The Hero’s Journal- One Week Review

Having been on many adventures (with many more to come), I’ve always needed a good outlet to share my stories, whether that’s through blogging, drawing, or social media. Journaling seems to be the perfect fit, and with The Hero’s Journal, not only can you share your stories to look back on, but also plan your new adventures and goals.

Before we dive into my personal thoughts on the journal, I want to share a few interesting facts about it and what makes it so unique compared to other journals.

First off, let’s discuss the physical nature of the book. It has an amazing feel and texture to it. I’m not exactly sure what the material is made of, but it feels like some type of cloth or fabric. It features a hard cover underneath the cloth material, ensuring you won’t crease or damage it easily. On the front cover and side of the journal, you can find a golden sword embroidered onto the journal. The journal also features an elastic band to keep it shut, which also serves as a way to store your pen. Alongside the elastic band, the journal has a yellow bookmark strand to help keep track of which day or page you’re currently on. As for the pages themselves, the journal features bleed-proof pages, meaning you can use colored pencils, markers, ink, etc. to color in the pages or just simply write without having the ink bleed through. There are several different color options to choose from for your journal (Dragonfire Red, Wildwood Green, Mountain Grey and Royal Purple). I decided to go with Dragonfire Red, but you can choose from any of those options.

Moving on, The Hero’s Journal serves as a great organizer/ agenda. Featuring a daily to-do list and timed planner on each page, you can ensure that you’ll stay organized throughout the day. The to do list has three bullet points to “seize the day”. Basically you think of your three most important tasks to complete for that day and write them down. When you complete each task, you check it off of the list. The timed planner is a list from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and you just write what you need to get done throughout the day in their respective time slots. Each page features a section to write what you’re most grateful for, keeping you focused on the positive things throughout your day, and there is a section at the bottom of the page to write out your allies and obstacles, keeping your head straight with what hinders or helps you for your quest. Speaking of quest, let’s move on to the next topic.

The Hero’s Journal structures your life or journey by use of the hero’s journey. You can live your life like any movie or book icon, using a three act story structure. Act one contains the call to adventure, refusal of the call, and supernatural aid. Act to consists of crossing the threshold, road of trials, approach, ordeal, reward, magic flight, and the return. Act three deals with resurrection and resolution with the freedom to live. This is the basic “hero’s journey” structure, but the journal simplifies it just a bit. As you progress through your journey through this journal, the illustrations change to match your part of the adventure. There are also periodic reflection sections to reflect on your journey.

Now that we’ve discussed what truly makes this journal unique compared to other journals, let’s break down my actual thoughts on this product, starting with the pros.

First off, this journal is top quality in terms of design. I love the texture , I love the thickness of the paper inside and the fact that it looks and feels like something an adventurer would actually carry around. My favorite part about the outside of it, apart from it being red (my favorite color) is the gold swords. I love swords, and it feels like this journal really belongs to me by showing that off. Most journals I’ve had have come from places like Walmart. That’s not saying that notebooks or journals from stores like that are bad, but you really get what you pay for. Sure you could pay a couple dollars for a notebook, or you could pay $35 to $50 dollars for one of these and actually recieve something worthy of a review in the first place.

Moving on, I love the illustrations. It keeps you entertained while you write, as if you’re actually living in a storybook. With so many different characters (each with their own names, designs, and characteristics/ symbols) everything is created with a purpose in these drawings. Not only are the illustrations amazing, but you’re actually able to color in the drawings, personalizing your journal even further. I still have yet to color in my drawings, in fact I’ll get to that after writing this, but the fact that you can do that brings up my thoughts on this journal even further.

If I had to note one thing I wish could be improved on with this journal, it would be the amount of room given to write. I love writing, it’s the whole reason why I have this blog in the first place. 1/6th of the page is given to free-write. I do have this website to write whatever I want, but when buying this journal I was really expecting more room to physically write. The actual page design is still amazing, and besides the timed schedule, I like everything being where it is. If it was up to me, I would remove the schedule and add more room for notes and writing.

Overall, this journal is does a great job for what it’s made to do. Even with my one complaint, it was intended to be more of a planner than a notebook, meaning I can’t take off points for it being something of its own. I would give this journal a ten out of ten. I highly recommend it to any hero or adventurer out there

Solgaard Lifepack- one week review

As an avid traveler and adventurer, it’s safe to say that bringing along a few essential items for the trip is pretty important.

As an avid traveler and adventurer, it’s safe to say that bringing along a few essential items for the trip is pretty important. I’ve had lots of backpacks over the years just like anyone else, but none have come close to the amazing design of Solgaard’s Lifepack.

Before we get into my personal opinion of the backpack after having used it for just over a week, I want to break down what makes this bag so special and unique.

The main feature of this backpack is the Solarbank. It uses solar power and UV rays to charge any and all devices you choose to bring on your adventure. From phones to camera, even laptops, your equipment will never die while your out creating content. Not only does the Solarbank work extremely well during a clear day, but it also charges when it’s cloudy out, just out a slower pace. One hour of sunlight for the Solarbank means 25% charge for your smartphone. When you’re nowhere near an outlet or civilization, that’s pretty useful.

The Lifepack also features two different compartments to separate your work equipment from your personal items. You can keep your electronics in one compartment (utilizing the plush drop-proof laptop sleeve for your laptop) and your clothes in the other. There are plenty of pockets, pouches, and zippers to separate everything, including cables, lenses, sunglasses, etc. It helps maintain a clean environment within the bag.

The Lifepack, as well as all other items featured and produced from Solgard, are made from Shore-Tex, using upcycled ocean plastic. Every purchase from Solgaard removes 5lb’s of plastic from the ocean, helping the environment.

The bag also features a anti-theft locking cable, as well as four secret compartment. This helps ensure that nobody steals your valuables while your bag is unattended. If you want your bag to charge while you enter a building or store, secure the cable to the zippers and lock it to a nearby pole.

Alright, now that we got the main features out of the way, let’s talk about my honest opinions on the bag.

It’s amazing.

The Solarbank charger has already proven itself very useful. I recently just went on a very long road trip, and the charger helped ensure that my devices never died. Not only did my devices remain charged for the entire trip, but the Solarbank never fully lost power, since it was constantly charging from the sun right outside the car window. Even if the bag didn’t have any of the other cool features that it does, this solar powered charger already makes it worth the money.

I mentioned that the bag has two separate compartments, one for work and one for play. That’s true, and it’s not let me down. Instead of having to fumble through my backpack, trying to figure out where my camera is within all of my clothing, I know where each individual item is. My sunglasses have a specific spot, so do my normal glasses. There are different sized pouches which is perfect for different items. I use the smaller pouch for my airpods case, the larger one for my camera and tripod, and the laptop sleeve for none other than my Macbook Air. This bag has it down for organization.

Regarding the fact that my purchase helped remove 5lb’s of plastic from the ocean, I am very happy. I’m finally able to sleep at night knowing that the sea turtles are swimming peacefully. No, for real, I am surprised with how well the bag feels. When I first heard that the bag was made from upcycled plastic, I had no idea what to expect with the texture. My worst fear was that it would be some kind of thin material that would rip easily. It’s completely the opposite. The bag feels amazing. There’s not really a way to put it into words, it’s just very satisfying to feel if that makes sense. The bag on its ow is also pretty lightweight, but also very sturdy. It feels like it would take a lot to tear a thread. There is cushioning on the two back secret compartments right where your lower back/ hip region would be, so no matter what you have in your bag, it will always sit comfortably on your back.

In terms of the anti-theft lock, I’ve messed around with it a bit, but I haven’t had to use it just yet. Not that I’m not happy with it, I think it’s something essential for this type of backpack and I know I’ll be using it as time goes on, but I typically just bring my bag indoors with me. The lock uses a three digit code that you can set to your choice. When I go to Spain next year, I know I’ll be using the anti-theft lock a lot, as I’ll be over seas and everything I have for that trip would be in there.

Something I forgot to mention is that the Lifepack also features a water proff bottom, meaning none of your clothing or electronics will get damaged when you set it down. Whether it’s raining or you literally just spilt a water bottle, it’s got you covered. That became pretty useful for me on my recent road trip, as it rained a lot during it. I placed my bag down o the ground temporarily, forgetting the ground was still wet from the rain, but luckily it was completely safe. The bottom also allows for the bag to stand completely upright without falling over. I’ve already personally noticed this, as I literally left it in the middle of my hotel room floor and it never fell over, not even once.

It’s hard to come up with complaints with something that I absolutely love, but if there was one thing I wish could of been included with this bag, it would be a wider range of colors to choose from. Solgaard offers this bag in charcoal, atlantic blue, baltic black, granada green camo, and granada green. My favorite color is red, so I was a little disappointed to learn that there was no option for that color. That is only a minor thing though, as I am very happy with the color I chose. I decided to go with atlantic blue, and admittedly at first I was iffy with it when I first received it, but that was only because of the lighting in the room. When I was able to fully see it in better lighting, especially outdoors, the blue became so much more apparent, just like the photos.

Overall, I give this bag a 10/10. What else could I give it, it is literally the perfect bag for an adventurer/ content creator, and I highly recommend it for those who love who travel or those who simply want an awesome backpack. To purchase a Lifepack backpack, visit solgaard.com or visit their instagram account to learn more.