8 Types of Journals for Memory Keeping & Personal Development

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    I have started many journals in my life. I love the idea of keeping record of the big and small things that happen in my life.

    One of the main ways I kept a “journal” in my early adult life was through scrapbooking.

    I was an avid scrapbooker and then digital scrapbooker when my kids were little, up until about 4 years ago.

    It was then that my house burned down, and I lost most of those scrapbooks.

    It was one of the hardest things I had to deal with during that time. So many records and memories lost.

    I have been able to recover most of the pictures that I lost in the fire, but I can’t recover all of the journaling I did in those books for my children.

    As with other hard things in our lives, eventually I moved on and now I am ready to start journaling again.

    There are so many ways we can journal to keep track of our thoughts and moments in our lives.

    Today, I want to cover 8 types of journaling and how they can help you save your thoughts and memories for generations to come.

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    8 Types of Journals for Memory Keeping & Personal Development

    1. Blogging

    I had a family “blogger” blog for several years when my kids were little. It was a great way to share photos and activities we were doing with friends and family.

    Blogger is free to use and you can even have it password protected if you worry about weird people seeing it.

    This is a great way to start blogging and you can write about whatever you want: kids, hobbies, or even use it as a daily diary online.

    2. Social Media

    Whether we like it or not, if we are sharing on social media we are keeping a journal of some sort. Those thoughts and memories can live on even after we are gone.

    Social media isn’t usually a place to put your deepest thoughts, but it can keep a record for you of activities that happened and places you’ve been.

    I love when Facebook shows me memories of the day from years past. I can see how little my kids were on a certain Christmas or their costumes on past Halloweens.

    3. Scrapbooking

    Like I said above, I did a lot of scrapbooking when my kids were little and before my house fire.

    Since the fire, I have made and printed yearly books using the Project Life App. It isn’t nearly as elaborate as my original scrapbooking, but it gets the job done.

    The great thing about traditional scrapbooking is that you can not only preserve pictures and words, but you can also add kids artwork and other momentos for the future.

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    4. Daily Journal (Diary)

    Of course, there is always a “dear diary” traditional journal.

    For this, you just keep record of your activities and thoughts for each day in chronological order.

    I have never been very good at this because I wouldn’t remember to do it every day. But keeping a diary can be very helpful to your children and grandchildren to understand your everyday life.

    5. Bullet Journal

    This is a relatively new way to journal that is really big right now.

    I have never done it my self, but basically it is a short hand version of traditional journaling.

    You write a quick list of goals, activities and feelings in bullet point form.

    If you are interested in learning more, here is a great article to explain the basics —> How to Start a Bullet Journal

    6. Smash Book

    A Smash Book is like a scrapbook and journal built into one.

    But smash books are much more spontaneous than a normal scrapbook.

    Instead of making layouts with one or two (or more) pictures in it and lines of text (as with a traditional scrapbook), smash books throw several pictures, maybe a movie ticket and a quick explanation of what happened that day all together without much design or formal reasoning.

    To learn more about smash books, check out this link—> Smash Books: The Un-Scrapbook 

    7. Gratitude Journal (5 minute journal)

    We are all so busy that sometimes journaling is just one more thing we don’t have time for.

    Enter the 5 Minute (Gratitude) Journal.

    This premade journal allows you to fill out things you are grateful for, goals for the day and your thoughts all in 5 minutes. This helps you focus your day and get things done.

    To purchase a 5 minute journal, go here (affiliate link)—> 5 Minute Journal

    8. Personal History

    No matter what is going on in your life or whether or not you feel like you have had a good or prosperous life, your personal history will be important and interesting to the next generations behind you.

    Writing your personal history is a type of journaling that can help you keep a record of your life by recording big personal events and turning points in your life for others to read later.

    You might want to get your parents or family to help you write stories from your childhood and then fill in your adult experiences as you go.

    This is not a daily journal, but more of a book you add to every once in a while to tell the story of your life.

    Journaling can come in many forms, but however you do it, it can bring joy and better understanding to your life.

    It can help you share your feelings and understand them better for the future.

    I challenge you to start one of these 8 types of journals and commit to keep it up for atleast a month. By then you should have made a good habit that you can keep up long term.

    This will not only be great for you, but will help you children and grandchildren understand you and your legacy better.

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    What kind of journaling most interests you? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!

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