I have long loved the idea of journaling. Of writing my thoughts and feelings down on paper as a means to better understand where they are coming from and what they mean, to record the little details about my ordinary life so that I can remember them down the road. It has always seemed like such a lovely idea.
But where to begin? That is where I have always struggled and as a result have wished to journal for many years, never actually getting down to the business of doing it. Which is really a shame when I think about all the tidbits and thoughts that will never be recorded/remembered.
Then about a month ago, I found this Something Serious with Something Silly list journal (available here
) in my drawer.
And without thinking about it too much, I sat down at the table and started working through it. List after list, I recorded as many little details as would fit on each page.
Some lists were silly:
Others were more serious:
Some of the writing prompts really made me think (I interpreted this prompt as "what do certain colors make me think of"):
It was a lot of fun. And insightful. And encouraging. In fact, as I worked on my book, and as I finished it up, I felt very much at peace knowing that I had recorded what was on my mind and in my heart in February 2015; a snapshot of ‘me’, if you will.
I am going to continue journaling. I have dug out the books I bought years ago and never used, and searched out some writing prompts (I really like these
) to get me started.
My story, my thoughts, my feelings, the tidbits of my life, are important and I am excited to record so that I can remember.
Do you journal?
Do you write paragraphs or lists? I really like the list making approach - so many details can be written down quickly and pointedly, and for someone who uses lists on a daily basis it just fits.