You can see a journal as a window to your soul. A place where you can write down your thoughts, desires and goals without anyone judging. For me journaling is a way to stay positive, be grateful and to remind myself what really matters to me. Just focus more on yourself and a little less about everyone else around you. Once you start writing, drawing and gluing things it can become a habit – maybe even addictive!
My advise is to keep a journal on paper, not in electric form. This way you can take it anywhere, also to places where there’s no electricity. I also find it much more personal when you handwrite it. You can make it your own by drawing, decorating and filling it with whatever you like. I doodle, write down lyrics from songs, make lists and little poems. I write down my feelings, impressions, ideas and goals.
This is not my picture, I found it on Pinterest.
Find the perfect place to write your journal. It’s all about me-time and self reflection, so it’s important no one will disturb you. Find a place that inspires you and where you feel comfortable. Try different places to see which one works best for you. Last week I sat in Central park during sunset for two hours until my fingers were too frozen to write. It really helps me to avoid screens while I’m writing, a little getaway from all the social media madness. Just me, myself and I.
Journaling clears your emotions, increases your gratitude and improves self-trust. It really makes you feel good, about yourself and about life in general. You don’t have to write every day. It’s supposed to be fun, so just write whenever you feel like it or when you have something interesting to write about. Try to write or draw as slowly as you can, to make you aware of what you are doing and to make it a special moment. Take your time to complete the sentence or draw a line.
When you first sit down to try, you may think your life is pretty boring and you have nothing to put in your journal, but as you start to think harder, you’ll realise how much you see each day. Write about what scares you, your decisions, goals, things you struggle with, it really could be anything that comes up in your mind. Don’t worry about your Journals getting wrecked, I even enjoy them more as they fill up.
Write naturally, tell yourself the truth and re-read it all later. So you can see what you’ve learned .
Wish you all the best of luck & most important, ENJOY !
PS. Looking for more inpiration? Read Lonneke’s last post about TED talks!