Journalling is something I’ve wanted to start for a while, but never quite got round to. I received the most gorgeous journal for my birthday and, 4 months later, I’ve finally started writing in it. In today’s post I’m going to share tips for getting started (although I’m no pro), future journalling ideas and why I wanted to start in the first place.
First things first, you need to get yourself a journal (duh). Mine is from Papier and it is so gorgeous! But as I mentioned above, getting the journal doesn’t mean you’ll actually start journalling… Don’t wait 4 months like I did (or for the New Year). If you want to start something, start it now. Decide how you want to lay it out; are you going to date every entry? Are you going to “address” it to someone (e.g. dear X)? Are you going to just write how you feel? Or share a meaningful quote/ thought? Perhaps gratitude is more your style, in which case maybe you’ll list three things you’re grateful for.
My set up
Currently (in blogging-time, as I’m writing this post) I have only written two entries. However, so far I have dated both – because I think it could be fun to look back on and know exactly when I wrote and felt that. I don’t want to be too rigid with my journalliing, so I’m only going to do it when I feel like penning my thoughts and feelings on paper. I also heard a really lovely quote today which I wanted to include in my journal entry. It doesn’t really matter what or how you choose to journal, but the act of doing it is therapeutic in and of itself.
For me, the “why” behind journalling stems from a few things. I’m a writer, and writing is what I do. Some people sing their thoughts, I write them. A journal is a pretty standard option for that! However, I really wanted a space where I could pen my thoughts that wasn’t public like this blog (although I do love blogging). My journal is like an extension of my brain; the most intimate parts are for me, and me alone. It’s almost like having a conversation with myself. By writing it down, I’m acknowledging and accepting it – but also clearing space for other things. Plus, if I’m ever feeling a bit sad, I’m hoping it will help me get to the bottom of it.
A few things that I’m going to use to prompt me are:
- What are you grateful for today?
- What’s holding you back from X?
- Where do you see yourself in X years?
- How are you going to make your dreams a reality?
- What are you proud of?
- Are you excited about the future? What?
- Who made you smile today, and why?
- What would you tell 12 year old Em?
- Reflect on the growing and healing you’ve done this past year
There are obviously way more ideas and prompts out there, but those are a few to get me (and maybe you) going!
Just have fun with it! In the past I’ve kept diaries at various points in my life, but I would always stop after a few months. Why? Because I made it too rigid. It ceased to be pleasurable or useful, because I forced myself to write at least X amount everyday. Now, I’m just going to write when I get the urge. And if I want to write one line, one word, one thought… then that’s great. Hopefully this will keep it fun and mean that I keep it up.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and until next time 🙂