I am a huge advocate for journalling - it is one of my favourite things to bring up in conversation as well as questions like ‘If you could do anything what would you do?’ or ‘What do you do when you need time to refresh?’
When I ask people if they journal and if not how come -
I often get answers like:
"I’ve always wanted to but I just don’t know how to do it
I tried to but got to a point where I got bored/ unmotivated and stopped
I stop for a while and cannot get back to it
I don’t think I could"
Journaling helped me so much because it helped me pour out with words my thoughts, hopes, mistakes and faith. It enabled me to work out things I couldn't do otherwise. It helped me heal when I wrote and it helped me heal when I read my words later on.
Some of my journals filled up in a few months and I have one that took three years to fill. There are times when I can write and write and it came so easily and then other times I would stare at the blank page not knowing what to say.
My dad was killed in a car accident and journaling really helped through my grief - I would lock in my memories or I would write about how unfair it was or how much I missed him, I would sometimes write down what I wanted to tell him in that moment or I would write prayers about how I trusted God no matter how much it hurt. So so many tears yet my words and the words God whispered to me in all of it helped me heal (amongst other things) and it slowly sowed my heart a little bit back together.
Whats been in my journal lately has been special moments that happen every now and then and my hopes and dreams as well as fear for the future. It is so very powerful to write down the bad and the good.
I mostly write about the good times because I want to remember them but I find it really important to write about the bad to, some of the most powerful things I have written have been during the hardest seasons and they have spoken volumes to me later on.
buy something you will write in
Depending on you - a blank notebook or a leather brown journal - find something you want to make ‘yours’. You want something that will hold the words of your life, the thoughts of your heart.
have no rules or expectations
Write one sentence, write 5 pages, write two words, write a little bit everyday or write once a week, write prayers, write hopes and dreams, write one big word on the page, write quotes, write something to keep you accountable to a goal, write something you're grateful for, write what you’re scared of, draw or doodle. Maybe you’ll stick in some receipts, maybe movie tickets from a movie with a loved one, maybe something you find a random piece of paper saying something that moves you.
give it a shot
How about giving it another try? Find your rhythm with it. Often we think that we’re not even going to try because we know whats going to happen, we make assumptions about the outcome.
I hope that helped you and inspired you.