My Thoughts After Journaling for 30 Days
A quick update on my journaling journey
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Journaling generally involves the practice of keeping a diary or journal that explores thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life.
My word for the year is ‘Intention’. I’d like to be more intentional about the things I do. I want to mindfully choose how I spend each day, how I exert my energy, what thoughts fill my mind, what I feed my body and who I surround myself with.
As part of living with intention all 2019, one of my goals for this year was to keep a journal. Before now, I knew about journaling and heard about the many benefits but I never considered trying it out until last month.
My plan was to write in my journal every single day until the 31st of January.
I journaled right after spending time with God in the mornings. With time, it became a part of my morning routine and I didn’t quite feel complete without putting something down in my journal.
I did have some days where I had to head out early so I left journaling till after I had gotten back from work for the day.
I made sure I filled my journal with things I’d love to remember in the future. Length varied from half a page to three full pages - it just depended on what I was thinking or how I felt at that given time.
The first page of my journal is like my mini vision board. I cut out pieces of paper, photos or quotes from various sources - things that inspire me or help me be creative. Some were my goals for the year. I cut them out and glued them to that page and it serves as a daily reminder of how far I’v come and where I’m headed.
Every journal entry required a different ink colour. My journal is now filled with blue, brown, pink, purple, red and even green ink I think.
I found that it was much easier for me to recognize the entry for that day, based on the colour of the ink I used. Plus, it made my journal a lot cuter.
I made sure I journaled most of what happened to me in January. Thoughts, ideas, feelings of happiness, anger, excitement, sadness - I put them all down in writing. I even had a few times where I wrote down some dreams I had during the night.
What I found out after Journaling for 30 days
I learned more about myself: Once a week, I’d read through my entries for that week and it felt like I was getting to know and understand myself better. Reading about some experiences made me laugh, others made me realize how much I had grown or how much progress I’d made.
For example, one week, I wrote that I wanted to avoid ordering food but instead save the money and cook at home. Unconsciously, I stuck to that plan and when I read it at the end of the week, I realized I didn’t spend money on takeout that week and the money I would’ve used was saved instead.
I became more disciplined: Writing my goals for the week, accomplishing them and getting that feeling of satisfaction made me want to be more disciplined. Little goals like reaching 10,000 steps, working out daily (even if it was just doing 100 crunches), completing my tasks at work before the deadline, etc all made it worth it.
I didn’t feel as anxious: Having a place to pour out my thoughts, ideas and feelings made me feel less anxious about some day to day stuff. As there were no limitations to what i could put down in my journal, I felt free enough to write whatever, even if it didn’t make any sense at the time without feeling judged.
It’s not fun all the time but I like that I always have something to go back to if I want to remember things that happened in my day to day life. Some days I write down a few lines and other days I could write until my fingers hurt.
If you haven’t journaled, you should try it, even if it’s just for a month - I promise you’d want to continue after that.