There are two things that you should know about me…
One, I’m tall in real life.
And two, I absolutely love journaling.
I have kept a journal since I was 14 years old. Now, thirteen years later, I have built up a collection of 23 journals that I have written in. I also have 10 journals, that have not been written in, sitting in my desk drawer. Some might think having a handful of empty journals lying around is problematic, but I love collecting them. Plus, they make for a perfect last minute gift! #ThankMeLater
Journaling has been an ongoing love of mine.
It has allowed me to express myself in ways without any restrictions or hesitations. It has been my on demand therapy that I can turn to at any given moment. It has also been where I can take notes (obviously) for school, church, or just life in general. Journaling has also allowed me to be reflective, and to process some major life events (like having a child, death of a loved one, dropping out of school, graduating from school, etc.). It has also served as a tool to measure my growth, and to reevaluate what I still need to work on within my self, and also what goals I have accomplished.
There are so many benefits to journaling, yet with technology glued to our fingertips, I feel we may be losing sight of how impactful taking a pen to a piece of paper truly is! Don’t just take my word for it, either! I found a very interesting article that provides “10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal”.
I was aware of most of the 10 benefits- especially seeing as how I have 13 years in the journaling game. I was already hip to how journaling can help to achieve goals, improve your communication skills, and be used a tool for healing. I was not aware of how journaling can also boost memory and comprehension, as well as stretch your IQ (even though I believe the research on that is in the beginning phase).
The two most surprising benefits I found from the article were how journaling can help to build your self-confidence and strengthen your self-discipline.
I am a confident woman, now that I have some years and wisdom under my belt, but growing up I was not that confident. Even in high school, and in my early years of college I struggled with finding my identity and being confident- like a lot of us are at the age and stage in life. However, journaling helped me to cope with the awkwardness and the process of figuring out who I am! After I went back and reread some of my journal entries from 9 years ago, I can see the evolution of my mindset and the growth, which is the #GOAL, right?! Reading the evidence of my evolution, not only allowed me to be reflective, but it was also another confidence booster because it confirmed that I am growing in the right direction! #ThankYouJournaling
The other surprising benefit of journaling was how it can help to strengthen self-discipline….
Finding out about this benefit blew my mind! Self-discipline is something that I have always struggled with. However, the author makes a good analogy of discipline being like a muscle that becomes stronger the more you exercise it! (#MESSAGE 🙌🏿) This analogy allowed me to see my journaling differently. I have never journaled every single day, but I do try to stay pretty consistent with it, and there have been some times where I did journal every day. Nevertheless, I will use that analogy with my journaling, but also in life! One of my goals for 2019 is to have better self-discipline and now I see that it won’t be an overnight epiphany, but rather a process of exercising my discipline muscle every single day. #DisciplineIsALifestyle
So…I also made a video where I quickly went through all of my wonderful 23 journals! Most of my journals I could not go in detail about because it would have been a 30 minute video, and “ain’t nobody got time for that”! Regardless, enjoy the vibe!!
I sincerely hope that you are now even more encouraged to continue (or begin) your journey with a journal! Thank you so much for hanging out with me at #TheQueenProject! Until next time!