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Decorate a Journal

In the previous post, I talked about the benefits of a gratitude journal and the two types of journals. I have not done a guided gratitude journal, but I do keep a notebook to write down my gratitude. I decided that I wanted to share a way to decorate a journal.

Supplies

  • Composition Notebook
  • Paper
  • Stickers
  • Duck Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpies

Step 1

First, you will take the composition notebook, paper, and pencil; and draw an outline of the composition notebook on the paper.

Step 2

If it helps, I found that taping the paper on to composition notebook helps keep the paper in place.

Step 3

The outline should look similar to this.

Step 4

Then take the scissor and cut out the outline.

Step 5

Now glue the paper onto the composition notebook.

Step 6

Then put the glue on the composition notebook and smooth out the glue evenly. You will repeat steps 1-6 for the other side.

Side note: I messed up the first time on this, so I want to give a suggestion that I learned. Do not put the glue on the paper and then try and paste it to the composition notebook. It leaves bubbles in the paper. The above method helps the paper to lay flat and smooth.

Step 7

After the glue dries, then its time to add the duck tape.

Step 8

Place the tape around the bind so that it is even on both sides.

Step 9

Once all that is done, its time to decorate.

Step 10

These are the supplies that I choose to use to decorate my notebook. You should use and decorate your notebook any way that you please.

Step 11

Here is the finish composition notebook redesign.

Hopefully, by adding your personal touches to the notebook, you will stay motivated to write on it.

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Being Grateful

Being thankful is not something you have to wait until Thanksgivings to recognize. You can start looking and acknowledging things your grateful for each day of your life.

Keeping a gratitude journal can help you be mindful of the positive things about you, your life, and the things around you. I know with having depression symptoms, it’s easy to discount the positive things about yourself and things in your life. A gratitude journal will help you begin to see the positive even in bad situations. It is a great coping skill to help maintain better days.

3 Benefits of a Gratitude Journal

Increase Positivity

– My experience with keeping a gratitude journal is I am able to see positivity in bad situations I experience. I know that is from acknowledging the good in each day.

Improve Self-esteem

– My self-esteem has improved some because I see myself as a part of life and not just watching it. Feeling like I’m apart of life makes me feel better about myself and my existence.

Reduces Stress

– Most of the stress I experience is from external situations, and by writing gratitudes, I’ve noticed I focus on the good and less on the things that worried me before.

Types of Gratitude Journal

1. Guided Journal

A guided journal is helpful in helping you figure out what to write with different gratitude prompts. Using a guided journal helps to keep you motivated to continue writing daily.

2. Blank Notebook Journal

A blank journal takes a little more work to stay encouraged to write in daily but gives you more flexibility on what you want to be grateful for that day. If you choose to go this route, you have to be more intentional in finding a prompt. You can write one thing your grateful or several things you are thankful for in your life. It can be from the past or the present; there are no limits. Just put the date and start writing.

You know yourself better than anyone, so whichever way works best for you, then you should try it. If this isn’t a coping skill for you that’s okay. We all are different and need to find positive coping skills that work for us individually.

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Acceptance of the Journey

It is easy to get a glimpse into other people’s lives through social media and begin to feel like you do not measure up because you don’t have a specific job that you thought you should have. Maybe you thought that you should have found that special person you want to spend the rest of your life with together. Some people felt that they would have children by a specific time in their life. Other people thought they would have the luxury items of their dreams like traveling, a house, electronics, etc. Whatever you are comparing yourself to, know that the things you have gone through are necessary to meet the people you are supposed to cross paths with in life. Even if that means not getting the things you want in a specific time period.

One day I was listening to a sermon on 1 Corinthians 12. Even though the story is talking about using your gifts within God’s body, I feel like it relates to the acceptance of one’s life. Throughout the chapter it talks about different body parts being significant and all serving a purpose. It made me think about how much people compare there lives to other people. I know I an guilty of comparing myself to others. Just because you don’t have something someone else has, it doesn’t make your life any less than another persons. Your specific experiences may help someone else, allow you to learn something, or possibly be used in the future.

I know from personal experience that I thought I would be working my dream job and have children by the time I was this age. Just because none of that has happened, it doesn’t mean everything I have been through up until now is insignificant. I had to learn that my life is never going to be like someone else. I am aware that I have to work harder to stay healthy, have relationships with people, and control my negative mindset. The truth is everything that happened in the past has helped me become the person I am, whether they’re good or bad characteristics, but it also taught me different things to help me grow as a person.

I know that I have not entirely accepted my journey, but I am understanding the reasons why I do things. I do not know when I will fully get there, but in the meantime, I know I have to keep doing the things I need to do to take care of myself, and hopefully, I’ll get there.

Are you accepting your journey?