The Incite Media Journal Process


My journal has become my very own learning plan blueprint. It’s my creative outlet, as well as being therapeutic, calming, and fun to use. It keeps me inspired and excited (incited) about my self-education, and gives me a place to brainstorm, plan and document my journey. 


Whether you are doing formal study, or building your knowledge following your own curriculum, it is so important to stay motivated about your education – no matter what age your are. So, by using your choice of lettering, writing, photography, or any mixed media techniques in your notebook or journal, you’ll have a way to capture everything that inspires you so you can design a life that excites you.


Your journal will become a powerful tool to help you cultivate your genius so you can share it with the world. 

incited media journal process


I developed the process while homeschooling my daughter, Avah, who is dyslexic. Instead of reading and writing pages and pages of text, we used photos, sketchnotes (doodles and lettering), different textures and materials, newspaper/ magazine clippings, and stickers to create a visual representation of what she was learning.


We turned a plain, old notebook into her incited media journal for research, projects, visual essays, book reviews, and as her personal diary. Not only did the process help her learn, it was also lots of fun, aesthetically pleasing, and quite therapeutic and calming. It also gave us a creative outlet, which was great because we have no artistic talent at all.


I loved it so much, I created my own incited media journal for my self-education and self-inspiration. Planning, brainstorming and documenting my learning journey in my journal also helps me to create a time capsule to review and reflect on.


 In fact, all of my professional development work as a content strategist was done using the incited media process. Now I design vision and mood boards, take research notes from books and podcasts, and record the evolution and progress of my experience, skills, knowledge and interests (ESKI) all in my journal. I freaking love it.

Lynda Cahill Incited Media Journal





1) Use any notebook you like. Some people like blank pages, others like lines or a dot grid layout. Me? I prefer a graph paper grid journal. Sometimes, I will use my wire board or a clipboard, too.


2) Journal as you go. I find the bullet journal method and traditional planners too restrictive. I need room for doodles, brainstorming, and brain dumping. So, rather than preparing your pages in advance, use as much room as you like before you move on to the next day, month, or topic.


3) Start a media file. As you read papers or magazines, cut out relevant headlines or pictures and keep them in an envelope or file. I also keep scraps of craft paper, doodles I’ve done, and photos, too.


4) Use whatever materials or techniques you like. It really is all about making your journal something you enjoy using and looking back over to make you feel inspired and excited (incited). Seek inspiration by looking on Pinterest and Instagram, and have fun creating your own style.

Check out the resources I’ve created to help you get started. Grab a notebook, some pens, and use your journal to get incited!





P.S. Check out more photos and tips on my Instagram @lynda_cahill_incited_media.



I use #incitedmedia and I’d love you to use that hashtag too so I can see your spreads. You can also join my INCITED MEDIA JOURNAL COLLECTIVE Facebook Group here.