Have you heard people talking about journaling? You might initially flashback to middle school diaries with the little locks, but it is something so different! Journaling is a practice that combines being mindful, being present and self-reflection and it can be life changing. 

Why Journal?

There are so many reasons to keep a journal that are beneficial to your life. It is a record of life, can help process events and feelings,  and set and strive toward goals. Some of the most successful people in history practiced journaling. Visionaries like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Frida Kahlo all kept personal journals that cataloged their experiences, ideas and vision.  

If you are a person who would like to grow in any aspect of your life a journaling practice is a great way to achieve your desired goal. 

How to Start

So, once you decide you want to create a journaling practice, where do you start? Here a three quick-steps that can get you started today! 

Determine When You Will Journal

Choose a time of day that you will be motivated and present enough to journal. For some people, it is before their feet hit the floor in the morning and for others, it is a way to download the day before they go to sleep. Choose a time that works for you and make a commitment to journal daily at that time. If you realize another time would better, you can always change it up later. 

Decide On Your Medium

 Next, decide what you will use to journal. It has been suggested that handwriting helps process thoughts and feeling more effectively, so a pen and notebook is all you need! If writing is not your thing you can always open up a word document on your computer and add to it every day. You could even create an audio journal just recording on your phone. Whatever you choose to make it simple and fun to use!  

Find Some Fun Journal Prompts

Some people will have no problem writing, but a lot of people don’t know where to start. Luckily, there are countless journal prompts you can find doing a quick google search. Some of our favorite prompt questions are: 

  1. What keeps you up at night worrying? Are your worries realistic? Is there anything you can do about them?
  2. Do you have a philosophy of life? If so, what is it? If not, what is your method for making important decisions?
  3. In what areas are you optimistic, and in what areas are you pessimistic?
  4. What are your most prized possessions?
  5. Who is someone you miss?

 A journal is a way to reflect on your thoughts, plans, and goals. It can give you clarity, motivation, and peace of mind. It is a practice that can center you and bring calm to your busy days. 

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