While working in this journal, I realized that my favorite journals are the ones that are messy, authentic, and just raw. I like that word to describe a journal. We're not talking about raw meat here (ew). If you go look in a thesaurus, some synonyms raw are natural, organic, rough, unrefined, and naked. Yes... let your journal be naked! Let all the scribbles and notes in messy handwriting hang out. It looks good. It's raw, and raw is naturally YOU. I was recently looking at one that I kept during my junior year of college and there's lots of scribbles, writing over pages of watercolored paint, random designs and doodles, notes from friends and elementary students I taught, old conversations, etc. It's filled with memories of my friends and I felt so nostalgic looking at it. It's real and true and if you don't like your own handwriting... I say learn to love it because there is nothing so great than to look back at entries of daily life and memories that you know so well. You think what you write down is not important.. but it is. Things that you think are not worthy of writing down now you will love looking at a few years from now and far into the future.
Tonight I was struggling between adding magazine images to my journal or pictures of my friends (haha a journal crisis I tell you!) and I do enjoy using cool looking images from magazines of course, but I started to use more real life images instead because it's more meaningful to MY life. It's me. Be you in your journal...I'm learning to realize just how worthy that is.