Why Journal?

ImageThis morning, as we embark on a new year, I want to share with you a little something that makes an amazing difference in my life and that I believe can make a big difference in your life as well.  It is the art and gift of journaling.  Every since I was a teenager, I have “on and off” kept a journal.  I love the idea of a blank page and the opportunity to remind myself of some of the wisdom that the Spirit is providing in the living of life.  A journal is not necessarily a diary of your most personal and intimate thoughts, it is blank book that is filled with what life in the Spirit is teaching you.

Here are just a few of the many benefits to taking the time to keep a journal:

  • It actually helps you in your personal growth and development!
  • It provides insights into your moods and behaviors!
  • It gives you a great framework for problem-solving!
  • It is great at reducing stress!
  • It improves every area of your health – physical, mental, spiritual!
  • It grows your self esteem and sense of accomplishment!
  • It allows you to practice self expression in a safe environment!
  • It is a great tool for reflection and life processing!

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Get a journal that is an expression of who you are – make it personal!
  • Pick and protect a writing instrument – the pen is your friend!
  • Write about whatever you want to, but make sure to record what life in the Spirit is teaching you!
  • Remember:  It’s not about perfection, it’s about personal expression – no right or wrong, just you!
  • Everyday – express gratitude somewhere and somehow in your journaling – this is the magic potion!
  • Write about and celebrate the success of life – you will love looking back on this!
  • Look for something to learn – there are lessons all around you!  (As you record, you will see more and more!)
  • Simple is profound!  (Your goal is not to impress, but express!)
  • Learn to listen to your inner voice and you will always have something to share!

Three To Grow On:

  1. Take your journal with you everywhere you go and don’t be afraid to pull it out and use it!
  2. Use what feels good!  If your journal and writing device is not comfortable, you won’t use it!
  3. Practice “FREE FLOW!”

I hope this little blog post will encourage you and help you to live blessed!  😉