Here we’ve included some suggestions here about how get the most out of your Leaf Girl Talk Journal, so our headings are the same as those in our journal. Use them if you like. Ignore them if you prefer. Feel free to draw, paste in photos (leaves, tickets etc) or decorate with stickers. A journal does not have to be just in writing. That’s why there are lots of blank pages in our journals. Sometimes writing is not the best way to express your thoughts and ideas. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Remember, it’s YOUR journal for YOUR stuff.
- Think about what makes you YOU! What do you like about yourself? What one personality trait would like to improve on? What can you do about it?
- What do you remember about when you were little? What did you like to do? How is that different from now?
- How do you feel about being a girl? What do you love? Are there any times you’d rather be a boy? Why?
- What would your super power be? Why?
- What star sign are you? Do you know what traits you are supposed to have under that star sign? Do they apply to you?
- What does your name mean? Does it suit your personality?
- Write down your answers on the Friend pages, and then ask your friends for their thoughts. See if you come up with the same answers.
- Don’t forget to include your family, including grandparents and extended family if you are really close.
- Teachers can be very important in your life. If you have a special teacher you love, include them in your journal.
- Sometimes someone you dislike will have a big effect on your life. It might be worth including them too. Who knows, one day you may become friends.
- To add photos, you could try printing out on your inkjet printer onto sticker paper. Some of these are specially coated for inkjet printers. Then just cut out and stick on.
- What’s your personal style? Paste in pictures of your favourite things – clothes, toys, books, artwork etc.
- What makes you feel happy? Why? Think about your favourite places, events, activities and people, as well as special things.
- Write Top 10 lists – movies, books, songs, bands, people, TV shows, holidays.
- Make a list of your favourite things – food, colour, ice cream, teacher, shoes, shop, team, car and so on. Brainstorm with friends or use your imagination to come up with more ideas. If you want, you can even say why they’re your favourites.
- What can’t you live without – the old classic, “what 3 things you would take to a desert island” sort of thing.
- What was your favourite story when you were little – the one you insisted on having read to you over and over again? Do you still have the book? What did you love most about it?
- Look again at the checklist of things you love to do and your list of words that describe you. How do these fit in with your wildest dreams?
- If you had a million dollars, what would you do?
- Write a list of all the places in the world you would love to visit.
- Imagine you were the winner of a major award in your chosen field – e.g. an Academy Award, a Nobel Prize, the World Cup? Write your acceptance speech.
- Design your dream home.
- Make a list of the things you need to do to make your dreams come true, such as courses or training you will need to undertake, competitions you will need to participate in, special skills required and people who can help you. Include a timeline.
- Create your secret code on a sheet of tracing paper and keep it safe. Then write your secrets in code so no-one can read them.
- What is your wildest, biggest, craziest dream? How could you make it happen?
- Is there a special “someone” in your life? How do feel about this person?
- Share your secrets with your best friend – if you dare!