I love this little journal so much!
There’s a table of contents in this book but no defined “sections” outside of that, so you are free to use the journal as you wish. I felt that it made more sense to go from front to back, rather than hopping around as I would normally do with one of Keri Smith’s journals.
It starts with two simple rules:
- You’re allowed to mess the journal up. That means scribbling, tearing, going out of the lines, whatever. It’s meant to be an outlet.
- The journal belongs to ONLY you, which means you can be as deep and personal as you want without feeling the pressure of someone else reading it.
That’s it – two simple, easy-to-follow rules.
After the rules, it sets you up with a pen-test scribble page and a few simple doodle tasks before moving on to some “interview questions” so the journal can get to know you a little bit. It’s probably not a Horcrux, though… maybe.
These questions vary in depth and subject matter, and it was interesting to go through them as sort of a self-check-in. The rest of the first half is all about self-reflection – the good and the bad. Mixed in with these questions and prompts are doodles and positive affirmations to keep things light, wrapping up with a few empty lined pages for reflection, which I used to keep notes as I went along.
The rest of the journal continues in the same way: a mix of questions, prompts, doodles, positive words, and reflection pages. The illustrations are not only adorable but also easily customizable for someone like me who feels the need to fill in any blank space on a page.
I think that my favorite part of this journal was the “Own Your Time” section. It encourages you to plan out time every day for self-care. I am a mother of two school-aged kids with extracurricular activities. I have a part-time job and a part-time volunteer position. And I am also the head of my household. To say that I am always busy would be hugely understating the matter. But after putting my schedule down in the little schedule provided, I saw that there were little empty slots every single day where I could set some time aside and just focus on myself.
This was by far my biggest takeaway from this journal.
I love prompt journals because they give me some sort of direction while also giving me the freedom to jot down whatever comes to mind. This journal fulfilled that and so much more. It was like having a little buddy inside of the journal – again, probably not a Horcrux – cheering me on as I went.
I would recommend this journal to those looking into a gentle push into self-care and also anyone who genuinely enjoys prompt journals like I do.