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Recently I was going through my boxes of journals and I found this one. It hadn’t been written in and I knew I had a new project. Recording my daily gratitudes.
This journal was a gift to my husband a long time ago, but he’s never been as much of a journaler as I am so it was eventually handed over to me.
Inspirations: A Gratitude Journal is part of the “Write it Down” series through Journals Unlimited. It has a copyright of 2001, though you can still pick one up on Amazon. It’s a journal that’s lasted over a decade. That’s pretty awesome.
First Thoughts About This Journal
What I love about this journal is it offers both a space to write down gratitude ideas from prompts, but it also has a place for notes and reflections giving some space for free writing.
Honestly, I wish it had more free writing space. I love the prompts, but extra free space would make this journal all the better for me.
What’s Included in this Journal
The entire journal is setup like the photo below. One side of the page is for notes and reflections, the other page is all prompts. All of the prompts are the same on the rest of the pages in the journal. Even the quote at the bottom of the page remains the same.
The prompts will cover current events and weather, emotions/feelings, gratitude, spirituality (without mentioning a specific religion), thoughts about others, positive thoughts, altruism, and goals/ideas.
The repetition of pages is nice because as you get in the writing habit you’ll start to notice different things to put down in the journal through your day because you know what’s coming. You may even have time to stop and record your thoughts in the moment. Hopefully recognizing your daily gratitudes will become easier through habit and it will become automatic to recall what you’re grateful for.
The book is sturdy with a spiral binding. The cover is a thick cardboard. My copy is an older book and it only has minimal corner damage despite being moved and stored and moved again. The pages are a slightly heavier weight, which I love. There’s something about writing on a heavier weight paper with a pen that just feels right to me. If you prefer heavier weight paper, then you’ll like this book.
Because the book is spiral bound the pages aren’t flush with each other. I think this gives it a nice rustic look.
Overall I love this book. It’s a great gratitude journal with spaces for prompts and free writing. The spiral does make it a bit harder to store, at least for me on my shelves with other books. This is something minor, just like my desire for more free writing space. Both of those things come down to personal preference.
If you’re looking for a good gratitude journal, whether you’re just starting out or have been journaling for awhile, this is the book for you.
Do you have a gratitude journal? Do you prefer prompts or free writing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.