Motivate Yourself to Journal Daily

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Motivate Yourself to Journal Daily

Knowing why you should journal is just the beginning; you then need to motivate yourself to keep up with it. It is generally recommended that you write in your journal every day but doing it on a regular basis is also helpful. Look at these easy ways to motivate yourself to keep writing in the journal.

Have a Good Reason to Keep a Journal

First of all, you need to know exactly why you are journaling in the first place. You really need to think about the benefits of journaling and decide what your personal reason is for writing in the journal. This is often a personal decision, such as wanting to figure out why your anxiety or depression has increased or wanting to express your feelings in a way where you feel safe and not judged. Decide what your individual reason is, and it will motivate you to keep writing.

Choose the Right Type of Journal

The journal you write in also makes a difference in motivating you to use it. If it is a large journal that doesn’t fit in your pocketbook, then you probably won’t use it as often. It should be something you could access at any time, such as putting it in your laptop bag, briefcase, handbag, or even the glove box of your vehicle. The mood may strike during your lunch break when you’re in the lunchroom and it helps to have the journal available at that time.

Decide On a Method You Want to Use 

Bullet Journal Key
There may also be a certain type or method of journaling that becomes more motivational to you than other methods. You might not like writing long sentences and paragraphs and that you prefer keeping track of everything with bullet journaling. On the other hand, when discovering different forms of journaling, you may want o simply keep a regular daily journal or a food journal if you are trying to lose weight. Find the type of journal you want to keep and you will find the motivation to continue doing it each day. Read about different methods of journaling in my post, How to Simply Grow Your Journaling Practice.

Make it More Creative

How Creative Can you make it
Perhaps what will motivate you is making journaling more colorful and fun. You could be someone who enjoys lots of brilliant colors and pictures more than plain text.  If so, have fun colorful pens and various art supplies, then you will be much more willing to keep up with your daily journaling than using a plain black or blue pen.


Bella Inspired Grace Receives Blogger Recognition Award!

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I must say I was totally surprised when Joan nominated me for The Blogger Recognition Award. Joan's blog, My Best Friend Adeline, is a daily dose of everything that is right and good in the world. Joan's kindness, compassion, and warmth inspire me on a daily basis, remind me to never give up, and to always share sunshine with those around you.

The requirements for the award are:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide the link to the post you’ve created.

How Bella Inspired Began

I began Bella Inspired Grace as a creative outlet.  I have had several others blogs and have always enjoyed writing.  I also have an intense love of planners, notebooks, journaling, and all things related (pens, washi tape, and so on).  After having my little girl, I also suffered severe postpartum depression.  My hope with my blog is to inspire others to work through their lives with positivity and journaling as a means to create a life of their design.

I hope to learn a little grace in the process and the most surprising part of the journey has been how supportive the blogging community has been.  Maybe I'd read one to many articles about internet trolls, but I have not encountered anything like that. (Thank Goodness!) Joan is just one such example, but I'm part of a #BloggersUnite group that has not only helped grow my following but also been a great source of technical help, advice, and inspiration to keep on keeping on. 

For full disclosure, I'd also like to eventually make money at this.  So if you like what I write and want to either use the same stuff or read the same books, use my affiliate links!  Sorry, shameless plug...😝😊😘

Advice for New Bloggers

I would start with a free blogging platform first.  I personally like Blogger because you can monetize without paying a cent.  Read more about my thoughts about this here.  Wordpress is great but you cannot monetize without getting on a paid plan. 

Make sure your blog name and social media handles all align.  This is SUPER important, I believe.  It keeps branding consistent and for people to find you across platforms.

Put your links at the top and bottom of your blog - people will always be able to click to find you in other places without searching around.

My Nominees for The Blogger Recognition Award:

There are way too many fantastic bloggers out there, but here are some of my favs:

  1. A Zest for Travel -
  2. A Real Mom Blog
  3. Nerds, Numbers, and Natterings -
  4. Travels with Thomasaurus -
  5. Addicted to Travel -
  6. Llama Punch -
  7. Work, Play, Chardonnay
  8. Modern Mrs. Darcy
  9. Lemon Blessings -
  10. Mom Wife Wine -
  11. the biblio blonde -
  12. Maud
  13. Elle Goes Global
  14. Tylerbelle2
  15. girltalkink1 -

Thank you Joan for all of the support, guidance, and positivity you exude on a daily basis!  Thank you also for the nomination. If you haven't read her blog, go do it now! 

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Depression, PPD, and Decades of Living Through It: Chapter 3: Part 3

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So, now I'm pregnant!  That's fantastic, right?  That's what all the affirmations I'd been doing had been sending out into the universe and it happened!  YES!  Except I hate being pregnant or so I learned...

To read click:  part 1 and part 2.

So You Want to Start a Blog? Blogging Platforms - A Simple Review

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If you have ever read anything on starting a blog, you've likely heard of Blogger and Wordpress.  Blogger was one of the first platforms created for the blogging world in the sense we understand it today.  It was also acquired by Google in 2003.  In 2003, Wordpress also began.  The latest statistic is that runs 30% of the world's websites including big companies like CNN, Fortune, NBC, and TechCrunch.

Gratitude and Incorporating It into Everyday Life

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Gratitude makes what we have enough

We all get into the rush and tumble of everyday life. When we do, we tend to forget being grateful for what we have, tend to only focus on the negative, and/or keep imagining all of the other stuff we want/"need". I am certainly guilty of all of these. In fact, as I reviewed my gratitude log, I realized in 3 weeks time, I only did 6 entries. I didn't exactly meet the everyday goal...