I’ve written before about how much I love to journal. Because I’ve been journaling since approximately the second grade, I’ve had the opportunity to write in many types of journals. And I’ve had to establish some ground rules, since so many companies think it’s good enough to glue some blank sheets of paper together, slap a colorful cover on it, and call it a journal. Hint: That is NOT OK.
Rules for Journals:
1. Must be spiral bound or perfect bound
I don’t want my writing impeded in any way. I don’t want to reach the inside margin or the bottom of the page and find that my handwriting is turning sloppy and my hand is cramping because it’s struggling just to find traction.
2. Must have lined pages
I’m not one of those amazing people who can write in straight lines, and I’m OCD enough that it would be incredibly distracting to see my handwriting sloping.
3. Must have hard covers
First—A colorful piece of paper or plastic on the front of a journal does not a cover make.
Second—Flimsy covers make it difficult to write.
4. Must have an attractive cover
Again, a colorful piece of paper or plastic doesn’t cut it. I want tasteful, creative, imaginative art. Photography works. I’m not a big fan of abstract art, but if it’s the right piece it can work.
5. Must be eco-friendly *Optional, but preferred
I know that my journaling habit is not the most environmentally friendly one. In fact, when I went to college I was inspired and decided to journal in Word documents. I have a Word document for every month of my first two years of college. And then I studied abroad in Oxford and decided it would be fun to go adventuring around town and journal in pretty places where there are no outlets for laptop cords, so I returned to the handwritten method. But if possible, I’d like to continue being kinder to the earth.
Well, I noticed a few days ago that I was running out of empty pages in my current journal, so I began the hunt for a new one. I had such a hard time finding one! I was scouring the internet, looking for the perfect notebook in which to write my thoughts. I finally decided I was just going to have to start a company that makes the perfect journal. But that would take more money and time than I could invest before my current journal ran out of blank pages. I needed a new journal today.
And I found it.
And it meets all five of the above criteria!
I found this Ecojot® journal at Barnes & Noble, but their online store has many more delightful choices of cover art and style. They sell both spiral and perfect bound journals, so next time I have my choice. The journal I bought is one of their Jumbo Journals. The sale of the Jumbo Journal pays for a workbook to be sent to a child in need to promote literacy in countries like Haiti, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Poland, and others. They’ve been able to accomplish a lot of good through their Give Program.
In addition, they sell greeting cards, fabric, prints, planners, and other fun stuff. I’m super excited to finally have found a good journal company, so I wanted to share it with you.
Note: I have not been paid to advertise Ecojot® journals. The opinions expressed here are my own. The journals are just that good.