How To Build Your Confidence With a Coloring Journal


journalingOne of the things that held me back from achieving more early in my career in corporate finance was my fear of failure – a result of my lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Psychologists say that you can start to build your self-confidence by simply telling yourself “I can.” The more you believe you can do something, the more you will be able to do it. That certainly helped me and I eventually worked my way to executive finance positions in the electricity and health care industries.

“They succeed because they think they can.” – Virgil

Another way to build your self-confidence is journaling.

Image: Samantha Celera , CC BY-ND 2.0

Like coloring, journaling can also help you manage your stress, as well as strengthen your immunity and manage chronic illnesses. It is not quite clear how, exactly, journaling does all of this.  Some experts say it is the catharsis, but it could also be the effect of organizing your thoughts and experiences, and uncluttering your mind.

And like coloring and other meditative activities, you will get the most out of journaling by doing it regularly. Try five minutes of journaling each day (although 15 minutes may be ideal), even on days when you are feeling good about yourself.

One part of journaling is writing, so what should you write about? Well, anything, really.  Here are some of the things I put in my journal:

  • My dreams, realistic or not, and then what I need to achieve them.
  • My strengths and weaknesses
  • People I admire, and why
  • My successes, and why I nailed them. Or my epic fails, and what I’d do differently next time.
  • Menu plans, grocery lists, to-do lists, list of books I want to read and have read.

The options are endless. Regardless of what you put in your journal, you do not have to write like an author.  Journaling is not a time to worry about grammar or spelling – just spew. 

My 2017 Books Read journal page

I found that journaling is much easier when I always have the book with me so I can write whenever the mood strikes. I also use a journal that has some coloring in its pages. Knowing that I can include a bit of one of my favorite pastimes in journaling makes it so much easier to stick to the habit. And it is so nice to not have to stare at a blank page when I am stumped about what to write.  A bit of coloring can be a great prompt.  And the coloring makes it just that much more fun!

Ready to try journaling?  Here are some great coloring journals to try.

Believe in Yourself

Hardcover. 160 pages. 5″ x 7″. Average Amazon Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars. $7.36journaling

This journal includes 10 full-size coloring pages, along with accent designs on many of the journaling pages. Acid free/archival paper preserves your work and takes pen or colored pencil beautifully. The journal is small, so it fits easily in most bags. The back cover has a pocket for notes, reminders, business cards, and a few colored pencils or pens. A coordinating elastic band attached to the back cover keeps your place or keeps the book closed.

Coloring Journal!

Spiral bound. 9″ x 7″. Average Amazon Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars. $9.79journaling

I love that this journal is spiral bound and lays completely flat for coloring. Each two-page spread has inspirational quotes to ponder. along with space for coloring and writing.

Color Therapy

Hardcover. 192 pages. 5″ x 7″. Average Amazon Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars. $8.79journaling

Each page in this simple journal has a small illustration to color.  The largest design is 2/3 of a page and most are smaller and quite detailed. The strong binding does allow the book to lay flat.

Becoming Me: A Work in Progress

Paperback. 176 pages. 7.5″ x 9″. Average Amazon Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars. $9.60journaling

I love this journal, not only for its coloring pages but because it is a good creativity “kickstarter.” Created by Andrea Pippins, the artist behind the best-selling coloring book I Love My Hair, this journal has affirmations, great prompts such as doodling ideas and scrapbooking type activities.

Coloring JournalBook

Hardcover. 114 pages. 8.5″ x 7″. Average Amazon Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars. $15.95journaling
With this simple spiral-bound you can keep your memories, feelings and notes positive with the 24 coloring images illustrated by Kathryn Marlin. I love that the pages are numbered, too, so you can create an ongoing index at the front.

Scribbles & Doodles: A Coloring Journal

Paperback. 128 pages. 8.5″ x 11″. Average Amazon Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars. $5.99journalling

This journal is unique because everything is printed single-sided on heavy stock, so if you want to use alcohol-based markers you won’t have  a problem.

Adult Coloring Journal

journalingPaperback. 120 pages. 8.5″ x 11″. Average Amazon Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars. $7.99journaling

This journal has over 28 colorable designs with lined paper, plus and extra lined paper in the back. It also has full page mandala designs (without lined paper) to color at the beginning of each section.

Coloring Cafe-Cuppa Calm Coloring Journal

 Paperback. 70 pages. 6″ x 9″. Average Amazon Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars. $5.99journaling

This book has 35 different illustrations to color along with your journaling. It includes positive and uplifting messages to color by artist and writer Ronnie Walter.


A Magical Journal For Horse Lovers: A Coloring Journal

Paperback. 178 pages.7.5″ x 9″. Average Amazon Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars. $15.99journaling

This book has artistically drawn horses for you to color or doodle on, some plain and others detailed. along with space for you to jot down notes, thoughts, doodle, scribble or design your own patterns and be creative. It is also a great size to carry in your bag.

Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden Journal

 Paperback. 144 pages.6″ x 8.5″. Average Amazon Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars. $15.95journaling

This premium-quality, hardback journal features gilt edging, a ribbon bookmark and 70 small images from Secret Garden for you to color in. The cover is very sturdy and beautifully detailed. The only downside is that the pages are unlined.

Have you tried journaling? If so, what tips do you have for journaling newbies? Let us know in the comments section below.


6 thoughts on “How To Build Your Confidence With a Coloring Journal”

  1. I’m inspired to purchase one of these journal coloring books reviewed.

  2. Gaye Valle says:

    I create my own praise journal. Thanks for the great review!

  3. I think my DIL would love one of these great books. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I love this blog entry! I have done journaling in the distant past, but after reading your blog today, I think that perhaps I should begin once again! And I’m so happy that you included examples of coloring journals that are out there for us to try. They are so exciting! I may have to purchase at least one of them. The only problem is – which one? Don’t worry – I’ll figure it out – that’s where the fun begins! Thank you for such a wonderful idea!

  5. I love these coloring journals. Im definitely going to buy one. I have the coloring cafe one. It’s really small so Id like something bigger. These all look like wonderful journals.

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