Step 2: getting creative.

The fun thing about creative journaling is that it's unique to you, so what artsy things do you usually enjoy? Do you like writing or drawing? Or prefer getting out the paints or glue? 

Whatever way you usually express yourself, we've shared some options below that should be useful, to encourage you to use some new methods you might not have tried before.


Doodle diaries.

We talked a little bit on the previous pages about taking inspiration from what we notice day to day. Even if you don't think you're a great artist, try doing a quick sketch to represent the past week you've just had. Above is an example I've done before, so you might draw an umbrella if it rained, or a flower if you spent your afternoon outside noticing the greenery. 

Some people who use bullet journals use doodles like these as mood trackers throughout the week. Pick some colours and using paint, pencil or pen, colour them in to help you keep track. It might not be as simple as "yellow for happy" or "red for angry", you could do different shades depending on how inspired or motivated you felt each day.

Sometimes little doodles like this are helpful to represent things we can't get out in words, or convey overarching feelings.

Free writing.

Going back to what we said earlier - sometimes the best way to start the creative process is just to get things out on the page, and it doesn't have to look perfect. 

Some people call it flooding the page, it doesn't have to be in full sentences, or make sense to anyone but you. Need some prompts to get you started? Try beginning a sentence with one of the following:

  • The last time I left home I..

  • Outside of my window there is..

  • When I think of my safe space I..