I have almost 590 reviews to hit 15 Cannonballs for Cannonball 15. And while it is possible (vel veeter did fourteen and change in 2019), is it practical for me to have that goal/thought/need/etc? Probably not. However, the reason I started my review off like this is because I was wondering if The Awesome Human Journal: A Tool Kit for the Tough Days, the Good Days, and All the Days in Between would be a good journal for me to have someplace to write about the thoughts behind my thinking. Maybe or maybe not (I would have to wait until mid-October 2023 for this to see if I could apply it to me), but I can see where the work of Nataly Kogan could be helpful, because, as I was reading online, I saw a few things that I wanted to steal (I mean partake in) and some I was completely uninterested in. This mix seems to be a decent balance, but I feel most people will get at least something from it.
The kicker is, usually I am not a fan of journals that give prompts for writing. However, I know they are a useful tool, and I have occasionally used them. But there is more than just writing prompts. There are tips about how to use the book, tips about taking care of yourself (or ways to phrase the action/event/feeling you might not have thought about before), there are “post it note pep talks,” and information on how our brains work and therefore why we think some of the over 70,000 thoughts a day we have. There are even fun activities
like giving yourself an award for “editing your negative thought(s) today.”
The format is set up so you can do this daily as there are a few “stopping places” for you to collect yourself and do a weekly check-in. I think, however, you can use it anyway you need to, as if you are like me, doing something daily like a journal, is fun at first but soon can be a chore.
It is written with the contemporary social media person in mind (such as you can show off your awards on social media, and their @ is present so you can tag the author and share with others) and the tone is good for pre-teen on up. The publisher descriptions I have found have it aimed at adults, but it mostly feels like teens are the better age range. But like all books, know your audience and their needs. I am unfamiliar with The Awesome Human Project of Nataly Kogan, which this journal is based on, but if you do, I am assuming that this is a good companion to that.