Try Intentional Journaling to Clear Your Head

Marisa Mohi
5 min readNov 6, 2023

When I’m feeling stuck or like I can’t push past an obstacle, intentional journaling helps me get my life back on track. And the best part? You can integrate this process into whatever sort of journaling works for you.

Now, it’s no secret that I’m a feral notebook hoarder and at any given time, I have about 15 notebooks I’m working with. I keep them for different writing projects and some of them are for planning. But there is always a journal on deck, gang.

If you’re looking to create an intentional journaling habit, start by thinking about what journaling actually is, and how you can do it intuitively.

What is Considered Journaling?

Like all the best things in life, when it comes to journaling, there are no rules. At least, not in the sense that if you have to keep a journal in a specific way.

Journaling is the process of writing down your thoughts and feelings. Some days, you may have very little to say. You may write what happened that day and how you felt about it. Other days, you may find that your pen never leaves the page and you’re in a full-on stream-of-consciousness flow state.

Both are correct.

The journal is there for you to write what you’re thinking and feeling, and to help you work through anything that might be stuck in your mind.

You can use whatever tools make the most sense to you for your journal. I’m a notebook girl, but some folks prefer to type because they can get the words out quicker that way. Some people like to speak their thoughts and record the audio files.

As with all things, do what works for you. There’s no medal for doing journaling “right.” So pick a method you enjoy and keep coming back to.

Journaling Examples

Luckily for everyone, there are tons of different ways you can journal. This list isn’t comprehensive, but these are the most common types of journaling.

  • Art Journal. Want to use paints and markers and collage materials to get your thoughts on the page? Art journaling is a great way to expend some creative energy and create a journal that is uniquely yours.



Marisa Mohi

Writer and Tarot Reader. Fueled by black coffee and notebooks with thick paper.