Journaling is something I love to do. I have stacks of journals stored in my desk, with pages completely filled out. As lame as it sounds, I can always count on my journals to be there for me! It’s the place where I vent my feelings, express my random thoughts and observations, list my goals, and occasionally brainstorm. I don’t know what I’d do without it.
There are also a billion reasons to start writing and maintaining a journal. It’s an easy hobby to manage and it allows you to reflect and understand yourself a little more!
The best part about journalling is that there are no rules. The only thing you have to do, is keep up with it. The hardest part, is just getting yourself to start writing. But, eventually it will become part of your automatic schedule and something you look forward to!
Here’s a few reasons why you should start journaling!
1) All the cute journals to collect!
There are so many pretty journal brands out there, like Rifle Paper Co, Ban.Do, Paper Source, etc. You can also buy a plain and standard journal from Target or Barnes N’ Noble and customize it yourself! I like to buy cheap affordable journals from Target, and then make collages for the cover. I also suggest purchasing the hardcover ones, but that’s just my preference!
2) It’s a place to vent, without any judgment.
Do you ever have days where you don’t want to talk to anyone and kind of just bottle up everything? Whether it’s stress, drama, or just a bad day holding you back, you should write it in a journal! Your journal is there to also act as a form of self care. So clear your mind, express your feelings, and don’t feel like you need to hold back.
3) It makes you a better creative writer.
You don’t have to use your journal for just documenting your day. It can also be used as a bullet journal (bullet points/list making), a space for doodles and commentary, and what I like to use it as: a creative writing space! I feel like constantly writing in my journal helps me improve my creativity and imagination, and strengthens my writing/english skills.
4) You’re essentially recording your life, aka you’re writing the story of your life!
Ever wanted to read the story of your life? Then start journalling. The best part is looking back at your journal, rereading all the pages, and getting to remember how you felt on a certain day, the emotions you felt about an experience, or just reliving what you overcame and went through.
Creative writing prompts to get you started:
- Gratitude List (list everything you’re thankful for)
- Today I… (Just write about your day. Be as detailed as you want.)
- Write a Letter to your Younger Self (If you could speak to your younger self, what would you want them to know? Would you warn them about anything? Give them some advice?)
- If my Life was a T.V. Show/Movie… (What song would be your theme song? What’s featured on your soundtrack? Who is in your main cast? Is it a comedy or a drama? Write about what makes it worth watching.)
- Last Night’s Dream (Write about your dream. Even if it was bizarre and made absolutely no sense. Bonus points if you analyze it and relate it to your actual life. Disclaimer: I love psychology and dreams are super fricking cool to me. If you’d like to have psychology based intellectual discussions, let me know.)
- Coffee Shop Date (If you could meet up with your future older self for coffee, what would you say? What would you want their life to be like? How would you expect them to act? Write about it.)
- I’d Like to Thank… (You’ve won an award for just being… you! Who are you thanking? Who deserves a quick shoutout?)
I hope today’s post motivates you to grab a cup of tea and get journalling!