I first found a love for journals as a child. I loved stationary stores and Lisa Frank notebooks (who remembers those!?). Something about writing my thoughts down really intrigued me. I have no siblings, and the majority of my childhood was spent with just my parents and I.
Often times, I kept my thoughts in my head out of fear of sounding weird, but my journal was always the source I went to, to unload my thoughts.
I started journaling, (back then I called it my diary), at the age of six. Since then, i’ve collected numerous throughout the years.
Today, I use my journal as a documentation of my current journey.
I am in my 20’s and living on the continent of Africa, (something I would have never imagined), trying accomplish my wildest goals. I write down my good experiences, bad experiences and everything in between. I also write down my goals, intentions, thoughts and feelings. This way, in years to come, I can read this journal and reflect on how much i’ve grown and the ways I use to think.
I carry my journal around with me everywhere I go, because I never know when I will be inspired to simply write.
Journaling is my form of self-care. It makes me feel good.
There is a current wave of women in my age group who prioritize self-care. I am so happy to see women treating themselves mentally, spiritually and emotionally — it has been long overdue! A lot of women I talk to want to start journaling, but haven’t because they aren’t sure how to start or what to even write about.
I personally feel like everyone should use their journals however they want. After all, it’s your journal and safe space.
However, for the women out there unsure of what exactly they want to journal about; I have some ideas for you!
Writing your daily thoughts
You can write about random things that happened throughout your day, how certain people made you feel…etc.
This is my favourite way to journal, because it allows me to reflect on where I am currently and a great way to look back on how far i’ve come.
Write down your accomplishments
Much like how we post our highlights on social media; a journal can be used to write down your highlights.
You can keep a journal strictly to write down your accomplishments — whether big or small, they are still all accomplishments! This can be a way to celebrate yourself through writing.
I write down my goals at the beginning of the month. I also look back at the goals I set the previous month to see what goals I did and didn’t accomplish.
This is a great way to hold yourself accountable and to track your progress.
Motivational quotes and/or Bible verses
Positive affirmations can be so motivating. Why not use a journal to write down all of the quotes that inspire, affirm and keep you going?
Bible verses are also great to comfort you in times of confusion and stress.
Writing down motivational quotes and/or Bible verses are great for those days when you need to be inspired. You can look back on this book and read all of the words that keep you going.
This is something I want to try. Upon waking up each morning, spend at least 10 minutes writing down everything you’re grateful for.
Having a gratitude journal is a great way to shift your way of thinking and to stay positive. Acknowledging everything you’re grateful for can be such a powerful experience.
Letters to your past and future self
I’ve done this a few times, but never actually kept a journal full of letters to my past and future self.
Write a letter to your younger self or to your older self — either way, this is a great gateway to self-reflection.
These are just a few ways to get started on your journaling journey. I also will be trying some of these ideas out — because why not put my ideas to use, right?
Let me know if you try any and how journaling has helped you!