inspired to start a new journal.

So here we are. I had a pretty notebook I bought a few years ago that had no use and decided that would be my journal. I also would like to decorate it to have it be more interesting than just pages of writing. So I recently bought some washi tape that I have been using to decorate the pages.

So far I’ve been sticking with it, although it’s only been a week lol. I started it on the 1st of June because I liked the idea of starting it at the beginning of a new month, better than waiting until the new year to start anyway.

We’ll see how it goes. I do enjoy journalling because I like to look back on them. Especially the ones from school, those are very cringey but still nice to look at from time to time.

I was also thinking I should try to write more blog posts more often but I’m not really sure what to write them on. I know I always do book reviews and things about TV shows but I would also like to try and get back to doing more lifestyle posts as well. I just don’t know what to do them on because my life seems really boring lately. But I guess that’s something to think about too.

Though I think I should take it one step at a time when starting all these things up again so I’m not overwhelmed so we’ll just start with the journalling for now.

Here’s hoping by the end of the year I have a completed journal, or maybe even more than one, I’ll maybe do a blog post at the end of the year to show my progress and how it went. In the meantime who knows when I’ll blog again or about what but just know I’m always thinking about this space and what to do with it.