“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.”
-Robin S. Sharma
“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.” —Jack London

Often times, I feel as though I do not to get to express my true thoughts and emotions to the world.  Society today is different than it used to be.  People shy away from showing “weakness” or vulnerability.  The workplace encourages and promotes strength and results.  Emotions and making real connections don’t fit into the corporate and fast paced workplace.

It can even be difficult to share thoughts, emotions, and concerns with your family and other loved ones.  We do not want to be a burden.  We do not want to look needy.  We do not want to inconvenience someone.  Even though they mean well, most people are not good at working through difficult and messy situations.

That’s where journaling comes in.  I never took journaling seriously until I was in my mid twenties.I thought it was for those awkward people who did not have any friends.  there was a stigma in my head.  If you have to journal, you have a problem.  I have no idea why that was my belief.

As I met changes, transitions, and challenges in my life, I found journaling helped me organize and clarify my thoughts.  It gives me an outlet to empty my brain.  Paper does not judge.  it does not stop you.  It is there for you DAILY.  In fact, people who write about their difficult times and beliefs end up being more happy and at peace with their lives.  It allows them to sort through events and happenings.  People make sense of their world by writing things down.  If you do not know where to start, here are some suggestions:

-Write about your day.  The highs, lows, exciting moments, unexpected moments, boring moments.  Share whatever struck you that day.
-Write a short letter.  It can be to anyone or anything.  It can be to a friend, yourself, or even a higher power.  Share your thoughts and concerns and ask for assistance.
-Write what you are grateful or excited about that day.
-Write inspiring words that you can describe yourself: “I am strong” “I am capable, etc.
-Write a story.  One with a beginning, middle and an end
-Write poetry.

Do yo have other ways you journal?  Share below!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!
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