Journaling, Cocoa, and Knitting a Scarf

Journaling, Cocoa, and Knitting a Scarf Post

Keeping a journal is fun and I've had one since I was little, but I haven't always kept it up daily. Sometimes, it's weeks and even months between entries. Not because I don't like to write, cause I do, but I forget about it or I'm working on something else and I get sidetracked. You may have experienced this too, so today I'm talking about the joy of journaling!

If you've thought about journaling but don't know what to write about, let me give you some advice. You don't have to think of it as a "girly" thing, journals can take many different forms. There are art journals for people who love to draw and/or paint, work journals for projects including tasks, to-do-list, and timelines for completion. It can be a journal of family history -- something that can be handed down to future generations. If you're in school, you can keep a journal of your day to day assignments. Other examples of journals can be:

  • Travel. If you like to travel, you can use a journal to record all the places you've visited with pictures.

  • Ideas. I'm not sure about you, but there's been many times that I had a good idea, no tablet around to write it down and then I forgot it! Don't you do this! Purchase a small memo pad that you can keep with you to jot down a quick idea and then transfer it to your journal later.

  • Inspirational. This can contain your favorite Bible verses and/or quotes that encourage and uplifts your spirit.

  • Poetry. If you like to write poems, a journal is a terrific way to keep them altogether in one place.

  • Pet journal. This might sound crazy, but I don't think so. Pets are important and are a significant addition to any family so you might want to record the life of your best friend!

Journaling can be Therapeutic

I'm writing in a Bible journal that has a daily scripture and I will write about how that verse speaks to me and also jot down how my day went and what I am feeling. I find this therapeutic and it's fun to go back and read through past entries to see how I've grown both spiritually and emotionally. Sometimes I get a really good laugh reading a journal entry from months back!

Journaling, Cocoa, and Knitting a Scarf Post

When I begin to write in my journal, I like to do it during a quiet time which is usually before I go to bed at night. Add a cup of cocoa with marshmellows, and I'm in a happy mood. I don't want any interruptions from work so around 9 PM works best for me to clear my mind and just record how my day went, how I handled a problem perhaps or if I'm totally frustrated. I think it's a great way of letting go of bad emotions or to end a stressful day on a high note.

Whatever you love to do, you can start a journal about it. I suggest thinking of it as a fun project to do everyday and not a to-do task. Otherwise, you may not stay faithful to it. It took me a long time to get out my head that if I missed a day of writing that I had somehow failed. Not so! Some days may be extremely busy and you just can't get to write, other days maybe you have all kinds of time and you can go back to a previous day if you want and jot something down.

What Kind of Journal Should I Get?

Well anything will work. If you're going to be writing, than any notebook with lines will work. You don't have to spend a lot of money on fancy journals. If you're going to draw or use it for painting, I suggest a watercolor tablet, because the paper is thicker and can take watercolor paints without bleeding through. And if you're savvy enough, you can create your own journals. I've linked to a couple of video tutorials at the bottom of this post in case you're interested!

Journaling, Cocoa, and Knitting a Scarf Post

"Captain's Log, Stardate 41153.7..."

I admit that I LOVED listening to Star Trek's logs by the captains and crews. It fascinated me. They kept ship logs of the star systems they visited and the people they encountered as well as personal logs that contained notes and feelings about their crew mates or assignments they were performing. Even in Star Trek: Voyager when they were thousands of lite years from Starfleet and the Alpha Quadrant, Captain Janeway and her crew still kept journals.

And I share my writing time at night with a craft. It's my creative time and it's the best way for me to end my day. As you already know, I'm teaching myself slowly to needle knit! My goal is to knit up little scarves and wrap them around some chocolate-scented teddy bears I bought from the local dollar store to hang on the Christmas tree at my church's Christmas bazaar. I've already finished about 4 or 5 of them and they're turning out really cute. I got the idea last year when my husband and I visited Shore Acres and went to their celebration. They decorated the place with bunches of Christmas trees and I saw one of them with these little teddy bears hanging wearing knitted scarves. I knew right then that I had to do that and I figured it will give me some confidence to keep learning to knit.

Here's a couple of videos on how you can make your own journals:

Being a creative person who loves to create content, I can just turn off the world and get lost in creating. Do you journal? Tell me about it in the comments below.