Turn Journaling Into Your Newest Hobby!

The idea of journaling is very glamorous. It seems like such a quiet and sophisticated hobby, and the people who journal are often seen as such creative and intellectual people.

I am here to tell you that all of these things are completely true! Journaling really is as awesome as it looks.

How To Turn Journaling Into A Hobby (With a FREE 4-Week Challenge!)

Journaling is one of my many hobbies and the one I have been doing the longest. As a child, it was always a hobby that fascinated me and one that I wanted to master. After years of trying out different journals, styles of writing, and frequency, it was in 2012 that I discovered what would be my key to consistency and success… nothing.

The best way to journal, in my opinion, is to treat it like a brain drain. Don’t think about grammar, penmanship, or whether what you’ve just written makes you sound like a complete idiot. The best entries are honest, raw, and allow you to reflect on your life at that moment.

Cracking open my journal at least 3 times a week has been a habit for me since 2012 and now I have a whole collection of filled journals to show for it. It’s pretty awesome having a mini library of my own life story!

I may be a pro at it now but it definitely started as a challenge for me.

At first, I imagined writing page after page of beautifully written text only to find that it was a struggle for me just to get past one paragraph. I didn’t know what to write about and oddly, I didn’t trust my journal enough to completely open up. It sounds silly but it’s a common problem!

Once you get past the writer’s block and minor trust issues, it’s smooth sailing from there – I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to help you pick up this new hobby and transition smoothly into becoming the journalista I know you are! This is why I started thinking of ways of how I could act as a guide. That brings me to my awesome new freebie…

Journaling Zero To Hero is my carefully designed 4-week challenge that will get you on your way to journaling success. Each week, you are assigned 4 journal prompts that are meant to challenge you more each time. If that sounds like something you would love to take on (or something you need to be convinced more about), let me break down each week for you!

Turn Journaling Into Your Newest Hobby!

Week 1 is all about lists! I find this to be the best strategy to get writing because it doesn’t involve putting together full thoughts or sentences. This is also a great activity to consistently go back to when you want a break from writing longer entries.

Week 2 will get you into the groove of writing short prompts and answering simple questions like, “What would you do with 1 million dollars?” You will also get to start free-writing during this week!

Week 3 introduces more in-depth prompts that will challenge you to dive deeper into the practice.

Week 4 contains more detailed, introspective questions that are great topics to consistently go back to in your journaling. If you don’t feel ready to go on your own after this week, you can easily do this week’s prompts over again.

If you make it to the end of the challenge, then you are committed to becoming the best journalista you can be!

So what are you waiting for?! Get started with this challenge today and be on your way to mastering a new hobby. Just enter your email in the box below so I can send you the download. Happy Journaling!

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  • Reply Kaitlin

    I have a HUGE advocate of journaling! I love your idea for a journaling challenge – so fun!

    – Kaitlin

    August 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Journaling is the best! I’m glad you love it too ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Love this! I can’t wait to start journaling on my own. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      My pleasure! Have fun with it ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Brittany Shawntรฉ

    Lol I have a collection of journals now too! Journaling definitely soothes my spirit and I like to look back on entries now and then. Thanks for sharing…I’ll definitely be reading more of your site!

    August 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Yay! Welcome aboard ???? I’m glad you enjoyed the article ????

      August 24, 2017 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Liz

    I love love love journaling! I asked for my first journal for my 8th birthday and I’m on journal #56 now ๐Ÿ˜€ It can be hard to get into it when you first start out, but weekly challenges and prompts are good ways to help cultivate the habit ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 25, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      #56?! Wow that is amazing! I really should count mine out of curiosity lol happy journaling ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply AJ

    Lovely post. Love the content.

    September 1, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    Yes! Journaling is the best. I agree with you about approaching it as a brain dump. Out of mind in on to paper is what i say!


    September 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Wow, I love that!! Happy Journaling ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Shatreka

    I would love to start doing this! Thanks for the inspiration.

    September 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Yay! I’m glad I inspired you. Good luck on your journey – let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 5, 2017 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Love that you created the challenge! I am a huuuuge advocate for journaling so I hope people do this!


    September 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm
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