Grace’s Grief Journal Plan-with-Me

For Grace's grief journal, I used many different colors. Further, the layouts involved include quote pages, Bible verse pages, quarterly habit trackers...

Katie ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner for Grace to be a grief journal. Grace’s planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Emerald. I used many different colors when making this notebook. Further, the layouts involved include quote pages, Bible verse pages, quarterly habit trackers, prayer pages, and grief and gratitude pages. Here you can read more about Grace’s planner and learn some about grief. 

What Is Grief?

This is a grief journal, but what exactly is grief? Well, according to Wikipedia, grief is ” multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed.” Generally, this refers to a loss by death, but can actually refer to any loss. This particular notebook was created for a death-loss but could be modified to any kind of loss. Let’s jump into the notebook!

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Grace’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page

Grace’s title layout is a red, pink, orange, and yellow watercolor title page. For the header, “Grace” is in a calligraphy font. Then, below the header is a little decorative swirl.

Quarterly Habit Tracking

The habit tracker for this notebook includes ten habits for four months at a time. There are four in the notebook spread out throughout evenly. The habits being tracked are in teal print lettering and the main header is brush lettered.

Quote & Scripture Pages

Quotes and Scripture pages appear throughout the notebook and are generally paired with a journaling prompt or journaling prompt page. The quotes and scriptures vary as well as the tools used to decorate the page. Some examples include washi tape, watercolor paint, photos, etc. Below are the pages that feature only a quote or scripture. The remainder of these pages can be viewed in the Journaling Prompts section below. Regardless of the style and set up of these pages, the focus and theme throughout is grief and healing.

  • I believe in you.
  • My flesh and my heart may fail but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
  • The world is too big to stay in one place and life is too short to do just one thing.
  • Do what they think you can’t do.
  • I am in alignment with my purpose.
  • You won’t ever be your old self again…
  • You are growing into a ‘new self’ a new self that is born out of that grief.
  • Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.
  • Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
  • Every Moment by Joy William. We laughed out loud till we cried | and the tears were sweet | midnight melted to morning | a moment faded to memory | all these days just slip away through our fingers | so, don’t let go | hold on to every moment | always know | hold on to every moment that you can | we move on with no regrets to our destiny | held by the hands of the father | we share his love and he leads us through | all these days | ’cause they slip away through our fingers | so | so don’t let go | hold on to every moment | always know | hold on to every moment that you can.
  • You saw me take my first breath and saw you take your last.
  • When you can’t find the sunshine be the sunshine.
  • I am okay.
  • Sometimes we just need some time in a beautiful place to clean our head.
  • Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. take my yoke upon you, and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30
  • You’ll find this as you grieve: some days you’ll have the strength to dive deep and Jesus will meet you there. other days you’ll barely manage a nudge in his direction – and he’ll meet you there too. His grace is being enough for both.
  • Your mistakes don’t define you.
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to god. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4: 6-7
  • Find joy in the journey.
  • Don’t think about what might go wrong, think about what might go right.
  • it’s okay to stop and just be.
  • Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.
  • Find your tribe, love them hard.
  • Relax, Refresh, Reconnect.
  • Sometimes it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.
  • One day at a time.

Journaling Prompts

Journal Prompts include grief and general self-care related prompts to help Grace journal about various topics. I have included nearly all the different prompts. Further, these prompt pages are generally paired with quotes or scripture pages as well which are also focused on grief and healing.

  • I find comfort in…
  • Two moments I will never forget are…
  • Today I enjoyed…
  • If my body could talk, it would say…
  • I feel energized when…
  • I am happiest when…
  • Today was good because…
  • I feel safe when…
  • Today I…
  • A memory that makes me smile…
  • My best qualities are…
  • Today I smiled because…
  • I wish I had told you…
  • I can depend on…
  • Today I feel…
  • The hardest part is…
  • My goal for this week is…
  • I am okay because…
  • I want to remember…
  • I smile because…
  • You taught me to…
  • When I think about you, I feel…
  • When I wake up I…
  • If I could change one thing…
  • Today I will be…

Prayer and Grief and Gratitude Pages

These prayers and grief and gratitude pages include two specific journaling pages. The first (generally the left page) is for prayers. Then, the second (generally the right page) is for grief and gratitude journaling. These pages make up a majority of this notebook.

Faber Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen Orange Glaze 113***; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Sunshine Washi Tape
Texture Washi Tape; Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens, Gold 250**, 1,5
Grace's Grief Journal | Bullet Journal Inspired
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint
Sharpie Extra Fine Gold; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Sharpie Extra Fine Gold; Metallic Foil Washi Tape; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Similar: Purple Floral Washi Tape
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Antner Floral Washi Tape
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens, Gold 250**, 1,5; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint; Knaid Floral Washi Tape Set
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Tombow Dual Brush Pen #N15, black; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set
Grace's Grief Journal | Bullet Journal Inspired
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set

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Ultimate Gift Ideas List | Bullet Journaling & Planning

Coming up with gift ideas is difficult when you arn't into bullet journaling. Here is a HUGE list of gift ideas for the bullet journaler in your life!

Shopping for everyone during the holidays can be a real hassle! Coming up with gift ideas is often difficult when you are not involved in the same hobbies as the person you are shopping for. Look no further! Here is a comprehensive list of gift ideas for a bullet journaler or planner obsessed person!

Content Overview

  1. Notebooks & Journals
  2. Brush Pens
  3. Other Pens
  4. Lettering Book & Guides
  5. Washi Tape
  6. Stickers
  7. Paints
  8. Stamps & Ink
  9. Stationery
  10. Desktop Decor & Organization
  11. Other Odds & Ends

Notebooks & Journals

The most basic thing you can get someone is a notebook or journal for their bullet journal experience. There are a ton of amazing journals, but chances are, your loved one is interested in one of the following journals!

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Midori MD Notebook

Miquelrius Soft Bound Medium Journal

Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Book Hardcover Journal

Dingbats Wildlife Hardcover Notebook

Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

Dotted Bullet Notebook – Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Hardcover

Rhodia Goalbook

Brush Pens

Brush pens are a specific type of pen that your loved one is sure to want! These pens are great gift ideas because they make it easy to do amazing lettering in your journal and come in so many amazing shapes, sizes, qualities, and colors! Here are a couple super popular brush pen sets!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen

Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers

Other Pens

Maybe your loved one is looking for something other than brush pens? Here are some gift ideas for other types of pens like art pens, markers, high lighters, fine liners, etc. Check some of these well-loved pens out!

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set

Metallic Markers Pens

Sakura Gelly Roll White

PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Gel Pens

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Sakura Pentouch Paint Marker, Medium

Pentouch Paint Marker, 1.0mm

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Pen Set

Lettering Books & Guides

Sometimes we are gifting for someone who is interested in something but hasn’t quite gotten around to learning how to start yet. Well, these lettering book gift ideas are perfect for someone who wants to improve their handwriting and brush lettering but doesn’t know how!

Creative Lettering and Beyond

Hand-Lettering for Everyone

Hand Lettering 101

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a fun way to spice up your bullet journal and it is perfect as a gift idea! The fun shapes, colors, patterns and designs that washi tape comes in is sure to excite your loved one!

Savena Washi Tape Set

Decorative Washi Tape DIY Rainbow

Wonderful Washi Tape – Geometric Collection

Washi Tapes Month Week Daytime Todo

Crafty Animal Washi Tape

Japanese Washi Masking Tape

Sunshine Washi Tape

Sunshine Washi Tape banner

Stickers

So many people love to add stickers to their journals and notebooks. This as well as the immense variety of stickers to pick from, makes these sets perfect gift ideas for bullet journalers!

Holiday Seasonal Planner Sticker Sheets

Cute Nature VSCO Girl Stickers

Various Special Shaped Stickers-Flower Series

Clear Cursive Planner Sticker Bundle

Ultimate Productivity Planner Stickers Set

The Happy Planner, Clear Dates Stamps

Paints

Just like washi tape and stickers, paint is a great addition to any artistic bullet journaler’s toolbox! Giving paint is a great gift idea if your loved one is an artistic person!

DecoArt0 Media Fluid Acrylic Paint

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FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint

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ARTEZA Watercolor Paint

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Watercolor Paint Set

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Stamps & Ink

I love using stamps and ink in my bullet journal. It’s a quick and easy way to add art! As such, stamps and ink make a great gift idea for a planner!

Clear Stamps, Holiday Planner Icons

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Hero Arts, Weather Icons

Wooden Box Number Alphabet Letter Rubber Stamp

Ubegood Stamp Pad

Tsukineko Versacraft Ink Pads

Avery Carter’s Foam Stamp Pad, Black

Craft Ink Pad Stamps 20 Colors

Stationery

People who love bullet journaling and planning often love stationery as a whole! Here are some stationery items such as cards, notepads, sticky notes, and more!

Hunger Gradient Color Sticky Note

Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

 Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

Marble Stationery Paper

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold

Gold Premium Cute Paper Clips

Tombow Mono Hybrid Correction Tape

American Greetings Pastel Stationery Sheets and Colored Envelopes

Recycled Cardstock Notecards with Natural Tree Design

Desk Top Decor & Organization

Being a bullet journaler can get hectic and chaotic. Trying to find places to store everything can feel impossible! Here are some gift ideas to help your loved one organize their bullet journaling tools!

Rose Gold Desk Organizer Set

Simmer Stone Desktop Letter Sorter

Desktop Organizer – Adjustable Wood Display Shelf

Desk Accessory Organization Kit

Reliancer File Organizer Triangle

Other Odds & Ends

Not every bullet journaling or planning gift idea falls neatly into one of the previous categories. However, that does not mean that it isn’t an amazing idea for a gift! Here is everything I recommend for a bullet journaler that doesn’t fit neatly into a category.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Glitter Shake Jars

Quickie Glue Pen

No matter what kind of bullet journal or planner you are shopping for, this list is bound to help you shop for them! Which of these was your favorite gift idea? Did you go ahead and buy any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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Why You Should Keep A Journal In Your Office

An individual who holds a journal is one with an ordered lifestyle. Learn how to keep a journal and why it's important to have a journal in your office.

Writing, keeping records, detailing proposed or intended activities of the day, keeping a physical note of achievable goals and objectives; they say is a speedy way of getting ahead in life. An individual who holds a journal is one with an ordered lifestyle; nothing jumps at him out of his schedule, he or she lives a life close to perfection, as the day is perfectly lined up in such an attractive way. He keeps a mental note and strives to hit the targets for the day. Such is the unrivaled importance of keeping a journal. 

Personal Reasons for Keeping A Journal

There are always many reasons why people keep journals; either as a means of getting life issues off their mind, a method of offloading their thoughts elsewhere, or the many other common reasons which necessitate the many types of journals such as dream journals, travel journals, gratitude journals, daily activity journal amongst others are part of the many reasons individuals keep journals. It has been reiterated that sometimes a journal does not need a specific topic such as daily random thoughts or special life milestones. Many have kept journals for a long time, and some others wanted to, but have just not been helpful too. 

Professional Reasons for Keeping A Journal

In your career, keeping journals is a very essential and highly needed habit. It is a friendly culture that you need to cultivate. One of the many advantages of maintaining journals specifically in your workplace is it helps to keep a daily note of goals and objectives to achieve, and it also allows for your ideas to be recorded as they come. You are hence boosting your capacity in the workplace.  It will enable you to be able to keep a record of the ideas that come to your mind in the course of other responsibilities so you can revisit these ideas later.

The Importance of a Journal in the Workspace

The need for keeping a journal in your office or the working environment is critical.  Most people scribble random notes. These notes can get lost in transit or amidst the hustle and bustle of the workplace. They can also render your workspace cluttered; if you do this regularly, you may be missing out on the actual activity that can improve your job success and keep your workstation organized and efficient. In a recent paper from Harvard business school.

Studies on Keeping A Journal

It was asserted that setting aside 15 minutes to reflect at the end of the workday is part of being a productive employee. Assessing plans and future goals is one of the best ways to do this is to keep a journal. 

Studies carried out on employees of a business outsourcing company about the very essence of spending some extra time journaling; writing and reflecting on the lessons they learned during the day. They did it for about ten days; another group participant only kept working to the end of the day without reflection, writing or sharing whatsoever. At the end of the experiment, it was concluded that the journaling employees performed way better than those who kept working until their shifts ended. This exemplifies the singular act that human beings need to reflect before taking future actions. 

Write It Down

Merely thinking about the ideas that jump at you in your workplace is not enough. Writing these down is the very best of the options. Journaling in the contemporary world may have been termed as trendy only among teenagers keeping stories of their escapades, the emotional ups and downs and what have you. Keeping a diary is, in its real sense an activity that has been and still being used by successful figures on the global stage. Worthy of mention are Oprah Winfrey, artist Andy Warhol, amongst others. Journaling helps in the self-revealing quest in the area of one’s life in need of improvement or amplification as demand may be. 

Individuals have from time to time highlighted how journaling has helped to improve their inner experience. There are stories that tell of how journaling started as a class activity for them and later promoted to bring about improvement in their careers. It has enabled them to notice and recognize hidden, harmful behavioral patterns and brainstorm the needed solutions. 

Why You Need A Journal in Your Office

Keeping journals would sure help in giving a new perspective and a better understanding of individual roles within the work environment. It can also help in givin a new perspective and better understanding of the points of improvement in their communication techniques with others in the workplace. At this point, you have to personally do a self-appraisal to see if keeping a journal in your workplace would be right for you. Journaling is a great and effective way to help you work through issues and ultimately grow in your career. So it’s high time you start keeping a journal and progressively log in your ideas. 

In highlighting the overall importance of keeping a journal, it helps you in the following ways;

Learning your lessons

There lies in every experience either good or bad; the little value of you being able to learn from them. Never forget to pick up the lessons imbued in every encounter within the workplace. By writing down these experiences; noting what worked and what did not, you can improve your efficiency within your workplace. 

The advantage of venting in the right place

For all your experiences in handling your numerous clients, your ever-annoying boss, your annoying colleagues, you can vent in a safe place. Negative feelings, rants, your frustrations can be written in your journal. Bottling your emotions can be very harmful. 

Envisioning the future 

The human ability to rationalize and plan towards the future is a treasured human ability. Journaling further helps to develop this trait. Aptly considering the most importantly held goals and objectives while picturing the scenarios where they can be achieved is a fundamental reason for journaling in your workplace. 

Listing good advice from your mentors

There are incredible people everywhere in life. There are experts in every sphere of human endeavor. Hence, you can list these individuals who are your mentors in your journal. Some of your mentors can be close with you; assisting where necessary. When you get great tips or ideas from your mentors, your journal serves as a perfect medium to write it down. You can then refer to it any time in the future. 

Meet the Author

Tess Cain loves being organized. If she is not working at office.eco, then she’s dedicated her time to staying clean, clutter-free and organized. She also likes the outdoors, working out and volunteering.

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How to Keep a Journal for Your Pregnancy Goals

When we grow up, at least to the point where our parents don’t do our doctor’s appointments anymore, we find ourselves in a situation where we have to bring our own health decisions. Being in touch with your body and recognizing its needs is very important. Alongside, leading a healthy lifestyle is something that should become a routine, not an emergency exit. There are certain periods in women’s life when she is supposed to take extra care of her health. For any woman who plans to get pregnant at one point in her life, it is of crucial importance to take care of her health long before the actual preparations start. 

The whole process together with your daily jobs and obligations can become quite hectic. That is when keeping a pregnancy journal can come in handy. 

Do One Step At A Time

There is no right or wrong answer on how to prepare for pregnancy, although keeping a journal that will track your progress is a good place to start. When planning to get pregnant, everything hits you at once, and it can be hard to stay focused and stress-free. Many changes happening at the same time, even if they are positive can have a totally different effect and leave us exhausted and unhappy. That is why a good idea is to do it one thing at a time. In your pregnancy journal, you can set smaller goals for each month of your journey.

The First Month

So, in the first month, you can decide to leave smoking and drinking if that is something you do. Of course, one glass of wine, for example, is not going to hurt the baby, but setting some boundaries is definitely a good thing. 

The Following Months

For other months, you can give up some of the bad foods that you like to eat. This will make you feel more energized because as we know pregnancy can make you feel quite tired, and also make you and your baby healthy. Even though these changes don’t seem that serious, give yourself time because getting rid of some daily habits is challenging.

After you have done that, the next step is to dedicate some of your free time to a certain fitness routine. Mind you, it doesn’t need to be real fitness. Riding a bike, light jogging, yoga or even walking is proved to have positive effects on your health during pregnancy. It will relax you and prepare you for the best part of the pregnancy. Of course, remember to consult your doctor about what is safe. One of the key goals that your doctor will also recommend is taking enough vitamins and minerals. They will give your baby what it needs, and also keep your health and appearance in check. And if you’re planning to raise with a partner, don’t omit to research some pregnancy tips for men that can help him help you along the journey. 

As The Due Date Approaches

As you start getting closer to your due date, incorporating meditation in your daily routine would be a good idea. This is especially important if you ever feel nervous about having to give birth. Relaxing through meditation and creating a calm, peaceful environment you can spend time in, is going to help you with fear and anxiety you maybe are experiencing. 

Track Your Progress And Be Prepared

When doing any long-term project or activity, a journal helps you track your progress. Pregnancy is a time where many changes take place. Mood swings, hot flashes, soreness, changes in the food you like to eat are just some of them. If you want to keep an eye on all of that and want to minimize the side effects, writing it all down in your journal will help both you and your doctor. By avoiding foods and drinks that make you nauseous, finding the right sleeping position, or finding the right ways for you to relax you will make your whole pregnancy a lot easier. 

Another advantage is that like any other journal you can write down your feelings and that way automatically feel better. If you ever feel like you will forget to bring something or prepare for when the baby comes, a journal is a perfect way to keep all of that in one place and make sure you have everything set.

Remember The Most Emotional Moments

There is little chance you will forget about the first time you started noticing your belly, a song you sang to your baby while you were pregnant, or the first time your baby kicked. However, a journal provides a safe place where you can save all those memories together with some photos. Something else you can write there are baby names you have thought of and why. A journal like this you can continue writing even after the baby is born. The first words, steps, and bruises, all of that. A beautiful idea is to give this part of your journal to your child for their 18th birthday. And just think how nice it will be 20 years from now when you open it and read everything. 

Keeping a pregnancy journal is good for practical reasons as well as emotional. While you are pregnant, it will serve as a reminder of everything you have to do, and once you give birth, it will become a beautiful memory of the most amazing time of your life. 

Meet the Author

Lauren Laporte is a health and wellness writer at ripped.me, and a huge nature enthusiast. She loves luxury and pampering herself, but she’s equally well off in a pod of mud somewhere with nothing but trees around. She is a firm believer in our body’s self-healing potential, and while there’s nothing at all wrong with conventional medicine, sometimes our bodies can do it ourselves if we take care to listen to the cues. This is mostly what she writes about. Find her on facebook, twitter.

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Pim’s Empowering Words Watercolor Notebook

Pim's Empowering Words Watercolor Notebook

Pim ordered a custom bullet journal inspired planner. Pim’s planner was a homemade leatherbound notebook which she sent me. Unlike other client notebooks I’ve designed, this one is more of a journal. Instead of various layouts, there are merely random watercolor spots with empowering words on them throughout the notebook. So, here is a breakdown of the notebook created for Pim.