Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Adventures in Journaling I

Good Morning!

Welcome to the first part of my new series, Adventures in Journaling.

One of my favorite hobbies is journaling. Journaling has provided a great way for me to keep track of my life's events, given me a place to vent or celebrate, and allowed me to take time to reflect on my day-to-day routines. My first journal entry was jotted down in a composition book when I was twelve years old. My grandfather's dog, Toby, had just been put to sleep, and I was so overwhelmed with sadness and didn't know how to release it, so I just took a notebook and poured my feelings onto the page. 

Little did I know this was to become a lifelong journey for me. Soon, journaling became a daily habit for me. Whether I was excited about a new idea, depressed about a sad development, or just recording the events of another boring day, journaling became a safe haven for me, a place to record my thoughts and feelings without judgment. 

With all the changes in the world, I hope that by doing a series on journaling--including types of journals, the benefits of journaling, and where to begin-- I can encourage others to take up the journaling habit and reap the benefits as well.  Each month, I will also post a list of journal prompts to help you out on the days when you draw a blank on what to write (trust me, it happens a lot :) ). Journaling has been a therapeutic hobby for me. I hope that as you begin your own journaling adventure, it will help you as it has helped me. 

Everyone approaches journaling differently, and indeed, journals are as unique as the journalers themselves. What works for me may not work for you. Your journal may serve a different purpose altogether, but if there's one thing I've learned, everyone can obtain some benefit from journaling. There are many different styles and types of journals that I will discuss in this series. 

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Journaling doesn't require anything fancy, although there are some absolutely elegant and beautiful notebooks out there. You can start with a mechanical pencil and a composition book like I did all those years ago. Now I have upgraded to a refillable journal, available at Amazon or your local bookstore, and use Zebra Sarasa pens (purple whenever possible!). 

There are guided journals, ones that are pre-filled with prompts to get you started, and journals geared towards various topics (fitness, travel, mindfulness, etc.) The best type to start with is whatever you feel most drawn to, remember, if you don't use it, then it is not the right journal adventure for you. 

For the rest of this year, I will be covering different types of journals and journaling techniques, in addition to a monthly list of journal prompts (stay tuned for the first prompts list coming soon). 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have anything journal related you'd like me to cover or address, feel free to leave a comment. :) 

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