As long as I can remember, I have journaled. I have 100’s of journals from over the years and probably some that I threw away. I started journaling when I was in the hospital for Bulimia and depression when I was 14 years old. The therapist thought it would be a good idea for me to express my thoughts down on paper instead of pushing them down with food and later throwing them up.
After leaving the hospital, I kept up with journaling. I journal first thing in the morning well before the rest of the house is awake. Sometimes, I free- flow what I write or sometimes I use journaling prompts to help get what is stuck in my head down on paper,
I also document our life in my journal so I can remember our special times and even the times of struggles! Some of the journaling pages contain my dreams and aspirations. I cast my visions for my Life Coaching Business and set my daily intentions. I end my journaling session with gratitude and prayer for my day.
When I begin working with a client, I encourage them to begin journal even if it a few times a week.
If you are looking to get started here are a few tips:
- Find a journal that motivates you to want to write and fits your personality.
- Use a pen that you like to write with!
- Set aside at least 15-20 minutes of quiet time.
- Write freely from what comes from your heart.
- Or use journaling prompts that you find on Pinterest.
With all things, it takes time to begin journaling. You need to be patient with yourself. Before I begin journaling, I take a few minutes to sit in silence to just let myself be then I can begin journaling. There will be days you will find yourself writing for a long time and there will be times you will find yourself writing for just a few minutes. That is ok! You got this! Have fun with it.