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2019 NanoPoblano Post #3

Nearly everything I’ve read about journaling mentions that writing by hand is the best way to go.  Okay, I get it.  Improves memory, unleashes creativity, eases anxiety, and the list goes on.  Sometimes though, it’s simply not practical in that moment to sit down with paper and pen/cil to write in a journal.  Sometimes you need the flexibility that the digital age offers.  I mean, we’re in it now, might as well take advantage when we need to, right? 

While typing on a device is hard for me, there are times when it can really come in handy.  For instance, I’m lying in bed and I remember there was something I wanted to jot down.  Well, I’m not going to get back up to do it!  Grabbing my phone or tablet is so much more convenient and it just simply gets the job done. 

I’ve tried a lot of journal apps.  I’m kind of the App Queen at my house, lol.  I have tried all but one of the apps listed below.  All have free versions, some have pay upgrades.  Some include habit/mood trackers, like Daylio.  Some are writing prompts.  Some, like WriteADay, are just for making quick “log entries,” others are for making longer, more detailed entries.  Some, you can even add pictures.  Some have sharing capabilities.  It just depends on what you’re looking for.

My personal favorites are WriteADay, Daylio, Diarium, Cozi, and WordPress.

It might seem strange to include WordPress on this list, but here’s why I added it.  You can create a separate, private journaling blog.  If you go to Dashboard==>>Settings==>>Reading you can set up a free blog so that it’s totally private and seen only by you.  There’s an app for any and all your devices, you can use it on a computer, you can add pictures, everything is dated, you can have your location added automatically if you’re out and about, you can personalize the look of it, it will sync across all your devices, it’s free, you can print hard copies of your entries if you’d like, and you can share a post with a friend if you want.  You can even draft posts while offline on the mobile apps.  It’s ideal for journaling.

There are so many journaling options now, so many ways for “uncloggin’ your noggin’” that it almost adds its own kind of anxiety to journaling.  So many choices!  Ben Franklin had a quill and parchment.  We have a cornucopia of journaling riches.  Try one.  Try  them all! 

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~Vanessa

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Journal Apps for Android

Daylio – Diary, Journal, Mood Tracker

Cozi Family Organizer

Writeaday: Minimalist Journal

Diarium — Private Diary / Daily Journal

Dreamie Planner

Joy Calendar – Todo list, Task List, Reminder

Journal it!

Better Diary (Journal, notes)

Diary Book – Journal With Lock, Photos, Themes (have not tried this one but it did get good reviews)

Day One Journal

WordPress – Website & Blog Builder

Rocketbook

 

I’m an Android girl, but I did find many of these apps also had iOS versions, for those of you who are Apple fans.  🙂

Daylio Journal

‎Cozi Family Organizer

‎Diarium — Journal / Diary

Day One – The award-winning journal app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

‎WordPress

‎Rocketbook App

 

Below are prompts apps for longhand writing on paper

Paperblanks® Journal Prompts

‎Paperblanks® Journal Prompts

‎Writelight

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Check out these fascinating blogs!

 

  1. Suddenly they all died. The end.

  2. 33 Grams of Blog

  3. Psychobabble

  4. Not Just Sassy on the Inside

  5. No Talent For Certainty

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Posted in 2019 NanoPoblano

2019 NanoPoblano Post #2

Last post I talked about Bullet Journaling as a way to get my journaling feet wet.  Snippets here and there are pretty easy to accomplish and it keeps a record of your days.  But, journaling can be so much more than that.  I’ve been reading a lot about it in the last year or so. 

Everything I’ve come across stressed the value and importance of journaling.  The links below are just a sampling of some of the articles I’ve read, to give you some idea. 

Here’s what’s been strange for me.  Years ago, when I was a teen, I kept a journal.  Notebook paper in a 3-ring binder.  Most of my teen years were captured on paper.  Then, when I was 18, I got some bee in my bonnet that keeping diaries was childish and since I was now an adult, I needed to let go of childish things.  So, I burned it.  All 600+ pages. 

In the years since then, I’ve gone through a lot of things.  Some joyful, some traumatic.  None of it recorded.  I feel like I really need to write things down, and for the life of me, I feel like I don’t know where to begin.  Isn’t that silly?  It’s silly.  I used to write like it was breathing, and now I feel clueless and lost.  That is also silly.

As with all thousand-mile-journeys, I begin with small steps, baby steps, a single step.  It is not yet a daily habit, but hopefully will be soon. 

How about you?  Do you keep a journal?  Do you wish you did? 

~Vanessa

 

  1. Journal Therapy

  2. How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

  3. Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours)

  4. The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly

  5. Journaling: Everything You Need To Know To Start A Journal

  6. A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping a Journal

  7. Why You Should Keep A Journal And How To Get Started

  8. Journaling: Why You Should Keep a Journal & How To Journal Effectively (includes examples)

  9. Why Every Man Should Keep a Handwritten Journal

(Those last links because what’s good for the goose is good for the gander 😉 )

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A few awesome blogs to check out!

  1. i choose this ….

  2. loristory

  3. Lisa Marie Blair

  4. kathleen howell

  5. XingfuMama

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2019 NanoPoblano Post #1

Bullet Journal

Start simple. Build slowly. Your practice doesn’t need to be profound, or beautiful. It needs to be real, relevant, and effective. Most of all, it needs to be yours.

Back to the Basics – Bullet Journal

 

I thought I’d do a theme for this year’s NanoPoblano, and the theme I chose is journaling.  It’s something that’s been on my mind for a long time.  It’s something I used to do long, long ago, and something I know in my heart I need to get back to.  Baby steps, right? 

To begin, I started Bullet Journaling.  It’s been rather haphazard for me.  Not the Bullet Journal part, but the follow through.  I realized I really have no idea how to set goals.  I have spent so many years being a wife and mother that my goals basically consist of household chores and I kind of suck at those now.  Laundry is not a goal. 

When I started Bullet Journaling, I decided that there was no way I was going to include household chores or meals in mine.  To be honest, that doesn’t leave me much else to bullet about.  I track days and lunar cycles and the weather.  I’ve started a few things I want to habit track. 

I am trying to get better about this.  I read Ryder Carroll’s book and that helped a lot.  I am still a bit unsure about the goals part though. 

I don’t do a lot of decorating in my Bullet Journal.  I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, lol.  But, I have a color code system for the days and months, and even the rooms I plan on working in that day.  I like to use different colors to do the layouts for different months.  I have learned that at the very least, it gives me a sense of direction and grounding to my days.  I like the structure.  I keep hoping the follow-through will catch up with the planning-to.  Eventually, I hope to get to that point of feeling like I finally have my sh!t together, lol. 

What about you?  Do you Bullet Journal?  Do you have a planner system that you use?  Does it help?

 

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Some lovely blogs to read!

 

  1. Drunk On Life Blog

  2. r a r a s a u r

  3. Zombie Flamingos

  4. teleportingweena

  5. Ripples of Insight

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In Conclusion …

Whew!  NanoPoblano2018 is in the bag!  Did you finish?  Even if you didn’t, you tried, and that’s the important thing.  🙂

New friends made, old friends visited, stories told and shared.  It was fun!  Thank you for being on this journey with me.   I look forward to 2019!

❤  xoxox  *hugs*

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#NanoPoblano2018 Day 30

Zone.

[The Whole Thing: Always Be Cheerful. Don’t Ever Forget God. Heartily Invest in Justice, Kindness, Love, and Mercy. Never Objectify People. Quietly Respect Someone That’s Underprivileged. Value Wisdom. EXamine Your Zone.]

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