Journal Writing and Journal Entry Ideas

I have been trying to be happier. It takes work, but everyone needs to be happier. The happier I am, the happier everyone around me is. Or maybe that’s just because I’m the Mom. Writing in a journal helps me stay positive sometimes and helps me look back at how I was positive before and it reminds me that I can stay positive again.

I have a few rules for myself when journaling. The first rule for myself is to keep everything positive. There is enough negativity as it is, and I don’t need to hold onto it for the future. Sometimes I need to rant about negativity and doing it on paper helps. I just make sure to do it in a cheap notebook and throw it out immediately after it is written.

Another rule I try to follow is to date my entries. It makes it so much better for if you ever want to look back at them.

I also keep most journal entries very short. I usually don’t have time for much and I won’t write at all if it takes too long so a short list or small quip about something is usually perfect. The one main exception to that is when I wrote down my son’s birth story. I realized I was already forgetting some of the small details a few weeks after he was born so as I nursed I wrote every detail I could remember. It was pages and pages and it took me days but it is worth it to me and it might be to him later on.

One last thing I try not to do while writing in my journal is to back track. Unless it is a big event (like my son’s birth) I won’t let myself feel guilty that I haven’t written in a few days, months, years, etc. And I won’t try to remember what happened for yesterday or for the last three years that I didn’t write a thing. I just put down today’s date and move on.

Here are a few ideas to get you started writing in your journal:

Things Accomplished Today List

Top 5 Good Things About the Day

My Favorite Things (in my house, kitchen, from my vacation, foods, clothes, anything)

Reasons I am Happy with My Life (or My Children, or My House, or my Neighborhood or anything else you can think of)

Reasons I Love My Spouse (or Child, Friend, Co-worker, Pet, whoever!) {See My  Reasons I Love My Husband Post Here} {And My Reasons to Love My Dog Here}

Reasons I Love Myself (what personality traits or quirks do you love about yourself?)

Reasons I’m Happy to Be Home (or on vacation, or any change you are experiencing. Think of why you are happy to be there. Another I have done is Reasons I’m Happy to  Not Be Pregnant)

My Bucket List (Keep a few blank pages after it and you can add to it at any time) {See Mine Here}

A Quick Story From My Day (Or week, month, vacation, etc!)

I’m Feeling: (positive emotions! and why)

What I Did For Exercise This Week

Child Updates (Check out this post at I Can Grow People for a great layout of it!)

Memories of a Lost Loved One (See my latest post here for more ideas)

I recently made some beautiful printable bookmarks with a shortened version of this list- to make it easier to remember and have these tips in your journal or near it whenever you need them. The bookmarks can be downloaded for free, please click here to view them and then scroll to the bottom to download them. Thank you!

Other Ways to Work on Happiness:
Resolve for No New Year’s Resolutions
How to Stop Shopping
Happy Wive’s Club: 21 Days to a Happier You
This vs That
My New Workout Plan

Motivational Credit Card Sleeves

I am trying to be on a spending fast. It’s not working too well, so I decided to make myself reminders of why I am saving. We are saving so that we can go on a cruise and lay on the beach for a few days. I started with putting this picture everywhere I can, my desktop background, on my social media pages, on my fridge, etc.

I wanted to get it printed so that I could put it more places, but that cost money. So I started my next project by cutting out pictures from magazines and travel brochures. The idea was to wrap the pictures around each of my credit cards so that I had a visual reminder why I shouldn’t use them. This is what I cam up with instead:

Materials:
Colored Paper
Magazine Clippings
Pen
Packing Tape

Directions:
1. Cut your paper 3 1/2 inches x 4 3/4 inches. Fold it in half.

 2. Cut your pictures and label to size. (And yes, I know my “motivational phrases” suck but they work as labels to that I know which card is which.) (Also, Costco deserves a sleeve too because that is a dangerous place! I usually can’t walk out of there without spending less than $100.)

3. Rip off a piece of packing tape, and place your picture and motivational phrase face down onto the tape.

4. Next, place that tape onto the folded paper. Cut slits in the tape so that it is easier to fold around the edges.

5. Use a second piece of tape to cover up the rest of the picture and fold all of the edges of the tape down.

6. Slide your card in, and hide it in your wallet.

Now that I’m not traveling I need to leave my credit card at home, but otherwise I like having my debit cards on me for emergencies and for the regular stuff that still has to be bought (like gas and groceries). Hopefully the reminders will help me buy less unnecessary stuff! What other ways do you try to motivate yourself to save money?