Why Journaling is Important to your Journey

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

These days have been tough, leading many to question who they are, or where they're going. It's hard to sit down and have a chat with someone who doesn't understand your reasoning for taking your chosen life path. Sometimes friends and family aren't supportive, or don't lend a listening ear.

This is where journaling comes in. Journaling can allow us to express ourselves creatively, or just throw our words down on paper.

It's also important to track our progress, to encourage ourselves to continue moving forward. Journaling is a live-action, so to say, diary of our encounters, set-backs and most importantly, our positives. It's written record that when night comes, day is sure to follow.

There's no wrong way to begin journaling. If you don't know what to write, just simply begin with a recount of your day: what you had for breakfast, your thoughts about a book you're reading, a fun fact you learned that day. It doesn't need to be specific, just as long as you're putting down your words.

Don't be afraid to jot down random lines, or even doodles in there. It's a free for all for you. There are no rules, just outlet. There are no obligations to write in it every single day, nor do you need to write a specific way, as long as you're writing.

Journaling can be a creative outlet for poetry, stories or pretty much anything that will fit on a piece of paper, but it's also fun to get creative with the journal, itself. Adding things like stickers, using a fun pen or even learning calligraphy(or cursive) can make those hard times go down, smoother.

These days are rough enough and it's hard to find someone to truly listen, especially if you're on a path to self-sufficiency. A journal can lend an ear, even when someone else can't, and you know it will never share your secrets. Who says you need to keep the pages when you're finished? Who says you can't write in code? It's your journal to do with as you please.

If you're not so good with just writing down your thoughts/feelings, try a few writing prompts. These are great for provoking your thought process, and helping you cope through whatever emotion you need to, even if you're not sure what it is. Creative writing can surprise you like that, sometimes!

A few of my favorite writing prompts:

1: You've suddenly been appointed as king/queen/ruler. What's your first step?

2: The zombie apocalypse is upon us. What's your survival plan?

3: Aliens visit us on Earth, for the first time. What happens?

These are pretty generic, but I like them because they leave so much open to questioning. They're thought provoking in a creative sense, but not so serious they make your brain hurt. They leave everything up to perspective and can be answered as vague or as detailed as you feel like.

Many are leaping onto the path to self-sufficiency and many are finding it much more satisfying than they'd ever known. Still, it's a winding, beautiful road filled with roses and pot holes. Sometimes the sun shines, sometimes it snows. We're all on our own path, with unique challenges and sometimes we just need a way to track the beauty of it, to remind ourselves of why we're on this path when the skies aren't so blue and the flowers aren't blooming. Positivity is our biggest weapon against the inevitable.

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