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Journal Inspiration

BY Heather Zollman
January 7, 2022

A friend messaged me recently after seeing a post I shared on writing.

He said he wanted to start journaling and asked for advice on where to start and where I found my inspiration.

I thought I would share my thoughts and ideas in case someone else would also like ideas.

I am by no means a dedicated journaler.

I made it a goal a few years ago to journal daily and I'm so glad I did then.

At some point it became a thing I checked off of a list, so I took a break.

I have journals of all sizes around our house and keep a smaller journal in my purse so that I have one available when I feel inspired to write, draw or reflect on something.

I also find the notes app useful for writing things that come to me on my walks.

My biggest inspiration for writing finds me in nature.
  • The clouds, sun, moon, trees, water, sounds, wind...when I'm moving my body...ideas come. 
  • Sometimes I sit in the backyard or in the studio or under a cozy blanket in our home and thoughts flow. 
  • Sometimes it's great to set a timer and free write for 5, 10, 30 minutes and see what flows through. 
  • Sometimes a journal prompt is helpful. 
  • Sometimes a post-it pad in the bathroom is used...ideas flow in the shower many times too:) 
  • I ALWAYS journal when I travel.  I want to remember the feeling of places and details. 
  • I will press a wildflower between pages. Simply write what you are grateful for and notice how you feel. 
  • Sometimes it's a word or a picture...a poem. 
If you want to begin journaling, there are so many possibilities on how to start.
  • Begin simply and allow. 
  • Make it a special thing by taking time to go through journals in the store.  Feel them and see which one sparks something in you. 
  • Purchase a pen that feels nice. 
  • Light a candle and set a dedicated space for your writing. 
  • Music.
  • Oils.'s your time!  There are no rules.  It's for you:)

It's a great way to see where you've been and notice where you are.

Some people burn them after a year.

If you want to start...start.  Simply.

Take the brain out of it and feel.

Write from that place:)

Be Inspired & Enjoy the Journey!