I spent most the past few weeks pondering over my photography skills, which in essence aren’t the greatest, I can edit and use filters, all the usual stuff, but actually making aesthetic pictures comes as a challenge to me. So this is my version of a challenger, taking pictures and also sharing a few things that mean a lot to me, and that is my journal.
Journaling is like whispering to one self and listening at the same time.
I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, I’ve also been a deep, existential thinker too and combining the two means I can write for years and years, everything from the meaning of life, to my worries and struggles, to my most cherished memories. There is nothing I don’t write down (aside from my notes which are all kept on my Google Keep app).
And so, writing means I’ve kept a billion and one notebooks throughout my life, until that is, I got bored and stopped writing in them. Since 2016, I’ve kept 4 journals, all styled in a slightly different way, until I came to realise what worked and what didn’t. Even though most of the styles worked better in theory rather than practice, I still liked having the experience trying them out, and this something I highly recommend everyone do.
The very first journal I kept was purely to capture memories, this was when I had started university and wanted to keep track of all the adventures I went on, the people I met and the relationships I formed. I was going through a huge life change and an even bigger personal change and documenting it was probably the best thing I ever did at that time. I wasn’t too into the whole aesthetic journaling trend and so I kept my records very simple and mostly relied on the fact that the notebook itself came heavily decorated (from Paperchase).
The second journal I kept (Muji A5 Lined Black Notebook) was when I got a bit more serious about not just free-writing all my memories but about adding in sections for monthly memories, a blog tracker, a habits tracker and even goals I had for the upcoming year. I very much stuck to the simple aesthetic style but added in washi tapes to spruce it up just a little bit more.
Then came the biggest change I ever made to my journal (Double Ring PP Cover Notebook Dotted), it was summer 2018 and the whole art journal/bullet journal aesthetic was in full swing. I spent hours of my time printing out line drawings from Pinterest, to painting my own little drawings and even buying stickers, washi tape, pens, highlighters, the works. I was in experimental mode and at the time I absolutely loved it. Since I had hours of free time, it was the perfect hobby and it was incredibly therapeutic.
Finally, my current journal which runs from Sept 2018 to June 2019 (Muji A5 Light Grey Lined Notebook) is a mixture of the incredibly minimalist to the incredibly experimental, in essence it’s main aim is still to be a record of my memories but it includes many other sections such as my goals, blog statistics, monthly memories, quotes, doodles, self-care habits and more. Since I’ve been working a full-time job and don’t get as much time to fully decorate it, I still very much appreciate how I can write anything and everything, nothing needs to be perfect or even make sense. It’s mine and only mine.
Muji Haul // 2019
Ever since I fell in love with minimalism and white aesthetics, Muji has become my second home, aside from 3 of the journals you see above, I also own generic lined notebooks, gel pens, pencils, rubbers, sticky notes and even the classic plastic clear pencil box. You can literally never go wrong with Muji, the prices are great and the quality, outstanding. The one particular store I shop in smells like fresh citrus and I’m a little addicted to the scent (emphasis on the little).
I walked in to just purchase the black academic planner (I currently own the white one, and its been the biggest life-saver and increased my productivity levels at work), but of course, ended up purchasing another grey notebook for my next journal and a set of 5 lined notebooks for some online courses I’m hoping to start in the summer.
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