Hope you are well today. 🙂
I’m very lucky these days to spend a lot of time writing for work, but it’s something I’ve done for fun on and off anyway since I was a child. Whether this involved writing stories, keeping a personal diary or any other activity to fill a blank page, I’ve never been very far from a pen and a notebook!
I’ve spoken before about how I use journaling to navigate a path through my life. Although I’ve written in different formats for as long as I can remember, writing has taken on a more central role in my life over the past ten years or so. Once I started focusing on writing, I found I was much clearer about what I wanted to do with my life and discovered a sense of purpose. What induces that feeling is different for everyone, but for me it was writing.
So what have been the benefits?
Writing helps me articulate thoughts and feelings in a way that allows me make sense of them, both personally and when thinking about where I want to go with Em and Lime. Writing helps me grasp and pin down the ideas floating and colliding in my poor head that would otherwise get away from me. I don’t worry about whether or not I sound particularly coherent, I just write what I’m thinking and eventually I find my way through the mess.
Like I said, I don’t worry about whether or not I sound particularly coherent and that’s OK because I’m the only one who sees what I write. I can try out thoughts and plans without worrying about what anyone else will think of them.
Space to explore new things
I think our journaling style changes according to what we need it for, so over the past few years a lot of my journal has been take up with planning, working out what I want to do (and not do) work-wise, exploring the pros and cons of different business options and figuring out the best fit for me at this time.
Ability to identify patterns and themes
Re-reading recent journal entries helps me identify if I’m continually coming back to the same issues without doing anything about them. I may not consciously realise something is bothering me or needing dealt with, but if I see I’m repeating myself in my journal, I know it’s time to take some action.
Enhancing mood and gratitude
It seems everyone is keeping a gratitude journal and, while it’s easy to feel the phrase is over-used, I think the concept is a solid one. Focusing the mind even for a few minutes to note down all that has gone well in the day, or all that is going OK just now generally, has definitely has a positive impact on my mood, so I try to incorporate this in my writing.
Do you journal? I’d love to know what type of journaling you do and what benefits you’ve noticed! Leave a comment below or pop on over to @elleturnerwriter on Instagram and tell me your story there, I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time,
Get started with journaling
If you’re keen to find your own journaling practice, I can send you a free list of five options to help you fill your first blank page. Click the image below and I’ll sort that out for you.