Not many of us are into journaling. But those who do have discovered more than just an outlet for their thoughts and ideas. Let me share a few useful reasons for you to begin journaling now!
I admire people who are very creative when it comes to their journaling and note-taking. I love how they mesh calligraphy and colorful highlights in their notes and mnemonics. It’s eye candy for me! I wonder if the artistry is fueled by expensive coffee? Because most of the time, I see these wonderful people in coffee shops and instagrammable cafes. But seriously, how to be you po?
When I attended a journaling workshop by OMF Literature, I realized journaling is a realm dominated by women! I beg to disagree that journaling is a female-centric activity. Where are you, guys? Hahaha!
More than the colorful letterings and fancy highlights, journaling gives us awesome benefits.
First, it’s a safe space to relieve stress.
I remember, the last time I was burdened with too much heartache and work-related issues, journaling helped me unload all the negative emotions stirring up within. It works the same as having a dear friend listening to your rants. Think of your paper as a friend. It will not judge you; it will not show any prejudice. Just write whatever you want to write.
Second, journaling may serve as growth monitoring tool.
Use a devo and prayer journal to write all your prayer concerns. Write your personal love letters to God! Jot down your thanksgivings, requests, lessons learned from the Word or from sermons you’ve heard. Watch out, for as the pages add up, your appreciation with the Lord grows as well. At times, I laugh, cry or even cringe at my journal entries, but that’s how God led me through the years, and I’m thankful for that.Write your personal love letters to God! Jot down your thanksgivings, requests, lessons learned from the Word or from sermons you’ve heard. Watch out, for as the pages add up, your appreciation with the Lord grows as well. Click To Tweet
Some people I know devise their own monitoring tools in their journals. They monitor their water intake, their weight, their tardiness, money saved or spent, etc. Your journal is your personal companion. Use it creatively and purposely.
Third, journaling improves writing abilities
Nuks. I am not confident with my English writing ability, but it was said that the key to be a good writer is simply to write regularly. Consistent journal writing makes me love writing more.
Finally, journaling serves as a marker
Whenever I review past entries, it helps me recall what happened, what I learned and how I different I am (or should be) now. As George Santayana puts it, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
I’m glad that journals are no longer limited to pen and paper and digital journaling is already a thing. I have a journal in my phone where I write my reflections on my daily bible readings. I also have a separate journal for pictures of my SO. Ayieee. My blogs, this one and Hearts and Halo, doubles as my digital journal for my various musings. I also have a physical journal for preaching notes.Fall in love with writing, especially writing for yourself. Click To Tweet
Did you find these reasons useful for you to begin journaling? Be it a physical journal or digital, purely words, or one infused with colorful illustrations and calligraphy, it doesn’t matter. Fall in love with writing, especially writing for yourself.