February 7


Pen your Dreams – Why Journal?? 8 Reasons to Journal and 3 Ways to Get Started Now!

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Journal Your Dreams

Have you ever written down your problems in a journal? It can be an incredibly powerful tool for boosting positivity, becoming more grateful and relieving stress.

Putting pen to paper may help shed light on confusing topics, by offering fresh perspectives that make it much easier to form solutions. Plus, recording progress lets us realize how far we have come – increasing motivation and confidence!

The New York Times described journaling as “one of the more effective acts of self-care,” while also pointing out that it’s happily one of the cheapest.

8 Reasons to Journal

There are many reasons why people choose to journal, and the benefits can vary from person to person. Eight (8) common reasons include:

  1. Processing emotions: Journaling can be a powerful tool to help make sense of difficult emotions. It can help you to recognize that every thought is not a fact and that thoughts are always changing and are sometimes unrealistic.
  2. Reflecting on experiences: Journaling provides an opportunity to explore and decide what is important, meaningful, and valuable in life. It’s a powerful tool for reflection that helps you grow personally while also gaining insight on yourself.
  3. Setting and achieving goals: Keeping a journal is an excellent way to stay focused and motivated as you work towards achieving important goals. It gives clarity, structure, and perspective to your hopes so that each day becomes one step closer on the path of success
  4. Recording memories: Journaling can be a way to record memories and special moments in your life, so you can look back on them in the future.
  5. Creativity and self-expression: Journaling can be a creative outlet for self-expression, allowing people to express themselves through writing, drawing, or other forms of art.
  6. Stress relief: Journaling is an effective way to work through your worries and emotions in a secure, personal environment. It’s an invaluable tool for relieving stress that enables you to discover inner peace while expressing yourself freely.
  7. Self-discovery: Reflect on and explore your emotions, thoughts, and habits. You may just be surprised at what you uncover about yourself.
  8. Keeping track of personal development: Journaling is a powerful tool for reflecting on your journey to personal development – noting how you have grown over time, and sparking motivation as you look ahead.

3 Ways to Start Journaling

Like most things, you don’t want to over think journaling! You can put pen to paper or keep a document on your computer. Choose whichever one will help you to stick with the practice. Or you can write in the morning or just before bed. Or you can write daily or weekly entries. Or you can find writing prompts in books, apps and online to help you begin. Don’t be intimidated to get started today!

Here are three (3) popular types of journaling practices:

  1. Expressive Writing — Spend 20 minutes reflecting on your past experiences – what have you learnt? What are some moments that made an impact and changed the trajectory of your journey? What are the thoughts going through your head? Start small but consistent; begin with four days straight then keep it going at least twice a week for maximum potential benefit.
  2. Bullet Journaling — Created by designer Ryder Carroll, this two-in-one system combines the personal reflection of a diary, the structure from a day planner and acts as an inspiring written meditation. With sections created for daily tasks, monthly calendar events and notes on long term objectives.
  3. Gratitude Journaling — Writing down the things that bring joy to your life is a simple, yet incredibly powerful way to cultivate positive energy and build self-awareness. Write five to ten things daily – be it in the morning or before bed – to reflect on what you’re thankful for.

Journaling is a powerful tool for personal growth and reflection. Everyone has their unique reason to start – whether to process emotions, set goals or express gratitude.

Embrace the journey of self-discovery through journaling; you’ll be surprised by what you discover along the way.

Happy connection to the Master Key Experience (MKE) with journaling: blog writing, which can be an expressive journal format, is a key part of the course. Check out the info on the next class here.

Read more articles by Deb Barrett

About the author

Deb Barrett has created her own successful lifestyle coaching business. As a certified Life/Finance coach Deb helps you to set goals so that you achieve success. She inspires and encourages you to take the actions needed so that you can begin to live the life that you were designed to live.

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