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Diary or Journal? Same Thing Right?

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People often use the terms diary and journal interchangeably.  Many people think they are the same.  However, there are some differences between the two. Which one are you using?  Which one do you want to use?  Let’s take a look and see the differences.

A journal, according to the Merriam Webster website, a journal has the following definition:  Entry One: ” A daily newspaper usually used in the title.  A periodical dealing with matters of current interest.” Entry Two: “A record of ideas, reflections and experiences kept regularly for private use. A record of current transactions (bookkeeping), or a day to day account. A record kept by a deliberate or legislative body.”

For my purposes and yours the second entry “A record of ideas, reflections and experiences kept regularly for private use” is what we want to look at.  Journals can be used for a variety of things.  A journal is a blank book, literally. This type of journal lends itself to a free flow of ideas and writings.  It can contain everything from a description of your surroundings, a shopping list, goals, ideas for a book, and anything else your mind can come up with.

A diary, according to Merriam Webster website, “a diary is a record of events, transactions or observations kept at frequent intervals.  A daily record of personal activities, reflections, or feelings.”  A key phrase here is at frequent intervals.  I think of a diary more like a ship’s log. Just the facts and a commentary on them. I had a diary once when I was a young girl.  It was given to me as a gift.  Each day of the year was printed in it.  Two days for each page. After the date, twelve lines each to record the days events.

I soon discovered this was not my thing.  I need pages, pages that I can write anything on! I like to draw, paste things, list things.  I don’t like a structured format.

Which would you choose?  Do you prefer diary? Do you prefer journals?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

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10 Journaling Prompts for September

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The season is starting to turn to Fall. School is starting for many.  Now is the time to present ten journaling prompts for the month of September.

  1. Write about something you had to overcome.
  2. What positive changes have you made in your life?
  3. Name three things you would do if you weren’t afraid.
  4. What is the worst advice you have ever been given.
  5. What is your favorite meal?
  6. Describe your favorite restaurant.
  7. Describe your best friend at some point in your life.
  8. What five things would you grab (besides family and pets) to rescue if your house was on fire?
  9. Write a recap of this past summer.
  10. Put your best pasta recipe in our journal.

Come back in October for another installment of monthly journaling prompts!

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July Journaling Prompts

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It’s July already!  Can you believe it?  Summer is going by so fast.  I hope you are having a great one.  Here are your July journal prompts.

  1.  What do you need more of in your life?
  2.  What do you need to let go of?
  3. Listen and detail five times you were really happy.
  4. How do you show love?
  5. Describe, draw or paste a photo of your favorite outfit.
  6. What is your favorite cake or pie?
  7. What is your favorite brand of makeup?  What do you own of it?
  8. Who was the last person you wrote a letter to?
  9. Have you missed something this summer that you were hoping to go to?  Make a list for next summer of things to do.
  10. Write about one of the podcasts, youtube, or television shows you watch.  Describe it and why you like it.

Happy Writing!

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June Journaling Prompts

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Is it the sixth month of the year already?  Yes, time flies.  If you were to ask me it flies a little to quickly.  I had a goal of reading 12 books this year.  It’s June and I haven’t even finished one.  I was a girl who would read four books at once and finish two a week years ago.  While my reading habit has fallen by the wayside my journaling habit has not.  I spend almost everyday in my journal now.  I’m either drawing, writing, making a list, bujoing (Is that a word?), cutting and pasting and more.  I’m really going through journals like crazy.  So to help you with your journal keeping habit here are 10 journal prompts for the month of June.  Enjoy!

1. What do you want to do outside this summer?

2. Do you garden?  Why or why not?  Describe your garden.

3. What are your favorite summer foods?

4. Describe a dream picnic. What food? Where? What is the weather like?  Descriptions of everything!

5. What traits do you look for in a partner?

6. What is your favorite movie? Favorite movie trilogy?

7. Life check. Do you like where you are now? Explain.

8. What is the best compliment you ever received?

9. List 5 songs you are listening to right now.

10. Are you organized?  How are you organized?  Why are you not organized? Explain.

Happy Writing!

 

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Top 10 Lists To Put In Your New Bujo

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Who doesn’t love a bullet journal? I have may basic layout finally figured out.  I’m always looking for more ideas for lists.  I think lists sometimes clear your head or make you think about future plans.  I find that lists tell me what I’ve done and where is currently going on in a way that pictures and writing entries do not.

In my bullet journal some of my mainstay lists are remodeling to do, purchases to make (major ones), ideas for my future possible book that I might write, monthly blog articles that I need to write, places to visit in the state or city, future hobbies I may want to try, self care ideas, follower lists, birthdays, my son’s diagnosis, bucket list, podcast list, travel bucket list, addresses, clothing capsule wardrobe, to do list, contacts, medication lists, future blog article ideas, weight, You tube to watch, and websites I want to keep track of.

Want some ideas? Here are ten lists you can include in your bullet journal:

1. Reading list, books to read, books to buy.

2. Savings/spending tracker.

3. Work achievements for your annual review.

4. Meal planning.

5. Donations to charity.  It can be physical items donated to monetary.

6. Large outstanding debt payment plan.

7. Subscription Services.  A really great reminder for all those apps or studios you belong  to.

8. Restaurants to try (by location if possible).

9. Collectables to acquire.  Use this for what you or family collect.  Need one figurine to complete your ceramic mouse collection?  Need comic book #231?  This is a great place to keep reminders when you are out and about.

10. Food vs symptoms.  I have had several friends who have had to track food to see if it affected their health significantly.  Your bujo is great to see a correlation if you track it.

11. Okay, I said 10 lists.  Here is an eleventh one in case one of the ten isn’t to your liking.  Track your families after school and sports schedules.  If you can do a month at a glance that would be great.  You don’t want to schedule your volunteering at your daughters elementary school the day before you need 22 dozen cookies for you son’s football bake sale.

What lists do you keep?  I would love to hear from you.  Especially uncommon ones. Please comment below.

 

 

 

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May Journal Prompts

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Find this months journaling prompts below.

1. Has Spring started where you live?  If not what season is it.

2.Write what you know in your area that marks the start of Spring.  Is it a bird returning? A flower blooming? A festival?

3. What is your favorite room in your home?

4. What is your favorite item of clothing?

5. If time and money are no object, what vacation would you take?

6. What are your pet peeves?

7. Do you have a favorite comfort food?

8. Your favorite city on the planet is?.

9. What were the news headlines for this week?

10.  The old saying of “April showers bring May flowers” applies to this time of year.  What are your favorite flowers?  Why?

 

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April Journal Prompts

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What is your favorite chocolate treat?

Do you have a bucket list?  What is on it?  What’s the one thing you want to do?

What is your favorite classic film?

What means the start of spring for you?

What is your favorite scent?  Vanilla? Pine? Water?

What is your favorite fruit? Veggie?

What do I worry about?

What is a typical evening at home?

What 3 things would you take to a deserted island?

Describe your favorite childhood Easter basket.