Journaling is not complex. It is not something that you need to plan out or something you decide that you’re going to start on Monday. Journaling is not fancy, not unattainable, and certainly not strict.
Journaling is simply pouring your heart onto paper. It is a record of your thoughts, and the happenings in your life. It is deciding that you need to let out all of the pent up thoughts in your mind. It is choosing to write when you feel like writing, not because you’ve told yourself you have to.
Journaling comes in phases, depending on where you’re at in life. At one time I wrote every single day, sometimes twice a day. Then there was times I wrote in my journal every other day, then once a week. Right now? I’m writing in my journal about every two weeks or so. Because that’s what I have time for at this season in my life. But that doesn’t mean I’ll choose to stop writing in it altogether, just because I’m not writing consistently everyday anymore.
When I look back in years to come, I’ll be happy I still wrote, and kept a record here and there. A few pages now and then is better than none at all.
Journal writing is not a chore. And if you make it seem that way for you, you will cease to enjoy the purpose of it: therapeutic peace.
And a record of your life to look back on.
So if you want to start keeping a journal, just do it. Write a page today. Heck, write just a sentence even. And then don’t write again until next month– or write tomorrow.
It’s your journal.
Don’t have a journal to write in? You don’t need to spend a large amount of money on one. You don’t need a fancy one. (Though I will say that if you find one that you think is beautiful and inspires you to write in it, by all means– grab it.)
You can find one at a dollar store, or for a couple bucks on amazon. And I’ve actually seen ones at some that are quite nice. It can be simple (like the little notebooks we used in school), or it can have a pretty design.
How about you? Do you journal?
Do you want to start? Click here to see a previous post I wrote about getting into the habit of journaling.