Featuring loads of humor for people who are just feeling clueless, great ideas and tips to help figure out what you want, how to get started and knowing where to start--did I mention great humor? Love this book, great gift idea for lots of reasons, including graduation. Get Your Sh*t Together Journal, by Sarah Knight, Voracious, August 2018, ISBN-13: 978-0316451543.

In Three Moments of Joy, the journal by Galison, 2018, ISBN-13: 9780735355040. A simple yet inspirational journal where readers write down three joyful moments from each day. Four color with quality paper, each two-page spread accompanied by an encouraging quote. Great gift book for just about everyone. All ages, as in, perfect for anyone who is old enough to read and write. 

Three Moments of Joy
True You: A Self-Discovery Journal of Prompts and Exercises to Inspire Reflection and Growth, by Dr. Kelly Vincent, illustrated by Jacinta Kay
Make Your Mark

healthy hobbies for hard times: journaling 

Invites thinking and creating “outside the box,” truly brilliant with loads of unique ideas to help organize creatively--really had fun with this and incorporated many ideas into my own journaling.  Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together, by Rachel Wilkerson Miller, The Experiment, July 2017, ISBN-13: 9781615194070.

No Worries: A Guided Journal By Bella Mente Press, April 2020, ISBN-13: 9781952676000
It Begins with a Question...: Prompts and Reflections to Stretch Your Soul

In Positively Teen, by Nicola Morgan, provides much-needed advice in an upbeat style, guiding teens to help them develop life skills and thrive (and survive) their teen years, especially when approached by challenges. Little, Brown BFYR, July 2019, ISBN-13: 9780316528900.

For fans of The Hate You Give and Us on the Come Up, this guided journal also by Angie Thomas includes 24 illustrated and inspirational quotes from both acclaimed novels, and plenty of blank pages for your own words. In addition to leading readers to write fearlesslessly--which I absolutely love!--this journal also aims to inspire anyone who harbors a desire for the writing life--also absolutely love! With advice and doable tips for developing a true-to-you writing project. This book is perfect for the times, helping readers ages 11 and up but with crossover appeal for younger and adult audiences. Offering a way to explore deep emotions, while also providing a way for creative minds to channel their emotions and experiences into a story--whether they ever share the story or not. Includes step-by-step craft tips, writing prompts, and exercises for: Discovering Story Ideas, Creating Memorable Characters, Realizing Your Setting, Shaping Your Story, and Writing Your “Zero Draft." Also makes a perfect gift for ANYONE, ANY AGE, who are fans of Angie Thomas and her excellent books, The Hate You Give and ​Us on the Come Up. Find Your Voice: A guided Journal for Writing Your Truth, by Angie Thomas, Balzer + Bray, March 2020, 9780062983930, guides users to write fearlessly and find what is true and real to you. 

Two new-release journals for encouragement, mindfulness, and self care, both inspire reflection, create calm, and relieve stress, Self Care Check-In: A Guided Journal Build Healthy Habits and Devote Time to You, by GG Renee Hill; and True You: A Self-Discovery Journal of Prompts and Exercises to Inspire Reflection and Growth, by Dr. Kelly Vincent, illustrated by Jacinta Kay, April 21, 2020 *New Release*, ISBN-13: 97816461166331 both published by Rockridge Press, May 19 2020 *New Release*, ISBN-13: 9781646116607.

I Am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions is filled with activities that prompt action. The journal created by the Rebel Girl brand, is similar as it encourages girls to embrace their own potential. ISBN-13: 9780997895841

Get Your Sh*t Together Journal, by Sarah Knight
Dot Journaling A Practical Guide, Chronicle Books

I have always kept a journal since early childhood. Though it wasn't always every day, I have dozens of journals in my library I have filled over the years with stories and life events, some of which are quite funny, some remind me of hard times I experienced, and some show historical events, like 9/11. Journaling has always been a source of creativity, like coloring and gardening, which can provide therapeutic effects especially for those who love to write. Whether as a hobby or a life-long passion like scrapbooking, now more than ever, I recommend journaling. Why?


  1. History is happening now: You are living in unprecedented, historical times. Keep a record. Perhaps someday you may want to write about it. Or just to share with family down the road.
  2. Mental Health: These unprecedented times of pandemic and the current political environment has created another pandemic: decline in mental health, especially in children and teens. To students I speak to, at these times, I suggest keeping journals, not only for the history, but to help maintain sanity. And in the future, you can look back and see, "If I got through this, I can surely get through _____."
  3. Self-Dialogue: Writing a journal will result in your taking some time out for solitary purposes and can prove to be an important means of self-dialogue. Journal writers often believe that writing a journal provides them a means to express themselves and dwell over their experiences in life. This results in mental clarity and allows writers to connect to their inner thoughts and feelings." -from "Why You Need to Write a Journal," Spreeder.com. 
  4. Goal-setting: In dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), one of the first things taught and stressed throughout is Goal Setting. Sometimes this can be as much as getting out of bed. Up to career and lifetime goals. Setting small, doable goals can help give your purpose and a passion when the world around you drains you of joy or exuberance for life. 
  5. Writing skills: Any kind of writing improves yours skills. And this doesn't mean you journal with all correct grammar! It means you are tapping into your creativity. For examples of non-grammar free-will write anything you want journals, check out ​Dot Journaling  (Chronicle) and Wreck This Journal (Penguin)
  6. Personal Growth: Writing a journal facilitates the growth process as you can establish goals, achieve emotional stability and connect to your inner self. Over a period of time, you will start to realize the small changes that affected your life and how writing those down helped you to avoid the same mistakes in the future.

In Three Moments of Joy, the journal by Galison, 2018, ISBN-13: 9780735355040. A simple yet inspirational journal where readers write down three joyful moments from each day. Four color with quality paper, each two-page spread accompanied by an encouraging quote. Great gift book for just about everyone. All ages, as in, perfect for anyone who is old enough to read and write. 

Find Your Voice, Make Some Noise, by Angie Thomas
Self Care Check-In: A Guided Journal Build Healthy Habits and Devote Time to You, by GG Renee Hill
Young Person's Guide to Conquering the World
Positively teen
Dream Big Journal, Fox Chapel
I am a Rebel Girl

Simple yet elegantly designed pages to inspire creatives and encourage spiritual insight and reflective writing while asking deep questions to ground yourself in faith and gratitude, My Spiritual Journey, It Begins with a Question...: Prompts and Reflections to Stretch Your Soul, written and illustrated by Joanne Fink, Quiet Fox Designs, 2019, ISBN-13: 9781641780957.

The Young Person’s Guide To Conquering The World, gives teens prompts and room to write about their goals and ambitions. Created by Teen Vogue and published by Harry N. Abrams, 2019, ISBN-13: 9781419733949

New Release: Ways to practice positive thinking every day with gratitude, No Worries: A Guided Journal, ​by Bella Mente Press, April 2020, 9781952676000.