By Christa Protano
It may be summer, but for some reason, I find myself wanting to get organized as if it’s the turn of a brand new year. Now that things are opening back up, I feel like it’s time to make plans, see people, and just do more overall. But it's during these busy times that I find myself feeling a little scatter-brained. To help me mentally prepare, I like to put pen to paper. If you are feeling the same, consider adding one of these four journaling sets to your personal growth toolbox.
If you are a hard-core note-taker on life, doodling may come easy. But if you are just diving in, this book will provide all the inspiration needed to personalize your daily journal with an artsy vibe. According to author and journaling expert, Cindy Guentert-Baldo, studies have shown that drawing boosts thinking skills and memory. So consider adding some hand-drawn motifs to your planner and never miss a Zoom call again.
Also available by Cindy Guentert-Baldo, Cute Hand Lettering.
If your drawers are chockfull of random school photos and certificates, use this journal to gather them all into one place. Parents can start recording memories and milestones when their child heads off to kindergarten. In later years, students can take over and personalize this keepsake as they grow into middle and high school. There is even a reusable “First Day of School” card for those requisite social media pics.
What could be better than a journal that encourages you to not take life so seriously? From the whimsical cover to the uplifting pages inside, this title will inspire you to scribe your way to a more magical, peaceful existence. Who says unicorns are just for kids? No matter your age, you’ll find motivational takeaways to help you handle life's unexpected moments.
One part adult coloring book, one part daily planner, this title will brighten up each day for the next 18 months. Pencil in all your reunions, upcoming vacations, and play dates, then sit back and color your way to a calming headspace. This planner’s inspirational quotes, 200-plus stickers, and tear-out calendar cards will keep you on-task until next Christmas.