Types of Journals You Can Keep

Types of Journals You Can Keep

Find a type of journal you love.
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A few months ago, I wrote an Odyssey article titled “The Importance of Journaling” and discussed the reasons I enjoyed journaling. Since then I have learned more about journaling and that there are so many ways to journal, so I wanted to share them:

1. Daily Life And Experiences

This is the type of journaling that most people associate with diaries and journals. People automatically assume that if you journal you have to write about what you did that day, which turns a lot of people off from journaling because they believe it would be boring to write about daily life. Even though that is the stigma, this is what my personal journal consists of, and I really enjoy writing about hanging out with friends, school, work and everyday small memories.

2. Morning Pages

The book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron explains this concept. Basically, when you wake up in the morning you grab a journal and write for three pages straight. There is no holding back. You write without caring about mistakes or grammar, just write until you hit your three page mark. This type of writing is called stream of consciousness writing where you just let all your thoughts flow out, much like they run through your head.

3. Bullet Journaling

This type of journaling has been super popular and trendy lately. You basically can design your own planner, with specific colors, designs and lists that fit your life. I have seen a ton of videos on YouTube of people sharing how they set up their bullet journal and the system they use. Although this type of journal is aesthetically pleasing, it is not practical or easy for those who are not artistic or do not have much time.

4. Scrapbook Journaling

I would personally love to start journaling like this. Using pictures, washi tape, stamps, calligraphy, fabrics and other materials, you can create a visual way to journal. Sure, you can include words and short entries, but this style of journaling is focused more on including physical memories in a journal. For example, a journaling page could be a collage of pictures from a concert you attended plus the ticket from the event, then a small entry about the day.

5. Prayer Journal

If you are religious or you strive to be, a prayer journal may be useful. If you find it difficult to pray or say a coherent prayer, then writing out your prayers may work. This still has the same intention of praying, but it is in a letter form. Plus, you get the benefit of going back and reading your prayers to see how they have been answered.

6. Dream Journal

This is another type of journal I have been wanting to try. Dreams are fleeting, so imagine if you had a journal filled with those fragments of dreams to complement your daily journal. This can unlock what you subconsciously feel about certain situations. Or you can just laugh about all your crazy, random dreams.

7. Travel Journal

If you travel often or you are planning a big trip, then a travel journal would be the perfect way to capture your memories from the trip. This type of journal would be a fun and easy journal to keep that would not take away time from your daily life.

Journaling is such an amazing way to clear your mind, relax and capture memories. I cannot explain the amount of times I have just sat and ranted for pages in my journal. It is therapeutic and helps you think through situations instead of acting based off of emotions. I just cannot recommend enough trying to journal. Try all different kinds of journaling and find one that you are comfortable with. If you feel stuck, jump on YouTube and see all of the insanely creative, talented journalers out there. I promise, you won’t regret keeping a journal.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Heroes Of Our Time

Or, how I want to be a hero in the modern world.

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On March 8, it was International Women's Day, where people all over the world recognized the struggles of women around the world, along with the necessary progress necessary to achieve full equality in society. That day passed through my mind like any other day, but the idea of being celebrated for my achievements and helping others garner rights always stood out to me. And with the opportunities which I'm fortunate to have and those I've created, I could do something special.

Simultaneously, I also live in a world where the difference between a hero and a villain is obscured, if not completely dissolved. In our political climate, where at this point, even a certain action can be interpreted to many different ways, whomever is a hero is considered one who not only stands up for themselves, but also brings a strong victory to their side. And with the 2020 presidential campaigns along the way, I had the impression the Democratic Party candidates may shift further to the left, which is advantageous for my political position, but not necessarily for those who may oppose it.

When combined for my interests in literature, I see heroism as one shining moment, born out of the hero's journey. A person would receive their calling from a supernatural source or fate, and decide to take it. They would of course struggle to do what's right and achieve their destiny, but when they did, they would have spectacular glory and respect, no matter if its in life or death.

These influences shape how I want to become a hero — I want to emerge out of a humdrum life in university, take a stand with my writing, and eventually inspire people to do the same. But in books and movies, heroism is seemingly straightforward, showing none of the ordinary work a person has to take to achieve their high status, nor how they pushed through at what they're doing. As somebody who started lacking persistence and will recently, I question how I want to be heroic, when I have to learn how to survive as well.

Going into my 22 year, and further into graduation, I have to learn heroism isn't necessarily contained in one moment, like saving a life or motivating troops to go to war. It doesn't even have to be factional at times, defeating good over evil in some aspects. It has to be a commitment towards what one believes in, and the perseverance to see it through, no matter how difficult it is or how hot the spotlight burns on oneself. And wouldn't it be enough for now?

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