I love journaling. This probably comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me even just a little bit. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved writing. Free writing was my favorite thing in school. When I was little I wanted to be a writer, and here I am at 28: A writer. Pretty cool, huh?
As a kid I also loved reading. I read book after book. I don’t recall having very many friends as a kid, but I do remember spending hours and hours at the library with my dad. It was my personal heaven. To this day I still love libraries and bookstores. They feel like home. While I have yet to publish my own book, I have several book ideas and I have a feeling that 2022 will be the year my first book will be published.
But let’s get back to journaling. Journaling is something that’s just for me. It’s not something I plan to share with others. Sure, I might share some thoughts I had while journaling but journaling is something that’s generally just for me. I personally love journaling in the morning while sipping my morning coffee, but you can journal anytime of the day. For me it has just become a bit of a ritual to journal while having my morning coffee and listening to music. This is something that fills me up. Sometimes I’ll also read a little bit.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to journaling. I don’t have a timer when I journal. I don’t have a specific number of pages I want to write. Some mornings I don’t even know what I’m going to be journaling about. I just sort of go with the flow.
Now, I’m blessed in the sense that I set my own schedule so most days I wake up around 8 (I go to bed pretty late), and I’ll then spend the first hour (sometimes more, sometimes less) of my day drinking coffee, journaling, listening to music, read a bit, and then I’ll start working around 9.30-10. I understand that for most people with 9-5 jobs this isn’t possible. So do what works for you. I have designed my life in a way that works for me and that I love.
3 reasons I love journaling
As already mentioned I don’t always know what I want to journal about. In fact, most mornings I have absolutely no idea what I’ll write about. Some days the words just flow out of me, and I can easily fill 10 pages. It’s literally just pouring out of me. Other days I write four lines and I have nothing else to say.
But I love that it’s a time for me to just do a brain dump and write whatever comes to mind.
Processing my thoughts & emotions
Journaling – and writing in general – is a big part of how I process my thoghts and emotions. If something is bothering me, I’m feeling anxious, sad, angry etc. I’ll journal about, and I find that it almost always makes me feel better. I find journaling incredibly healing.
This is a bit of an extensive of the above. I find that I gain so much clarity from journaling. If everything is stuck inside my head it can be very messy. Honestly, sometimes it’s a complete shit show. I find that putting pen to paper really helps me become more clear and it makes me feel more calm and grounded.
I’m not saying that this is for everyone but it’s an important part of my life and has been for many years.
If you are into journaling I recommend checking out Katie Dalebout. She is someone who has inspired me immensly when it comes to writing.