Dunno about you, but I used to get more discouraged than encouraged when I saw pages of notebooks and journals with beautiful sketches and calligraphy. I used to get thrown off by the 100 ways of how to bullet journal too.
I think those how-tos are great. But, one's gotta know what worked for others might not work for you. So, adapt, simplify, and get on with it. Click To Tweet
Then, I figured out I don’t have to do that (I know, duh). Just do what works for me. So, I’m now happily using the bullet journalling concept (which is not carved in stone, by the way).
So, yeah. It’s ok if your journal or notebook doesn’t look like the pretty ones you see on Instagram. It’s ok if it isn’t washi-taped, calligraphed, lettered, sparkled, stamped, stencilled.
It’s ok to be happy with what you have written down in whatever way. It’s ok to accept yourself (and your poor disapproved journal) as yourself.
It’s also ok if you wanna learn how to washi-tape and draw all over it. It’s fun! But just don’t benchmark that as a stamp of approval (pun intended) for how a journal should be and look like.
Because, you know, that takes the heck out of the fun and the meaning of being yourself when you journal.
p.s. Though I must say I’m choosier when it comes to the paper quality of the notebook. Must be so smooth that when a fly lands on it, the fly will lose its grip kind of smooth. The joys of writing with pen and paper, y’all.
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