I have never really kept a journal. Maybe it is because I HATE writing, although I love communicating. I wish I could just have you all over for tea, it would be soo much easier. So when I saw journals on-line were people were cutting out images from mags, well that I could get into. I am the queen of magazines and have pilesssss of them around. At first I just cut out a lot of pretty pictures and let that express my thoughts. But I really do want to feel more comfortable with writing, as I also want my girls to. If you have not noticed, mostly how I teach is starting with me and the girls seem to follow suite.
I started to think about how I could incorporate more writing. I looked for pictures that would motive me to write. I actually made a box, were I put phrases and quotes to encourage us to write. The girls and I will pull out our journals, pick a quote and write about it. This and 70 glittery gel pens have made writing much more fun.
But I do not just use this book just as a journal. Actually there are lots of different ways to journal. I wanted my girls to see me using my book in different ways, so they would not feel bound to "journal" in only one way. I have horrible handwriting. The actually act of writing, just makes me bonkers. What you see here is after 2 years of diligently trying to have better handwriting and it is still bad. Better then before, but still sloppy. So I do lots of copy-work and practice.
I've added poems, house-hold tips, I copy books (like image above is from Joie De Vivre book), how I think the world should work, pretty pictures and why they are pretty. Anything that speaks to my heart and encourages me to write. So I encourage you if you are not one who likes to write or journal, maybe cutting up a pretty magazine might inspire you.