I've kept a journal pretty much my whole life. I realized that until recently, I wasn't completely being honest with my journaling-self (irony if I've ever heard of it). As a creative, anxious person, obviously I tend to fall into the "perfectionist" category, and this even translated into my own diary. For years, I had a certain way of signing off, of formatting my entries, what kind of handwriting or pen I used. I'd get frustrated when I deterred from whatever track I was on, and I just recently (with my new journal) realized how silly that was. It's a notebook--I can do whatever the hell I want to it! If I pick it up one day and don't feel like writing, then I don't have to -- I'll draw instead. Or maybe I'll write or draw something that I absolutely hate. That's ok too. I find that the stuff I create that doesn't immediately please me, usually ends up being the most humorous later on when I look through my entries. And that's exactly what a journal should be -- a hot mess of emotions that might not make sense EVER, but in that moment you write/draw them, they are the most raw, most honest part of yourself. If you're thinking about keeping a journal and don't know where to start, skim through autobiographies, artist journals, even graphic novels to figure out what sparks your imagination and makes you want to CREATE.