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Benefits of keeping a journal

 I'm a person with a lot of thoughts, and sometimes I like to write those thoughts down. This is called journaling. I've been writing in journals pretty regularly since I was little. Partially because I'm obsessed with recording my life, and partially because it's just plain fun.



Here are a few of the reasons why you should start or continue writing in a journal:
  • You'll be able to look back at it in, like, five years and realize how much you've changed.
  • You'll have first-hand records of all the stuff that's happened to you (including quotes of things people have said to you) in case, you know, you ever want to write a memoir. :)
  • It'll help you make sense of crazy, hectic, or terrible days. You can just write everything down and then forget about it and go to sleep. 
  • It'll help you remember how you felt during wonderful, happy moments too. 
  • It'll help put your worries into perspective. Having a collection of worries that clog up your head is one thing, but writing them down may help you look at them in a new light and realize, hey, this isn't actually that big of a deal. 
  •  It'll help you keep track of your goals and your progress (whatever that may mean for you).
  • It'll give you references for future disasters. You can open up your journal and re-read the things you've lived through in the past. If you got through that you can get through this.
  • It'll motivate you to have a productive day that you'll feel proud to write about later. 
  • You can write really angry or sad things, or scribble with a lot of vigor, and no one will ever know. Sometimes you just have to let it out. This is one of the safest methods. ;) 

As I said above, I journal fairly often. But with the craziness of senior year, I certainly haven't been writing everyday. And I miss that.

Therefore, I'm challenging myself: to write in my journal everyday for the next 30 days! 
My entries aren't always going to be super long or super insightful. I just want to get back into the habit of writing daily. It's a really satisfying thing to do. I'll post an update at the end of the 30 days to let you know how successful I was. I don't think it'll be that hard!

If you want to try this with me, comment below! 

Julia

12 comments

  1. I journal regularly, and I totally agree with all your reasons! It helps me get things off my mind or work things out, and it's so relaxing as well. I read some old entries from a couple of years ago - they make me laugh!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Hahah I love looking back at old entries! Thanks for reading :)
      x julia

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  2. I'm a huge believer in journalling -- mostly for the present alleviation of my emotions but also for the memories I get to look back on in the future. Because I'm one who tries to poeticise everything I write, it makes me laugh and cringe to look back at my old writing, but it also makes me pretty proud to see the progress I've made in terms of that, too!

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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    1. Yeah, I can imagine that would be fun to go back and read! I used to write poems when I was younger... haha... ;)
      Thanks for reading!
      x julia

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  3. This is such a lovely post! English is my second laungage and as I was taking my ESL classes, one of the HWs were to write a journal every single day!!!! I totally agree with all the reasons you mentioned! <3

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    1. Ooh that's such a smart reason to start journal writing! Thanks for reading AikA :)
      x julia

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  4. I can see why they've tried to diversify and make different shaped dolls, and to be honest I think it's a good start. Part of me thinks dolls do contribute to our ideas about body image but at the same time I had a barbie when I was younger (and lots of dolls) and I never remembered thinking I should look like them or that I was in any way inferior for not having that body shape. Then again, I was probably only 5 and wasn't thinking beyond how fun it was to play with my dolls!

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  5. I have tried journaling when I was in high school and then when I was in my 20s but it just never worked out for me. I am not one who write things down instead I prefer conversations and talk things out with my closest friends.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Yeah it definitely differs from person to person, you've just got to find what works for you! Thanks for reading, Shireen :)
      x julia

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  6. Good luck with your challenge! I used to write in a journal when I was younger and have been wanting to get back into it!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  7. I find it hard to write thing down especially with technology, because I know I can just type it in my notes on my iPad or iPhone. But writing down things in an actual journal is pretty cool and I used to do that back in high school. Not so much anymore. All I seem to jot down are lecture notes or work schedule. Its crazy. Good luck with your challenge.x

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  8. What a great article about keeping a journal. I've always kept a journal but there are times that I just cannot follow through. But the benefits you listed here are true. Reading the journals that I've kept over the years reminds me of my past mistakes or success. I draw some inspiration from it.

    Great post, Julia!


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