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Journaling Ideas Anyone Can Try


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Last month we shared some tips about how to write reviews, and as summer is winding down and we’re preparing to make the transition to a new season here at Independence Place, we want to share some another way of writing you may want to try — journaling. Journaling is a great way to document your life story, right from your apartment. Today we have a variety of ideas for how you can make your life here in Cranston, RI more fulfilling by keeping a journal tailored to your needs and wants.


Set and keep goals with a bullet journal.

This craze has swept the nation in the past year or so, and for good reason! More than just a trendy way to fill a notebook, a bullet journal is beneficial because you make it specific to what you want to get out of it. Fill it with your goals for the day, week, or month (or all three!) and make up a key for symbols to mark your progress with.


Record memories and thoughts in a scrapbook.

If you communicate better through visuals than words, embrace that! Take photos, make drawings or paintings, or clip out images and graphics that speak to you to so your journal can showcase your talents and perspective. A scrapbook is also a great way to record special moments, like family memories or summer vacations. You can even make a physical or a virtual scrapbook.


Change your outlook with a thankful or happiness journal.

These journals are all about prompting you to look for, acknowledge, and appreciate the positive things in your life, at least for the moment it will take to write it down. Whether you’re doing a gratitude or a happiness journal, the concept of reviewing your day and focusing on these things will help you think positively and be a more resilient person throughout all of life’s challenges.


Connect with letters.

It’s often difficult to know what to write until you have a purpose, so if it helps, think of who might read it years from now. Your audience can range from a future you to a younger relative or even a complete stranger. Finding someone to write to can give you an idea for the themes you’ll write about and the structure you’ll follow with each letter. Just remember to be honest with yourself and ultimately write about what matters to you. Not only will any real readers later appreciate your authenticity, but you will, too!


What are your favorite ways to keep a journal? Let us know in the comments so we can try them. We hope you find success and fulfillment with these and any other ideas you have for keeping a journal.