"The urge to write can come from anywhere-the
desire to have a serious conversation with yourself, the need to
sort out what seems like an overwhelming number of tasks, the
urge to capture the past or pin down a current insight, the
impulse to record an event or perceptions of an event, or simply
the desire to create a record of life's journey." ~Rita
There are two books in one beautiful keepsake box. The color
of the box is reminiscent of burgundy leather and there are
beautiful gold, pink, yellow and blue flowers on the top, sides
and around the title on the front. These are high-quality books
with beautiful long-lasting bindings, wonderful smooth warm
covers and crisp pages. The type of books you dream about. The
journal also has a gold thread bookmark to add a touch of
You will receive:
1. A Journal – a
beautiful hardcover book with lined pages. Each page has a
scroll design at the top. This book is for people with very
2. "The Way In: Journal Writing
for Self-Discovery" by Rita D. Jacobs
This is a high-quality journal set. When I first found this
item, I thought it was just two blank journal books. What a
wonderful surprise to find there was an actual book by Rita D.
"The Way In" is divided into three sections:
PART ONE: The Journal-writing Tradition
If you love reading journals, there are a few treats in this
book. You can ready an entry from Ralph Waldo Emerson's journal
dated April 12-15, 1836. There are lists of prolific diarists
like Anais Nin. Rita also shows how F. Scott Fitzgerald
collected random observations in a series of notebooks and these
were organized alphabetically. So, she explains how your
diary/journal can be as unique as you want it to be.
I loved the ideas of creating journals for fictional
characters: "as a way of letting the reader understand more
fully the motivations and internal landscapes of the
characters." There is also the famous quote from Gwendolyn
in The Importance of Being Earnest, where she talks about her
diary being a sensational read.
This is one of the prettiest journals I've found so far:
PART TWO: Keeping Your Own Journal
This section is especially for your own writing experience. I
was especially interested in the difference between a journal
and a memoir. The author shows how you have to create a
"creature of remarkable depth" to capture an audiences
attention. She also explains how writing on a computer is
another option, but I think it is sometimes more fun to write in
a real book. If you do have a lot to say, the computer might be
a better option. I can say, I've never written a poem on a
computer, so I have to agree with the author when she says that
we can reach our uncensored depths by using free-flowing journal
writing. Writing on real paper can also be rather therapeutic.
You might want to keep a dream journal or a scrapbook journal. I
like the idea of a scrapbook journal because often people say
things to you that you want to remember and you can make up a
journal of "others" thoughts.
PART THREE: Writing to Find the Way In
Freewriting is rather fun and the author shows how this is
the most effective way to get in touch with your deepest self.
This type of writing can suddenly appear and you have to
scramble for a piece of paper. The author gives suggestions
about how you can make this type of writing more of a focus.
The section on making lists for accomplishing tasks was all
There is a section on page 106 which struck me as rather
profound. It is a list of 52 topics on which you can reflect.
Imagine writing about "the people you miss and why,"
"things I'll never do again" or "dreams that I
have." There is also a list of memories. Imagine creating
an entire book filled with your childhood memories or memories
of love or memories of scents and cooking.
Rita Jacobs covers a variety of topics including: Journals as
Fiction, the Journal in times of Crisis, Journal or Diary, The
Difference between a Journal and a Memoir, Beginning the
Process, Kinds of Journals, Freewriting, Waking Dreams,
Gossiping with Your Journal, Making Lists, Encounters With the
Self, Elaborating Memories, Changing Your Point of View, Using
Drawings in Journals, Encounters with the Creative Imagination
and Mining Your Journals for Memoir Material.
This book will interest anyone who has ever wanted to start a
journal or anyone who wants to add an added dose of creativity
to their writing. If you love collecting quotes, there are quite
a few collectables!
Rita D. Jacobs, Ph.D., is a college professor and journalist.
She conducts workshops and classes on journal writing and has a
beautiful writing style. She has written an essential book for
anyone interested in starting a journal. There is also a handy
index so you can find specific topics. This is especially
helpful after you start writing your journal.
"The Way In" is a set of books that jumps off
the shelf and wants to go home with you. Rita Jacobs' book is a
wonderful cozy read.
European Travel Journal
Journal with Inspirational Travel Quotes, November 2, 2004
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a
journey that no one can take for us or spare us. ~Marcel Proust
If you are looking for a compact travel journal that has a
beautiful plastic cover and can fit easily into your backpack or
purse, then this might be for you. The quotes in this slim journal
caught my attention because I had read very few of them or was
actually trying to find out the author for numerous quotes.
There are over 100 journal pages, tips on beginning and
maintaining a journal, inspirational quotes, recommended travel
guides and websites, tourist office locations, blank address
pages, conversion and clothing size charts, money and currency
exchange information, U.S. embassies and consulates, packing tips
and checklists, record keeping lists, journal contents page,
natural remedies, Cybercafe locations, European holidays and even
information on how to make an easy return to the U.S.
Each journal page had a line for Date and Place and the
lines are delicate so you don't have to keep within the lines.
When I last traveled to Europe, I didn't think of having a journal
with me. Why? I was just so excited about the trip itself, I
didn't think of writing about the experience while I was
traveling. Now I wish I'd had this journal with me so I could
remember more of my trip in detail.
I'd also recommend this book to quote collectors because of the
unique journal and travel quotes and short biographies of American
and European authors, artists and thinkers.
~The Rebecca Review
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Some Topics for Journal Writing:
Ambitions, Assumptions, Pleasures, Desires, Dreams, Fears,
Lessons, Obsessions, People in your life, People you miss and why, People you love and
why, Reasons to Embrace Change, Sensuous Pleasures, Scents, Wishes, Beliefs, Learning Something New,
Connections, Anger, Love, Joy, Sadness,
Grief, Resentment, Caring, Embarrassment, Arousal, Moments, and of
How much of my time is spent with other people and how much
How do I handle stress?
Do I welcome challenges?
What is my unique gift to the world?
Why do bad things happen?
Who is responsible when bad things happen to me?
Do I listen or talk more?
Do I know who I really am?