I started writing when I was 14 years old. I never knew why back then, but now I realized that I took it as an outlet to express myself and let my feelings out. Whether it was negative or positive it really didn’t matter.
Now being 27 years old. I know how important writing (journaling) is. It’s not all about having your writings structured or in line, you just need a space to truly let out those thoughts/feelings…
>>Imagine yourself as a cup of water, once you’re full you cannot add or fill it more. Whatever that’s inside will just overflow. So whenever you keep things inside(negative things mainly) til you’re full you will find yourself at any moment exploding.
There are many ways to express feelings, emotions and thoughts. But I personally found journaling is the best way. Because it also gives you insights on where you stand in life.
One of the things I have noticed about writing my gratitude is that I repeat things… It made me realize how we don’t really take our day all in. Even the smallest things…. After being repetitive for so many times I started to truly focus throughout the day on what happens along the day….
Because what I do usually is write things like
- I am grateful for waking up this morning.
- I am grateful for the people I have around me.
- I am grateful for the calm day I had today.
- I am grateful for having the time to read today.
And this list is being written almost everyday. I kinda pause and wonder what else is there to write but nothing comes out.
So I decided to focus on everything during the day. As the more you’re grateful, the more there are things to be grateful for.
Maybe you’re sick? You’ll be more grateful for your health when you’re not sick anymore…
Failed relationship? You should be grateful for the opportunity to start over. (With more insights on how to be better next time.
Someone is treating you bad… Be grateful that they were showing you exactly who you don’t want to be..
**One day I literally got off my seat rushed and opened the door for one of the staff’s in a restaurant because he had boxes in hand and couldn’t help himself. After getting back to my seat I was surprised that he brought a smoothie as a thank you… Sometimes the small things could mean so much to someone… And when you get used on being grateful, those small things will start to mean so much to you because they will make a difference in your everyday life.
You are writing for you. It should be a safe space for you to let it all out. The good, the bad and the ugly…. Journaling will create clarity. Once you put everything in one place you can actually see (read) you’ll be more clarified of what’s actually happening instead of just speculating things in your brain endlessly.
A lot of the times when you write things, it is what you’ll actually do/feel/think. This is why a to-do list is important. I may not use it all the time. But whenever I do… I feel more organized and I actually check all the things in the list..This means that I do what I need to do without the fear of not having the time to do them.
What to write in a journal?
Write about your::
- Principles (Why you have them)
- Decisions (why you took them?/Need to take them)
- Inspirational quotes (What they mean to you)
- Ask yourself a question and answer it deeply and honestly.
- Write about where you at now (In life) and how you got here..
- Where you want to go? what are you going to do to get there..
- If you are faced with a problem write about possible solutions or options…
- Write about your fears and why you have them…. Why do you think you should lose them as well.. Are you going to do anything about them?
Some inspirational quotes I chose for you about #Journaling
The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal. Take long walks in the woods. -Robin S. Sharma
Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. Robin S. Sharma
Almost every morning I write in my journal. I’ve been keeping it for a long time – I’ve filled more than 50 books. I write about what’s going on in my personal and spiritual life or what’s going on at work. It helps me keep things in perspective, especially when things get crazy or I get stressed or we have obstacles. Blake Mycoskie
A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to “become”. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.―Brad Wilcox
If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, and unique individual, keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down. ―Jim Rohn
I found some questions online; you can totally use those questions either answer one daily or choose three and answer them daily..Or do whatever that floats your boat but do it daily lol…….. Your answers will always be different depending on your situations or what you’re going through….
2 thoughts on “Journal?”
This is great! I am 14 years old and I have recently started doing a memory journal. I also have a diary for writing things that happen everyday. Happy to find out that there are people who love to keep a journal as much as I do!
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Thank you for sharing this.
Perhaps one of the beautiful reasons about keeping journals is how much you are able to keep track of your growth as an individual.
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