If you don’t own a journal, go buy one now! Or at least after you read this blog.
I know everyone doesn’t like writing.But I love it even though I’m not a journalist and I don’t write very well. Since January, I’ve been through two journals and I have been writing almost every single day, I may skip a couple of days but not much more than that. There was once I did not write for about three or four days and I began to feel anxious.
Why do I journal?
For those who don’t know me, I have trouble expressing myself to others. Whenever I have a conversation with people I tend to speak in a way that just seems I am spitting out facts and it’s hard for me to show any emotion. But when I write, I am able to express myself in ways I can’t in real life. Whatever I’m keeping inside, I let it out when my pen touches the paper. It’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
I’m starting to be more open with others but when I feel like I can’t be or when I think others don’t care to listen, that’s when I write. I’m not afraid to express myself on paper or even on my blog. But when it comes to people I tend to shut down. Sometimes I am scared of being vulnerable in front of others.
I’ve been writing since I can remember.
As a little girl, I was the only one that would write paragraphs in everyone’s birthday cards and I would take up a good amount of space signing my classmate’s yearbooks. I would write what happened each day in my Winnie the Pooh journal. I also remember writing a few poems and very, very short stories.
When and where do I write?
I usually only write in the early mornings, I rarely write at night. Here’s why. Most people who write at night tend to write about everything that happened that day and are most likely to have negative feelings whereas people that write in the morning have had time to “sleep on it” and process the previous day. So they are likely to be more positive early in the morning. I tend to write downstairs on my couch as the sun is rising or sometimes I even go to the park during the day to get a bit of fresh air.
Now I’m guessing you’re wondering what the heck I write about.
Well, I write anything and everything. Whatever idea, thought, feeling comes to my mind, I write it down.
Things I write about:
- Quote of the day
- Things, people, and places I am thankful for
- What I did the previous day and the best part
- If I have any negative feelings, I write it down and then I written what good came from that experience
- What I need to get done for that day
- My goals, dreams, bucket list, or places I want to explore
- Whenever I don’t write in the morning, I take my writing else where and describe the surroundings and how it makes me feel
- Lastly, I make sure that I write something I appreciate and love about myself.
When I write I am able to relax, it makes me happy, and it’s just part of who I am. The thing that excites me the most is that in a few years I can just grab one of my journals, open it up and read about how far I’ve gone in my life journey. It will be my own little story.
It might sound silly but my journal has been there through thick and thin. When I first fell in love and when I went through my first heartbreak, and my second, and my third. It was there during any big events and even the small ones. It’s the one thing that has captured most of my life and even better, it was from my perspective.
After realizing how much I enjoy writing, I decided to add a couple of things to my bucket list. First one is to take a writing class to improve my writing skills. Second, I want to eventually write a book. Never in a million years would I have thought I ever wanted to write a book!! But here I am, making it part of my dream.
A few tips for those wanting to write:
- Make sure you make time to journal. I take anywhere between 5-30 minutes to write every morning
- Be consistent. Some days you may have pages and pages to write about, others you may have a few lines but write anyway.
- Make it fun! I have different color pens, I make lists, I doodle and draw, I just don’t write.
- Pour your heart out! Sure someone might get their hands on my journal but who cares. I write everything that’s on my mind and in my heart.
If you are wondering why I don’t just have an electronic journal. Well, I like pen and paper, that’s just my preference.
Have a wonderful day, beautiful people. I hope that you are able to express your this week through words, writing, drawing, or any other talent you have been blessed with. I love you all.