About Not Finishing A Journal

About Not Finishing A Journal

Today I want to talk about one of my current journals and why I am not going to finish it. I feel like many people think that once they have started a journal they have to finish it all the way. To be honest, I share this belief sometimes but of course, it is totally fine to not finish a journal all the way and move into a new one if things are not working out.


This is the journal I am talking about

About not finishing a journalThis is the journal I did not finish. It is one of my handmade journals I made for my Etsy shop. I do love the cover and the quality of the paper but there are a couple of reasons why this journal did not work for me which I will tell you about in a second. I started this journal in January 2018 as my third writing journal/diary and you can find out all about the set up of this journal here.


Why I did not finish this journal

  1. The journal is too big.  This journal has about 500 pages and as I got further along it got thicker and thicker making it really hard to write in it.
  2. The paper is blank. This journal did not have lined paper. I did make myself a template to write in straight lines but it was still very hard to write straight and I never really was pleased with my results.
  3. The chemistry was not right. From the beginning, there was always something that did not feel right about this journal. The chemistry between us just was not right.
  4. I wanted to move into my new traveler’s notebook. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I recently made my own traveler’s notebook. I really wanted to move into it after I finally managed to make one.
  5. It felt right to not finish this journal. Usually finishing a journal is hard because over the time I kind of develop a relationship with this journal. It becomes a part of me and I don’t want to put it away. With this journal it was different. I actually was super excited to finally stop writing in it.


In the End, it was the right decision for me to finish this journal.  I am much happier with my new one now (You can take a look at it here). Journaling should make you feel better and if your journal does not help you with that move into another one. Things don’t always work out. Not in life and not in journaling. If you want to see a flip through of this journal please let me know. I have not decided if I want to make one yet. What are your thoughts on not finishing a journal all the way?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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9 thoughts on “About Not Finishing A Journal

  1. I’ve never left a journal unfinished, but that’s probably because I’ve never run into the issues you had with this one. It’s such a shame this one didn’t work out for you, but I totally understand the issue with blank pages. I’ve had one journal with blank pages and struggled with it for months before I found a way to make it work for me. After that one I switched back to lined paper and almost felt claustrophobic at first, hahaha.

    x Envy

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  2. I have been through this phase sometimes! I always feel bad and guilty whenever I thought of not finishing a journal I am working on. It makes me feel like I am not putting my heart and soul enough for the art that I am working on (my writing). Another part was probably because I got the journal from someone I considered important so it felt like I betrayed them by not finishing what I’ve started in that specific journal.
    What do you think about this?

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    1. I everyone goes through this at some point of their journey and it makes us feel guilty because we see all these perfect journals online and think nobody feels like we do. It is important to remember that it should be about loving what we do

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  3. Even I am middle of this dilemma. I started writing a bullet journal last year in August. And I was pretty excited about it and all. But after all these months, I feel like I really don’t need a journal or anything to log all my stuff. But I don’t want to give up this habit. I have not yet made up my mind.
    I think nothing is worth doing if we don’t enjoy doing it. Or as you say – if we don’t feel it is right.

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    1. It is up to us to choose how we want to spend our time. I believe that we should always choose what makes us happy as often as we can. There will always be things we have to do we might not like but we can at least choose to spend the rest of our time doing what we love


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