Happy Motivational Monday ladies! Today I had to share what’s been on my mind lately. When I turned ten, someone gave me a journal for my birthday. I’m not even sure who it was or if I asked for it. I do, however remember that I had just learned in Sunday School that journaling was something important and I knew I needed to give it a try. Nine years later and I hadn’t missed a day! I could look back and see what I had done or thought on any given day for those nine years! Crazy right? But when I went to college and in my early marriage the habit of writing everyday stopped and turned into writing once a month to recap the events of my life. Recently, I was reminded of the benefits of journaling and jumped back into making journal writing an everyday habit! I’m so glad I did and I think YOU should do the same! Here’s the best three reasons why:
1. It forces you to think through your day.
Just yesterday as I sat down before bed to write, ( I keep mine on my nightstand and write in it remind me) I was amazed at how much I accomplished in one day. I also found myself full of gratitude as I thought over all of the kind and thoughtful things my husband did for me that day. I could see God’s hand so clearly in my day and my faith was strengthened.
2. You’ll strengthen your emotional intelligence and personal self growth.
Huh?! Well as it turns out, journaling is a great way to process your emotions and the events of the day. Writing your feelings out helps you become more self-aware of how you handled certain situations and where you can improve. Without this intentional mindfulness we tend to drift from day to day without ever progressing much. And finally….
3. You’ll leave something for your posterity and they’ll come to know you better.
When I was in college my grandparents offered to pay me to type up their journals. I loved reading about their challenges, their triumphs, successes and experiences. I remember clearly reading about my grandmother’s experience in Russia as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was winter time and it was negative twelve degrees one day. The next day she wrote, “I am so grateful today it is only negative eleven!” Talk about optimism and seeing the good! I’ve been inspired by their many stories as I’ve pored over their journals and personal writings. Never underestimate your ability to inspire others. These are just a few of the many reasons why journaling will change your life!
If you need help getting started, here’s an adorable and colorful journal that will help guide your writing/creativity with questions and quotes. Or here is a link to a free download for a digital journal. Either way, what matters is that you start today, don’t get discouraged and remember that writing anything is better than nothing!
What are your thoughts on journaling? What have you gained from making it a habit? Please share in the comments!