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by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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A Guided Journal for Joyful (and Occasionally Not!) Vegans

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Journaling can help you to organize your thoughts, sort through powerful emotions, even relieve stress and anxiety. Specialty journals run the gamut, from question-a-day mini-journals to those started - but never finished - by your favorite Amazon princess. (Eep, how cool is that?)

In this vein, The Daily Vegan is a (semi-)guided journal for vegans. Based on Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's Vegan's Daily Companion - which features 365 days of vegan inspiration, trivia, recipes, cooking tips, rescue stories, and more - and featuring artwork by Dayna Safferstein, The Daily Vegan offers vegans a safe and compassionate space to share their innermost thoughts and feelings. The journal includes a nice balance of writing prompts and blank pages for more free form journaling, and the drawings and quotations help set the mood.

As you might expect, the prompts are written with vegans in mind: activism, nutrition, compassion, burnout, and gratitude are just a few of the issues addressed. If you're read Vegan's Daily Companion, you might recognize some of the topics from the "Optimum Health" and "Compassionate Communication" sections. Should you find yourself stuck and not knowing what to write about, the prompts can help to nudge you in the right direction.

The Daily Vegan also includes multiple pages without prompts, for more impromptu, free form, or creative writing.

Safferstein's artwork is really quite lovely and charming; I'm especially enamored of her animal drawings: deers, turkeys, rabbits, sheep, horses, dogs, chickens, and cats. The line art is understated enough that it doesn't detract from your own contributions, yet still provides an elegant backdrop. Additionally, many of the full-page drawings include enough negative space that you could easily add to the picture - if you're artistically inclined - or use it to highlight a favorite photo or piece of ephemera.

At 7 by 9.25 inches, The Daily Vegan is large enough to write in comfortably, but still compact enough that it never feels unwieldy. (It's the same size as Vegan's Daily Companion, and the two look quite handsome together!) There's a generous amount of space for writing, with lines that are at least college ruled in height. The matte pages aren't as attractive as they might be with a glossy finish - but there's also less likelihood that the ink will smear or smudge. You can complete the journal in order or skip around - it's totally up to you!

The only downside for me is that many of the pages include an "On Your Table" feature (analogous, I think, to Monday's "For the Love of Food" column in Vegan's Daily Companion), basically just a food tip or fact, that seems a little out of place in a journal. I'd rather have more writing prompts.

Then again, we vegans can be a tad obsessive when it comes to food, so maybe it's just me. These pages might be a nice place to record your favorite vegan comfort food recipes, or perhaps veganize old family favorites. This way, there's little danger of losing or misplacing them. And there's that old maxim about food feeding the soul!

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