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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Before 'Sex & the City', There Was 'The Carrie Diaries'

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I have three final exams coming up next week…so it only makes complete sense that I'm about one season deep into my third rewatch of "The Carrie Diaries".

Carrie isn't afraid to be herself 

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Carrie is unapologetically herself. Like me, she over-analyzes every little detail and makes no secret of her passion for writing. She has a real zest for life that makes it a little easier for her to bounce back after dealing with hardship. She comes across as naïve at times, but Carrie knows exactly what she wants and what she's willing to do to get it.

New York, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

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Carrie has an awe-inspiring appreciation for the city that never sleeps. Every time she so much as steps into the Big Apple, she radiates a sincere love for the essence of the city.

I have no doubt that if this show were set in the present day, Carrie would be my twin in taking Instagram after Instagram of the city, hash-tagging with #Don'tNeedAManJustNeedMANhattan, because let's be real - New York is the true bae, so to speak.

Always Remember: Career first, Guys second

Carrie's liberated, fabulous boss at her fashion internship, Larissa Loughlin (Freema Agyeman), disperses little bits of advice that suggest in no uncertain terms that girls should focus on becoming someone. That someone should be well spoken and be determined to get the job done. At one point during the show, Larissa offers Carrie an amazing opportunity. When Carrie turns it down in favor of a relationship with a boy, Larissa looks at Carrie incredulously and says, "You're giving it up for a boy? The world is full of boys."

Larissa also reminds Carrie that not everyone is made for a future languishing in the suburbs. While that is the dream of some women (and that is totally alright), Carrie, like a lot of the girls I know (including myself), has a vision for herself that extends beyond the nostalgic allure of a white picket fence and a station wagon. She has goals that transcend attaining the attention of a boy, and that transcend being a wife or a mother.

That being said; love is utter and total madness 

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In the show, Carrie's relationship with Sebastian is one heck of a rollercoaster, and at one point she tells him she loves him so much that it physically hurts.

Love is always confusing, and there's always one person everyone goes back to regardless of how difficult things seem. Carrie's tendency to read into everything makes it even more nuanced.

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Good friends will always have your back

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It's no secret that being in high school or even college is hard. There's so much to balance, and so much change going on. This is why it's essential to have friends you can lean on when times get tough.

As you grow up, you may find that some friendships survive and others don't. Carrie certainly is lucky to have such a close gang of pals who love and support each other.

Carrie's different friends also bring out different sides of her. Mouse (Ellen Wong) reminds her to focus on the important things in life and be steadfast in her aspirations. Walt (Brendan Dooling) shares Carrie's love for the city and for fashion. Maggie (Katie Findlay) gives Carrie advice on relationships and helps keeps things light in times of trouble. In return, Carrie offers her own practical advice and listening ear to her best friends.

To just about sum it up—watching heartwarming, realistic characters struggle through an era when "Reagan and shoulder pads were all the rage"? Count me in.

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