Journaling is one of the tools I use to sort through my thoughts and connect with my inner wisdom. It helps me to better understand my feelings and actions, and figure out what I need to do to change the results I get in the future. For me, journaling is a therapist, life coach, and creative outlet, with a much lower price tag. The best part is that you can start with just a pen and paper, with no special training or skills needed!
What Do I Need?
Choose a paper style that you’re comfortable to make mistakes with. A beautiful leather-bound journal is nice to have, but if you know you will be upset to see scribbles or eraser marks on those pristine pages, it may be a good idea to use something more disposable.
Your writing instrument should be easy and comfortable for to write multiple pages at a time. If you plan to use pens, markers, or use highlighters, find a paper that are thick enough to avoid bleed-through.
Size matters, especially if you plan to journal away from home. I prefer carrying a smaller journal in my purse, and transferring wisdom to my main journal once I’m home.
Referencing past entries is much easier if the pages are kept together and in chronological order. I love a bound journal with a bookmark!
What Do I Write?
If you are just starting out, I recommend starting with a gratitude journaling practice. It can lift your mood and help you get in the right frame of mind to see the blessings you are being offered in your life!
A brain dump practice can help you clear your mind of excess clutter so you can be more present during the day. Choose a time of day that works best for you, and just write whatever comes to mind.
Journaling prompts can be a great way to practice thinking in new ways, or from new perspectives. I share some here, and you can find them all over social media.
Creative Writing Prompts
Create a storyline from a photo Develop a story from a given idea
Explore and question beliefs Connect actions and results
Journal prompts are a great way to expand your understanding. Whether it’s through developing your creativity or questioning your beliefs, journal prompts get you thinking in ways you wouldn’t normally think.