Getting started

 
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Journaling - Just me

journaling individually

Image from Sam’s journal, 2017

Image from Sam’s journal, 2017

‘I feel energised and given permission to find and establish my own space and voice creatively.’

Journaling is a powerful creative tool used by many in their everyday lives, as well as by writers and artists.

It can take a variety of forms such as a sketchbook, diary or scrapbook filled with words, images, photos and collage. It can be private or for others to read too.

Journaling can be therapeutic and helps us to check in on feelings, record our good and bad days, and put experiences into perspective.

If you want to journal on your own, you can try out our journaling guides, find inspiration on our site and share your work with the Maternal Journal community.

 

Journaling - Together

working as a group

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

“What I find so brilliant is the honesty of everyone, the mutual respect and interest.”

Journaling together in a group provides a space for sharing your work, getting support and learning from each other.

You can use our toolkit and journaling guides to set up your own Maternal Journal group. There are lots of useful links and resources available on the website to help you.

Share your work with the Maternal Journal community and let us know how you are getting on.

 
I see the journal as something for me in a time when nearly everything could be about the baby.

 

Why we journal

the history of journaling

She was pregnant  by Helen Sargeant - watercolour, pencil and ink on paper, 2018

She was pregnant by Helen Sargeant - watercolour, pencil and ink on paper, 2018

‘We are story-telling experts, and our stories are many’ Hollie McNish #nobodytoldme

Women* have faced many barriers and restrictions on their freedom of expression, both now and in the past, and a journal was often one of the only creative outlets for personal feelings, as well as social and political views.

Because of this, there is a rich history of women* journaling around the world. Well-known journals include those by Fanny Burney, Ida B Wells, Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf.

Video diaries, blogging and social media are all modern ways to journal.

Find inspiration

Hollie McNish from Nobody Told Me

Hollie McNish from Nobody Told Me