I didn’t set out to begin a manifestation journal, but I fell into it all the same. About a month ago, I was experiencing an increase in my anxiety and before bed one night, sought to quell my nerves a bit. From my pile of yet-unused notebooks, I grabbed a journal and wrote a couple pages, addressing myself as I would endeavor to comfort a loved one. And it helped, a little, so I kept returning to it every night.
Here’s a little bit about my manifestation journal thus far.
Journaling is an ongoing practice. Because journaling is an exercise where we write about our thoughts and feelings, and because we will always have thoughts and feelings so long as we are alive, there is no “end” to journaling. Perhaps we may decide to journal exclusively through the difficult times in our lives, but the opportunity to journal still exists once we’ve made those breakthroughs. Like meditation or yoga, journaling is a self-nurturing practice. We’re not necessarily meant to quit journaling once we’ve achieved a certain level of self-knowledge or emotional stability, so it’s not as though there is one big lesson to learn from journaling and boom–we’re done with it.
Rather, there are many things to learn from journaling, and often what each person learns from journaling will differ, because it is such a personal activity. Each journaler must develop their own unique journaling routine to best suit their personality and life experience, and so not everyone will “gain” the same things from the practice. They’re lessons we each must discover for ourselves.
Today, I’d like to share an overview of my journaling “journey” and a few of the things that I’ve learned from journaling over the past ten years.
Often, when we think of “journaling,” we imagine something like this:
But while this is journaling, and this is a perfectly valid format for journaling, this is not the only way we can journal. I think sometimes journaling can be intimidating for some people, but the good news is, there’s no one “right” way to journal!
Sometimes, it’s hard to stick with journaling. Because journaling is an ongoing practice, similar to taking our vitamins or adopting a yoga routine, there’s no clear end goal. People of all ages can benefit from journaling, and there will never be a time in our lives when we don’t have thoughts or emotions. But it can be challenging to continue returning to our journal for multiple reasons, sometimes to the point where we give up on journaling altogether.
However, just because we’ve stopped journaling in the past doesn’t mean we can’t pick it back up again. If you have struggled with journaling but you want to find a way to get back into the practice, then keep reading for some friendly words of encouragement and helpful tips!
So many books, so little memory! Or at least for me, anyway. Last year, I began a book journal (which I posted about here) for the purpose of logging information about books I read for my future reference. However, after only five pages into it, I ceased to use it.
The hardest part of keeping a reading journal is keeping up with a reading journal. (Again—for me, at least.) It’s easier for me to move on to reading the next book than it is to sit down and coordinate a beautiful page with stats, a summary, and my opinions, so I just stopped doing it until I got so far behind I didn’t even want to catch up because the task became so daunting.
However, then I received a notebook that was so perfect for my reading journaling needs, coupled with the fresh start of a new year, that I decided to give it another try. The failure of the first book journal? It was just a learning experience, and I’m here once again to discuss what I took away from my failure and my new attempt at keeping a reading journal.
My INFJ personality, my Scorpio sun sign, and my passion for writing all predispose me to be an avid journaler. Sitting down by myself and scribbling about my feelings, questioning my identity, introspecting inward—these things come naturally to me, just like how it’s natural for other people to command a room’s attention and and lavish in entertaining onlookers (which would be something of a nightmare for me).
However, I believe that journaling can benefit almost anyone; even if you don’t consider yourself a “writer,” even if you’re not accustomed to reflecting on your feelings, I think that journaling can be a beautiful and perhaps necessary practice of self-discovery.
Throughout the course of this year, I’d like to write about various journaling tips I have to share, which I think will help people beginning their journaling journey as well as those who have been longtime journalers. Today’s tip: writing love letters to your younger self.
“What’s the name of that one character?” “Where does that book take place?” “Did I even like it?”
These are all questions I sometimes ask myself about books I’ve already read. Although it seems like I should retain this basic information after spending 300 pages with a book, I read a lot of books, and sometimes these little facts can escape me.
So I decided to start a book journal, a diary of book entries and snippets of information about each body of work I read. And because I’m a crafty kind of gal, I thought I’d make it a scrapbooking endeavor!