The Journey to Journaling
When I was a little girl, I use to write all the time. My diaries were filled with stories and adolescent emotions coupled with doodles and playing the M.A.S.H. game with my crushes name. I entered and won young authors contest and reading was the fuel to my writing fire. Somewhere along the way, I lost the art of putting pen to paper and letting my thoughts freely flow no matter if it made sense or not. I tried revisiting journaling several times in the last few years; however, they were all failed attempts. I was overthinking my own thoughts. About 2 months ago, I started going to a therapist to do some deep soul searching and inner healing. In session 3 with the therapist, my homework assignment was to journal at least twice before my next session. When she said that I felt defeated. I was like I already tried that, but it did not work because I’m too concerned about correct grammar and punctuation, which has probably been exacerbated by the fact that I am a blogger now. I can’t just give my lovies any old thing and that is the same way that I related to writing in my personal journal, but it was wrong to look at it like that. Needless to say, I didn’t do the assignment. Once I met with my therapist on the 4th visit, she gave me a whole different assignment and didn’t even ask about the first one, I was grateful. However, a couple of days later I was prompted to go and look for a journal, so I did. I didn’t use it that day, but two days later, I felt the urge to just pour out into that beautiful lavender journal that says “Hello Lovely” on the front. Once I began to write, OMG, the words flowed and flowed and flowed some more. Who knew I had so much inside that I needed to get out? I released and it felt great. Now, I am in love with journaling and I encourage you to do the same. Here are my 3 tips and tidbits on how to create your magic moments to help you release and heal.
Pick the Right Journal
Be sure to pick the right journal. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to speak to you. It needs to make you feel good when you pick it up and touch it. Feel the pages and check out the features because the functionality is key. Some journals are dated with abstract designs on the outside or leather bound with the simple word journal written on the outside. I am personally drawn to things that have a message. I felt like when I selected my beautiful leather bound lavender journal it had everything I needed. It greeted me with a positive affirmation, “Hello Lovely”, and you all know I am all about affirmations. Also, the pages feel good to the touch and a series of months and days run across the top of the page, which allows me to select whatever date it is that day. Lastly, mine has a ribbon, so I can easily pick up where I left off. It’s perfect for me.
- Sometime this week or weekend go to a couple of stores like WalMart or Michael’s and select you a journal. Make sure it speaks to you because it will contain all of your sacred feelings and thoughts.
Write What You Feel
Don’t be like me and feel all this pressure to write a certain type of way, just write. I found that sometimes we talk too much to friends and not enough to God. We even talk too much on Facebook. Having a journal to put all of those raw emotions and pure or not so pure thoughts in will alleviate a lot of that. It is also another way to talk to God. I write prayers in mine and everything. I make my request known to the Lord. I promise, once you write your first entry you will feel so much better.
The person that actually sparked my inspiration to journal again is an inspirational YouTuber I follow named Lavendaire. You all should check her channel out here. She gives all types of tips and healthy habits to incorporate into your life and daily routines.
- Write your first entry in your new journal. Remember to free write without thinking about structure or how it sounds. Just do it.
Make it a Habit
The thing about journaling is that it can be as often as you want it to. Some people journal upon waking up, which is called “morning pages” and some journal at night before sleeping as well to empty their brain to allow for a more peaceful sleep. Keep in mind you need to journal at least two to three times a week in order to empty your thoughts to experience that release, but it doesn’t have to be an everyday thing. Journaling should be therapeutic, so don’t pressure yourself to do so, but do be intentional about so you can experience the power of it.
- Start out setting two days a week and the time of day you will write or you can opt to carry your journal with you daily and just take it out whenever you have some free time to write. Be sure you are in a quiet space that allows your thoughts to flow freely.
I hope this was informative and has given you the inspiration to express yourself to heal yourself through journaling.
Until next time lovies…go and create your magic moments and experience the power of releasing through your writing.