In recent years, people have shifted from pen-and-paper to mouse-and-keyboard to record their lives. I used to be an avid journal-keeper (as evidenced by all these entries…), but I’ve noticed that I’ve abandoned my journals since I started blogging. Honestly, I sort of miss it — the feel of the smooth, crisp pages, the way the pen felt in your hand, the fun of choosing exactly the right color pen to use (because it was a very important decision, you know…). I found a stack of my old journal while I was cleaning my room awhile ago, and I got a kick out of reading through some of the entries. Oh, the thrill and excitement of being a kid! Oh, the awkwardness of being a teenager! Oh, the stress of that quarter-life crisis.
I once interview life coach Kate Larsen on the power of putting pen to paper, and I love her takeaway: “Journaling is a powerful gift you give yourself. It captures your thinking, helps process life and perceptions and can be used to capture the evolution of YOU.”
I never thought about journaling being a gift to yourself, but Larsen is so right, don’t you think, friends? Do you keep a journal? Why or why not? Has what you write about changed over the years? What’s important to you when journaling?
P.S. A Peek Inside is coming your way soon! 🙂
P.P.S. Looking for something to write about? Journal Sparks has some awesome writing prompts.
[Top photo of my journals, bottom photo via We Heart It]