Starting something new: Journaling

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope you have all had a great week. It’s lovely to feel the warmth outside once more – it looks like we’re going to have some summer weather after all!

I wanted to write a little bit of a less formal post here today, about something new I’ve been doing over the past week – journaling.

So I always thought that journaling was just really the ‘adult version’ of keeping a diary – something for teenage girls to do and hide under their pillows! But I’ll put my hands up and admit – it’s actually wonderful.

Journaling is really in focus at the moment, forming part of the mindfulness movement that seems to be sweeping the nation, and I guess it was always something I was aware of but always something I thought wasn’t for me.

So what changed my mind? Well, I’ve been listening to The Source by Dr Tara Swart on Audible and she is a big advocate for using journaling and vision boards to help create the life you want to lead. Listening to her speak about how to use them to help generate positive change in your life really inspired me.

Last Friday I went on a special little mission to purchase a notebook to start my own journaling adventure. I went to a nearby garden centre that actually has a lovely book/notebook section and spent about twenty minutes choosing ‘the right’ notebook! One said And she never gave up on the cover and that felt a little gloomy. In the end, I chose a big notebook with pink and white stripes and the words Coffee. Mascara. Hustle. on the cover. That felt more like my reality and a little more positive and enthusiastic!

So, I was set. Lovely new notebook, plenty of fresh blank pages – whoah, it was a little intimidating that first night! I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist and I didn’t want to ‘mess up’ the beautiful book I had just forked out for. But, I persevered, wrote that first page and I’ve been writing every night since.

I am absolutely loving it.

Already I’m reading over my pages and going through each day – the lovely bits, the sad bits, the difficult bits, the boring bits. The little joys, the little wins, the little worries, etc. Whatever was happening each day that I felt was worth writing about. It’s already becoming a lovely record-keeper – of places we have gone as a family, or things I have done with my little boy. I get excited at the thought of reading back these pages in six months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years time – I know it will bring me right back to these days and they won’t be lost in the mists of time.

It’s also a lovely way to let go of the day – to put it down on paper, let it all out in a release – and then sleep, completely freed up of it.

In The Source, Dr Swart talks about the power of journaling for helping us to improve ourselves and our lives too – that when we read over our pages weeks and months later, we can start to see patterns of behaviour – positive and negative – and the solutions, if required, become apparent. I’m only writing a week now and I can already see the potential of this.

So. There you have it – my new thing is journaling and I’m finding it wonderfully therapeutic. I’ll keep you up to date with how I get on, but I’d say this is a new hobby that’ll be here to stay for me. My next step is definitely going to be creating a vision board! Would you give journaling a go? Do you already journal? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

By Happy Magazine Editor, Holly Kennedy.

1 Comment

  1. Simon
    30 June, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    Nice post Holly, ‘Attack life with confidence, dispel fear and avoid negative thinking.’ – Dr Tara Swart.

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