Helping You Write A New Story
A gardening journal is a valuable tool in figuring out what works best in your own garden. It will be most insightful if kept over several consecutive seasons. Because figuring out what works best takes a lifetime to fine-tune, really. Even long-time gardeners experiment with new varieties, struggle with newly-introduced pests, or need to adapt to changing weather patterns. Tracking things like your garden layout, important dates, seed/plant performance, weed control, and expenses can help you max out your garden's bounty.
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, including those that need to be incubated for awhile. These journals can include all kinds of things, such as daily goals, achievements, observations, quotes, artwork, and ephemera. They're not so much about fully fledged ideas as they are about inspiration.
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.
There are a bunch of reasons why I love using a personal journal for my vision boards:
Hygge is about making the ordinary special, by practicing mindfulness and by ritualizing everyday activities. It’s also about creating a feeling of coziness, by restricting the amount of empty space around a person or group of people. The end result is a feeling of contentedness.
When you think about it, journaling is all about hygge.
Starting this year, I’ll be doing something else to recharge and destress: journaling. Both Bullet Journals and writing journals can help you manage the chaos of the holiday season - so that you can focus on the joy.
It's a proven fact: Kindness makes you feel happy and feeling happy makes you kinder.
Tracking kindness is a terrific way to keep kindness on our radar and incorporate more of it into our lives. Just as a gratitude journal makes us more attuned to the things that we’re grateful for, a kindness journal or tracker makes us more aware of those moments of grace. And, especially if we have a goal of recording one (or more) acts of kindness daily, we’ll be more apt to take action.
No one knows for sure why journaling is an effective stress-buster. But there are several theories that make a lot of sense.