I am so happy to annouce a Paper Relics iPhone app! It is called Nostalgic Musings, and offers quotes and wallpapers.
Part of the reason I created this app, is to provide daily inspiration as needed... but another reason is that I love using a good quote to journal. I wrote a guest post a while back about it, and am including an exceprt below:
How do you know what to journal about?
A lot of people who sign up for my classes want to know what to journal about when everyday life is mundane – when they think they do not have anything exciting to share. I happen to be a person who is always questioning and thinking, I have a big interest in some heavy topics and find myself pondering my place in the universe and journaling helps with that. But sometimes I still wish to journal and not be so deep – or even hit a wall when my mind keeps circling around the same ideas and cannot move forward. There is one technique I use to unclog my mind, and that I always tell others to try when faced with a blank journal page and not knowing what to write about.
I pick a quote. It can be one someone famous said, or even a line I heard a favourite character utter on a television show I watched last night. It could be something a friend said to me, or heartwarming words from my mother.
But to start, it is easiest to pick a quote that jumps out at you – that once you finish reading the last word you sit back and think, “ah, I know how that feels.”
Then I take the time to write out the quote on a crisp blank journal page – sometimes I will use fancy lettering, other times I won’t – it is all up to you and how you are feeling (and if you like to incorporate art into your journals or not).
Once I have the quote down – I start to think about it a bit, I ask myself questions, and then the journaling starts flowing and before I know it I have a lot to write about.
Here are some questions to get you started after you find a quote to work with:
- What drew you to this particular quote?
- Is this a new quote you just found or an old one you always loved?
- Have you ever heard of the person who said it? You may want to google their name to get more insight into their character – is there anything you see in them that you see in yourself? Do you like what you know about this person, or are you shocked that you are drawn to something they said?
- Are their certain words in the quote that speak to you specifically? What are they (hint: if you are unsure you may notice you write some words with more care than others – perhaps because they mean something to you?)
- How does it make you feel to read the quote?
- Does it bring you back to a different time in your life? If so, what was going on with you at that time?
- Does it make you want to be a better person? To reach some achievement you have long striven for?
- Do the words hold a secret meaning to you, unseen by others? What is it?
With the Nostalgic Musings app, there are over 1100 quotes that you can chose from to jump start your journaling!
If you download it - let me know what you think!