I love to journal. No wait, let me rephrase that. I need to journal. There is just something about a quiet space, being alone with my thoughts and putting words down on a blank page that I find incredibly renewing. I especially enjoy journaling through Advent. Just the act of waiting and expectation puts me in a writing mood. So I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to check out 30 Days to Joy; A One-Month Creative Journal. I figured that it would be a journal of substantial size, being a 30-day journal. The back cover says, “You can choose to write, draw, include a photograph or respond in whatever way you’d like.” Which surely means lots of creative space, right?! Well count me in! Time to get creative!
Except that I was way off. And so bummed! This journal…if you can really call it that…is tiny.
Both in size and weight. It would be more accurate to call it a “keepsake.” Something you can write a quote in, or jot down a quick memory; to place a photograph with a written date underneath or maybe write down a favorite Bible verse. Something to give to a grandchild, maybe, full of your favorite memories for them.
Small memories. Quick, tiny memories.
Maybe it’s because I always gravitate towards the ‘girthier’ journals. Maybe it’s because I have a Journaling Bible and am used to lots of creative space. But the small size and limited space of this journal left me feeling anything but creative, introspective, reflective or any other ‘-ive’ word you can think of.
It would, however, make a nice stocking stuffer, token or souvenir for a friend or family member. Just don’t make my mistake and assume that it’s a big canvas for your creative journaling needs.
**Thank you to Blogging for Books for the chance to review this journal!