Journaling is sometimes considered the modern day’s version of writing in a diary. While little girls often write down whom they have a crush on or what they want to be when they grow up, writing down your hopes and dreams for the future as an adult will help you stay focused and help you move toward making them a reality.

Writing in a journal doesn’t have to be boring. If you prefer to use a spiral notebook, go for it; but don’t be afraid to honor your inner artist by making your journal more interesting, especially if you need more downtime anyway.

Vision Boards

These are visual representations of your goals, either business-related or personal. There’s no right or wrong way to create a vision board and mixing personal with business is perfectly alright. The easiest way to create vision boards is to cut pictures out from magazines and paste them onto a poster board. Or you can look for digital photos online and create a collage. Now make that collage your computer screen backdrop so you see it every day when you log in.

The key to making vision boards is to find photos that speak to you; that inspires you; that you want to work toward. Otherwise, these photos will have no meaning and won’t motivate you in the least to take great strides with your business. So be honest about what you really want to achieve.

Spiritual Journaling

Gratitude journals, as well as bible journaling, are very popular right now as people try to reconnect with their spiritual beliefs in a tumultuous world. These are also two avenues to add even more creativity and artwork to your journals to make them more interesting and/or pleasing to the eye.

Gratitude journals generally focus on what you’re grateful for each day. Listing at least one, two, or three things can increase your positivity and your self-esteem while helping you sleep better! When you’re focused on gratitude, you see the good things in life and make a special point of each day to find those good things. When you focus on your achievements, no matter how big or small, you will increase your self-esteem. When you get all these things out of your head, you’re releasing stress and are less likely to take your worries to bed with you, thus allowing you to sleep better.

Bible journaling involves drawing in the margins of specialty bibles as you study the scriptures. Again, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. Sometimes you may be inspired by a passage, quote, or story and your artistry will reflect that. Other times you’ll be inspired by something that happened in your daily life that meant a lot to you. This is another avenue that allows you to create a unique experience while studying your bible.

Bring your spirituality into a traditional journal by drawing or writing your favorite psalms, stories, or bible verses. Consider using scrapbooking supplies to add simple decorations to your journal pages, making the experience more artistic and fun. The possibilities are endless.

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