5 months ago

Cultivating A Journaling Practice

I have struggled for a long time with journaling. I have experienced it’s healing benefits but still have never been able to keep a journaling practice going for long. I have decided that needs to change. I will never achieve my goals if I can’t develop discipline in the areas that mean the most to me.

My first instinct was to get multiple different journals for multiple different purposes. Why I would think of that is beyond me. I would never be able to keep up with that. At least not where I currently am on this journey.

After rolling it around in my head, thinking back to things that I enjoyed in the past, and acknowledging the reality of where I’m at, I think I have come up with something that will work for awhile.

I’ve decided to keep 3 journals. My main one will be a catch-all journal. All of the journals I was originally thinking about will be narrowed down and combined into this one.

The second one will be a left-handed writing journal. I was born ambidextrous and read an article a few years ago about using your left hand to release your creativity. So, this could potentially kill two birds with one stone. Despite being ambidextrous, I never learned to write with my left hand because schools made you pick one hand back then. As I got older, I really resented being pushed to make what really was a detrimental decision. With this journal, I’ll learn to write with my left hand and since I’ll be using the hand that is connected to the creative side of my brain, could potentially access new creativity. I have not been able to find a notebook that I like for this though.

The third one will be a journaling prompt journal. I want to create journaling courses someday with journaling prompts. With this journal, I can try out every prompt I come up with and become intimately acquainted with them before I share them with others.

I must admit though, I’m struggling with what to do with some of the journals I was thinking about originally. I was thinking about having a prayer journal, a pray rain journal, a moon time journal, and a quote journal. I’m not sure that they can really fit into my catch all journal and serve their intended purpose. But I think I need to put them on the back burner for now and focus on starting where I’m at. Once I have the basics down, I can add to it if I think it’s necessary.