I never used to use a journal at all and now I carry it everywhere I go. Over the past 2 years I have gone through significant changes in my health and wellness. It has been a long journey and sometimes it felt unmanageable and like I would never reach my destination. So what does that have to do with my journal?
The biggest changes in my life from the outside would appear to be what I eat, the exercise I do and how I spend my time. The truth is that is about 20% of the story. The real changes are on the inside!
I used to be afraid of looking inwards and definitely afraid of putting it on paper. I mean what if someone else saw all the ways I was broken, the fears I had or how I really felt? The truth is that by looking in I found all the answers I was looking for. I found my values, my self worth, the attachments that held me back and my integrity to myself. I even found my ideas for my future, what I love and how to connect to it more.
So why do I love my journal? It’s all in there, it holds my reflections, my lessons and my goals. It is my lifeline when I need a boost. My memories of how I have managed to live through things and come out stronger. It reminds me of what is important and allows me to express my gratitude for it.
Here are some tips for how to start your own journal that worked for me
Find a book you can carry easily
I have found that my success is being ready to write when the thoughts come. Or when something inspires me. It could be a sign, a line in a movie, something a friend said. So look for books you like, but also fit in something you already carry.
Use stickies to break it up
I love being able to go back and find things. So, I use stickies to break up the pages by adding some tabs into the book. Make a section for random daily thoughts, bright ideas, inspirations, things to make me laugh, things that made me happy. Carry some stickies with you for a quick way to add a new section as you think of it.
Track ideas big and small
If you run your own business, or are started on a journey you will inevitably find yourself coming up with all kinds of ideas. Some are actionable today, but most will be out of reach financially or there will be time restraints today. By keeping a list of those ideas you can come back to them later when you really need them.
We all love our to-lists, but what about a “what makes me happy list”. “Or best things that happened to me”. “Moments I didn’t expect”. “How I surprised myself”. Sound easy? Try writing out a list of 50 things that I’m grateful to me for, believe me it will be harder than it seems. My favorite right now is :”ways people described me”, a great read for those days when getting out of bed seems like the biggest task you will face for the day.
Track your dreams
Never be afraid to say them out loud, write them down, scream them from a mountain. By keeping track of our dreams we are manifesting our actions. So be specific!!!