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Why I Journal: A One-Way Conversation

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


August 2, 2017

“And so I just kept writing to myself.” ― Kimberly Novosel, Loved

Sometimes you just need to write for yourself.

I meant to post this as a Mindful Monday, but as usual, procrastination got in the way. Anyways, we are doing this now. I would like to take a moment to talk about journaling. Whether you call it a diary or a journal, they both do the same thing. In some ways you can consider this blog somewhat of a virtual diary, but I promise that would I type on here and what I scratch in a notebook are very different. 

I have been writing in a journal for as long as I can remember. I don't do it everyday and I have these large spaces of time in my life where I don't do it at all, but for the last 7 months, I have been pretty good at keeping up with it. There is just something so liberating about writing down your thoughts in one private place that no one will ever (hopefully) see. I used to have the diaries that had locks or passwords on them when I was a kid. I used to think it was so scandalous to have one and I always wanted to know what other people wrote in theirs. Nosy little brat, wasn't I? 

These days, I don't know what I would do if someone read mine. My most personal thoughts are written in these little books. I mean, I have "told" my journal things that I haven't even said out loud to my parents. There is no better feeling than getting into the groove with your thoughts as you journal. I could go until my hand cramped up and fill up seven pages OR I could only be in the mood to do a page, it all depends. 

My journal is not just filled with my day's activities or how I am feeling at the moment. It is also filled with stories that I will never publish, things that pop up in my imagination that I know are too far fetch. Nevertheless, I need to get the ideas out of my head and onto paper. I write my journal in letter form, I always write to anonymous. I never know if this journal will be found by someone in the distant future and that is crazy to even think about...let's not. *SHUDDERS*

I think writing in a journal can be good for many reasons. For me, my brain is constantly on overdrive. I have too many thoughts running through it once and jotting them down with pen and paper is always the best way. Even if it isn't legible afterwards. 

Writing for me will always be an outlet and even if it is only for yourself, I think it should be done. I am constantly practicing my writing and at times, it is easiest to that will real life situations. Spend a few minutes everyday, I tend to journal at night, and just write everything you are feeling and have experienced. Personally, I find it to be liberating. And even if you aren't journaling to destress, use it to store memories. I wish I could find old journals from when I was a kid. I am sure I had a lot to say with my horrible handwriting and atrocious grammar. Let's just say I wasn't very literary savvy as a child, I wonder what changed....hmmm. 

So tell me, do you journal? And if you do, why do you do it? Does it provide you peace or do you simply do it just to get thoughts out of your head? Or is it both? This honestly interests me! Well, I am going to go write in my own journal, so I will talk to you beautiful people later! 

Happy Writing

- Haley

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