I recently had some additions to my journal family when I got my thank you goodies for judging Revenge of Eve‘s P4J contest. Rather than saving some journals for later, I decided to get all four going at once, each with a slightly different purpose. As you can see below, I’m one of the most unartistic people in the world. I can barely draw a straight line, for crying out loud. I like to use stickers but I’m running very low on those and haven’t gotten around to getting some more.
This is the journal on the far left in the picture, with the pineapples on it. It’s from Revenge of Eve. This is my “therapy journal”, with my favourite bits and pieces from things like CBT, DBT, AND ACT. It’s also where I’ll keep track of the skills I’m trying to work on and the distorted thoughts I’m able to identify.
The journal that’s the second from the left in the picture above is what I started with when I first got into bullet journalling earlier this year. It’s pretty packed full, but I’m still using the daily gratitude log and monthly overview tracker in this journal rather than transferring them over to another journal.
The journal that’s the third from the left is also from Revenge of Eve. It has four different guided mindfulness-based page spreads. It’s set up as a daily journal but I’m using the four spreads to cover a week instead.
This is the journal on the far right, and it’s sort of a carry-over bullet journal that I started when I was running out of space in the first one. I have a weekly summary section, and this is what I use to write my weekend wrap-up blog entries. I also started a mood tracker in this journal. I had previously been using the Pacifica app, but as the year has progressed, I’ve gone from doing all my tracking in apps to all of it in my journals.
So that’s my journal situation right now. It’s slightly more artistic than these pages convey, but not much. I love seeing pretty pictures on WordPress and Pinterest of people’s elaborate bullet journal pages, but unfortunately, I’m just not that person. I’m ok with that, though, because even if the insides aren’t necessarily pretty, the outsides are, and they function very well.
If you journal, has your approach evolved over time?
The MH@H Store has a free how-to guide on creating a bullet journal to support your mental health. My approach isn’t about artistry; the key is functionality.