November 6, 2017

Why I Keep A Journal (And You Should Too)

I’ve loved journals since I was a little girl. I go through at least a journal or two a month and have various at any given time to serve different purposes; prayer and manifestation journals, ones to handwrite short stories and poems, and those to jot down ideas.

I think journaling is very therapeutic and whether you consider yourself a writer or not; I think everyone should keep a journal, even if only for a short period of time.

Here are two reasons why I keep a journal, and you should too:

Brain Dump

Journals can really help to harness your creativity. I have about 10 or so ideas running through my head every day. It’s important to not lose track of those thoughts in case one of those ideas stick and actually turn into something. I keep a little mini notebook in my purse at all times. If I get a thought about a project etc, I write it down almost immediately and circle back to it when I have more time.

To Unwind

Writing almost always gets me out of a funk, sometimes we just have to shake off the excess of the day in order to start fresh in the morning. Even if it’s just two lines about the day, random thoughts, or a story that you were working on; a journal can help you to unwind too.

Looking for the perfect journal? Here are three I recommend:

Sanity and Success Journal by Emmelie De La Cruz

“SUCCESS IS ABOUT MINDSET, NOT JUST SKILL SET. MANIFEST THE THINGS YOU WANT WITH CLARITY.”

Emmelie’s journal is a good way to wind down at the end of the day. This journal includes 365 prompts that serve as a way to help you shift your mindset for good. In addition to the prompts, this journal also includes space for you to assess your wins and losses, and to check your coins (because we should all know how much money we have in the bank at any given day).

From The Desk of A Bombshell by Kyshira S. Moffett

This is a recent addition to my collection but one that I loved immediately. Whether you have a full-time business, blog or side hustle, this business journal is perfect. It allows you to create your to-do lists while offering you space for reminders and gratitude. There is also a page every day for a brain dump of sorts where you could lay out potential product/service and blog posts ideas on the fly.

Random journal from neighborhood store

80% of my journals are courtesy of my neighborhood TJ Maxx. While I appreciate structure, at the core I appreciate journaling because of the freeness. I need the blank lined pages because it allows my mind, creativity, and imagination to run free.

 

Do you keep a journal? if so, what is your favorite one and what do you use it for?

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Natalya Muncuff

Natalya Muncuff

Natalya is an Account Manager by day and writer by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is somehow keeping track of 55 television shows. You can follow her rantings and occasional sparks of brilliance on Twitter @NatalyaMuncuff.
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