5 Things You Should Contemplate Before Starting a Journal

The journaling community is growing, thanks to the Instagram trend and it’s going to stay. If you are inspired to start your own journal, make sure you ask yourself these 10 questions before dive in to the new hobby.

1. Have you ever kept a journal before?

Remember those school days where we used to keep a diary, which possibly inspired by Anne Frank? If your answer is YES, you will find journaling an enjoyable process.

2. What is your purpose of starting a journal now?

Most of us start a journal to document events such as travel journal, baby journal, wedding journal, etc. But some use it to collect interests such as recipe, lyrics, favourite quotes and many more. You have to find your own purpose of starting your journal. If you are merely following the trend, you might drop it off after a few months when you can’t find the spark of joy anymore.

3. You enjoy the analogue life

We’re not talking about digital journal here, but a journal where you document with pen and paper. It does take your time off the digital screen, therefore, you must have the interest to be disconnected digitally and focus on your journal.

4. How much time are you willing to spend on your journal

In this modern world, it is hard to find time to ourselves, moreover a new hobby that requires some concentration. Whether it is 15 minutes a day, half hour a week or whatever period you’re comfortable with, you need to determine, how much time you want to spend on your journal. Otherwise, the pages will be blank and you won’t find “the time” to fill it.

5. Are you willing to let go of your insecurities?

The hardest part about keeping a journal is the feeling of insecurities, especially when you look at those beautiful Instagram travel journals, you can’t help but compare your own journal spreads. Journaling is an intimate process, you don’t need anyone else’s validation and it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, there is no such thing as perfect in art. Most importantly is keep going with what you’re doing, and in time you will develop your own style in your journal. You will also find that your pages gradually improve as your write more.

Do stay tuned for more tips, tutorials & reviews on this blog. We’ll ensure to continuously feeding you with inspirations and ideas to fuel your journaling interest.

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