There are many mistakes and bad decisions each one of us is making that are not helpful in making our journal (well, and in our life in general). Often we are not even aware of the things that are holding us back to live our lives to the fullest. Even with the small things, like keeping a journal, is easy to find excuses for not doing something that we simply can’t let go.

Well, I’ve gathered ten things I think you need to give up TODAY to make your journal (and your life) amazing.

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1. TRYING TO BE PERFECT

The biggest problem I have (and I believe many other people have too) is that I want everything to be perfect. There are many people who would love to start journaling but give up because they want everything to be perfect. Your writing and artistic skills don’t have to be perfect. Believe me, whatever you do, however “imperfect” your journal will be it still beats not making anything at all. And practice makes perfect so just start. Everything will come to you eventually.

2. COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

This is the biggest reason I’ve started this blog: to show people that there are other “ordinary” people out there. When you want to start journaling but start comparing yourself with big bloggers it’s understandable you feel inadequate. That’s why you should never, ever compare your work with others’. It doesn’t have to be as beautiful or creative as someone else’s. It only has to be TRUE TO YOU. You do it your way and it will be perfect.

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3. TRYING TO AVOID MISTAKES

As I said: practice makes perfect. While practicing it’s normal to make mistakes. That’s how you learn how to do better and how to be better. And as Bob Ross would say: “There are no mistakes. There are only happy accidents.” Listen to Bob Ross, he was a wise man. He knew that not everything turns out perfect the first time around but that you have endless possibilities to work on your mistakes and turn them into something great.

4. SAYING “I CAN’T”

Yes you can. Your attitude toward things will always be crucial in the end result. If you are convinced that you “can’t start a journal because you don’t know how” and you don’t even pick up a pen, well… you definitely won’t succeed. If you believe in yourself and if you believe that you too can, indeed, make art (however small or “imperfect”) you’re already one step closer to achieving your goal.

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5. THINKING YOU’RE NOT READY

The biggest obstacle in achieving anything in life is thinking that we are not ready. Embracing a change, big or small, can be intimidating and it’s easier to convince ourselves that we are not ready than to actually start taking action. Ask yourself what is holding you back? Why do you think you aren’t ready to embark on this amazing journaling journey?

6. WORRYING WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU

The beauty of journaling is that it’s your own. No one else’s. And what’s true to you doesn’t have to be true to someone else. So just do your thing and enjoy doing it. The process of making a journal is far more important in the end and you can do it your way, without the fear of judgement.

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7. TRYING TO CONTROL EVERYTHING

This is one of the hardest for me. I *really love* having everything under control. But journaling should really be about letting yourself go. Just relaxing and losing yourself in those moments of making a journal. When you let go of trying to be in control that’s when the magic happens.

8. THINKING ABOUT THE THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE

I was always anxious because I didn’t have *those* pens or *that* notebook. I thought it would be SO MUCH BETTER if I could afford some fancier things. Until I realized that the real beauty is making the most with the things I already have. And little by little I realized that it really is quite cool using the things that are “basic” and making something amazing with them.

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9. TRYING TO AVOID RISK

This is a big life lesson and a great lesson for journaling, too. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Add some wrapping paper, watercolors, tea bags or crossword puzzles in your journal. Try it out. If you don’t like it glue something over it. Or leave it be and try something else. Give your kid colored pencils and let them draw something in your journal. Rip up a page. Do whatever you want. Don’t be afraid: everything will be okay in the end.

10. TAKING YOURSELF SO SERIOUSLY

Starting a journal that is more than just a diary is quite silly, when you come to think about it. I sometimes pause while I’m ripping up pages from magazines and can’t believe that I, a serious 30-something woman, am playing with glue and paper while I should be doing some “adult” stuff like laundry or the dishes. But you know what? That’s the beauty of it: to do something that makes you happy. During the day we all have loads of stuff we have to do. Wake up early, go to work, make lunch, clean, wash, iron, pay the bills… It’s all so serious. We need fun and this childish silliness in our lives. Give yourself time to be silly, to be a child again and lose yourself in having fun.

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