Journaling 101

I have always loved pouring out my thoughts, ideas, and feelings onto paper. There's just something so therapeutic about it, and really, I think anyone could agree to that. Journaling has been commonly known to ease anxiety or depression, spark inspiration, track goals and ideas, document memories, "sleep" dreams, and experiences, and so much more. It offers an open window into a time when the feelings and emotions were still fresh, and a shimmer of a glimpse into the heart of the beholder. A place to release deep thoughts to work through tough moments in life; a safe place to let your guard down. A journal welcomes healing and growth, and let's you see the journey of what your life has become. If you've never kept a journal, I strongly encourage you to give it a try.

No Rules
There are no rules to journaling, only the ones you make up along the way. You don't have to journal every single day, only when you want to. You don't have to follow a format or set of guidelines. You CAN try bullet journaling, but that's a little different than just free-journaling. You don't have to make any commitments to your journal - only check back in when you feel like it. You don't even have to just keep it filled with paragraphs of thoughts - you can jot down quotes or sketches. You can scratch things out and forget about grammar, or you can practice your cursive writing. There are so many avenues to put your emotions on paper, exercise all of them! I enjoy writing early in the mornings or on Sunday evenings to clear my thoughts for the week or day ahead, but I can guarantee you I don't get to it every week. There are certain times in life, or seasons, when a journal will be more beneficial than others, and it's always good to have one on hand.

Seek Out A Journal You Like
Find a journal you find aesthetically and visually pleasing. Find one that's fun to write in and maybe won't be too bulky - writing in the first few pages of thicker journals is always uncomfortable because it's so unleveled. Find one that fits your preferences on the inside (lines/no lines, spirals/bound). And I know it sounds silly, but a journal that you really like visually will tend to get more use. I don't know what it is, and maybe it's just me, but whenever I find one I think is really pretty, I like to write in it more. If you don't have access to something fancy, no worries, a plain notebook will work just as well. In the end, it's really just about putting pen to paper. There are so many lists on the internet to give you a little inspirational kick if you don't know what to write about, but here's just a few to get you started:

  • Write about something someone once said about you that you'll never forget. Why has that sentiment remained in your consciousness?
  • How does your life today differ from how you'd imagine it would be five or ten years ago? How has that vision of the future held up, if it has at all?
  • If you could live anywhere in world, where would it be? What is holding you back from making that your reality?
  • How was your day? Write about every little detail.

Happy journaling!

1 comment

  1. I own a journal too and it is very therapeutic to write down your thoughts. It also helps me to see how much I change days after days.


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