Unless you use it every single day, keeping a journal can become something of a chore, rather than a reflex. There are many reasons and excuses to lose touch with keeping a journal; mine was sharing a flat for the first time with my boyfriend, and finding that all the personal time I had when I was single, spent alone and reflecting about life and myself, wasn't there anymore. But when you normally keep a journal, and suddenly you find that you aren't making the time for it anymore because your life has changed in some way, it's a little bit like not making time to be "you". It is important to keep doing the things that help you to define who you are, otherwise you might risk losing yourself somewhere along the way.
So recently I stopped filling in short journal entries, which served only to update in sparse detail what was going on in my life, but which did nothing to express how I felt about things or help to work out any of my inner contradictions, and I began to write proper reflections again.
Of course, now I am going to have to do some journal shopping, because the inside of my Midori Traveler's Notebook isn't looking quite as loved as I like it to be.
I currently have my personal thoughts journal in the front, with a tea cup and saucer taped to the cover, because I love to sit down with a cup of tea and reflect on everything. Behind that insert is my diary which I use as a weekly/monthly schedule, planner and record for freelance work. I use the Midori Traveler's Notebook insert with the lightweight paper for both of these, and draw up my own diary design, similar to what you find in the Moleskine week on one page and lined on the other. I tab each month at the side with a craft sticker from Paperchase, cut and folded over; and for each month I draw up a calendar on one page so I can see the month at a glance for planning, and then go on to record my freelance work in the week-on-one-pages, and I use the opposite blank page in each double spread to write down my work-related thoughts for the week.
Then in the back of my Midori Traveler's Notebook I have two notebooks, which were red school text books trimmed down to size. I covered them with lined paper and lots of celotape, mostly because I like the way it looks and feels. One of them is specifically for dog training notes, and the other is a free notebook for when I need to jot something down.
Obviously now that I am getting back into the swing of journalling, I am in the mood to kit out my Midori Traveler's Notebook with some fresh new refills, so I have been browsing on Etsy.com and spotted some pretty cool notebooks. I particularly like the repositionable page-markers!
And then I got to looking at other leather Traveler's Notebook style journals and came across this rather quirky thing of beauty...
But I must practice some self-control, because I am a firm believer that one Midori Traveler's Notebook is enough. Even though I have three.