Why I Keep a Journal in My Model Bag
A Little Bit About Me
I've always loved journal writing. As a kid, I've started and never quite seemed to finish any of the journals I begun. So many journals with half the pages yet to be written in. I got better at journaling as I got older. I learned not to place pressure on myself to write EVERY day. I learned how to allow myself the break the rules. I did this by going back and writing on days already passed. Drawing instead on writing. Merging scrapbooking with journaling to fill the pages more easily.
Keeping a journal can feel like a daunting task. It doesn't have to be! It can actually be quite a useful tool--especially for a model!
Like I mentioned before, there are no rules when it comes to writing your thoughts down on paper. Here is a quick trick if you are just starting a journal... use a planner as a journal first!
Here's why it works... in planners you are given a few lines to write on. A few lines are reasonable for any busy-bodied person to complete. Once you get the ball rolling it is easy to keep writing! The hardest part is pouring words into pages of blank space. The best planner I can recommend for this type of journaling is the moleskin.
For modeling purposes, a few sentences to sum up your experience at the modeling gig is helpful to track past work experience. So dive in and try it! Keep it simple. Jot down a few words and let yourself grow from there. Another plus, journaling also helps you feel happier because it helps to remind you that you are more accomplished then you remember. It is easy to forget how much we learn and grow. Write it down to not forget!
I use my planner as a journal to keep a proper record of my modeling gig start and end time to ensure I'm properly paid for my time. I write down a few things I learned on the job to remember for next time and occasionally a model tip or trick passed around between the models. Didn't bring your cahier? Don't fret! Write down your thoughts in your phone (we never part from our cells) and transfer the tidbits over later.
Penny for your thoughts:
Reflection is a powerful tool for growth. Journaling is just one of my favorite forms of reflection! Tell us when is the last time you've taken time for yourself and jotted in your journal?