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If you’re ever stumped on what to get me as a gift, you’re pretty safe to just get me a journal.
I have an entire shelf of my bookcase devoted to journals past, present, and future. This post showcases 6-7 of my favorites.
This “solitude” journal from StudioOh!, which you can purchase here, is my favorite at the moment for morning pages.
What are morning pages you ask? Morning pages are a concept from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and are 3 pages of stream of consciousness writing done at the moment of waking each morning. It’s both a brain dump and a way to tap into your subconscious creativity.
This journal is perfect because, in addition to looking like morning, it lays flat and has a solid cover, so it’s easy to write in while lying in bed.
The “This Time Next Year” journal was a recent find for me, and I’m super excited to dive in. You can find it here.
As a therapy frequenter, one of my greatest passions is self discovery. I struggle with identity issues, and this journal has some great prompts for self-exploration.
It includes 365 prompts like:
- What is the one thing you like best about yourself?
- How old were you when you first left home?
- Who currently has the biggest influence on you?
- When was the last time you cried?
I highly recommend checking this one out.
Evening Brain Dump
In addition to dumping my brain when I first wake up, I also like to clear my head before I sleep. It’s helpful to get all of my anxieties onto a page and out of my head.
I picked this journal up on a whim while stocking journals at Barnes and Noble. Apparently it’s a good thing I did because it’s not sold anywhere anymore, so I can’t help you find one to purchase.
I chose this one as my evening journal because of the nocturnal aesthetic.
Purchase 52 Lists here
Purchase 52 Lists for Happiness here
I love the 52 lists journals. These are weekly prompt journals with prompts that you answer in list form.
The biggest issue I have with 52 Lists is that it starts in Winter, so if you want to follow the seasons and do the journal in order, you have to wait until Wintertime to start.
52 Lists for Happiness does not begin during any particular time of year, so it’s much easier to jump right into.
These prompt journals, as well as the “This Time Next Year” journal, are great for people who want to journal, but have a difficult time deciding what to write about, or who excel with structure.
I go back-and-forth, so I like to keep all kinds of journals on hand.
The Holy Grail
I don’t know what to say about this one. I bought this years ago because the brown and blue color scheme speaks to my soul (those were my prom dress colors and the colors in my living room) and the size felt perfect.
This one is also from Barnes and Noble and no longer available.
I’ve yet to write anything in this journal because it’s too perfect. I’ve promised myself I wouldn’t waste it and am waiting for the day I have something to write that’s worthy.
I promise I’m only a little crazy.
The Everyday Journal
This journal is from Target and is one I carry with me all day, every day.
The one that I have is covered in bows and hearts, but it’s the same journal as the one pictured here.
This is an inexpensive, light journal that fits in an average size bag and is perfect for recording those random thoughts that pop up throughout the day. The rings let the journal fold over, so it’s easy to write on your lap.
What are your favorite journals at the moment? Do you use any of the ones I mentioned here?