It's no secret that we love journals over here at Valfré (and we have started quite the journal collection.) However, we ask ourselves, how can we utilize these journals? Here is a guide on how to get started.
Our best ideas come in the middle of the night, and eighty percent of the time, they are completely forgotten by the time we wake up. Most of the time, we don’t even remember having dreams or ideas in the middle of our sleep cycle. Let’s eliminate that predicament and actually keeping a dream diary and pen bedside or under our pillow. Really, just keep it wherever you keep your phone so your arms second nature comes into play but instead of reaching out for your phone, you reach out for you journal. Now, when you wake up, instead of browsing through your phone, you can review those insanely clever thoughts and develop them into actual activities.
Remember when you were younger and stickers were an essential part of life? Colorful stickers, large stickers, holographic stickers, Lisa Frank stickers, they were all the coolest thing ever to own. How is it that the possession of awesome stickers uplifted us to such a degree of creativity and happiness. Don’t you miss that feeling? Let’s make it happen again! Get stickers for all occasions and moods. For example, maybe you experienced the most heavenly pizza today and want to jot down the place, with the Junk Food Sticker Pack you can slap on the pizza sticker right next to your journal entry. So now, when you are trying to remember where you got that delish pizza, just flip through your Vagenda until you find the pizza sticker. Super convenient right? Another example; you finally hung out with your ultimate crush. You went to the local record store and found some cool tunes. Then you shared some fries and ice cream to end the day. Now you can’t wait to get home and write all about your fun date. Use your Girl Gang Sticker Packet to put on the Valfre girl playing some records. Stickers add excitement and visuals that sometimes words are not able to describe.
Jot down some of your favorite music. Our taste in music is constantly changing, so write down some of your current favorite songs, and why they are our favorite songs. In a few months go back and listen to those same songs and pay particular attention to the reasons you jotted down on why you loved that song. It’s interesting how different your feelings towards that song become. On the other hand, sometimes you forgot about the song you over-played months ago but fall in love with it all over again. Now you’re set to burn it our for yourself a second time in a row.
COLLECTION OF MOMENTS
We all have moments is our life that we totally wish did not happen. Let’s take a different perspective to these moments though. Jot down clumsy thing you do that made you embarrassed. I promise that within a few hours, you will be laughing at yourself and the dorky things you do. Plus, it’s funny to go back and read about things we do or that happen to us that are slightly humiliating. Maybe you thought of a joke that nobody else found amusing. It’s okay babe, you’re probably hilarious, but people don’t fully understand your witty sense of humor. Your journal is the destination for all things comical and witty.
There is some sort of talent inside all of us. Having a handy journal may help you discover the wonders of illustration. With loads of blank pages to fill up, find a muse and sketch whatever that muse makes you feel. For some it is hands, for others it is vegetation. Literally anything that catches your attention. Allow your mind to do the drawing. Do not worry about it being “good” but focus on the gratification experienced through drawing based on things that you love. This doesn’t even have to be serious. Are you bored in class? Pull out your handy dandy journal and pretend like you are taking notes but instead doodle all over it your cute journal. However, I am in no way condoning the disregard of your education, so use your journal for notes! Trust me, taking notes on unique journals, or really any unique stationary will take your note-taking to the next level.