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Let’s set the record straight. A journal is not a dairy. A journal is so much more. It is a record of significant, personal experiences that illustrates feelings, problems, conflictions and evaluations. You can think about journaling as sophisticated way to collect your deepest, innermost thoughts. With that in mind, it is easy to see how the very act of journal writing allows us to understand ourselves in the past, present and future.  Day One blog said:

I was blind to the benefits journaling brings to oneself. What journal allows you to do is to have a ‘vehicle for my sense of selfhood’ and a medium to ‘represent (you) as emotionally and spiritually independent.’ A safe-haven that at the same time soothes you and saddens you; motivates you and makes you reflect; makes you hate yourself, makes you love yourself: a reflection on paper of yourself.

 In many ways the journal that I keep is, in fact, a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. By recounting my achievements and failures, I am able to evaluate not only my life but also the lessons it has to offer. I encourage you to read my top 5 reasons why you should journal and start writing yourself!


Journaling encourages self-understanding


Writing down your beliefs, feelings and goals are no is feat. When you finally write them down, however, it allows you better understand the relationship you have with your values. Journaling is freeing in the sense that it forces you to mentally un-jumble your thoughts into coherent opinions. This process compels you to provide details on why you feel deeply on certain topics and not others.


The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.”

David Hare


Journaling enhances your mood


Writing in your journal when you are sad can soothe the soul.


"Writing is medicine. It is an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion for any difficult change.”

Julia Cameron

Journaling declutters the mind


There are days when we cannot quiet the mind. Multitasking, working, driving, part-time jobs, and juggling different activities keeps us busy but it can also cause us to have mental clutter. Journaling is helpful when you ever feel the urge to declutter your mind. If you feel overstimulated, stressed or have a problem…write it down! Transferring what is in your head to paper empties your mind.


"What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself and throw the burden on my book and feel relieved.”

Anne Lister


Journaling tracks progress


Life events take us by storm. We hardly have time to slow down, breathe and process what happens to us. Journaling is great because it allows us to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. When you re-read your entries from 3 months to 3 years ago, you’ll see how you’ve changed over time, your successes and mistakes. Reading your life in review is invaluable because it gives you free lessons to take away.


"Journaling has become one of the most gratifying and fulfilling practices of my life. Not only do I derive the daily benefits of consciously directing my thoughts and putting them in writing, but even more powerful are those I have gained from reviewing my journals.”

Hal Elrod


Journaling makes you a better writer


Don’t keep experiences inside. Reap the benefits of journal writing by telling your story.


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside if you”

Maya Angelou

Unitl Next Time, 


"Your life is happening now. Make it amazing!"

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