What To Do With Old Journal Writings
If you’ve been following along with our blogs for the past several weeks, then you probably have a journal that’s quite full at this point. You’ve written letters to yourself, discovered your core essence, and explored the art of bullet journaling. But what do you do with those old journal writings once they’ve served their purpose?
Journal writing is cathartic and helps with self-reflection, but at the end of the day, it is writing that you meant for only your eyes to see. Just because you never planned on anyone reading it, however, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll explain what you can do with those old journal writings and how you can memorialize them forever.
Let’s get started:
Who Should See Your Journal Writings?
Before we hop into how exactly you’ll be using those old journal writings, we first need to discuss some important expectations. For most people, when you write in your journal, you include highly personal topics that you might not be comfortable saying out loud. Because of this, many people decide their journals should never see the light of day.
Keep in mind, though, that you don’t have to reveal your entire journal.
When people decide to memorialize and preserve their journal writings, they are usually doing so because they have pages that contain precious memories or resounding life lessons. But those other pages with deep dark secrets and surprising confessions? You can leave those private.
What we’re trying to say is that you don’t have to put your whole journal on display for others to see. Instead, take the bits that mean the most to you (and that you’re comfortable sharing) and use only those for this activity.
After all, what matters the most is your own comfort.
What Should I Do With My Old Journal Writings?
Now that we’ve covered that, let’s talk about what exactly you’ll be doing: converting your journal into a LIFEazine magazine!
Picture this: you’ve painstakingly journaled for years. Now, you have books full of musings and old memories and all they’re doing is sitting around collecting dust. You want more than that… You want to put the comfort and clarity that these journal entries have brought you into a new format. You want to see a summary of your life!
This is where LIFEazine comes in. Using LIFEazine, you’ll summarize your story and everything you’ve learned over the course of your life. Your family and friends will be able to read it and understand where you’ve been and what you’ve accomplished. They may even take away some key lessons of their own!
With the LIFEazine software, it’s incredibly easy to plug your journal writings into a premade magazine format. You can also combine them with photos that go along with the topics, or simply add in some nostalgic pictures here and there.
We realize, that converting your journal pages into a magazine can be daunting and confusing. Don’t worry—we’ve included guiding questions and tutorials to make the process as simple as possible.
Then, once you’re content with the finished product, you can take your digital file, share it on social media or order a hard copy to keep. Put it in your living room as a conversation piece, pass it down as a memento to your children, or use it as a catalog of life lessons to help others on their way. The choice is yours.
How Do I Get Started With LIFEazine?
Getting started with LIFEazine is easy! Start by signing up on our Subscription page and following the instructional prompts. Once you’re finished signing up, come back to our “Already Subscribed” page and log in.
From here, you’ll see the home page of the LIFEazine software laid out in front of you. Begin by creating a new project. Then follow the prompts and guiding questions using the information from your journal. Or, if you’re feeling bold, take off on your own and just start typing!
Throughout the process, add any photos where you feel they belong. A vacation photo alongside a thoughtful piece about traveling, for example, or a picture of a loved one next to a section about them.
The most important thing to do when creating your LIFEazine, however, is this: follow your heart.
As you write and design, your heart will lead you in the direction you need to go. By following it, you’ll gain an indispensable piece of art that captures your essence and shows it to others.
We want to see you shine, and LIFEazine can help you do that!
Journal writing is an excellent pastime, but many people struggle with how to use those writings once they’ve been completed. By using LIFEazine, you can repurpose them so that they take on a completely new light.
With LIFEazine, you can pull back those old journal-writing efforts and ensure they weren’t in vain. You’ll be captivated by how modern and elegant your very own magazine will be, and your family will keep a piece of you in their homes for years to come.
Get started with your LIFEazine today by visiting our subscriptions page. We can’t wait to see what you create!
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