Any writer will tell you that there is something to be said for journaling. Not only does it help you organize your thoughts and remember important and inspirational moments down the road, it also puts things into perspective and can change your outlook for the better.
I’ve kept a journal since I was a teenager. The old ones are long gone, and only their most important pages remain in storage. However, I have kept my journals from the last few years, transferring important quotes onto fresh pages every time I start a new one.
In college, I met a professor who inspired me to dedicate a few moments of every single day to journaling. At first, it was difficult. But, like any habit (watching TV, scrolling through Facebook, playing video games), over time I began to enjoy it. The difference between this task and the aforementioned habits is that I could look back and learn from the moments I recorded in years past. They inspired me and helped me realize how much I had grown over the years.
Often, in the moment, we are bogged down by the stress of every day life. It is hard to feel like you have accomplished anything when you are still surrounded by challenges and rejection. Last year, we had a writer talk about filling up your salt shaker with joy so you can empty it out during the trying times. It’s a concept so important that it is worth reiterating.
Journaling is a great way to make sure your salt shaker stays full– even if you have never really thought of yourself as a writer. If you need a little help getting started, try one of the following books:
10 Mindful Minutes: A Journal by Goldie Hawn is inspired by the actress’ advocacy for mindfulness. It is a guided journal with simple meditations and prompts, along with thoughtful quotations that will inspire you to focus on specific qualities from optimism or gratitude to anger or fear. The goal is to enhance the positive qualities and help the negative ones by incorporating a meditative practice.
You may find yourself inspired by a simple quotation, and less in need of the guidance of a writing prompt. If that is the case, a great resource is The Last Word: A Treasury of Women’s Quotes by Carolyn Warner. With more than 2,000 timeless quotes by women, representing everyone from Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots to pop megastar Madonna, The Last Word is a must-have for any woman looking for inspiration.
My personal favorite isn’t new, but it is great for all levels of journaling. Writing and Being: Embracing Your Life Through Creative Journaling by G. Lynn Nelson will change the way you write for the better by explaining the distinctions between private and public writing. If you need more proof that journaling can help you discover your true self and heal psychological and spiritual wounds, this is the book for you.
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Written by Hayleigh Worgan