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I have always considered journaling as a private and intimate practice. I have always been writing in my journals since my childhood days, writing my thoughts, feelings, and dreams. It wasn’t until recently that I started to share some pages of my ‘art’ journal online… and I have been lucky enough to find a community of kind people who are interested in journaling as much as I do.

However, I wouldn’t deny that being exposed to many people who journal in many different ways, with different supplies and notebooks and favorite tools is a slippery slope. If we’re not careful, it’s so easy to fall into the comparison trap. Suddenly, we are confused about our ‘journaling style’. We don’t have the right notebook. Or pen. We don’t have those lovely stickers or stamps. Suddenly, we want more, we want to buy more. Journaling practice becomes a burden, a reminder that we’re not good enough, or we don’t have enough.

I am not immune to those feelings, of course. However, I tried to ‘catch’ myself from time to time, by asking some questions that can help me gain clarity about my journaling practice and my personal connection to it. After all, journaling is a personal journey. We need to find something that feels good and kind, something that works for us.

So, I’d like to invite you to join me in this 9-minute journaling practice to ask ourselves some questions about journaling. I hope, this can help you gain more clarity about your connection with your journal and your journaling practice.

As much as I love to share some pages of my daily/art journals on social media, I also have some private journals that I keep strictly for myself. For me, it’s about finding balance in what you can share and what you can’t, and about not having to feel stressed or burdened by your journaling practice.

Journaling should be something relaxing and soothing, don’t you think?

Do you have any similar experiences? I would love to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

hanny

2 Responses

  1. Dari post ini jadi ingin bahas ttg journaling style.. Aku udah punya ‘template’ nge-jurnal yang nyaman.. Tp emg sih liat post/video org lain bikin pengen mengimitasi dan jd suka anggap punya kita gak sekece itu..

    1. Bahas dong, bahas ๐Ÿ˜€ Iya, terkadang suka jadi comparing, makanya aku pun mencoba ‘menangkap’ dan menyadari bahwa mungkin aku suka aja ngeliatin gaya orang lain, tapi belum tentu menikmati kalau beneran mengikuti gaya tersebut ๐Ÿ˜€ fokus ke yang bikin aku gak stres aja, deh ๐Ÿ˜€

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