As a blogger, I think it's pretty obvious that I love to write and I love to document things. And while I love how easy it is to sit down at my laptop and quickly type something out, there's still something about a pen and paper journal.
I always keep a small spiral notebook and a pen with me, because I often want to document a moment, a feeling in the instant that it occurs. I find that if I wait too long to sit down and write about it here, the raw emotion is gone. A journal is perfect for this. I also journal things that I don't share here. I believe in being open and real when it comes to blogging, but I also believe in privacy and family matters and for me, I don't share those things.
Today, Kendra of Like A Bird will be sharing a little bit about an e-course she has written, an e-course all about the importance of journaling. She has some beautiful thoughts about journaling and she even shares a sneak peek into her e-course below. I hope you enjoy!
5 Reasons You Need to Journal This Season
Can you believe it's December already? I can't! This year, I became a mama to my sweet boy Jeffrey. And time has suddenly gone in to warp speed. If I didn't keep my journal with me at all times to record my thoughts, my truths and moments to remember...I would loose my mind. December means: snow, presents, warmth, candy canes and in the blog world: year end wrap ups. There are a lot of year end wrap products and services circulating the blogosphere the last few weeks. I created one myself this year and it's focus is on written journaling. I'm here today to tell you 5 reasons you need to journal (by hand!) this season.
1- It's important for you to journal to learn from the mistakes and the joys to grow for your future. The years speed by and often times we don't get a break to really take a moment and realize what is going on in our lives. Sure, we notice the slip ups, the "failures" and the successes, but how often do you really take the time to sit down and think about what it all means? How does it apply to your life and how do these experiences help you grow? I'm all about learning about and being our authentic selves and one of the best ways to do that is to take time to remember the mistakes and the joys from the past year and think about how they can propel you forward into the next.
2- Journaling is the best way to solidify your goals and dreams! Yes! My new e-course isn't about creating a habit of journaling, but I encourage you to do just that. The more you journal, the more you will learn about what you want. If I sat down and leafed through my journals from few years, through art school, 3 different moves, an engagement, a pregnancy and a baby later...my life is so different. But you know what's not? The truth of some of my goals and dreams. If I look back almost 4 years ago to when I was 18, my journals would tell me I yearned to be free, to live on the road and have my own business. If I take a peak into my journal from last month, it reveals the same dreams. How cool is that?
3- You can create your own kind of meditation practice and learn to release any negative emotions and thoughts. As much as I want to be the kind of person that can meditate, I am not and I don't think I ever will be. My mind is going 100 miles every minute and now it's even worse. As I'm typing this, I'm thinking about all the other things I need to get done for my own blog, for shopping for the holiday season and worrying about my son (who just mastered crawling!) downstairs as I take some alone time. Whew! It gets exhausting. But what helps me focus my mind, much like meditation, is journaling. Especially when I step away from the computer and wield a pen and paper instead. As my hand flows over the page, the words pour out of me and my anxieties and self doubt get put on the page and when it's over? I can take a breath and feel more centered and more at peace.
4- Journaling is a great way to record your memories for yourself, make mementos for your loved ones and record your story. Like I said, this year has gone fast. And if I didn't journal, I would often times forget some of the best memories even though they were small at the time. I love using words to paint a picture and writing down how I felt the day my son learned how to sit or when my fiance and I finally got a to go on a date, it's the little things that are important. My grandmother passed away a few years ago and one of my favorite things she left behind where notebooks filled with stories. Stories from when she grew up (during The Great Depression). I love to see her handwriting, hear her voice in the words and learn things I never knew about her. Not all of my journaling is quite as coherent, but I like to hope my some-day grandchildren will still appreciate it.
5- There is no better way to follow the path of self discovery and truth than to journal. I have clinical depression and an anxiety disorder, and one of my ways to healing is to learn more about who I am. I dropped out of art school after 1 year and my passions were broken and I felt lost. I have journaled my whole life and some times it takes writing down our thoughts to really figure out what we're thinking, ya know? There's no greater challenge in this world than self discovery, I think. And I am no where near close to the end of my journey, but being addicted to journaling is one way that helps me move forward, slowly and steadily.
Are you convinced yet?
I sure hope so! I can't sing the praises to journaling (by hand!) enough. I could go on about it for days. But you know what will really and truly convince you? Try it!
Go now and sign up for my brand new e-course "Journal in the New You" and ring in the new year by journaling to a new you!
Want a sneak peak? Here's a prompt to try out before you even sign up: What is your driving force, your motivation for growth and change in the new year? Why? How is it going to impact your goals and hopes for 2013?