30 Uses For a Blank Journal

30 Different Ways to Use Your Blank Journals

Have to admit that I’m a sucker for blank journals and have an entire cabinet full of them, just waiting to be used!

Even though I already have more than enough journals to last a lifetime, I keep buying more. A pretty cover will catch my eye and then winds up going home with me.

I simply cannot resist a gorgeous cover!

But some of them are so pretty that I’m almost afraid to use them. So I put them in aside, saving them for a special occasion.

What special occasion? Who knows. Sort of like when you don’t use your “good” dishes, put out the fancy soap, burn the decorative candle, or wear that expensive outfit.

It’s understandable. A blank page can be so incredibly intimidating! What if you make a mistake? It’s ruined!


Let’s use those good dishes! Wear that expensive outfit! Wash our hands with the fancy rose-shaped soap! Burn that intricately carved decorative candle! And most important of all, use those blank notebooks!

So to try and take some of the pressure off, here are a few ideas on how to use those beautiful, blank journals:

Start a Diary

When I was a child, I’d occasionally receive a diary for my birthday. One of those little books with a lock and key and Diary stamped on the front cover. I’d dutifully fill it out for a few weeks, then get bored and toss it aside.

Now that I’m older, I’ve found that I love keeping a personal journal!

I started in college, using one of my old binders and regular loose leaf paper.  Now I use a pretty lined journal, and try to write something every day.

It’s a great way to organize my thoughts and work out any issues, plus record memories.
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Moving to Self-Hosted

The Journey Begins

After almost ten years with blogger, I finally decided to move to a self-hosted site. I have vague memories of looking at WordPress back when I was first getting started and deciding to go with Blogger because WordPress looked too confusing.

Live and learn.

Deciding to move my blog was a nerve-wracking experience. Add my procrastination into the mix and yes, it took awhile.

First I bought my domain name. I used Hover, which came highly recommended.

Then I hemmed and hawed for a couple of months before finally signing up at Siteground, another highly recommended site.

Was able to talk with someone in chat and they told me how to pay with PayPal instead of a credit card, which was nice.

You’d think I’d be free and clear at that point, wouldn’t you?


Nothing is ever easy.
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23 Journals to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been fifty years since Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon!

While I ‘m not old enough to actually remember watching the moon landing, I’ve seen enough videos and news footage to feel like I was there.

What an amazing achievement!

Needless to say, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing is kind of a big deal. Seems that everywhere you turn, there are commemorative items of every description.

Debating between two commemorative t-shirts at the store, I was surprised to see a blank journal celebrating the anniversary.

Now you’re talking! I LOVE blank journals!

Did a little digging and found a treasure trove of blank journals and notebooks celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing.

So many awesome options!

So for all of my fellow journal and notebook lovers out there, I put together a list of some of my favorites!

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NASA Approved

These are the blank books with NASA’s official seal of approval. I don’t know about you, but that puts them right at the top of my list! There’s just that extra little cachet of being NASA approved.


NASA Apollo 11 50th Anniversary First Man on The Moon: Officially Licensed Moon Landing Word Art Notebook by Space Books by Witty Logic

Very cool cover with a moon-shaped word cloud with terms & quotes from the moon landing! Love the retro look!

There’s a mission overview in the front with the mission objective and highlights. Plain wide-ruled lines with no side margin inside.

Size: 6×9

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Review: An in-depth look at Keep Going by Austin Kleon

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad is Austin Kleon’s latest book.

As a fan of Kleon’s previous books, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Since I ran out of bookshelf space a loooong time ago, I tend to borrow new books from the library and then decide if they are “shelf worthy.”

Sadly, this one was not.

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In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself – for life.

The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop – so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters.

Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself – sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode.

Keep Going celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, ”The demons hate fresh air”).

Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to.

Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing.

Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them.

Keep Going and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life. (book blurb)

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The 100 Day Project 2019

The 100 Day Project


Decided that I’m going to try the 100 Day Project again, only this time with art instead of letter writing. I’m not an artist in any way, shape, or form but I do love to try.

What is it?

The 100 Day Project is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.

Anyone can join (yes, that means you!). The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.

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Synopsis & Review of the Ultimate Productivity Bundle 2019

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 2019

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As anyone who knows me can attest, I’m a professional-grade procrastinator!

Because of my putting-things-off habit, I’m always on the lookout for anything that will help me get the most done with the least amount of effort.

That’s why I was excited to see that Ultimate Bundles finally put together a Productivity Bundle!

This bundle is AMAZING!

What’s Included?

    • 5 eBooks
    • 14 eCourses & videos
    • 26 printables & workbooks

Product List:

    • Time Management
    • Daily Planners
    • Goal Setting
    • Goal Planners
    • Home Management
    • Home Management Planners & Printables
    • Mindset & Self-Care
    • Productivity at Work

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