• Navigating Journal Options
    Journal,  Life Story

    Types of Journals

    How to Navigate Your Options With several types of journals available, you might wonder how to navigate your options. Here’s a list to help you find what might work best for you right now. While I’ve kept most of these at different times during my life, I have not kept many at the same time. Also, many of these options don’t need to take a lot of time to be beneficial. This list is intended to provide ideas of options available for journal keeping making it easier to find ideas and get started writing. If your just getting started keeping a journal it might be helpful to check out my…

  • Recognizing Wins, Small and Big
    Life Story

    Daily Celebration Journal

    Recognizing Wins, Small and Big Recently, I started keeping a Daily Celebration Journal to help me in recognizing wins, small and big. Incorporating this journal into my routine has created an easy way for me to reflect on my day and my efforts in a positive light. Because sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you are not doing enough, just taking a moment to recognize what you are doing feels renewing. What do I mean by small and big wins? I have chosen to define a “win” as something I have accomplished during the day. Most everything I have written down so far falls into the…

  • dream big
    Life Story

    DREAM BIG

    DREAM BIG with a DREAM JOURNAL What do I mean by dream journal? I’m not referring to literal dreams, rather aspirations of things you’d like to do or accomplish. These dreams can be large or small in size. How does a dream differ from a goal? Sometimes dreams can be confused with goals as they are both things you want to aspire to. To me, a goal has a clear time frame and is actively being worked on, while a dream carries more of a someday tone. Dreams hold the possibility of becoming goals. Why write your dreams down? From my own experience, I “shelved” (literally and figuratively) my dream…

  • Scripture Study
    Faith,  Scripture Study

    7 Faith Based Journal Ideas

    Benefits from Keeping Faith Based Journals Through keeping faith-based journals I have been benefited in increasing my understanding of the scriptures, growing in faith, and becoming more intentional in my prayers. Also, I love exploring different options for faith-based journals. It’s worth noting that different styles clarify and/or deepen understanding in varied ways. While I have used most of these faith-based journal ideas in my own journaling, I don’t use them all at once. Additionally, Find what works best for you with your goals and your season of life. Likewise, feel free to combine ideas or create them into something new that works for you.  7 Faith Based Journal Ideas:…

  • Intentional Prayer Journal
    Family Story,  Life Story

    Prayer Journal

    Create a Prayer Journal to Help Increase Intentional Prayer Why create a prayer journal? Keeping a prayer journal may help you to increase intentional prayer. Personally, using a prayer journal has helped me become more intentional by: Firstly, writing down questions or concerns in prayer allows me to see them. Second, and more importantly, I record answers to prayers and recognize blessings that have come through prayer. I’m more aware of the answers when I’m looking for them. Also, to help answers to prayers stand out in the journal, consider circling them or putting a star or something else that helps differentiate them by or around them.  Additionally, writing down…

  • Creating a Personal Journal Writing Routine
    Life Story

    When Will I Find Time to Write?

    Creating a personal journal writing routine Creating a personal journal writing routine may seem overwhelming when you’re wondering “When will I find time to write”? The short answer is, it’s essential to create the time. You can start small. Even five minutes set aside for writing can help form a habit that can be built upon later. From my own experiences, I have realized how beneficial keeping a personal journal can be. That being said, my personal journal writing routine has shifted with my life’s circumstances over the years. First, how often would you like to write? Daily? Once a week? Somewhere in between? My suggestion for creating a routine…

  • World Family Dinner
    Family Story,  Family Time,  Life Story

    Around the World Dinner

    Family Dinners from Around the World Gather as a family for dinner (or dessert) to enjoy a new cuisine from around the world. For myself, the main goals of an around the world dinner are to enjoy a family meal together (or dessert), open up a conversation, and possibly learn something new. Also, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to introduce the family to new food and possibly a new location. What is an around the world dinner? A dinner inspired around a specific cuisine, either a country, or possibly smaller (or larger) demographic, depending on your preference.  How to include an around the world themed family dinner into your…

  • verse by verse study
    Scripture Study

    Scripture Journal Study

    Study Verse by Verse Scripture journal study verse by verse is beneficial in concentrating your focus on only a few words and/or sentences at a time. Additionally, it provides opportunity for increased understanding that might otherwise be lost during a faster read. While it is a slower process, it provides time for reflection and comprehension. What is a verse by verse scripture journal? It’s a journal where you study one verse at a time. You can study more than one verse a day, but you concentrate on only one verse at a time. Some options for this method include: Working your way through a book (or more) one verse at…

  • 3 Ways to share Journal
    Life Story

    Journal Sharing?

    3 Ways to share your personal journal Journal sharing? Share your personal journal? Isn’t it “personal” for a reason? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Firstly, when I write in my personal journal it is for me. Why share your personal journal? Selectively sharing entries from your personal journal is a beneficial tool in sharing a piece of your story with someone else. In addition to what I show and how much of what I share, I’m selective in who I share part of my journal with and how I share it.  How I share my journal: Relate Stories: While I can recall some stories without my journal, I find that through…

  • Timeline
    Life Story

    Timeline of Your Life

    Why & How to Create Your Personal Timeline 3 reasons why to create a personal timeline: A timeline provides an overall visual of your life. While adding events to your timeline, it may help you recall additional events, experiences, and stories. It can become a useful reference for recording events and memories of your life. What you’ll need: You only need a paper (Either a large piece of paper, or multiple papers) and pencil to get started. I have a FREE download link below for a timeline you can print, if you would like to use that.  How to Create your personal timeline: Create a key that works for you.…