A little history
I have always been a journaler. When I was younger I kept a journal. I remember even having one with a lock and key! Remember those?! I would start my entries with “Dear Diary…” and then pen my innermost feelings on those blank pages. As a little girl, I was shy and quiet. I had friends, plenty of friends, but I never felt like I fit in. So at night before bed, my time with my journal was the time where I felt like I could sit down and talk to my best friend. I would recount the happenings of the day, vent about a situation or person that was irritating me, or spill the beans about a crush…things I would never speak aloud to anyone else.
As the years went by, my journaling became more sporadic. Life happened…I went to college, got married, had kids…time for myself became a commodity! I would try to keep up with daily journals and I would always end up skipping a few weeks here or a few months there. I have so many journals right now that have been only written in maybe halfway and tossed aside! (See, the way my mind works, when I get back into journaling, I have to have a fresh journal to write in! I don’t like having the gap in dates but obviously a half blank journal is perfectly fine! LOL Please tell me I’m not alone in this!)
In the past few months, while searching for a planner to help me better organize my life and home business, I came across the planner community. (Who knew planning was a “thing” to have a community for?!) However, this led me to the traveler’s notebook community. Well within this community were people who journaled. And not just grabbing a notebook and writing in it, these people were using stickers and washi tape and colorful pens and hand lettering and stamps and printing out pictures. I. Was. Hooked. This got me back into journaling daily.
So why is journaling important to me?
- To preserve memories. I want to be able to look back on these journals when I am older and take a trip down memory lane. The good, the bad, the ugly, the laughter, the tears, the milestones, all of it! I want my children to have a better record of their childhood. I want them to be able to read my thoughts and feelings about their childhood and just life in general.
- To vent! Sometimes I just need to say some things but no one needs to hear them! I just need to get it all out and move on.
- To get a better understanding of me. Looking back over what I’ve written can sometimes help me understand patterns in my moods or just how certain situations affect me. I can see my growth or where I really need to grow in areas of my life.
- It’s freeing! Sometimes I feel like my mind is just racing with thoughts. Having that pen and paper to write those thoughts is a freeing feeling.
- I love writing! I have always loved writing. I’m the kid that would doodle on everything…my notebooks, the church programs, stray pieces of paper…everything. I was obsessed with having perfect handwriting when I was younger! My journal was a place where I could slow down and practice that perfect handwriting. Over the years I have strayed from that. Having to take notes in college classes ruined my handwriting! And then being out of school and not having to write as much made it even worse. Since I don’t have to write for school anymore, journaling daily gives me that time to focus on my handwriting and perfect that again!
So that is why journaling is important to me! What about you? Why is journaling important to you? Let’s chat in the comments below!