October 10th, 2011

Handmade Leather Journal Giveaway

by Jacqueline Whitmore

In my forthcoming book, POISED FOR SUCCESS, one of the four qualities that distinguish outstanding professionals is PASSION. One of my passions is writing.

In keeping with this theme, my good friends at Renaissance Art have generously agreed to donate a gorgeous handmade journal to one of my lucky blog readers or Facebook fans. If you are the winner, you may choose from one of these three styles:

Refillable Journal for Kids and Young Adults, value $60.00. This refillable journal makes a great gift for the child or teen who desires a positive, creative outlet. This journal holds two, 40-page refills (80 pages total) with two, leather bookmark tassels. It also features two inside pockets for papers, cards, and mementos, and a custom cloth carrying case.

Classic Refillable Journal, value $79.95. This 5.5 x 8.5, 128-page refillable journal is perfect to keep on your desk or your nightstand. It is machine sewn with four different closure options (traditional, wrap and tie, flap and snap, and single strap).

Medieval Journal, value $84.95. This journal has 144 permanently-bound pages with a strap closure and is small enough to fit inside a handbag or coat pocket. Because it is so lightweight, it is a favorite among backpackers, hikers, and nature lovers.

GIVEAWAY TIME! There are three easy ways to enter:

1. Go to my Facebook fan page. Don’t have a Facebook account? That’s okay. Just enter by clicking here.

2. Tweet the following message on Twitter: I entered @etiquetteexpert ‘s #giveaway to win a handmade journal by @Renaissance_Art! http://ow.ly/6SO3z

3. Comment below with your answer to this question: “Why do you love to journal?”

The winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. This sweepstakes begins on Monday, October 10, 2011 and ends at midnight on Friday, October 14, 2011. Good luck!

Congratulations to my lucky winner, Charles Dennis! Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway! I wish I could give you all a journal!

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138 Responses to “Handmade Leather Journal Giveaway”

  1. Jeremy on October 10th, 2011 9:49 pm

    journaling allows me to move from the very objective work I do during the day to a more artistic, poetic reflection. It is a creative exercise which is important for well rounded wisdom.

  2. Florence Mims on October 10th, 2011 10:45 pm

    I love to journal because it is liberating, and I can express anything in the journal. I don’t have to follow any rules or format, I can just write free form!

  3. Kim Brekelmans on October 10th, 2011 10:51 pm

    I love to write in my journals so I can look back over the years and see how much I have changed in my thoughts and ideas

  4. Bill Greene on October 10th, 2011 11:02 pm

    Journaling allows me to decompress from long days, reflecting on the days’ work/play, and to let my mind flow with ideas and creativity for the next day.

  5. thomas j stearns on October 10th, 2011 11:21 pm

    journaling saved my soul. i started using journals and writing poems after the restaurant i opened my mom and pops closed. it had been a life long dream. so i started to write to rid myself of the bad. but out of the ashes of the failed dream i discovered a simple truth. ones job is not the definition of who one is. but who one is to become helps to define what one is. i am a poet (who cant spell) and a writer.

    with journaling i love to write the small moments. the moments of small victory’s like real smiles from a stranger. humans connecting to fellow humans. or to write the bad’s or even the in-between.

    writing always allows truths that lay under the surface to become more clear. and often upon the writing gives a clarity to those truths. you can find out who you are, and who you are to become. it is also a way to keep a history in heart-ink. for those who come after you are no longer here.

    using a journal is all these things and more…


  6. Mark on October 10th, 2011 11:28 pm

    Journaling makes me a better writer in my other communications, but I also use notebooks as photo and movie journals.

  7. Rebecca Ritz on October 10th, 2011 11:46 pm

    I love journaling because I love writing. I especially love the tactile sensation of writing with an old-fashioned nib pen. I write fiction more often than an actual journal entry but writing is writing for me.

  8. Sharon on October 11th, 2011 12:12 am

    Journaling is meditative for me and helps me process and reflect on my experiences.

  9. Julie (O-kami) on October 11th, 2011 12:53 am

    I journal to clear out the junk that clogs up my creativity, to keep a record of things that happen and to make use of my fountain pens.

  10. Brian Henderson on October 11th, 2011 1:57 am

    Journaling gives me the chance to decompress, perform an assessment of my day, and self-debrief. There is no better way to objectively find what you did well, and where there are learning opportunities.

  11. Azizah A. (@GourmetPens) on October 11th, 2011 2:29 am

    I love journaling for so many reasons! My top reason is that it’s a great therapy for me. It’s simple, cheap, and I can journal almost anytime, anywhere!

  12. Olivia on October 11th, 2011 5:42 am

    I have journaled my entire life and do it because I simply can’t not write and reflect upon my life; it is my greatest joy!

  13. Melanie Bell on October 11th, 2011 12:35 pm

    I love to journal because it helps me clarify what might otherwise remain abstract in my thoughts & ultimately be more mindful about my life.

  14. Dustin B. on October 11th, 2011 3:36 pm

    I journal to express my thoughts about God, my family, and to write poetry about either God or family.

  15. Elena on October 11th, 2011 5:02 pm

    I journal because I love to write and to get my thoughts out on paper.

  16. KatyJeanMachine on October 11th, 2011 5:44 pm

    When I journal, I am able to see on paper all of the issues I am facing, even if I didn’t know before that they were a problem. After that, I can resolve those issues. It also helps chronicle my life, so that I can look back and see answered prayers, repaired relationships, and solutions that worked in the past. It’s a great exercise to help you know yourself a little better.

  17. Tammi Rapp on October 11th, 2011 5:45 pm

    I use journals for drawing most of the time. It’s a great way to express myself, and to let the hand flow freely while meditating on something. I also use journals for trip reports when I travel. Not only does it help me remember details of the trip better, it’s a great way to reflect on the day’s events and appreciate them even when not in the immediate moment. And a wonderful resource for future trips.

  18. Eve on October 11th, 2011 5:45 pm

    I journal because I don’t want to forget anything! From my daughter’s first movement to her first steps, these are events that deserve to be remembered.

  19. Julia on October 11th, 2011 5:46 pm

    I love to journal because it allows me to be creative and to keep special memories close to me at all times. I also love how a journal can take you away to far away places through the magical writing you can but in it.

  20. Joseph on October 11th, 2011 5:46 pm

    Journaling opens the gateway to parts of my mind that aren’t always easy to access. It frees ideas and gives rise to a better way of being. Journaling gives me the ability to see things more as they truly are.

  21. Tom Oddo on October 11th, 2011 5:46 pm

    I write in a journal to make sense out of all the seemingly random events that life tends to throw at you. I hope my writing will serve my children well someday as a comforting source of inspiration. They can at least say, “Well, Mom and Dad went through that, too. And look how everything turned out.”

  22. Alexander W on October 11th, 2011 5:46 pm

    I love to journal because it gives me a chance to get story ideas and creative ideas out of my head and down on a piece of paper. It also gives me a chance to get a more detailed and collected list of information for any writing I do.

  23. Aubrey (smoores) on October 11th, 2011 5:47 pm

    I clear out my thoughts, make lists of goals and dreams, play with fountain pens and ink combos, write notes to my husband or kids, log events, and much more.

  24. Michael Amadio on October 11th, 2011 5:48 pm

    Journaling for me is a way to clear the fogginess that I have to live with due to the pain meds I have to live on while waiting to see if I’m able to have a hip replacement. This has been a long drawn out process of ups and downs, quick starts and endlessly waiting.

    Filling in a daily journal as well allows me to stay up on the processes of how it is to live like this and being able to refer back on days where I’ve lost the focus of afterwards.

  25. Liza on October 11th, 2011 5:49 pm

    I love to journal because it gives me my own mental and emotional space without having to leave my home! Though journaling while traveling is also a great way to document trips!

  26. Joe C. on October 11th, 2011 5:49 pm

    Journaling gives me an outlet that still stays private. It allows me to think outside the box and helps to foster ideas and changes that I am considering.

  27. Levi Watson on October 11th, 2011 5:49 pm

    I like journaling because I can write down what is important to me.

  28. Danielle on October 11th, 2011 5:51 pm

    I journal for so many reasons, but one reason that has become more and more important as the years go by is that I journal to remember. There are so many things in my past that I think I would have forgotten — from trivial daily happenings to life’s more profound events — but thanks to my journal I can revisit these memories and remember details that I would have forgotten otherwise.

  29. Elvis on October 11th, 2011 5:51 pm

    I like journaling because I can write down whatever I want. I can take notes, draw, and tons more other awesome stuff.

  30. oldpathsfarm on October 11th, 2011 5:52 pm

    Journaling allows we to leave behind a written trail of my life that my children and their children after them can follow, if they choose, to find out what their ancestor was like.

  31. jim runkle on October 11th, 2011 5:54 pm

    I find it cleansing and relaxing. Going a day or two without journaling means an uncomfortable tension, an inability to get comfortable.

  32. Gordon on October 11th, 2011 5:56 pm

    I journal to organize and produce my thoughts!

  33. John M. on October 11th, 2011 5:56 pm

    I use journaling to keep a hard copy of special events in life.

  34. Christa on October 11th, 2011 5:57 pm

    I love to journal because:
    a) Better out then in!
    b) It allows me to look at how I’m feeling through my eyes instead of perseverating about things in my head.
    c) It’s a first hand account of a life lived.
    d) Because feelings, no matter what they are, matter and count. It’s a way to make them accounted for.

  35. millicent on October 11th, 2011 5:59 pm

    Writing it down helps me remember and sort out all the ideas in my head.

    Putting it in a journal helps sort out the written words.

    And sorting it all out helps my OCD 🙂

  36. Jessica on October 11th, 2011 5:59 pm

    I love to journal because it allows me to coalesce all my thoughts and fears from the day into one tangible place where I can search for themes and find common threads from day to day.

  37. laura on October 11th, 2011 6:01 pm

    i love to journal because it fill that need to write. I think about writing when i wake, during the day, and before i go to bed. Journaling gives me that outlet – and it helps me to reflect, to find some distance when situations are too close, to see my personal growth in a very tangible way.

  38. Michael Sanchez on October 11th, 2011 6:01 pm

    I like to journal because it allows me to collect the thoughts that have been running through my mind whether bad or good. There are times that certain events happen throughout my days and I’d like to be able to remember them and feel that journaling is a great way to remember those moments. I also use journaling to blow off steam and keep from getting stressed by writing what I am feeling during the day.

  39. Genine on October 11th, 2011 6:01 pm

    I journal as a way to put down what I see in the world. To feel it more deeply. It’s also amazing to be able to pick up and old journal and be transported back to the time a space in an instatant, as if it just happened.

  40. Bodie Weiss on October 11th, 2011 6:02 pm

    Journaling is a process of sifting for me. I can grow through each days events and choose which to keep and which to discard.

  41. Hal McCabe on October 11th, 2011 6:03 pm

    Journaling helps me to sort out emotions, facts and issues and to process them more effectively.

  42. Daniel on October 11th, 2011 6:05 pm

    I keep a journal for a very simple reason: I have a terrible longterm memory, and if I don’t write down what happened, it’s gone forever in just a few days.

  43. Rosa Espinal on October 11th, 2011 6:08 pm

    When I journal I feel I can express myself in ways that I can’t to people.It’s like my shrink in a page.

  44. Chrissy McPherson on October 11th, 2011 6:08 pm

    I love to do it since its a book of my thoughts, feelings & my life in general. Plus its something great that I can pass on to my children when I am long gone. They also have journals where they keep their thoughts & feelings and poems. Its a wonderful way to express yourself in a private matter or just to get something off your chest. Plus they sometime read out loud some of the things they have written or look back and they can see where or how they felt & dealt with a certain situation so that we can work on improvement the next time around. They are 10 & 6 and love journals as much as I do.

  45. Patman on October 11th, 2011 6:11 pm

    Well, I don’t journal necessarily, but I do rely on notebooks to take notes on various things at work and church. It’s just a handy way to be able to reference things from a few days ago, as well as easier to jot things down than typing it in a document.

  46. Rachael Martin on October 11th, 2011 6:18 pm

    I journal to collect ideas for the book I want to write someday.

  47. L.R. Paull on October 11th, 2011 6:18 pm

    After a day of banging away on this keyboard, there is nothing more pleasing to me than picking up my favorite fountain pen and with said fountain pen in hand; let the words flow from nib to paper in my journal. The free flow of thought from head, heart and then to journal is what starts or ends mankinds greatest adventures.

  48. elohimito on October 11th, 2011 6:23 pm

    I love writing down things that are going on in life so I can look back on them and reflect. I also write lyrics, prayer requests, etc.

  49. Gerard on October 11th, 2011 6:24 pm

    I journal to unwind and unclog my head at the end of the day… or whenever my head fills up with stuff that needs to be put down.

  50. Ann Hibbard on October 11th, 2011 6:30 pm

    I process best when I can talk it out. Sometimes the best way for me to accomplish that is to “talk” it out with my pen – just writing what comes to mind as I read or think through things.

  51. josh on October 11th, 2011 6:31 pm

    I journal because someday I won’t remember what it was like to be here now.

  52. Mary Baker on October 11th, 2011 6:36 pm

    I am starting to journal since finding out I have cancer a few months ago. It helps me keep track of everything and gives me a outlet for my thoughts and feelings.

  53. Scott on October 11th, 2011 6:47 pm

    I journal to keep up with the day to day in my life. Business, pleasure, etc… It makes me much more efficient and able to remember the little things later on that may have a huge impact on my life.

  54. John Luker on October 11th, 2011 6:52 pm

    It helps me clear my mind of the cares of the day. As Julie noted it’s also cool to get to use my fountain pens.

  55. alexia on October 11th, 2011 6:53 pm

    love to journal because it clarifies things to see them written in black and white… or green or blue or red or another color 🙂

  56. Will Prusner on October 11th, 2011 6:53 pm

    I love to journal so that a little bit of the past makes it into the present.

  57. Beth on October 11th, 2011 6:55 pm

    Journaling allows me to put to paper all of the thoughts, ideas, impressions, observations etc that sometimes clutter my mind. Once on paper these mental constructs can be sorted out.

  58. bonnie jean woolger on October 11th, 2011 7:01 pm

    I have kept journals and sketchbooks my whole life and I love the rugged beauty of the renaissance art journals. These books are my life’s work.

  59. julie rosier on October 11th, 2011 7:03 pm

    my lawyer makes me keep a journal detailing how a vehicle wreck affects my life for when we go to trial.

  60. Kyle Plattner on October 11th, 2011 7:03 pm

    Because history is written by the winners.

  61. Sunil on October 11th, 2011 7:04 pm

    I love to journal to clarify my thoughts and feelings. There is transfer of burden that takes place when I start writing with my favorite fountain pen as it glides across the pages of my journal.

    I also hope it will someday be a view into my world for the people who will follow me (my children).

  62. Daniel McGlone on October 11th, 2011 7:04 pm

    Why do I love to journal? To me that answer is simple. Writing in a journal is therapeutic. It relieves some of the stress build-up accumulated over the day, week, month, or even year. When I write in a journal it’s sometimes more than just a record of my own thoughts or feelings. There are times when I write poetry or a short story that conveys a deep emotion I have at the moment.

    There is peace-of-mind brought about by this exercise, in which I believe, even for those people who do not write, is beneficial.

    -D. McGlone

  63. Meg Shearon on October 11th, 2011 7:09 pm

    Journaling helps me process my days and my thoughts. It also allows me a way to go back to the past and see where I was last year and how I have changed.

  64. Wm Burroughs on October 11th, 2011 7:11 pm

    I love to journal because it allows me to put to paper whatever is on my mind when I have time to wander through my thoughts and memorialize it for my future perusal and better yet for my children to view later in life maybe even with their children!

  65. Karen on October 11th, 2011 7:12 pm

    So I can remember; and because when written down, it gives my life more substance, value, and meaning.

  66. Nicholas on October 11th, 2011 7:21 pm

    I love to journal because my mind is a locked vault and writing is the key to unlocking it.

  67. IvanR on October 11th, 2011 7:30 pm

    I just like the experience of putting pen to paper. That simple act helps me remember things I would otherwise forget.

  68. Lesley F on October 11th, 2011 7:47 pm

    I love to scrapbook and keeping a journal is a big part of helping me organize and remember events, places, people, etc that I want to remember years from now! I also journal to write down my thoughts and feelings. Very therapeutic.

  69. Cheryl Rahkonen on October 11th, 2011 8:11 pm

    I love to keep a journal for posterity. I wonder what my grandparents, great-grandparents, etc thought about their times that they lived in. What were their hobbies, their beliefs, their religious views, and their secrets. Who were they? I want my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond to know me. I want them to know who I am, what I believe and all my likes and dislikes. This is why I keep a journal.

  70. K Marriott on October 11th, 2011 8:14 pm

    Journaling is cathartic. I journal to see where I’ve been and where I’m going. I journal to remember. I journal to discover more about myself. i journal to vent. I journal to express gratitude. I call my journal my “therapist.”

  71. Joni James on October 11th, 2011 8:15 pm

    I have journaled for over 30 years and love knowing I have a library/historical record of my adult life. Journaling allows me to record my thoughts, experiences, ideas, poems, stories, etc. which will be a legacy to those I leave behind one day. My journal becomes my friend who I fill with the real me. If I had to race from my home during a disaster– the journals would be the first material items I would grab!

  72. Elliott E on October 11th, 2011 8:23 pm

    be ones own therapist. Write!

  73. Shelly Tellier on October 11th, 2011 8:28 pm

    I love to journal because I access my deeper self and the wisdom therein.

  74. Thomas Fisher on October 11th, 2011 8:42 pm

    It allows me to be creative. To free my mind. Put my thoughts out there, where no one can see.

  75. Jeanne omarley on October 11th, 2011 8:58 pm

    Over the years(many of them), my journaling has become somewhat of a dear friend. I document all of my goals, and recently looked at previous goals for last 5 years. I had accomplished all! My journal, like Sophie girl(minature Aussie) does not talk back to me. Journaling It is like living words put down on paper. The journal simply waits to hear your newest escapades, disappointments, joy,and love you received from others and the love you gave to others. My journal keeps all of my dreams and calls to me to go back and read them once again

  76. Matt S on October 11th, 2011 9:10 pm

    No other option but to journal. Reflect and learn.

  77. Jeanne O'Marley on October 11th, 2011 9:16 pm

    My journaling has become a special friend. I write my goals, thoughts, concerns, successes, needs, and dreams. Recently, I realized my goals set 5 years ago were accomplished. My journal, like my Sophie girl(mini Aussie)!does not talk back or disagree with me. However, I have somehow known to look at a situation with a different prospective. I have written things in my journal that I was unable to tell the person how I really feel. Through my journal i often find ought my true self My journal has in a sense become my living and written words.

  78. Robert Archuleta on October 11th, 2011 9:17 pm

    I just got my first Renaissance Art journal. I will be documenting special trips that I take with my new grandson and he will have a true keepsake when I am no longer here.

  79. Jonathan McMillan on October 11th, 2011 9:26 pm

    I don’t live in the past because the moment is too interesting but sometimes reading old journal entries have a way of really bringing your moment to light.

  80. Jess on October 11th, 2011 9:44 pm

    I love to journal because it helps clarify my thoughts. It’s a searchlight of the soul.

  81. Lucy on October 11th, 2011 9:54 pm

    I love to journal because the mere act of writing one’s thoughts gives an opportunity to review the thoughts and sometimes clarity is found.

  82. Dana on October 11th, 2011 10:21 pm

    There are many reasons I journal, but the most important reason for me is that it provides clarity. Thinking things through is not enough; writing things out aids in reflection and a better connection with myself.

  83. Brian on October 11th, 2011 10:42 pm

    Allows me to clear my head and thoughts.

  84. rob on October 11th, 2011 10:43 pm

    so that one day others can experience my journey and I can leave my kids with a taste of my legacy

  85. Pierce Hibbs on October 11th, 2011 10:51 pm

    I love to journal because it lets me free my mind from any weights I’ve been carrying around. There is a sense of inspiration I find to be unparalleled when words begin to flow that you never knew were there.

  86. Charles Dennis on October 11th, 2011 11:02 pm

    Journaling allows me to write things interesting to me which some day my descendants may find interesting. I know I wish I could read the collective wisdom from my forebears. It also allows me to read back and see what I wrote as history was happening plus random thoughts I had at a certain time.
    Plus I have a gazillion stories which I would like to have a record of so it’s a win-win situation for me and potentially for my heirs.
    Additionally I am trying to reform my handwriting and what better way to practice?

  87. Jan Patterson RN on October 11th, 2011 11:18 pm

    I journal because, as a night shift worker, I often need a place to drop my thoughts/feelings when I’m not fully awake but don’t want to lose the insights. Later I can go back through my journal and let it guide me.

    I journal because journals become my personal history archive; when I feel I’ve made no change at all in my life I can read back and see if that’s true, or not, and how.

    I journal because I write, and it’s just tidier to keep it all in one place and not on notes stuck in crevices in walls and scratched in the dirt at the bus stop [though I’ve done that, too. 🙂 ].

  88. Kate Mortimer on October 11th, 2011 11:21 pm

    I journal as part of my creative process. As an artist, I often want to remember things I see, so I jot notes and sketches in my journal. I also use the journal to plan pieces of art work and explore ideas. When I was teaching I used a journal often as a way to document the things that happened in the classroom and my reactions to those things, good, bad and creative. I am also an inveterate list-maker, so sometimes my journals include lists.

  89. Lauren R on October 11th, 2011 11:41 pm

    I love to journal because it helps to clarify my goals and put into perspective my priorities versus the emotionally connections. I believe that journalistic manifestation can be a powerful and useful tool as well. Sometimes simply writing goals, structuring out a game plan or possible opportunities result in success! I love to journal for this reason more often than not.

  90. Vanessa on October 11th, 2011 11:44 pm

    I write to figure out what I really think. Sometimes the unexpected comes out of my pen. Also, it is a record of day-to-day life that I would otherwise forget.

  91. Palmer Turner on October 11th, 2011 11:55 pm

    I began journaling when I was deployed to the Middle East for Iraqi Freedom in 2003. When your alone with only your thoughts, writing them down is an incredible way to free yourself. You would be amazed at what goes through a soldier’s mind when he is sitting in a bunk surrounded by several hundred other guys with only pictures of home to keep them company. Now I have something that my kids will have forever. The beauty is, i’ve never stopped!

  92. Brian Cole on October 11th, 2011 11:57 pm

    I love to journal because it allows me to get inside my own head, my own little world. I love my world!

  93. Lynn D on October 12th, 2011 12:25 am

    I like to journal so I can remember all of the details of my everyday experiences.

  94. Karen Borusiewicz on October 12th, 2011 1:21 am

    Journaling is a written expression of your soul, a validation of all that you are and all that you aspire to be…I love to journal to go within… me time in a very beautiful way!

  95. Scott Anthony on October 12th, 2011 1:28 am

    Going back to read my entries is sometimes like reading a really good book, except this time…I am the main character!

  96. Scott Tsiars on October 12th, 2011 1:37 am

    Using a journal allows me to organize my thoughts of the day, my observations and my experiences. While the addictive ‘skritching’ of my fountain pen and the look of my favorite ink on the page make the act of writing both enjoyable and pleasingly meditative, I think the act of using a journal itself helps me look into myself and to those around me, letting me ask questions (and answer them!) that I might not if I did not take the time to journal. One of my favorite activities!

  97. Jenn on October 12th, 2011 1:52 am

    Writing between the nostalgic scent of leather brings inspiration from memories of my childhood in New England; I find it the most beautiful place to coax thought from where it hides.

  98. Caroline Pointer on October 12th, 2011 2:21 am

    I spend my days and most nights searching for my ancestors, searching for other people’s ancestors, or teaching others how to search for their ancestors. Sometimes I’m lucky and find my ancestors’ thoughts, but mostly I find their facts.

    But it’s their thoughts I yearn to know. Why they did certain things in a particular way. What they thought about the things they got right and their feelings on the things they couldn’t have been more wrong about. Their hopes that kept the dark away and their fears that made them wish for the light.

    And I want people searching for me one day to know my thoughts, my feelings, my hopes, my fears, and my thoughts. I want them to know me through my written word.


  99. Kathy on October 12th, 2011 2:36 am

    When I was younger, I didn’t think I had anything important to say. Then one day I was older & I fell in love & like a broken dam, poetry started flowing from my fingertips without thought or hesitation. Suddenly, important or not, I had something to say. And I said it…pages & pages of it. What a relief it was to tell someone my real feelings without fear of ridicule or rejection. My journal was my someone to tell. And when the love faded my journal was still there… listening, without fail, without distraction…offering a path to clear my head and lift my heart to a new level of hope.

  100. Marisa Lorah on October 12th, 2011 2:39 am

    I have three leather journals filled with past adventures. I wouldn’t write in anything but leather. It makes memories so much classier and meaningful. Like many others, I love the smell of leather and the appearance of leather grows better with time. Looking through one of my journals today I found a dried rose petal and leaf, restaurant receipts, concert tickets, and this message which I saw on a plaque on a bench in Central Park: “For our children, Tom, Doug, Karen & Barbara – May they grow to love and enjoy the park as much as we have.” Memories are very special and deserve nothing less than beautiful leather to preserve them.

  101. Pat on October 12th, 2011 3:06 am

    Keeping a journal and the act of putting pen to paper has been a part of my life since I was very young. As a young elementary student, i used a journal to write fantastic stories full of adventure – they don’t make much sense now, but back then they were awesome!

    As a young adult I used journalism to explore poetry and song. It was very helpful in working through teenage angst and young adult issues. When I look back on these writings, I can still feel some of the emotion I was trying to convey back then and it allows me to appreciate my life even more.

    Now as an adult and parent, I use an online journal to record and note life events both big and small that I will someday share with my children as they get older. When I re-read these writings, it brings me back to that moment with a level of clarity that is sometimes startling powerful

  102. Benjamin on October 12th, 2011 3:09 am

    May your yeses mean yes and your no,no. Matthew 5:37. I have but one shot at this thing called life. May I leave a resounding finger print through my writings so that those who happen upon my essence, realize where they are in their lives, in relation, and go further into the truth.

  103. Timothy Davidson on October 12th, 2011 3:33 am

    I journal to record the errant star, the perfect meal, the welcoming garden and the poignant phrase. I journal to catch myself in the mirror, wake myself up, recycle old thoughts into new ideas and find my way home. I journal to capture the memories of my parents, to preserve the precious slice of time, to ponder and to propose. I journal to honor all of the journals I have read, and all that I have encouraged. I journal to express.

  104. Tom Butts on October 12th, 2011 3:58 am

    I never used to really like to read or write when I was younger. I was a jock. It was always about sports with me. I graduated college, have been working ever since and as we all know, things change when you get older. Wouldn’t you know it, I read and write a TON now! I have a bunch of journals. I’m always online looking for the nostalgic kinds. I have been to (and purchased from) a number of sites, but the one that I have been sticking with now is Renaissance Art. Their journals are by far, the best! Talk about quality. I have a journal for just about everything I do: daily journal, one for logging expenses, one for quick notes while on the go, one is an address book, I have one for when I travel, and one for special occasions. I love it. I think that when I am dead and gone and someone reads about my life in one of these “books” of mine, much like we do when we read about journals of Jefferson, Washington, etc…it’s a way for those that never knew us, to get at least an idea of what we are about years down the road. Now, I’ve even taken it as far as to write with quill pens and fountain pens and I even use parchment paper when writing most of my correspondence to friends and family. It’s great!! For me, I hope that my children and their children and so on…read about me and say, “I wish I could’ve met him”. He sounds like he enjoyed life so much, that he had to write about it and then some! Yeah, that’s what I hope for. Thank you

  105. Blane on October 12th, 2011 3:59 am

    I started journaling when my aunt gave me a journal for Christmas when I was 14, along with a book “Diary of an Early American Boy”. I was inspired to write my own history.
    I keep journaling because I can look back on any event in my life and relive it just like I was there again. Sure, I remember my wedding day, the birth of each child, and all the other momentous occasion in my life; I recall that I was happy or sad, but when I read my journal I can relive every moment, clearly and in vivid detail.

  106. SmittyRae on October 12th, 2011 5:09 am

    Journaling started out as a stress safety valve for me at the end of the day. I choose a fountain pen or a dip pen and special color of ink to match my mood and write, write, write. It’s always personal, an outlet to release my bottled up emotions.

    I also keep a small journal with me during the day. It is full of notes and doodles and shopping lists and emergency downloads.

  107. George R. H. on October 12th, 2011 5:41 am

    journaling (if you could call it that) for me does not involve words – its visual images. I draw. Sometimes I just need the practice, so its hands, feet, trees, whatever I’m looking at. Other times, the drawing explores more esoteric, transcendent/transcendental, existential or spiritual reflections. The more inspiring and beautiful the sketchbook, the more fluid the visual expression. From time to time, I go back and re-view (yeah, crappy pun) what I’ve drawn and ponder the highways and byways I’ve explored over the years, reconnecting with good times, insights, and the occasional dead end path that required a bit of metaphorical brier hacking in order to get back to where I wanted to go.

    And yes, sometimes I write stuff, but mostly, words give way to the images that express more than I can possibly hope to accomplish verbally.

  108. Richard on October 12th, 2011 7:23 am

    I enjoy journaling for two reasons. One, I get to vent and spout and rage and rant without my venom actually harming my family, or friends. Its very cathartic, allowing to explore my soul and air out a lot of issues. Many times by bringing them to light I get to view them and understand them better, and change myself.

    The other purpose is just plain brainstorming. I am attempting NaNoWriMo, and I role play with my children. Both need a lot of forethought and pre-planning, and this allows me a venue to toss ideas around and try to patch them together.

  109. David Tucker on October 12th, 2011 11:48 am

    I love to write down my thoughts on alot of topics
    It sure does help to remember what you have read,seen or experience.
    I can only hope that some day someone will find my writtings and get some blessing of inspiration on reading it. Writting daily requires discipline but it
    sure is worth the effort if some day it helps someone else.

  110. Chris Walters on October 12th, 2011 12:39 pm

    I love to journal because it is just for me. Everything else I write is out there for the world to see and critique.

  111. Melissa Jordan on October 12th, 2011 2:31 pm

    I do not journal, yet…. but I am inspired by all the testimonies of those who do and I would like to start on this journey!

  112. Bradie on October 12th, 2011 3:57 pm

    I love to journal because it not only helps me reflect on the day and my emotions, but also allows me to see what I need from the world…

  113. Rhonda Bolick on October 12th, 2011 4:54 pm

    I journal because it relaxes me. Life can be stressful and to fast paced. When I journal, life seems to stand still, even just for a little while. My thoughts, my dreams, my desires, my fears, my personal moments of triumph, are released to the pages of my journal. I have discovered that when I write it all down and reflect back on what I have written, I learn more about myself. Things I need to focus more on, and things I need to focus on less become evident, and through it all, I realize more and more how blessed I am. Life is good…God is GREAT!

  114. Rita on October 12th, 2011 5:39 pm

    I love journal because it helps me get my thoughts in order and a calm moment in my crazy life

  115. Aisazia on October 12th, 2011 7:01 pm

    I journal, as many others have mentioned before, to record my thoughts and daily life. For myself and for my future children. Any advice, things I’ve learned, observations that I want to share. It’s also nice to relax and say things without being judged. I would have kept up with journaling when I was younger but unfortunately my brothers read my diaries which severely discouraged me from writing in journals. I ended up turning to online journals sites which I only did off and on. I still use the online journals off and on for momentous events but use the paper/pen combo since it’s more convenient and I like trying to improve my handwriting(I’m on the computer a lot for work) and the feel of paper in my hands. lol I only recently started to journal at the beginning of the year but enjoy the freedom and will most likely continue.

  116. L.M. Stull on October 12th, 2011 7:38 pm

    I love to journal because it affords my soul the opportunity to finally speak.

  117. James MacVoy on October 12th, 2011 7:52 pm

    Using a journal allows me to share my inner most thoughts like talking to a close friend who holds no judgment whatsoever. I find I am able to clarify my thoughts and feelings more accurately by writing it down in my Journal. All change happens first on the inside and travels through us to the outside into our world. A journal helps me to remember key ingredients of the thought forms I have during successful periods in business so that I can use these past experiences as a road map to get back on track if I have found myself not getting the results I desire. Renaissance-Art has some beautiful products… they are the best of the best as far as I’m concerned. Hand made with old world charm and keeping attention to quality and detail. You just cannot get the same experience from a laptop or tablet PC. Pen to paper has a tremendous power to impact your world. Try it, you’ll get hooked on keeping a journal.

  118. Kimberli Wieghat on October 12th, 2011 10:57 pm

    Journaling for me is a must, It helps me to jot down what I’ve accomplished each day which allows me to know where to pick up on the following day . I also Journal my creative ideas there for quick refference. Inspirations reflections, thoughts and feelings are also Journaled !

  119. Victor Roberts on October 13th, 2011 12:48 am

    I love to journal because it cleans the cobwebs out of my mind.

  120. Mike Bayer on October 13th, 2011 1:46 am

    For over 45 years my journal has been my friend. I pray, write, agonize, and pour out my heart and soul. It is from these pages I hear the still small voice of G-d.

  121. Schmidty on October 13th, 2011 3:35 am

    Journaling allows me a path thru which to trace my past and growth.

  122. E. Jones on October 13th, 2011 5:53 am

    I was originally introduced to journaling as a (required) writing class activity. Under those circumstances, I didn’t much care for it! Later on, though, I tried it while traveling. Second only to photography, I have found it is the best way to retain and expand on past experiences. In combination with photography, it allows you to almost re-live those experiences. Definitely a useful and valuable practice.

  123. Corinne on October 13th, 2011 6:07 am

    Journaling helps me re-balance my life every day. It’s so easy to get caught up in the every day, the mundane, and the hurry of our stressful lives. When I journal, I:

    * refocus, reflect, reprioritize
    * clear my mind, clean out the ugly, and make room for the beautiful
    * see the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of my day
    * take time to mull, marvel, and meditate
    * get creative, compose, or just doodle
    * adjust my mind to be open to other ways to seeing and doing
    * learn to accept my flaws and those of others
    * can try to change the world or just change my mind
    * evaluate and appreciate what really matters to me
    * organize my thoughts, cares, concerns, joys, highs, lows
    * find peace

    Journaling is a safe place where I am the only one present. There is no judgment, no winner, no loser. Just me, my thoughts, and I.

  124. jennifer foreman on October 13th, 2011 12:52 pm

    I keep journal’s about my childrens lives.Would love to have this one for my grandson.

  125. Dee on October 13th, 2011 2:18 pm

    The reason I love to journal is because it is an affirmation of my objective self with my subjective realities. It is an opportunity to communicate with my innermost whilst at the same time sharing it with the unseen eye, knowing that if the journal is around after I die, it will be witnessed. So I am at the same time mindful whilst I explore both the cultivation and the harvest of my mind’s labour.

  126. Peg Bunke on October 13th, 2011 7:10 pm

    I love to journal because it helps me process what is going on in my life, and it is a wonderful creative outlet.

  127. Amber on October 13th, 2011 8:03 pm

    I love to journal because it’s a bit like therapy, with out the pricey therapist visits.

  128. Michelle Thomas on October 14th, 2011 5:00 am

    I love to keep a journal because it conserves memories and lets me jot down quick ideas or precious moments.

  129. Ann on October 14th, 2011 10:52 am

    A journal can bring closure to thoughts the spoken word would only offer judgement. It’s a way to develop ideas, reflect on experiences and discover emotion on a personal level. It’s a way to discover more about yourself. In conversation, you always have the input of another. A journal is simply me on paper.

  130. Hynderson Clarke on October 14th, 2011 4:55 pm

    I love to journal because it allows me to record my life in a personal form that someday someone might like to sit down and discover.

  131. Shannon Rand on October 14th, 2011 5:37 pm

    I ride horses and I love to journal about how horses teach me things that apply to all parts of my life outside the barn! Communication, living in the now, being true to how I really feel, the list goes on and on! It is what I hope to make into a book someday – Everything I Know About Life I Learned in the Barn.

  132. Cheryl Cianci on October 14th, 2011 8:12 pm

    I am new to journaling per say but not new to writing/drawing! I love to write down my thoughts and then sketch around them. It seems to clarify everything! I cannot wait to start journaling with the Zentangle style of drawing. 🙂

  133. Misti on October 14th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Journaling is a way to keep my history intact.

  134. MJ on October 14th, 2011 11:00 pm

    I journal as it helps with the thoughts that tend to overwhelm me when anger decides it wants to walk with me during the day. Journaling is my therapy, my confidant, my release.

  135. Brian Debasitis on October 15th, 2011 1:36 am

    I journal for a number of reasons. One is just to practice the physical exercise of writing on a page. I constantly try to improve my handwriting. I also journal to help focus my mind. Putting the words on paper helps me organize and refine my thoughts. At some point, I may even have a chance to go back and read the history of my life.

  136. Pam Higgins on October 15th, 2011 4:12 am

    You never know when God is going to talk to you and give you words that you know immediately must be put on paper; that is why I journal. God has his own timing and without the journal beside my bed, in my purse, on my desk, or next to my chair I would not be prepared to convert his wordsto text. Just as we read the words of those before us we must carry on the tradition that is sadly disappearing. To journal is to carry on.

  137. Betty Ann on October 15th, 2011 10:13 am

    I journall to mark the passage of time and to record life events, as well. I keep an art journal which allows me to process with paint and brush.
    I tweeted about the giveaway.

  138. Jacqueline on October 18th, 2011 12:48 am

    Congratulations to Charles Dennis for winning the handmade journal of his choice! Thank you so much for all of you who participated!

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