There are a lot of different ways that people cope with being alive, being human, and having emotions that can be hard to deal with. Some people lose themselves in a game or bury themselves deep in a book to hide away from the day. Others like to write in a journal or the like and that can come in many forms. There are outlets for people who like to journal such as a physical book, online journaling, or even video journals now. Some people even create a following with such things, because even though it is a very private and personal journey, they choose to share it with people who can relate.


There is something special about journaling. Especially if you are being true to yourself when you are writing. It is completely your choice if you decide to keep your writing forever, or if you immediately throw it away, delete, or even burn it. You can look back on the decisions that you made in your life and learn from your past experiences – or you can just clear your mind by flooding all of your emotions out on paper, or through a camera lens.

“Most people treat journaling as something they know they should do but rarely ever take up the practice and if they do, they fall off the wagon within a few months. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when you learn about the amazing benefits of journaling.”- From the Life hack: 6 Ways Journaling will change your life. It can help you look back on times and reflect where you were then, and how far you have come, and where you are now. It doesn’t matter if you define yourself as a dedicated person who journals, or if you’re a first timer who is interested in trying out the process. Here at Bookmans we have plenty of journals that can fulfil your ever need to, how do you say…lay it all out on the pages.

If you’re in need of some suggestions on how to start journaling, there are a few books out there both in the fiction and non-fiction world that can help you along the process. If you’re looking for inspiration by reading other journals, there’s plenty to choose from. Goodreads has a ‘listopia’ of the best diary novels according to a voting system on their website which includes: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. If you’re looking for books to help you figure out how to journal, a few good ones to start with are:  How to Journal and Make Sh*t Happen by Kat Loterzo, It’s Gunna be Okay by Knock Knock and Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel. No matter the reason behind wanting to try out journaling, or continuing to do it, it is a movement of self-expression. It is a helpful tool in life to guide you through life’s hardest moments, and to capture the feelings of the best moments it has to offer. You might surprise yourself on how much you enjoy it.