The power of personal writing
Are you one of those people with a shelf full of empty notebooks? Do you find the idea of journaling every day to be daunting? Are you not really sure what to write in those journals that are collecting dust? Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by all the ideas out there and are not really sure how to dive in. If you are struggling to start journaling or make it a daily habit, this is the blog for you.
Some forty years ago, on top of Lookout Mountain, TN, I met the sweetest girl at Covenant College.
Smitten, I was.
Wrote her a love note, I did.
That love story is reflected on our latest journal cover.
Do you track your garden from season to season? If you don't, you should. A tracking system is a valuable tool that can help increase your garden's yields - and its beauty.
Whether your garden is producing right now or you're dreaming of the day the snow melts, it's a good time to start a gardening journal. Gardeners are planners at heart. If we're not drooling over seed catalogs while the snow flies, we might be mulling over when to divide perennials or getting ready to dig that pond we've always wanted.
A dedicated notebook can help you create the garden of your dreams. So why not choose a cute notebook with a gardening theme - like this Tree Diary from SohoSpark - and start creating the garden you've always dreamed about?
What do you do with your ideas? I often get my best ones when I'm walking my dogs. With my phone stowed away and the sun on my face, my brain whirls. The problem is, by the time I get home and unhook the harnesses, those ideas are often gone forever. The solution: an idea journal.
Now, if you’re thinking that idea journals are for fully-formed, brilliant, world-changing ideas, stop right there. Idea journals are for all kinds of ideas, from home decor inspo to trip itineraries to holiday gift ideas. As a bonus, idea journals are great incubators. Big ideas often grow from smaller ones.
As I’ve watched my journals fill up over the past yeat, I’ve had some revelations. I've been on a journey towards self-improvement without even realizing it. Self-improvement through journaling can be focussed and goal-oriented. For example, you could write down your goals and brainstorm ways to achieve them. But self-improvement can also happen serendipitously, as you work through issues and review your journal entries for patterns and revelations.
There is no wrong way to journal. Well, actually, there IS one wrong way--being too negative. But other than that, your journal can be whatever you want it to be. Since there are no rules to follow, you can't be horrible at it. But, finding your personal journaling niche can take some trial and error. You may be feeling overwhelmed by all the options. Or, you may have chosen the wrong option and have gotten stuck because it doesn't work for you. If you're currently not journaling but you want to, here's a little push to get you back on track.
Sparkly unicorns, you can absolutely set intentions through meditation alone. But, since I’m blogging for Sohospark -- and because I’m a writer at heart who loves using journals -- of course I’m going to focus on how to use your personal journals here. There are several benefits to getting your intentions down in a writing journal. Check out the blog post for tips and inspo.