Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gratitude Journal Giveaway

What are you Grateful for?


What am I grateful for?

1st - My family. My husband and our kids. For so many reasons. Tonight - for making me laugh, for telling me not to be so serious.

2nd - Living Life. I want to lump all the joys and sorrows together in one, big mountain of... delicious things to write about.

Do you write in a diary of some kind? Or journal?

I write in a few Journals. "Diary" assumes daily notes, and I'm not that consistent or organized about anything. Journals, however, highlight major things. Here's some ideas:



I don't have a set number of times per year I need to write in my Journal, but it works out to about 6-10. I hand-write, of course, 'cause it's so different than typing. I'm not planning on sharing my Journal with anyone but me. (Although... I can picture a far-off descendant discovering it in some attic and enjoying the shock of wild confessions. Lol.) Most importantly I don't try to be anything, I just dump out my feelings so I can sort through them to be a better version of myself in real life. It's better if my raw emotions spew out somewhere safe so I don't barf 'em all over my loved ones, anyway. (Some entries might express the PMS side of me. *shrug* Maybe. So what?)

That's one of my Journals. I hide it around the house in a new place every time. Kind of like the chocolate in the kitchen. (Not from my family. They have plenty of ME to deal with. I have weird panic attacks about strangers discovering it. That's another subject for another day. *cough*)

I also keep a journal for each of our kids. I wrote "Pursue-Know-Enjoy" in the front of each one and I write them as a letter to their older selves about random adventures. I am absolutely thrilled with the idea. Lol. I collect interesting things in there. Secret things like lost teeth left by the Tooth Fairy or special things like a lock of hair. Recently I added Bear's football helmet tape in his book, all dirty from his first season.

I have two Writer's Journals. One is full of random scenes or new ideas, thoughts I captured while out-n-about. The other is a large sketch book with all my work-in-progress notes.

I love blank sketch books because you don't have to keep to lines. I don't like any sort of boundary. :-D

There's one more... a sort of Day-by-Day to-do list book. I use it instead of a Planner, which has (you can guess by now) too many boundaries. I make little check-boxes to tick off as I tackle projects and odd things I would forget to do otherwise.

As in all my books, I add little pictures, sketches, flowers, feathers, etc, etc, etc as the mood strikes. 

I've heard of readers who keep a Journal of their review notes. Isn't that a great idea? I wish I'd made notes of all the books I haven't reviewed, yet. Lol.

Is there another sort of Journal or Diary you keep?  Do share!  I can never have enough blank journals, myself, just waiting to be written in. I love 'em!!

For this Giveaway, I am making - or sending the ingredients to design-it-yourself - an empty Journal. You get to decide what it looks like and what it will be for. 

Here is a Journal I recently made my sister for her birthday. It's a sketch book because she's an artist. I would not torture her with lines to fill. Lines don't delight her like they do me. (Weird!)



This is NOT the Journal you are entering to win!!  

I had to say that for people hopping through skipping all my great meandering thoughts about Journals. Lol. (Why would anyone skip my meandering thoughts?!)  I made this with scrap material, glue, hot glue and embellishments. The inside cover is a page out of the Bible. For this giveaway... you can

1 - choose to let me randomly design you something

2 - let me know your fav colors and purpose for a slightly less random result

3 - opt to receive all the pieces and assemble it yourself. 

Don't you dare throw it in a box for later, though!! This is your time to express some of your awesomeness!!!  We are all on a journey, right? There's no right or wrong sort of journal.

This is an International Giveaway. See my general rules under the About tab.  All my other current giveaways are in the left-hand sidebar.  Enjoy this awesome hop!!!

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Do you keep a Journal?  What kind of Journal is it?  How often do you write in it?


45 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! It's not just pretty, it's also personalize which makes it more special.

    Thank you for making this international! :)
    Erleen @ Books For YA!

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  2. i kept a journal...several in fact now i let it aside for quite a bit but i would be happy to start again^^. your work is great so i think i will let you do what you think is best for me^^
    thank you a lot it's a great idea for a giveaway

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    1. i'm sure ^^ either for writing my thoughts or completing my idea of books ( i perhaps still have a few page left in the one i use for my "one day perhaps " novel^^

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  3. This is an awesome and creative giveaway idea! Love it!

    We are similar in our journal habits, as well as our paranoia about some being found, I think. Right now, I have three writing journals going. One is my random, messy, full-of-cross-out idea book, another a poetry journal, and another dedicated to a novel I'm working on. I also have a more personal journal that is also sort of a prayer journal and numerous other notebooks for various purposes ;)

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    1. I love your multiple journals!! Sweet!!

      A prayer journal is a great idea.

      "Random" and "numerous" are my favorite words in your comment!! Lol

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  4. I started a Hurricane Sandy journal while we were without power for so long. I wrote about funny things I realized about my family.

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  5. Nop, I don't keep a Journal. I kind of used to, but... nop. I would end up having a super fight with it, he would say one thing & I would think otherwise... we left it for the peace, jajaja.

    BUT, I do have several notebooks where I write stuff -poems & quotes I liked, where I draw (whenever I'm inspired), write my own wired poems & place things.
    Like, one thing I do very often is cut images from magazines OR, between the pages I save dried flowers or bookmarks, tickets & such.

    ... In one I have a list with the books I've read.

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    1. I believe it... about the notebooks. How cool to keep a list of books you've read!!

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  6. I actively kept a diary/journal when I was younger. Now, I just write personal entries into my tumblr. when I really need to.

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    1. Yes, yes, but that's so PUBLIC!! Lol. What about your collection of secrets?

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  7. What a great idea! Personally, I keep several separate journals including a variation of a gratitude journal. I keep a writer- idea journal, a study journal with my thoughts of what I'm learning and a prayer journal.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. I have heard that a Gratitude Journal is the best way to improve outlook & mood & everything when things are down. I've never kept a Journal for it, but I do write entries like that sometimes. It's amazing how pausing to remember all the things I'm grateful for makes me feel so rich and blessed. You know?

      Love your comment!!

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  8. This is such a cool giveaway because it's so unique and so special because it's handmade! :) I do have a journal, but I'm not a consistent writer AT ALL! Lol. I tend to write when I'm stressed out, but I also like adding pictures and random little things inside it too. My favorite colors are black and purple :) Thanks!

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  9. I keep a journal where I put down ideas/sketches/etc. for writing. Love your giveaway - so original and personal!
    Thanks for making it international, I really appreciate that! ;)

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. That is a gorgeous journal!!

    I don't keep a journal because I don't have one =( I did when I was a kid though...I also kept an online journal when I was a teenager =)

    x

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  11. thx u...i never have a journal before..
    so i'm very exciting to win this one...:)

    -nurma-

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  12. I do keep a journal but I just write on it about two things: when I'm really sad. Is a way to express myself and leave out that sadness inside me. And it works.
    And about things I really don't want to forget. most of them really great things. Every time I read it, I keep on my mind that bad times are just temporarily, and if you want so, hapiness could be permanently in your life. :)

    I would let you to do anything you want, I'm not very good when it comes to do be creative with something. Thanks for this original prize.

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  13. Nice giveaway. I keep a couple of journals - one is my daily observation and thought journal, but is not well-kept as a daily one. The other is my prayer journal, which I also use very sporadically!

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  14. I personally think this is one of the best prizes for a giveaway! Loving it!! I journal and try to be creative- I enjoy the writing but I also draw with my journal entries. It may be a 2 or 3 page entry or it may be a sentence or two but its meaningful to me and I love it. I have a prayer journal/grateful journal as well

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  15. I do keep a journal and I would love to win one of your handmade journals to my collection! Thank you for such a wonderful and unique giveaway!

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  16. I love journals. I stare at them all the time at the store. I have a million. I really like the idea of making them for the kids. I should do that for mine.

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  17. Yes I too keep a journal. I would mostly write in it although I do occasionally draw in it, I too am an artist. I do find myself not writing in it as much as I use too since I'm still in school but I do hope to get back on it. Been piling on unused new journals along the TBR list. Not good but eeehh.

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  18. I keep a journal with snippets in it mostly. FOR EXAMPLE: Someone mentioned they liked something, so I tuck that info away for future reference. General info. To do lists. Pretty much everything, so that I have it in writing in one place.

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  19. i used to have a journal, when i was younger. but i more often forget to write in it, so after some times i gave up

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  20. I keep journals sometimes... and I also love to make some notebooks/journals for me and for friends, but sometimes I buy some as well =]

    The one I am using now is one I made with pages of Sandman ^^

    I write on it sometimes, not on a daily basis, so it is not a diary, but sometimes I just forget to write #shameonme

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway ^^

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  21. I have had many different journals throughout the years. I never keep them for a specific reason. Its my thoughts, my ramblings, favorite quotes, doodles, bible verses, etc.

    I love having something to kind of talk to myself with. The giveaway is amazing and I would love to win! Thank you!

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  22. I entered to win but hit enter before I finished typing. I am an email follower at tambrewer35 at msn dot com.
    Your journals are beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  23. Love, LOVE this! I wished that I had a little journal that I could take with me everywhere. Because I will see a book and decide that i MUST read it but by the time I get home I forgot the name :(. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  24. I have several journals. I used to buy them at Barnes & Noble, but they closed the one near me. Now I just do my own thing in composition books (I buy a bunch during the back-to-school sales). I decorate them with pictures that I tear out of magazines. I keep about 3 at a time. One I use when I pray and study the Bible, one is for just thoughts, and one is for things that I read or stuff that hits me that I want to share on air (I am a midday radio host). I don't know what I would do without my journals. :) Thank you for the giveaway.

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  25. OMG! If I don't win will you share the directions with me? PLEASE! I love it!

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  26. I don't have a journal, but ever since my son passed away in 2011 I write in notebooks about my favorite memories with him. I also carry two small notebooks in my purse, one with all the books that I've read, alphabatized of course and the other has the books I want and the release dates, separated by months.I'm a little OCD about my books. lol

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  27. I have a bunch of different journals, actually. I have the collection from when I was younger. Right now I also have my current personal journal, a book review notes journal (which I don't use all that often) a journal where I work through writing prompts, and my boyfriend and I just started a journal which we write in and send back and forth to each other to keep connected even though we are long distance.

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  28. This is an awesome prize! Thank you so much for your generosity and this amazing giveaway! :D (Angie Edwards)

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  29. I seem to collect journals, and never fill out one in entirity. But they each serve a purpose! My favorite right now is my gratitude journal....writing 5 things I am grateful for in it, every day, helped me through a difficult period financially and emotionally. :)

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  30. What a wonderfully awesome idea. Thank you so much for your generosity and sharing.

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  31. Thanks for doing the giveaway.
    Teel Kelley
    Sunshinetoy2004@yahoo.com

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  32. What an original giveaway! I was just talking to some friends about starting a design journal the other day!

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  33. I have kept journals/diaries over the years. I mostly use them for venting when I'm sad and/or angry. In the early years of our marriage, when hubby and I were not on speaking terms, we would use the diary to communicate. I would also fill it with poems, quotes, and use it to store angry notes he wrote me on scraps of paper.

    I love your idea of journals for your kids. I do have themed keepsake boxes of mementos that are jam-packed and are in dire need of sorting.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    monagarg@...

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  34. I kept diaries when I was younger, actually the girly ones full of little secrets.

    Now I use journal for writing down my ideas, thoughts, favorite quotes, things I like etc.

    So thank you very much for this giveaway and the original prize, it's really great idea:)

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  35. Wow! That is a beautiful journal you made for your sister. I would love to have one like that. The closest thing I got to a journal is an app in my phone. I use it about 3 or 4 times a week. It's easy to put pictures there, but nothing compares to a real pen and paper to write your thoughts in.

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  36. I've always kept a journal! Last year, I won a Moleskine book and a Waterman fountain pen from J.M Tohline (author of the incredible book The Great Lenore), which started a whole new habit of only being able to journal with a fountain pen...
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  37. I love this giveaway the most out of all the others!! I love journals and buy them all the time at B&N when they are marked down. I use them for all different things. I love the one you made its very beautiful!! If I win I would be honored to have you make mine for me. I'm not a very creative person.:(
    *fingers crossed*
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

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