“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” – Jen Williamson
Part of the person I am right now, I owe to journaling. For many years it felt like I was knocked and ran over by a truck. There were days when darkness would fall pitch black and would get bruised up by the memories, regrets, misconceptions, anxiety, lack of self-esteem, and confidence.
I certainly did not like where I was mentally and physically. And I did not know how much I was helping those around me. I realized that I had to U-Haul my mind into boxes so I can move out of the stuck mindset.
It was 2016 when I had my major breakdown. I was always showing up like the know-it-all in my group and it did not serve me. I was feeling lost most of the time. I did not know what my purpose was and I was not great in my relationships either...my relationship with money, my exes, my friends, my family, and most of all myself.
The change I needed came in a journal where I poured my thoughts over. I knew then that I had to talk myself to betterment. I thought if I want to fix everything in my life, I must start with me.
I have always written my ideas on paper. That time, I was writing with so much passion and purpose. I became very transparent about my reality and how I wanted my future to look like. Journaling was and always will be the best therapy we can get for free.
As my pen touched my paper, I felt empowered. It felt like the first page of my success story. And I was totally right.
I was fueled by negative emotions and my thoughts were all over the place. I wanted to organize them so badly. Journaling allowed me to do just that. I started with acknowledging my negative self-talk to gaining full control of my emotions.
Every time I journal, I’m taken to my own personal space where judgment is nonexistent. The more I write, the more I understand myself. It makes me realize that nothing needs to be perfect. It makes me feel human again.
Often, we are trapped in idealism. We scroll through our phones seeing other people’s highlights which triggers the question, “Am I doing good enough?” Journaling made me realize that I’m doing my best and that alone makes me feel better.
I will never be on top of my goals had I not started. Writing them down on my journal helps me set my mind to achieving them. There’s something about it that keeps me going.
By seeing everything that written down and planned out, I’ve always felt like I have a step-by-step guide to make it my reality. It’s amazing how I get more things done when I journal. It literally transformed my life and unleashed my inner CEO.
If you want to make it a habit, you’ll need a lot of pages. Although it’s not ideal to be a cheapskate on this aspect, it’s important that you only spend a reasonable amount on your journaling budget. Unless you have a lot to spare of course. Remember that your thoughts matter more than the journal itself.
The key to being consistent is dedicating a specific time and place for journaling. You can do it in the morning right after waking up. This is good for setting intentions too.
If you’re not a morning person, you can do it at night before you go to sleep. This is perfect if you want to do an audit of how your day went. You can even journal about how you want the next day to go.
Adding it to your routine increases your success rate. Try doing challenges and find the best time of the day for you.
Trust me when I say that having my own journaling space makes wonders. It’s a sure way to get your thoughts flowing. Find a cozy spot in your home. It could be your bed if that works for you.
Journaling is a form of self-care by itself. If you give it the right time and space, it’s so much easier to make it a habit.
You want to keep coming back. So, let some of your thoughts wander. Don’t pour all your ideas into one journaling day. One good tip is to have some journal prompts ready. You can also end your journal with a question that you’ll answer the next day.
If you’re ready to start your life-transformation journey, I have a gift for you. I created this journal as your daily practice. It's a daily recording to help you get in touch with your inner thoughts. connect, listen and speak as you take steps to become the best version of yourself. Through this journal, you will feel inspired to go through your everyday routines.
Consider this your 30-day challenge to live your most fulfilling life. Trust me, it will be worth it.
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