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There’s A New Year’s Journal for Everyone

It’s resolution time. Why not resolve to write in a journal daily? Have trouble coming up with things to write? There are plenty of guided journals out there, like the four I’m going to tell you about!

The 5-Minute Stoicism Journal by Matthew J. Van Natta

51akCiKED9L._SX350_BO1,204,203,200_Enduring the troubles of life isn’t always an easy task. This journal is meant to help you reflect on life and see the joy and positivity in things. I like that each of the entries is supposed to only take 5-minutes of your time. That means you don’t have to set a ton of time aside for your journaling.

Journaling is a great stress reliever. Not only does this journal give you guidance on what to write about, but it’s also filled with some great quotes that will motivate you and bring you joy.

Take some time to look at your choices. Get to know your fears and how to let go of them. Look at failure, and learn how failing leads to success.

A Year of Mindfulness by Jennifer Raye

513lq5EPH5L._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Mindfulness helps you be more present and focus more on now, rather than dwelling on the past or focusing on the future. We often put too much of our time into wondering what will happen. When will I get married? Will I ever find my dream job? What does tomorrow hold? Then, we look at the past and focus on the mistakes we’ve made.

With A Year of Mindfulness, you can spend each week of an entire year learning how to appreciate the present and cultivate a life of peace and joy.

There are seven guided entries for each week, so you can do one small entry each day. It won’t take much time to start living a happier now!

Everything Sucks – A Gratitude Journal by Tiffany Reese

41tmoiC0DiL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Ever feel like life just keeps shitting on you, and you’ll never clean all of the stink off? Well, there is a guided journal out there just for you. The Everything Sucks journal is a delightful romp into dealing with a shitty hand. I like that this journal has a rough attitude — it’s for sure going to make you chuckle and help you see the brighter side of things without being choked out by people telling you to “be grateful for what you have.”

Learn how to find inspiration in your more positive friends. Look back at more positive times in your life. Find the simple pleasures in life, like your favorite part of any given day.

You’ll find some great motivational quotes within these pages. They’ll help inspire you and remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles.

A Mindfulness For Beginners Journal

41uuQ8rtmpL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Need more mindfulness? A Mindfulness For Beginners will walk you through the steps of being in the present and living in the moment. Like all of the rest of the guided journals in this list, this is a quick entry book that will make you think but won’t take up a bunch of your time.

Learn to avoid self-talk, find joy in each moment, learn to focus on your present thoughts, and learn not to judge yourself so harshly.

Again, you’ll find a collection of inspirational quotes throughout the journal.

This is my favorite of the four!

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The Attachment Theory Workbook by Annie Chen, LMFT

41c5QAqIRhL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_What’s your relationship type? Most of us probably don’t really know the answer to this question. Chen’s book, The Attachment Theory Workbook, begins with a guide that will help you figure out your style. Once you know, you can figure out how to use this info to build better relationships.

Do you have trouble making friends? Argue with your family members all the time? Feel like your spouse doesn’t understand you? You may be interacting with people who have different relationship types. This book is the guide you need.

I love it because it’s a workbook. Plenty of lessons to do and places to take notes. It’s not easy learning where your faults and insecurities are, but by understanding them, you’ll find a deeper connection within yourself and with the people you share your life with.

 

This super-interesting book was free from the publisher. I chose to review it of my own free will.

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Exploring Nature With Kim Andrews

I love the great outdoors. I feel like kids these days don’t get to spend as much time outside as I did as a kid. We were free-range children in the 80s. It’s was a different world back then. But there are still plenty of chances to get outside with your children, and these two books by Kim Andrews will help you; Exploring Nature Journal For Kids and Exploring Nature Activity Book For Kids.

While the journal has begins with some great information, it really works great alongside the activity book. The journal starts with safety first, as it should, including safety tips to protect exploring children from things like poison ivy and wild animals. There are instructions on how to use the journal and creative things to do with your journal.

My favorite part of the journal is that each entry has an additional page for field sketches. This is a bonafide outdoor explorers journal, it doesn’t cut short just because it’s geared toward children. It’s a wonderful and fun learning experience, where kids can track the foliage and wildlife they see, what they learned on their exploration, and more.

The activity book is filled with fun projects. Ones that will help your child learn more about the great outdoors, and some that will bring the great outdoors in for closer exploration.

Some of the fun projects you’ll find within the pages include:

  • Creating a walking stick
  • Learning about different types of clouds
  • Learning about the phases of the moon
  • Fossil making
  • Birdwatching
  • Making a toad home

There are 50 fun projects in this book, so that list barely glosses over the coolness within these pages. There are step-by-step instructions written to make them easy for kids to follow (but parents can help out too).

It’s getting near time to start thinking about Christmas shopping (don’t shush me), so why not snag these two books for the little future explorer in your life!

 

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This Year I Will… by Tiffany Louise

41G9jnllpRL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_This Year I Will… have so many journals to write in that I just can’t keep track of them all. But that’s OK.

This Year I Will… is another favorite journal I came across recently. I am still writing in it, as the year has not gone by yet. In fact, I’m not even to the part of the book that is broken up into the 52-week increments.

I first portion of this journal is meant to help you understand your goals and desires.

I loved this section because it made me take a look at the things I care about and the things I want in life, and how those things work with or against each other.

These “lessons” will help prepare you for the 52-weeks of goals and writing about your highs and lows for each week. I am excited to get to this part of the journal, but I still have a little ways to go on the preparation parts. This journal will take me through the rest of the year and into next year, and I can’t wait for this adventure!

I hope that this journal not only helps me achieve my goals, but I also think it will assist in seeing even my failures as part of the road to success.

 

This book was free from the publisher. My unbiased review is for your pleasure!

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Getting To Good: A Guided Journal by Elena Welsh

51BysSCJL1L._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_I am obsessed with journals this year, and Getting To Good is at the top of my favorites list. Why am I so into journals this year? I’ve tried the diary thing, and I also tossed them after a couple of years, not wanting to look back at the past. Guided journals, however, give you direction and they push you to be more positive. Oh, I’m journaling without the guides as well, but each journal I have has a specific duty.

Getting To Good forces you to focus on the things that make you happy. It contains entries like “What type of friend do you want to be?” and “List what fuels you” with specific areas to think about.

This book will do more than make you focus on positivity, it will fuel your fire to be a better person, chase your dreams, and even treat yourself better.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re trying to better your life and be a happier person.

 

 

I got this book for free from the publisher for this unbiased review.

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The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal by Noah Rasheta

 

71QpzXq101LMindfulness, meditation, yoga, exercise, and healthy eating are things I try to integrate into my life as often as possible. I found that this little journal is helping me with a couple of those things.

The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal not only helps me be more mindful, but it has allowed me a chance to meditate on things that I may not have thought to focus on before.

This journal works to help you learn to slow down and put a focus on the now, on the things that you are doing when you’re doing them. It teaches us to listen to the voice in our head (our inner narrator), as well as when NOT to listen to the voices (negative self-talk).

Not only is this little journal all about YOU, and accepting yourself, but it is a lesson in being kind and accepting of others as well.

This journal has become one of my go-to “diaries” when I need some quiet time of reflection and thought. I highly recommend it.

I received this book for free from the publisher for this unbiased review.

 

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Traveling Light by Nisha Paul

51vHBwln8AL._SY346_When was the last time you reflected on your life? Traveling Light is a guided journey through this reflection process, allowing you to practice self-discovery and invest more in yourself.

While this is a book that is meant to help you in your road to self-discovery, Nisha takes us on her journey of the same. That’s what makes this such a useful book – you get to see the author’s path, which allows you a visual of what can happen to you if you follow in her footsteps, or take her advice, anyway.

The first lesson of the book is to question your life experiences. Question everything, really. I can attest to the fact that questioning things is the way we learn. When we’re children, we don’t fear to ask questions, no matter how strange they may seem. Questions lead to discovery, plain and simple.

Each chapter of this tome delves into something like the above – happiness, love, trust and influence, loss and displacement, and journeying onward. You don’t have to travel across the world to discover yourself – but it doesn’t hurt.

Ready to find the things that make you happy and content, and allow you to lose those feelings of loss? Give this book a read. You won’t regret it.