Journaling is hard. Even for professional writers, deciding what to say on a layout can be truly challenging, let alone figuring out how to make it authentic, creative, and meaningful. But struggle no more, because help is on the way!
The book is loaded with great journaling prompts. While reading it, I found myself jotting down ideas for future pages. Since I've been in a bit of a layout rut lately, this was just what I needed to adjust my approach. Inspired by the prompt "let an object inspire the journaling" I made this page this morning:
here are the close ups:
I found this unused concert ticket on eBay. Although I did not attend this show, I was immediately struck by the date - as it was the date of my 13th birthday. While Cheap Trick was playing this concert in Oregon, I was on the other side of the states in NJ, receiving the album Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan as a gift for my birthday. It was my first 'rock & roll’ album and it was given to me by my brother Anthony. At the time, I loved Cheap Trick (and I still do!). "I Want You To Want Me" was in heavy rotation on all the radio stations and I would wait anxiously to hear it - or even better, see it on one of the late-night rock shows that used to be on. I'd swoon at the sight of Robin Zander. I played that album thousands & thousands of times on my crappy little stereo. I was a fan in the strongest sense of the word and that album was my soundtrack. It was the perfect gift at the most perfect time.
To say this album represents a turning point in my youth, as well as an influence on my musical taste going forward, would be a massive understatement. Thanks Anthony, thanks Cheap Trick and thanks Robin Zander – you still make me swoon after all these years!
I was wondering what I was going to do with that ticket - I'm so glad it found a home on this page with this little story I wanted to tell.
So, want to win your very own copy of Journaling that Matters? Just leave a comment and I'll draw a random winner on Sunday!