Different Journaling for Different Things: Finding the right one for you

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Last year, we made a post about bullet journaling and different ways to set up a bullet journal. However, that’s not the only type of journal there is — meaning that’s not the only way to go about journaling. Journals are great at helping us understand the past, record the present, and plan our dreams for the future. Here is a way to reflect and examine how you acted or reacted to a situation, how you want to change, or to remind yourself of the beauty in everyday events. The following is a list of some of those different types of journals you might use and how to know which one is right for you to use during your time at the Cottages of Fort Collins:

5 Different Types of Journal to Experiment With In Your Cottages of Fort Collins Apartment

  • The One Sentence Journal. That first blank page is often the hardest page to fill. But why fill it? If you find yourself never having a ton of words to put down, then keep it short and simple. One sentence will suffice. A ‘one sentence a day’ journal is the perfect journal for those who want to get into the hobby but have a hard time making want turn into actuality. Keep this journal on your desk and make it a habit that before you go to bed, you write one thing pertaining to the day. Or the day’s events or your thoughts in the moment. A single sentence might not seem like much, but after a month you’ll have a page full of sentence — of moments and thoughts to look back on.
  • Nature and Outdoors Journal. This is the type of journal perfect for those who like to explore. For those who have an inner scientist and naturalist they want to experiment with. A nature and outdoors journal is, just as it sounds, a journal dedicated to the outdoors observations. Of course, those observations can take many forms and include a great number of things. For example, you might outline and recreate maps of places you’ve explored or hikes you want to try. Or, you might use your journal to draw sketches of animals and plants you observe on those hikes. Maybe you’ll even collect leaves and petals, taping them to pages in your journal with scotch tape. Others include with these drawings and sketches their thoughts, emotions, and ideas connected with what the see, hear, and experience outdoors. 
  • Junk Journal. Journals don’t have to be just about the good things. Nor should you feel like you need to only put everything that is positive in your journal. Sometimes you need a place to vent, to unleash all the frustrations and sadness that you’re holding up inside. This is what a junk journal is for. After all, there is no denying those days where things are stressful and you do have a low mood. Junk journals serve as a means to purge yourself of those negative emotions and thoughts. Use this type of journal for releasing those thoughts and help you move on. You may be surprised at how effective and cathartic such a release can be. 
  • Dream Journal. If you’ve been having (or have always had) strange or vivid dreams, then a dream journal may be the perfect journal for you. Dream journals should be kept beside your bed and should be the first thing you grab in the morning. Try and write down not just the events of the dream, but also any thoughts, memories, and other associations you might have in relation to that dream. The more you record these things, the more you’ll be able to track any dream themes and patterns. This can offer new insight into yourself and what your subconscious is concerned about. It can also become an invaluable source of insight into the relationships and activities you involve yourself with in the waking world. 
  • Art Journaling. Art journaling is perhaps best described as written journaling blurred with scrapbooking. Although often the lines can get fuzzy. There are no fixed rules on what is and is not an art journal. That said, what most will agree is that art journaling is about the creation of a visual journal that utilizes both words and artistic skills and techniques. Similar to the nature journal, here you should include drawings, sketches, and paper keepsakes along with your written thoughts of what those items include. 

Looking for a Place to Write? Plenty of Places at the Cottages of Fort Collins

Want to write somewhere besides your apartment? As a resident of the Cottages of Fort Collins, you have several outstanding public spaces that can serve as the perfect spot for some written and artistic inspiration. There are the beautiful outdoor gathering areas, poolside tables and cabanas, and the resident entertainment den. Or several great cafes just a short walk away! If you need help with directions to those or other places in and around the campus, don’t hesitate to contact our front desk, we’re always here to help.