I do a couple of craft shows during the holiday season and I often get people in my booth who tell me that my journals are too pretty to write in – they feel like they need the “right” thing to put on the pages. They don’t want to ruin them by messing up.
I offer this piece of advice to anyone who’s ever struggled with starting a new journal. That first blank page can be very intimidating. The best thing you can do is to start writing on the second page. That way, you aren’t always confronted with whatever you put down at the start of your writing – you don’t have to worry about having compromised the appearance of your journal.
You can always go back and use the first page later, maybe as a title page.
Don’t let something like a piece of paper keep you from telling your story.