Hello there and welcome to my first post on my very own self-hosted website. Today I want to share a journal with me video with you guys. Since it is the end of summer and we are heading right into fall I wanted to make a little summer 19 recap in my journal. I didn’t do anything special this summer because I have been working so the page turned out to be more about what has been happening lately.
Since I wanted the page to represent summer I went with bright colors and ended up making a rainbow background.
It took me almost five hours to get this video ready and I am glad I finally finished editing it. Will I ever learn how to edit videos properly? Probably not. Because I had no patience left to plan my voice over this video turned out to be quiet chatty but I like that. Maybe I should do that more often. What do you think?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on April 28, 2019
Almost everywhere I go my traveler’s notebook comes there with me. I have had it for about a year now and I am still head over toes in love with it. Over the last twelve months I have been trying out a couple of different set ups and I feel like I have finally found the right one for me.
If you open it up there are two pockets on the left side which come in very handy if want to take any ephemera with me. There is also one bigger pocket in the back which I use a lot more often. I put a pin from an Etsy Shop on the first pocket and recently added a picture of me that I really liked to the bottom pocket since I didn’t know where to put it in my journal insert.
On the right side you can see my current journal insert. I didn’t know how to decorate the cover so I used it as a regular journal page instead and I ended up loving it.
Inside my traveler’s notebook I keep three inserts in total. Besides my regular journal I have to smaller inserts in the back. Both of them are little booklets that came with a flow magazine. I use the smaller one to write down random thoughts or things I rather keep to myself. I also use this notebook if I want to write something down without creating a whole journal page.
The lager booklet contains ramdom things I wanted to remember. It is basically a physical pinterest board. Inside I keep magazine cutouts or lists with journal prompts…
And that is it for my traveler’s notebook set up. It really does work wonders for me. Do you have a traveler’s notebook and if you do how many inserts do you keep inside?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on April 7, 2019
This week I finally started my 2nd Semester at university and that means it is time to pick up my bullet journal again. Over the last two months I barely picked it up and didn’t make any weekly spreads. I didn’t have much to do but now that I am back at Uni there is a lot of planning that needs to be done.
Planning my weekly Routine
With the new semester comes a new schedule and I also decided to sign up for Yoga and a Spanish class which means my weekly routine is completely messed up. This is why I started with getting an overview of when I am supposed to be where.
Planning extra class dates and exams
Besides my weekly classes I also have three extra sittings that I need to be at. I included those and my exam dates on the right side of my schedule but also added all those dates to my future log. This way I will definietly remember those important dates.
Adjusting my weekly spreads
With classes back on I also have a lot of uni related to-dos I need to get done during the week like class related reading and reviewing my notes. This means in addition to my daily and weekly to-do lists I also include a uni to-do list in my weekls spreads again. For the first week it already turned out to be very long and I ran out of space on my spread.
Planning my blog posts
Since I have been working on my self hosted website, which I am hoping to get done before May, I decided it is time to plan my blog posts again. Last semester I didn’t really plan them and it ended up to be very stressfull. I want to keep up weekly posting so I set up a Blog tracker.
On the left I want to plan when I plan to post which blog post so I can plan ahead and include related to-dos in my weekly spreads. On the right side I am going to keep track of my ideas because I always forget them if I don’t write them down. Is there anything you would like me to include on that list?
Looking at those spreads I am actually very happy with how they look and hope they keep me motivated to stay on track with everything this semester. What does hel you with staying on track with your school work?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on February 24, 2019
Recently I have been getting a lot of questions on Instagram so I thought I would do another Q&A to answer some of them. Besides, I love to use the question thingy on Instagram. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me any time and I’ll give my best to answer them.
Who is your favorite artist on Instagram and why?
To be honest I can’t choose just one. There are a lot of amazing people out there. One of my favorites are @agirlwithajournal because I just love her journaling style and her watercolor backgrounds, @mereljournals because I am obsessed with her collages and her yellow feed, @megjournals because she makes the prettiest collages and always has these amazing vintage flowers and @cayleegrey because she has an amazing minimalistic style and always uses amazing color.
How many hours a week do you spend journaling?
I honestly can’t tell because it depends on how much time and ideas I have. Sometimes I don’t journal at all and sometimes I journal all day long. Recently I haven’t been journaling a lot. I just finished my exams at uni and couldn’t journal that much and now I am struggling to pick it up again.
When did you start journaling?
I started journaling in 2014 when I was an exchange student in the US for a year without knowing journaling even was a thing. I wrote a blog post about this a while ago. If you would like to read the whole story you can find it here.
How old were you when you started journaling?
I was fifteen years old
How is your handwriting this perfect and was it always like this?
First of all, thank you and no it wasn’t always like this. I am left handed and since many lefties have horrible handwriting my mom always was pushing me to try to write in a more or less pretty way and it annoyed me a lot. Around seventh or eighth grade I then had some friends who had very pretty handwriting and I was very jealous and tried to copy it all the time. But it wasn’t until I started journaling my handwriting started to look like this. I didn’t even force it. I just wanted to write pretty and suddenly people started to be impressed by my handwriting.
Has your journaling style changed since you started?
Yes, it has but it still changes all the time. When I started my journaling was more about writing and I would add some stickers or just write out some words with a different pen. I had a phase when I loved to include a lot of pictures and right now I am into watercolor backgrounds. For a while, I also made a lot of collages. It depends on my mood.
Thank you very much for reading. Feel free to ask me anything you would like to know in the comments because I love to chat with you guys and get to know you better.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on February 17, 2019
snail mail is an unexpected party in a letter
Opening a letter from my penpals always feels like a little version of Christmas. I always get very excited and I want my penpals to feel the same when I reply. This is why I always want to include something special in my letter but sometimes finding ideas can be hard. I know many people feel the same so I decided to share a list of some of my favorite things to include in a penpal letter.
20 things to add to your penpal letter
Your favorite quotes or lyrics (you can make a list or cute little cards you can hang on the wall)
Pictures you took (of you, your room/hometown, of places you went to…)
Pressed flowers and leaves
Mini playlist of your current favorite songs
Scraps of paper
Ribbon or twine
Scraps of old newspaper or pretty packaging
Book pages from old books
A list of this or that questions for your penpal to answer
A list of question for your penpal to answer
Lists (facts about you, places you have been to, goals, dreams, your top ten of something…)
Do you have a penpal and if you do, what do you love to include in your letters?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on December 09, 2018
With christmas around the corner 2018 is slowly coming to an end. For me it is totally crazy to look back to where I was in January and where I am now. 2018 has been a very eventful year. I have been going through my journals from this year a lot lately and I came across a list I made at the end of 2017 with things I wanted to accomplis this year and I am proud to say that I accomplished everything on this list except for one little thing.
It is also crazy to look back at all the journals I filled this year. My forest app tells me I have spent more than 230 hours journaling this year. That is a lot of time. Today I want to show you all the different journals I have been working in this year. How many journals have you filled?
In 2018 I filled 5 and a half journals so far if you count all my inserts as seperate journals. I had a little “wow-Moment” when I was holding up all these journals. I can’t believe I wrote this much this year.
This is the journal I started with in 2018 but most of the pages are in here are from 2017. I was already at the end of this Journal in January. It is a Leuchtturm 1917. The Leuchtturm paper is my favorite paper to write on but since I stick a lot of stuff in my journal the journal gets very chunky pretty fast which makes it very hard to write in it. I wish Leuchtturm would make journal inserts as well.
I then continued with this journal which I made myself from an old book by replacing the pages inside with blank paper. Although I love how the cover looks I hated writing in here. The page format didn’t work for me at all and the journal was so big I couldn’t really write in it. Since the paper was blank it was super hard to write in a straight line. I just hated everything about it so I never finished it and moved into my traveler’s notebook. I wrote a whole blog post about not finishing a journal after this one. You can find it here
In 2018 I fell in love with traveler’s notebooks but they were super expensive. I thought about it a long time and ended up making one myself. I am actually very proud of it. I started with two inserts. A Morning page insert and the insert with the boat on the cover. As part of my miracle morning I wrote a page in my morning page journal for about 100 days but then I gave up. It became more of a duty than something I enjoy. My second insert is the black one and the one with the flowers is my current one. There are so many things I love about inserts but I think the major argument is that they don’t get too chunky to write in them and I get to decorate ever cover. If you would like so see how I create the covers please take a look at my YouTube channel. For a closer look inside you can also take a look at my Instagram. I share most of my pages on there.
In 2018 my art journal style changed a lot. I started with the dark blue one. I made it myself from an old notebook I had by replacing the paper inside and I still love it. I also fell in love with the smaller size. In this journal I drew a lot myself using my watercolors most of the time.
The second art journal I worked in this year is completely hand made by me. I even made the cover myself. In this journal I mostly worked on collages. I don’t know why but I don’t journal that much in my art journal anymore and I don’t draw much as well. Most of the time it is the lack of ideas.
This journal is a Leuchtturm 1917 as well but this one is dotted. I started using in in August 2017 and it worked out perfectly because I have just enough space to fill in this December until I have to move into a new one. I have been carrying this journal around with me for one and a half years and it is still in perfect condition. I love it to pieces and I am so excited to choose a new color. I just can’t decide though. Without my bullet journal my life would be more than chaotic and I believe without it I wouldn’t have made it through school with grades as good as I did.
My penpal journal is a traveler’s notebook as well. It actually was my first attempt at making one myself and I used an old shirt from my dad and a fabric bag I had. I use this journal to put in all the letters I get from my penpals and just moved into my second insert. If you want to take a look inside my first insert make sure to check out my flip through here.
This junk journal was inspired by @megjournals. I have been wanting to start an junk journal after watching her series so I made this journal. In it I collect magical words. I have been collecting magical words for a while now on Pinterest but I love turning this little collection into something physical. As a kid I used to collect magical words as well but I always lost the snippets of paper I wrote them on. The cover got wet though and now is wrinkled which annoys me every time I look at it.
The last journal I started this year is this Inktober journal. I started a little Inktober Projekt but didn’t go through with it. Now I am planning to keep using this journal to write my poems in.
These are all my journals from 2018. I am still amazed by how much journals I actually filled. I don’t know what I would do without journaling. My life would probably be a lot more boring.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on November 25, 2018
Who doesn’t know that moment when you desperately need to write something down on your journal but have no idea how to make the page look cute. I sure know that feeling and it can be very frustrating. Usually, I keep staring at the page which makes it even worse but over time I have collected a couple of simple decoration ideas that I always go to when I have no other idea. Today I want to share those ideas with you guys. Do you have a go-to spread?
Adding a sticker in the right bottom corner
I love stickers and over the last couple of years, I have collected a tone of them. If you want to go for a quick and very simple page decoration they are a great choice and depending on the sticker you use each page looks different. You can also mix things up by placing the sticker anywhere else on the page or drawing your own doodles instead of going with a sticker.
Draw out a key word
If you don’t have anything do use to decorate with you this is a super easy way to add something to your page. Choose a key word for your page and write it out big. You can choose different fonts and colors and you can always choose another spot to place your word. You could also add a definition underneath.
Make big paragraph titles
This is something I think looks super cute but I kind of forgott about. Choose paragraph titles or key sentences and write them out bigger than your other writing. This is similar to writing out your keyword super big. If you do this it is also easier to know what your page is about when you flip through your journal later on.
Make a patterned background
This is something I started doing after reading @agirlwithajournal’s journal prompts class and I have been in love with it ever since. To decorate a page I choose a pattern to draw with my watercolors. Most of the time I go with circles, triangles or stripes. The process of drawing a pattern is also super relaxing. Once it has dried I then write over it.
Stick something on one side of the page
This is a great thing to do when you don’t have a lot to write. In the picture above I just put a magazine cutout on the right side of the page but there a lot more things you can use. You can use journaling card, write out quotes or lyrics or draw one big doodle on one side.
And that is it for my five go to page decorations for when I have no inspiration to do anything fancy. Thank you so much for reading until the end. Are you going to give any of these a try?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on November 11, 2018
My thoughts are like water
deep like the ocean
powerful like waves
sometimes they flow like a calm river
sometimes they tickle like raindrops on my skin
but sometimes they crash down on me like waterfalls
some days they make me feel free like clouds
and sometimes they choke me like I am drowning
they have the power to destroy everything I have built
and yet I need them to survive
Today I want to share this poem I wrote for Inktober with you guys. It is always hard to share my own poems. Most of my poems are about my feelings, things I think about, fears, struggles, but mostly they mean a lot to me. I feel very vulnerable when I share a poem and there is always this feeling that my poem is not good enough. Well, today I am trying to put all of this aside and share one of my favorite poems because overall I am very proud of this one. I hope you like it too.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on October 28, 2018
Q&As have become an all-time classic. Whether on YouTube, Instagram or on many other platforms around the Internet, people seem to enjoy them. But in my soon to be three years writing this blog I have never done it myself. I asked you guys to send me your questions earlier today which I want to answer along with some frequently asked questions. If I leave anything unanswered, feel free to ask me in the comments.
How many journals do you have?
At the moment I am working on four journals at the same time. My traveler’s notebook with my morning pages and my “normal” writing pages, my bullet journal, my art journal and my junk journal. I don’t work in each journal every week but I love each and every one of my journals.
What’s your favorite journaling supply?
My favorite journal supply used to be Washi Tape. I have over a 100 rolls of Washi Tape but at the moment what I use most are cutouts from magazines and all kinds of pictures I find. I love it when my penpals send me some as well. I just recently bought some indigo liquid watercolor from Ecoline and I am obsessed with it as well. It’s just so hard to decide.
How do you keep up with your journaling habit?
Keeping up with your journaling habit can be hard. I get this question a lot and I always say the key to it is to set aside time for yourself to journal. If it helps you can also write it down in your calendar, planner, bujo… as an appointment. Just remember, you can’t be creative all the time. Over the last two weeks, I haven’t been journaling at all because I just couldn’t get myself to do it and that is fine with me. Stressing yourself about keeping a habit just makes it harder to actually keep up with it.
What is your all-time favorite page?
This is an amazing question but it is so hard to answer. I don’t think I have one favorite page. There are so many pages I am proud of but here are some I narrowed it down to four pages I really like:
How do you make your journal pages?
I don’t think I can give a good answer to this question. Each and every page is different but I guess for each page I try to get the pictures and ideas in my head on the paper.
Are you accepting new penpals?
Sadly I am not accepting new penpals right now. I recently started writing to two new penpals and it turned out to be harder to keep up with 5 penpals than I thought it would. It always takes me ages to reply and I am always catching up on my letters
These are all the questions I got for today. Thank you so much for reading. If there is anything you would like to know please ask me in the comments. I always enjoy chatting with you guys.