“Find Your Fire” this February

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Starting February 5th, top journaling experts from around the world are gifting Journaling.com members with free products and services to help them experience the power of journaling. 

To join in the fun, become a member of Journaling.com. Membership is free. Once you’ve joined us, login and click on “Gift Shop” to receive your special gifts. Among other surprises, you’ll find mini courses in art journaling, bullet journaling, and therapeutic journaling.

In addition to special events like “Find Your Fire February,” Journaling.com members receive our weekly newsletter and special discounts at our partners’ websites for books, journals, courses, and coaching services.

“Find Your Fire” this February at Journaling.com.

A Sneak Peek at Gifts We’re Sharing:

  • 2 chapters from Ryder Carroll’s bestselling book, The Bullet Journal Method.
  • A free art journaling class taught by art mentors, Caylee Grey, Amy Maricle, and Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd, Sister Witch at Art Witch Academy.
  • Tips from Nick Venturella, Founder of GrowLoop.com. Learn to express yourself, document actions, and track progress over time, all while building confidence that leads to increased productivity, self-awareness, and goal achievement.
  • Lucia Capacchione is sharing copies of her book, The Power of Your Other Hand: Unlock creativity and inner wisdom through the right side of your brain.
  • And so much more!

Join Us!

On behalf of all those involved in this special collaboration, we hope you can join us. We believe in the in the power of journaling and we look forward to sharing it with you. 

Journaling.com’s Top 10 Favorite Tools for Creativity (2020)

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Connect with Your Creative Self

Journaling clears the mind for bold, colorful thinking. Your journal can help you actualize your most creative self.

Gather your paintbrushes, easel, writing paper, and boldest intentions as you explore Journaling.com’s Top Ten Tools for Creativity. Infuse your days with inspiration, and don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines!

A special thanks to Final Draft for sponsoring this list. Final Draft is the industry standard in screenwriting software. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts.

Journaling.com’s Top 10 Resources for Creativity

1. The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook by Michael J. Gelb

For over a decade, this guided workbook has been much loved by members of the journaling community. We know authors and artists who work with this book first thing each morning to expand their thinking and to get their creative juices flowing. Designed as a companion to the best-selling book, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, this workbook can stand on its own. Guided questions and a variety of innovative exercises help cultivate creativity and curiosity. As a bonus, flip the book over, start from the back, and it becomes a blank journal where you can reflect on the the ideas this book inspires.

2. The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal by Julia Cameron

Many peoples’ first experience journaling involves a daily practice described as “Morning Pages.” We believe this method is among the most powerful ways to discover, recover, and retain creativity. The creator of this beloved practice, Julia Cameron, explains that the technique entails writing three pages of stream-of-consciousness every morning. She describes this writing as “spiritual windshield wipers.” Morning pages declutter the mind, heart, and soul. Although any notebook or journal can be used, we think this companion journal is the perfect place to write morning pages because it includes inspiring quotations from Cameron’s groundbreaking work, The Artist’s Way and also provides 12 weeks of lined pages to encourage follow-through.



3. Start Where You Are: A Journal For Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

This uplifting resource is among the most aesthetically pleasing of all the journals we’ve seen. Its watercolor artwork is vibrant and full of cheer and warmly invites readers to explore page after page. The author writes honestly in her introduction, “It took me a long time to become comfortable with where I am.” Feelings of heart, empathy, and kindness shine through each of Patel’s pages. This journal may be the very tool you need to help tap into your creative self with confidence and joy.


4. The WordSmith Deck: 150 Writing Prompt Cards

Use these writing prompt cards to conquer the blank page! Whether you are journaling to unleash creativity or to improve your writing skills, WordSmith prompt cards can move you closer toward your goal. We like these smart cards because they nurture new ideas and keep journaling fresh and engaging.

5. Art Before Breakfast, A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory   

If you’ve ever tried to devote time to creative pursuits, you know how important it is to establish a routine you can stick with. Danny Gregory recognizes this too, and he’s written a book help. He opens with these reminders: “Making art will make you saner and happier. You don’t need to think you have “talent” to make beautiful art. Making art can fit into the craziest, busiest, most hectic and out of control live—even yours. And it will take just a few minutes each day.” The same can be said about journaling! This book made it onto our list because it’s chock-full of project ideas that can enhance any art journaling practice. And we are certain you’ll appreciate Gregory’s humorous, empowering tone.

6. Art Journaling 101 at the Mindful Art Studio

We adore Amy’s Maricle’s creative spirit, and we admire the many ways she inspires her students at Mindful Art Studio. So much so, we invited Amy to join Journaling.com’s advisory board! Amy’s online course, Art Journaling 101, takes you through a series of creative exercises to help you create a stress-free, intuitive art journaling practice. To hear more about Amy’s work and the ways she supports the journaling community, listen to our interview.


7. Get Messy Art: An Online Art Journaling Community

When we chatted with Fairy Art Mother, Caylee Grey, on our podcast, we were in awe of the dynamic online art community she’s created.  Caylee works tirelessly to empower artists in her “Get Messy” community to let go of perfectionism. Along with her creative team, Caylee provides weekly art and journaling prompts, actionable inspiration, nurturing support, and art techniques. To learn more, visit her website.

8. Story by Story: 15 Projects to Write Your Family Legacy by Brenda Hudson

What we love about this book is how easy Brenda makes it to organize and write a family memoir. This book is the definitive guide to compiling memorable family sayings, self-portraits, character sketches, visual diaries, mementos, and wisdom gleaned in the midst of your loved ones’ company. Learn creative ways to put your keepsakes into meaningful order. Highly recommended.

9. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

We had amazing amounts of fun digging into the pages of Keri Smith’s best-selling guided journal. This author’s voice radiates humor and insight as she gives permission to throw perfectionist tendencies out the window. You’ll feel the stress melt away as Smith encourages you to crack your journal’s spine, use colors normally avoided and get the pages dirty! We promise this isn’t like any other journaling book you’ve seen.

10. Azure Dreams Journal (Diary, Notebook) by Peter Pauper Press

The place that holds your most inspired ideas, wildest dreams, and deepest reflections should enhance your writing experience. Peter Pauper Press’s visually stunning blank journals feel good to write in. Artful covers, high quality bindings, and thick-lined paper means these journals do your words justice.

Journaling.com’s Top 10 Favorite Tools for Mindfulness (2020)

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Journaling helps us slow down and reflect on our lives with intention. If you aspire to glean the most meaning from your days, look over our Top 10 Tools for Mindfulness. We trust there’s something for everyone in this resource list. Dig deep and see what you discover!

Our Top 10 Favorite Tools for Mindfulness

1. Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama

If you’ve read Michelle Obama’s inspiring memoir Becoming, you were probably as excited as us to learn she’s come out with this companion resource. Obama’s guided journal features over 150 questions and quotes to help get your pen moving. The primary message this journal delivers is that everyone’s story matters. The prompts in this book will help you unfold and understand your special story.

2. The Designing Your Life Workbook: A Framework for Building a Life You Can Thrive In by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

We wholeheartedly recommend this resource for people at all stages of life. The authors of this workbook show you how to live life on the deepest level and to spend your time engaged with activities that give your life the most meaning. Its exercises are designed to help engage with life’s big questions, to establish and pursue goals, and to track and measure progress. A must read!

3. Dream journal: Notebook for your dreams and their interpretations – by Keep Track Book

If we hold on to them long enough, our dreams inform us in meaningful ways. But often, we wake up, have that first sip of coffee, get ready for the day, and before we know it our dreams have faded. If you’d like a way to track your dreams, this journal is a gem to keep on your nightstand. The journal’s creator recommends giving each entry a title and recording the date. A lined page follows where details of the dream are recorded. Finally, a series of questions are provided to get you thinking about the significance of each detail of your dream.

4. The Journal Writer’s Handbook by Juliet Platt

Author Juliet Platt believes that “picking up a pen and making meaningful words appear on a page is the first step in taking a more reflective and considered approach to our existence.”  Platt writes eloquently about the relationship a writer can have with their journal. She provides straightforward exercises to help maximize the benefits of journaling and shares the names of additional resources to help you move  further along on your writing adventure. This book is unique and powerful reading.

5. A Buddhist Journal: Guided Practices for Writers and Meditators by Beth Jacobs

We had the chance to chat with Beth on our podcast, The Power of Journaling, and discovered she speaks with the same eloquence that infuses her writing. We can’t recommend Beth’s work highly enough. This guided journal invites its readers to combine personal writing with meditation. We think this pairing makes perfect sense. Beth, an expert in psychology and Buddhist meditation, is the perfect teacher to model how to weave these important practices together. Beth invites playful experimentation and introduces novel techniques.

6. Self-Awareness Journal by Meredith Lynch 

Time spent in self-reflection observing thoughts, actions, and emotions leads to self-wisdom. Without self-wisdom we are likely to repeat mistakes, get stuck in ruts, and miss opportunities. This book provides a space to nourish a consistent journaling practice where you can track and reflect on important moments in your day in order to better nourish your own self-understanding.

7. Meditation Sidekick Journal by Habit Nest

Every guided journal from Habit Nest is superior quality and we were glad to see that they have turned their attention to meditation. Habit Nest’s Meditation Sidekick Journal is a meditation book, a 90-day mindfulness journal, a happiness planner and a guided self-discovery gratitude journal for beginners. This guided journal will help you integrate meditation with your journaling practice and help you find the motivation you need to make this habit stick.  Highly recommended. 


8. Joy Journal: Make Joy a Daily Experience by Rebecca Kochenderfer 

Joy Journal, written by Journaling.com’s founder, is a 12-week guided journal that helps you practice a new positive mindset each week. Rebecca encourages you to treat the book as a series of weekly joy experiments. Find out what happens when you  “say yes more often,” “catch them being good,” “focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want,” and create days that are “fun, productive, and filled with delightful surprises.” 

9.The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing world by the Dalai Llama, Desmond Tutu, et al.

In our experience, the more we journal the more curious and alive to the wonders of the world we become. The Book of Joy will grow your feelings of wonder as you read about a week-long visit between Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. During this time together, the friends explored a single question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? The Book of Joy is a reflection on the time they shared together exploring the Nature of True Joy and confronting the Obstacles of Joy. The stories shared in this important book will move you and might provide new ideas to explore in your journaling practice.

10. The Seeing My Time® Adult Planner and the The Set Up Success™ Student Planner by Marydee Sklar

We know we’re cheating a bit by listing two products instead of one, but we couldn’t resist! Both of these unique calendar systems were created by an executive function expert and are designed to build key skills like time-management, planning, and organization.

Designed to support a brain that is “time-blind,” we love the easy-tear pads with forms to support your daily, weekly, and monthly schedule. Clear vinyl pockets keep goals visual and achievable. Both planners come with access to helpful support videos. Those with working memory issues, ADHD, executive function deficits, concussive brain injuries and aging brains will find these systems particularly effective.

Online classes designed to support executive functions at school, work, and at home are also available at their website, www.executivefunctioningsuccess.com.









Journaling.com’s Top 10 Favorite Tools for Emotional Well-being (2020)

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The science is in and it’s conclusive. Journaling has a positive impact on emotional well-being. Used to navigate depression, anxiety, and major life transitions, journaling helps develop personal insight and empowers us to act with mindfulness and intention.

Pour a cup of tea. Let us take the guesswork out of finding the best resources to support your self-care routine.

Our Top 10 Favorite Tools for Emotional Well-being

1. Your Brain On Ink: A Workbook on Neuroplasticity and the Journal Ladder by Deborah Ross and Kathleen Adams

This workbook, from two of the top leaders in therapeutic journaling, is an easy-to-use roadmap that guides readers through the world of neuroscience and expressive writing. Grounded in science, Your Brain on Ink shows how to rewire the brain to reduce negative feelings and to experience more positivity. Ross and Adams have artfully crafted a digestible neuroscience textbook in the form of a journal. It’s just excellent. 

2. Emotional Advantage: Embracing All Your Feelings to Create a Life You Love by Randy Taran

Author and happiness expert Randy Taran shows how emotions act as an inner compass that leads toward deeper self-understanding. By embracing all of our emotions, she suggests, we can use simple daily strategies to open ourselves to positive change. Taran is one of the top experts on happiness studies, and we believe her message is one that can be well-supported by a regular journaling routine.

3. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

Strictly speaking, this is not a book about journaling, but it’s such a fun approach to ideas we celebrate at Journaling.com that we couldn’t resist. Popular blogger, writer, and podcast host Rachel Hollis empowers readers to stop making the excuses that keep them from actualizing goals. An avid journaler herself, Rachel keeps the conversation real as she chats about the actions that turn dreams into reality. If you are looking for the sort of book that feels like a friend cheering you on, we think you’ll like Hollis’s approach.

4. Writing Through Transitions: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes by Leia Francisco

We love this unique workbook/guided journal. If you are facing a significant transition like moving to a new home, facing illness, making a career change, or recovering from the loss of a loved one, this wisdom-filled book will help you turn the experience into an opportunity for emotional growth. Based on her Writing Through Transitionstm model, Leia’s clear, easy-to-use guide helps focus attention onto meaningful questions:

–       What is this transition all about?
–       How will it affect me and the people I care about?
–       How do I get through the ups and downs?
–       What do I need in order to learn and grow from this transition?

5. Practice You: A Journal by Elena Brower 

What a lovely book this is! Warm watercolors provide a comforting backdrop to this collection of simple journaling prompts. Write to affirm the best parts of you and to uncover the path leading toward the person you’re becoming. This is one of the most beautiful guided journals we’ve seen. It will nourish your soul, lighten your heart, and awaken your creative spirit. Don’t miss this one!

6. The Five Minute Journal by Intelligent Change

The Five Minute Journal is built on proven principles of positive psychology and was recommended by several of the therapists we work with on our site. Requiring only five minutes a day, this is the perfect resource for people who want to journal but who find that life keeps getting in the way. A lovely side-benefit is that when you finish the book, you’ll have five years of memories to look back on.

7. The I AM Journal: Manifest Your Burning Desire by Lauren Sanders

Lauren Sanders’ affirming guided journal helps sow the seeds to grow the life you want. Its prompts help you reflect on behaviors that attract the people and situations you want in your life. Just one caveat, although the references are sporadic, the author does makes references to God. If this is not language that resonates, it’s okay. We’ve got loads of other ideas here too!

8. The Untethered Soul in Action with Michael A. Singer  

You might recognize Michael A. Singer as the bestselling author of The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. If so, you can understand how excited we were to discover he also offers an online course that explores the principals he writes so eloquently about. In this course, Singer provides tools to help eliminate habitually negative thinking that hinders consciousness. Singer’s teachings help us utilize traditions like meditation to live deeply in the moment. Mindfulness practices, he shows, become possible and more effective when we let go of painful thoughts and memories that encumber us. 

9. Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives Through the Power and Practice of Story by Christina Baldwin

The affirming tone of Christina’s Baldwin’s writing assures readers that every individual has innate power to tell the stories that matter most. Through personal anecdotes, Christina’s book reveals how the stories we tell determine the ways we live, how we operate within our communities, as well as shape our experiences in the larger world. The stories she gifts us with make abstract concepts concrete and relatable. With eloquence and enthusiasm, Baldwin urges us to catch each of our stories, along with the stories of others, to construct meaningful narratives that make life comprehensible and complete. Baldwin’s ideas are original and applicable, each one reminding us of the power of the written word.

10. Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection by Ahava Shira PhD, Wendy Judith Cutler MA, and Lynda Monk MSW, RSW, CPCC.

Until we connected with Writing for Wellness Coach Lynda Monk, Director of the International Association for Journal Writing (IAJW) and co-author of Writing Alone Together, we considered journaling to be a solitary activity. Lynda exploded this myth on our podcast where she enlightened us with her thoughts on writing as a communal practice. To learn more about this book, visit writingalonetogether.com.

Journaling.com’s Top 10 Favorite Tools for Physical Health (2020)

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Achieve Your Health & Wellness Goals

From stress reduction and improved immune function to better sleep and blood pressure regulation, journaling’s impact on health is well-proven. We’ve noticed a growing number of guided journals and other tools designed to help achieve health and wellness goals, and we’ve listed our favorites here. So grab an apple and a tall glass of water, and check out Journaling.com’s Top Ten Tools for Physical Health!

Our Top 10 Favorite Tools for Physical Health

1. Green Smoothie Habit by Jane Haddad

You may wonder what smoothies have to do with journaling. Trust us; if you’re looking for a surefire way to get quick, nutritious foods into your diet, this is a book you don’t want to miss. We love this kind-spirited, easy to use food program because it offers so much more than just recipes; it’s also a program that combines weekly menu plans, shopping lists, recipes, and journaling opportunities so that green smoothie drinking becomes part of your regular routine. We wish more recipe books and diet programs included journaling. Big dietary changes bring up intense feelings. Addressing these emotions goes a long way in ensuring your efforts are successful. 

2. Weight Loss Affirmations: Guided Journal for Women by Felicity Jenkins

Affirmations sprinkled throughout this guided journal’s pages remind us to tune in and nourish both our bodies and our spirits. This book, a celebration of self-love and self-care, provides guided journaling prompts like, “Do I invest in my own health and well-being?” which help you dig deep to understand thoughts, processes, and habits.

3. The Fat Loss and Nutrition Sidekick Journal by Habit Nest

The goal of this book and guided journal is to help develop positive daily eating habits. It starts by helping you understand your why – why do you want to change dietary behaviors? This book’s solid information about nutrition, along with its daily motivational entries, can help you stay on track. What we especially appreciate about this resource is its versatility. If you are excited to experiment with a new way of eating – Keto, Paleo, Whole30, or any other– this journal can help you develop a plan that’s realistic, rewarding, and successful. This journal takes only five minutes of your day and yet, as the author points out, “every single day in your life where you start your morning with focus, intent, and energy will automatically be a better day of your life.”  We totally agree!

4. The Weightlifting Gym Buddy Journal by Habit Nest

Habit Nest has a journal to suit your every need, and in our opinion, this resource is one of their best! It’s evident that a great deal of work and care went into this training journal. It includes a 12-week workout and exercise journal/log and a fitness planner that begins with a crash course on nutrition and weightlifting; it ends with special content showing how to create accountability systems that keep you going. This journal program comes with video guides and detailed exercise descriptions. It’s designed for on-your-own workouts, but we find it’s also a great recording tool for those working out with a personal trainer. We particularly appreciate the highly motivating daily challenges included. 

5. Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live by Mary L. McCarthy

20 years ago, Mari McCarthy lost feeling and function in the right side of her body; these symptoms led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In response, Mari used journaling techniques to regain control of her health, and the results were exciting. As she began looking at research studies and interviewing others who were also experiencing profound physical benefits from journaling, she made a decision to share the power of journaling with others. We had the pleasure of talking with Mari on our podcast and found her stories and knowledge tremendously moving. If you or someone you know is experiencing health challenges, this book is a powerful tool to help unlock the healing benefits of journaling.

6. Morning Yoga RITUAL: Yoga | Journaling | Meditation: Six Unique 30-Minute Routines Brett Larkin DVD

Maybe you’ve seen Brett Larkin’s popular yoga videos on YouTube. Now you can combine her yoga with your meditation and journaling practice in the comfort of your own home. Larkin understands the powerful relationship between physical and emotional health, and this workout speaks to both. Each routine is appropriate for people with varying skillsets and she provides tips for those wishing to level up.

7. Opening Up by Writing It Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain by James W. Pennebaker and Joshua M. Smyth

Dr. James Pennebaker is a pioneer in the field of expressive writing and was a recent guest on our podcast. Along with Joshua M. Smyth, a professor of biobehavioral health and medicine, he’s written one of our favorite books about the benefits of therapeutic writing. Opening Up by Writing It Down explains the sociological and scientific research that proves the healing power of expressive writing. Pennebaker and Smyth’s work is a fascinating and affirming read. A great place to start.

8. Happy & Free: A Food Journal and Activity Log to Track Your Eating and Exercise for Optimal Weight Loss (90-Day Diet & Fitness Tracker) by Happy Books Hub

Straight forward, encouraging, and easy to use, this food journal makes tracking your diet and exercise choices a seamless part of the day. The research shows that healthy eating is well supported by a journaling routine that helps to recognize patterns and provides accountability. This journal provides space to log water intake, sleep time, cravings, and responses. There’s room to reflect on progress and to contemplate areas of growth. We love this book because of its no-nonsense, comprehensive and supportive approach.

9. HEALTHMINDER Personal Wellness Journal by F. E. Wilkin

If you live with chronic pain and need a way to track your progress and health setbacks, this journal might be the very tool you need. HEALTHMINDER helps track medications, vitamins, vital signs, pain, sleep habits, daily exercise, and meals. Honestly, this journal’s creator has thought of everything–right down to including pictures of the human body that can be marked to show where you are experiencing pain or other symptoms. Tracking the details is an efficient way to help connect the dots and understand the key factors impacting your health.

10. Journaling the Chakras: Eight Weeks to Self-Discovery by Amber Lea Starfire

This book made it onto our list because we believe that physical health and emotional awareness go hand in hand. Self-awareness and meaningful self-expression can alleviate some physical symptoms and also help achieve the kind of balance that’s required to live more peacefully with long-term health issues. Whether you are new to journaling or have a long-established writing practice, there’s something in this book for you. The powerful journaling prompts and guided activities found here will help you navigate a wide range of life’s circumstances. This is the sort of book you’ll want to keep handy on your bookshelf to refer to often.