My name is Catharine Mi-Sook and I am a mother to a magical boy who has the most inquisitive imagination and the kindest heart of any I know. I am passionate about finding the wonder in the day to day, the daily practice of journaling, visual arts, collaborating with other creative souls and creating things from the heart. You will often find my son and I adventuring through the woods or exploring the nooks and crannies of peculiar old towns. We are storytellers and love to make our own tales and lore as we move through each day. As with such, I have a deep affinity for stationery, which dates back to my own childhood ever since I acquired my first personal journal at the age of seven.
The love of journaling with @catharinemisook

Our visit to South Korea when I was nine years old was a turning point for me in regards to stationery. I had the good fortune of experiencing the wonder of notebooks and pens made in both Korea and Japan, which was definitely a game changer for me. Fast forward to now and not much has changed as one of my favorite notebooks is the Traveler’s Notebook alongside planners made from Tomoe River paper. I have expanded my palette, however, and have recently become fascinated with unique book binding and handmade journals made by artisans and friends in the US. I also love and prefer writing with fountain pens and tend to lean towards classic, simple and modern designs. But I also love trying all sorts of new writing instruments and really enjoy dip pens, the tried and true wooden pencil, brush pens and even a good ballpoint pen.

The love of journaling with @catharinemisook

In closing, the one thing that has really added to my life and opened up so much positivity in countless and even unexpected ways, is keeping up the daily practice of journaling. Each day, regardless of my schedule, I find a pocket of time to write my thoughts, draw and watercolor, or at the very least pen a quote that I find inspiring. I might only fill up one page or perhaps ten in one sitting, but I make room to let my soul breathe creatively every day. The most rewarding aspect of this is having my son see me make space for this and join me in his own daily practice of drawing in his sketchbook or building something out of his legos. This realm has now become our sacred space to explore, dream, design and be free. And it is in this the place that I am always reminded of how blessed we are no matter what is happening in our lives.

The love of journaling with @catharinemisook

I’d like to send out my biggest heartfelt thanks to Kim Alvarez and Ryder Carroll for the honor to share a little about myself here and my love of stationery with all of you! And I’d love to connect with fellow stationery lovers and creators on social media! You can find me on Instagram most of the time ( as well as Twitter ( Thank you for taking the time to read my story here and wishing you all a wonderful close to the 2017 year and a most inspiring and positive 2018!

The love of journaling with @catharinemisook

About Catharine Misook

I am a mother, creative consultant, content creator, and designer. I am passionate about journaling, the visual arts, looking for wonder in the mundane and traveling. I love to read books, write and watercolor in cozy cafes and explore far away places in the insatiability of imagination with my son.
  • Connie Thompson

    I just started with a Bullet Journal and so far it’s a lifesaver by keeping my ‘to-do’ and ‘to buy’ lists…I don’t have to try to keep all that in my head. And there’s great satisfaction in crossing off completed items! I do love your penmanship…what a beautiful, personal style. It’s a lost art and it makes me sad. Texting will never replace a hand written note/card/journal.

    • Catharine Mi-Sook

      Hi Connie! Wow that’s so encouraging and inspiring to hear about what you enjoy about bullet journaling! I am excited to begin this new journey with bujo as the year comes to its close and a new one begins. And thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! They really blessed my heart to read and are encouraging too. Thank you. Wishing you a most wonderful holiday and a blessed New Year!! 🙂

  • Else-Maria Tennessen

    Lovely article and photos. I found this line especially meaningful: This realm has now become our sacred space to explore, dream, design and be free. “Sacred space”–that is what journaling should be, and IS. Thank you for this post.

    • Catharine Mi-Sook

      Aww thank you so much, Else-Marie! It IS a sacred space, isn’t it? I feel so lucky to come across other kindred spirits who appreciate these spaces too. Thank you for taking the time to read the article and gift me with your words. I hope you have a most wonderful holiday and may the New Year bring you so much goodness! 🙂

  • Dmitry Sychev

    Very inspiring and beautiful 🙂 Thanks!

    • Catharine Mi-Sook

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read the article and blessing me with your kind words, Dmitry! I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such creative kindred spirits here. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and wonderful New Year! 🙂

  • Bonnie Sommer

    Hello, Catharine. I really like your drawing and lettering. I have always loved stationery and writing instruments and art supplies of all kinds. I am only now discovering Japanese and Korean papers and tools. At 67 I am finally trying to develop a personal style and the discipline to journal everyday. I can’t always find pithy things to write about, but lately Bible art journaling has been helping with this. You (and your son) are an inspiration. Keep doing the beautiful things you do. The world is a richer place because of it.

    • Catharine Mi-Sook

      Hi Bonnie! Wow thank you so much for sharing about your journey with journaling and I so admire you trying new things!! That’s awesome! And that’s great to hear that you have found a good rhythm with keeping the daily practice with your Bible art journaling. I hope it continues to inspire you in new ways! And thank you for all of your kind and encouraging words. They really blessed my heart. I hope you have a most beautiful holiday and a New Year filled with abundant goodness! 🙂

  • Bobbie Herron

    Simply beautiful thoughts and photography!

    • Catharine Mi-Sook

      Hi Bobbie! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the article and for your kind and encouraging words here. What a gift to greet my morning! Thank you for that. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and an even brighter New Year! 🙂

  • Shaina Thompson

    Hi Catharine,

    In the second photo, I really love the day layout with grid center. What style planner is this?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Shaina! Thank you so much for reading the article! And the planner with the grid paper in the second photo is a Hobonichi Techo! This particular one is an A6 size but it also comes in a A5 size (which is called the Hobonichi Cousin). The paper is Tomoe River and is very thin but super durable and holds up to even watercolors! I really love it because the open space allows one to really personalize it to one’s tastes, creativity and preferences. They also have a different style weekly layout in a very slim size called the Hobonichi Weeks. I hope this helps and wishing you a lovely holiday and new year! 🙂

  • Craig Gauvreau

    Hi Catharine
    Loved the article and the photos. They have a nostalgia feel to them. The inspiration works. There is nothing like capturing thoughts on a leather bound book with a nice pen or pencil. I’ve been dabbling with writing for my work (inconsistently). My kids got me some beautiful leather books to get serious. I’ve been using the Bullet Journal method for a bout 3 months and now. The reflection moments as well as the tracking ideas people share are super. Thanks again for submitting your inspiring article.

    • Hi Craig, thank you so much for taking the time to read the article and for your kind words! And I so agree about the leather bound book with a good pen or pencil – it’s something that beckons one to make space for writing and journaling. That’s so nice that your kids got you some beautiful journals and that it inspired you to stay at it and begin using the Bullet Journal method. I have a feeling I’m going to really enjoy it and I am curious to see the new creative ideas that springboard from it too. Thanks again for your encouraging words and wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and new year! 🙂

  • Greentealatte1

    It’s beautiful! I have a question, do you use the same journal for your planning? I’ve always had a separate journal for my thoughts and one as a planner, so the idea that I could combine it all in a bullet journal is exciting, but I feel hesitant and unsure of how to do it.

    • Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the article here! And I use two separate journals (actually more than two). For bullet journaling, I am using the Bullet Journal Leuchturm1917 notebook; for regular journaling, I am using a blank chunky notebook (Mon Carnets de Poche is the brand I think); and for creative journaling (watercoloring, sketches, clippings of mementos), I use the Traveler’s Notebook. For my tastes, this suits me well but I know several folks who have combined it all into one bullet journal and that is fantastic too! I may even go that route one day but for now I like having different options and notebooks (there are too many wonderful ones to try out there). 🙂

  • Lisa

    Thankyou for your beautiful article! Gentle and profound words to describe journaling! Wondered what bags you use to carry your journaling supplies.

    • Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article and for your kind words! The bags in the 1st, 3rd and last photo are made by Peg & Awl ( and I absolutely love them! They are made from waxed canvas and reclaimed leather and are just so durable and look lovelier as they age. Their Gatherer Bag (my favorite and in the first photo) and Waxed Canvas Tote (last photo) are especially lovely for hauling lots of journaling supplies and the Hunter Satchel (third photo) is great for a lighter load. I hope that helps! And happy new year to you! 🙂

  • Beautiful handwriting. Love the scenery in your photos as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this and for your kind feedback! It’s encouraging to me. Wishing you a wonderful 2018! 🙂