journal jar

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Hi friends, how are you doing? It is currently 4:25am my time and I was contemplating not going through with writing this weeks post, but I thought about it and remembered the promise I made to myself last year about being consistent. So here I am, making sure that I do not disappoint myself. I hope your year started off on a very bright note, if not please be kind to yourself it is only week one. I have received a lot of heavy news this week (particularly yesterday) but none of it has managed to break my spirit. I am very determined to keep going with my positive mental attitude and I can’t wait to see the results over the coming months. For this weeks post I decided to write about something I thought was inspirational that would be beautiful to practice this year. It is called a journal jar.

Journal Jar.

I really loved this idea because it is a simple way to document your memories throughout the year without having to keep an actual notebook. I like this idea better than a notebook because I only have to write a short summary of how my week went at the end of each week. I wrote my first entry last night and it was just over a few lines long and when I was finished I neatly folded my note and put it in my jar. You can do it too if you have an old mason jar at home and any small piece of paper will do. If you don’t have a jar available you can improvise with a small box, or tin. I would also go as far to suggest writing a note each week in your phone if you don’t have any of the materials. I thinks it’s just a cute, simple way to keep memories, especially if you use colorful paper.

Final thoughts.

I truly hope your first week of 2019 was amazing. Remember not to be so hard on yourself if things are not looking so great, it is only week one. Before I leave I have a few questions for you? How was your first week of 2019? And are you willing to participate in ‘jar-journaling’ with me? Please feel free to share your answers in the comments, your thoughts are always welcome here! Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post.

72 thoughts on “journal jar

  1. Thank you for the encouragement. First weekend was my resumption at Nigerian law school forb2nd term. My first two weeks have been eventful, humorous and revealing. I’m grateful.bHappy new year Gem. I’m more of bullet journal/notebook person but the journal jar looks so cute. All the best!

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  2. So sorry to hear about your difficult week Wildflower. Lovely that you are keeping up the positive thoughts which have hereby benefitted us all 💛.
    Like the others I really love the jar journaling idea. Sometimes I get so caught up in the moment of writing, particularly honing in on details, that reams of words come out yet I haven’t summed up the week. Micro-journaling would force me to take the necessary “bigger picture” perspective in order to sum up 7 days within a few short lines. Thanks for sharing that! I might try it, even if only in the notes app on my phone, or in the agenda I keep in my bag. Happy New Year to you, and I sincerely hope things get bloomingly better soon. 💛 xoxo

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    1. Hi Nadine! Thank you so much and I’m so glad you like the journal jar idea! It’s a great way to summarize your week and I personally am loving it so far. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and kind words. I wish you all the best ❤️❤️

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      1. I suppose I see it that we don’t write in isolation; we have a purpose or reason behind why we are compelled to write at a given time. As my Ph.D. supervisor always said, “There is perfection in the timing, not just in doing the work.”

        It’s a remarkably insightful comment. What we write today would be different if we tried to write it tomorrow, or in a week’s time. So the outcome of our writing is dependent on the timing of what is happening in our lives at that point 🙂

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  3. This is genius. I just saw something like this on pinterest, but yours is a little different. It’s a great, simple idea. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  4. Like what most people have said… wow what a great idea! I’ve never thought of this before.

    This simple gesture could really go a long way. Bringing back lost memories and all. I for one enjoy browsing through old memories soooo I’ll definitely give this a shot. 😊

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  5. This is a great idea. I think I will make mine a gratitude jar. I will put simple things for which I am grateful for on little slips of paper when I feel inspired and pick a few to read when I am having a tough day.

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    1. That is such a lovely idea Aurora! And you have a very pretty name ❤️ Thanks for sharing the idea of a gratitude jar, I’m sure people will be happy to see another variation of the journal jar.

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  6. I adore this idea – I think I will make one for my little girl and put my nicest memories with her inside, then give it to her when she is older… I forget so many things… thank you! 🥰

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  7. I’m sorry that you received heavy news this week. I love your idea of a journal jar. It makes it feel like a reachable goal with the same pressures that journaling seems to hold for me. 🙂

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  8. I love this IDEA! I think it would be a fun thing to share with my followers too especially around summing up what was good from the week because we deal with chronic illness and its good to focus on the good . Thank you for sharing this…Going to get my journal Jar today!

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    1. Actually i adore that idea and want to start meanwhile i have to buy a jar or box , but i dont know what i have to write down because this year i just bought two journal for my daily agenda and the other for writing all the hurt, anxiety, dream and embrassing moment (i just named it A talk to God since last year i hardly pray because the rollecoster of my life ). I have read the comment maybe i have to write positive affirmation inside the jar maybe.. thankyou..

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      1. hey there! so glad that one simple journal jar idea is catching on. i’m yet to start the journal writing. i need a buy a good journal else just can’t start penning yet 😑

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  9. I LOVE this idea! I’m going to see if my girls want to do it! We have a worry jar at home in our kitchen. When anyone has a worry we write it down, fold it up, and pop it in the jar— It helps my middle daughter deal with anxiety. The weekly journal sounds do able and fun to look back at the end of the year! Thanks 🙂

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    1. Yes and it can be a time capsule of memories as well! The worry jar sounds like a great idea, thank you so much for sharing it so that those with anxiety can get some inspiration too ❤️ Have a very blessed year Sierra ☺️

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  10. “… if you have an old mason jar at home…” This made me smile. I wondered, “Who *doesn’t* have an old mason jar at home?” And then I contemplated the fact that there are people who do not have mason jars! That’s just sad.

    I like the idea of the journal jar– far better than typing something into a phone. There’s a sort of permanence about something that’s written by hand compared to a typed note in a standardized font. Aside from the fact that “my” team lost on 1/1, first week went well– excellent food, memories, fun movie. Thanks for asking!

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    1. That is so wonderful and I’m very happy for you! I hope your year continues to be great. I love the jar idea more than notes too because I feel like it can also be served as a time capsule which can be revisited years later. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️

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  11. First I want to say I’m sorry you had difficult news! I’m sending you light & love to help you sustain your energy through it, and to keep your momentum. I’m glad you’re keeping to your commitment to your blog and to your writing. If anything, it just helps you be there for yourself. The journal jar is a really great idea! I personally write way too much to add yet another thing to that! 😹 But I like the idea. I also think — how cool it would be for a child or grandchild to find the jar years from now! Handwritten notes are so dear and something to cherish. My first week of 2019 was a rollercoaster of angst & joy: some tears, defeat, forgiveness, but ultimately love. Trying to be kind and patient with others and yet firm with myself. I hope week 2 is a smoother ride for you!! Keep on keeping on!! ❤️

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  12. Such a wonderful idea. One of the things I like about note cards for this or goals, etc. just like a paper day planner is the limited space. If we are committed to keeping things to one card it encourages us to contemplate on what really was significant. For those of us on the wordy side of things this is frustratingly challenging.

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  13. Awesome idea, and thank you for sharing it. The beginning of my year has been awesome, I published my first Novel. I am six months sober and living my best life. Like you things have come in and made some moments more difficult to deal with than others, but I have found peace in what I am doing each day. I starting blogging everyday, two weeks ago along with my other writing commitments and it has been one of the greatest things I have ever done. I am learing to notice where I am each day and find some perspective in it by blogging my journey. I love being apart of the blogging community now and really enjoy reading new ways to expand my writing and self discovery. Thanks again for sharing. Have an awesome day.

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    1. Hi Matthew! I’m very happy for you that you published your first novel and I hope it is successful beyond your wildest dreams! And it is nice to know I am not alone in dealing with tough momem7early on but I know that things will get much better! Thank you so much for sharing ❤️

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  14. Good morning. It’s now 10:30 here and I’m struggling to get up, still suffering from a horrendous head cold I’ve had since last year. It’s nice to have your words to read as I strain o get my eyes in focus and to hold back the hacking cough that shakes my body but… that’s Man Flu for you!

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