Musings

You Should Keep a Journal…

July 10, 2012
Hey Everyone,
Hope your week got off to a good start. I’m always talking to people about writing in a Journal and all the amazing benefits, I thought I’d share with you my top 12. If you know someone who is “stuck” or needs to find their “happy” again please share. 🙂
  1. Personal development and Awareness : Writing in a journal can really help you grow as a person. How can you become a better person if you don’t know who you are? how can you change if you don’t love yourself? I believe keeping a journal can really open yourself up to you.
  2. Remember: Sorry to break it to you guys but your memory is not a video recorder, in fact just a while after that amazing experience you will begin to loose little details and soon all you’ll remember is how great you felt- which is OK but- Imagine being a able to go back and read it all, or share it with someone? While I was in Italy I wrote in my journal so much and I’m happy I did. I have about 3pages describing the flavor of a certain gelato- Yes that good.
  3. Goal Setting: It is said that “A goal not written down is just a wish” Writing down your goal is actually proven to make you more likely to achieve them (sorry I can’t pull up the study, what is this psych 191? :p). Anyways write your goals down, track them, plan! achieve! 
  4. Perspective: Sometimes ( A lot of the time) We have to step back and evaluate a situation, unfortunately our heads will mix our evaluations with feelings and “butt-hurt-ness” and writing it out in your journal can help you see it from a different perspective maybe when the emotions are less intense. 
  5. Safe Space: The world can be a harsh place, and sometimes even our friends and family “just don’t get it” A journal can serve as that safe space to vent, to confess or just let it all out. Quiet time with yourself and even God too. Writing definitely soothes the soul.
  6. Improve your relationship with yourself and others: For some people it’s easy to describe feelings, or maybe we just learnt early on. Some feelings are also easier than others, for me when I feel undervalued it first looks like fear, but I try to take some time to Journal about it and understand it and if it involves another person, explain it them after.
  7. Focus:I’m constantly day dreaming and usually have 101 fun ideas or things I want to do floating at the same time in my head. It can get pretty chaotic up here and hard to get a clear focus on a central idea, so I write it down. Sometimes if I can’t put it into words I’ll just doodle it- I love doodling!
  8. Reflect and Measure progress: I love going back to read things I wrote, I can see distinct areas of growth and sometimes areas that may need some work still. It’s amazing.
  9. Gratitude Attitude: Nothing like being grateful to lift your spirits, some of my journal entries are just long “Thank you’s. When I read some problems I wrote about previously I write again on how thankful I am they got resolved.
  10. Problem solving: I love to make lists of pros and cons in my journal, also “the worst possible outcome” of taking certain decisions. When I write them down I can see how silly my fears are or If I really should hold back.
  11. Peace: Sometimes even if there isn’t an immediate solution to a problem, I write it in my journal and just let it go for that moment. I also forgive people a lot in my journal. And that overwhelming feeling of peace is just blissful.
  12. Happiness: Since keeping a journal I’ve learnt so much about who I am and as a result I am happier. I know the things that bring me the most joy and I’m taking steps to pursue them. No matter what stage you are in life you can benefit from some more happiness :). Your well being will affect those around you for the better too!
Whoooosh I didn’t intend for this post to be this long and if you stuck around to the end I hope you gained something. Of course you don’t have to journal everyday, I haven’t journalled in a while myself so this post is kind of a reminder to myself. I know people that use their phones to journal, have a private/public blog, (this blog is kinda my semi-journal lol) but I like paper and pen. Quiet time 🙂
Have a great day/ evening everyone!

Love always,
Sabirah.

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13 Comments

  • Reply kovieparker July 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I love this. I think I have a problem where Journals are concerned. I have waaay too many. I like to organize my thoughts so I keep seperate journals for different aspects of my life so it’s easy to locate something. I didn’t keep journals when I was younger but the moment I started, I just couldn’t stop.
    As far as goals and planning are concerned, if I don’t write it down, be sure I won’t do it.
    One of my favorite things to do is write lists… I have a list for almost anything.lol
    My most treasured journal is the one where I write Love Letters to God. It’s just all sorts of amazing. I started this quite recently and it makes me happy just thinking about it.
    (I seem to be making a habit of these extra long comments. X_X)

    • Reply Sabirah July 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      The day you stop your extra long comments will be a sad one!! I love them

      I love lists too!! absolutely love them.

      Ah I need to get like you! I have one of prayers but love letters to God seem so rich, and reflect a true relationship. Love it.

  • Reply Miss Enigma July 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve always loved journals…not sure if its the fact that I love my hand-writing and enjoy seeing it on paper, or the fact that I enjoy putting to paper my thoughts or that my Dad does the same thing and has great penmanship and I jst got it from him. I used to keep journals in high-school, but I hated the fact that people always wanted to read them…and sometimes did without my consent.*sigh*

    Then in college life got busy and I haven’t written in my journal in over a year…and SO MUCh has happened that I can’t even remember. I’ll try again.

    PS: The Boo is here…it’s been a rollercoaster ride…but I guess it’s all part of the transition process. God give us strength, patience and love!

    Luv u mama!!!

    • Reply Sabirah July 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Booooo! So I thought of you on your birthday, I remembered cos you and Kay share a birthday and I went on your blog and couldn’t leave a birthday wish/comment i dunno if it was my internet. But I sha prayed for you. hope you had an amazing day! God bless you!

      My dad and mom both keep journals too, though my Dad’s are mostly doodles and drawings 🙂

      Yes try again.

      God will give you grace and patience! I trust that you both will be fine, these moments only prepare us for the future and make us stronger.

      Love you too! and miss you!

    • Reply Miss Enigma July 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks luv! I had an amazingly crazy day lol We are doing fine, one day at a time. I really need to start keeping a journal on this phase…it’ll be nice to look back on it few years from now. :*

  • Reply Mz.T July 11, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I’ve been seriously considering keeping a journal because my memory is THE worst. But I feel like I’ll get lazy or just fall out of the habit. Plus, my life is pretty mundane. What will I write about?

  • Reply Mz.T July 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    BTW. Did you buy photoshop or DL’d it from somewhere?

    • Reply Sabirah July 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      your life is not mundane! you will find that out once you start writing, nothing exciting per se is happening with me right now so i write down observations, I was also feeling sick, felt like an allergic reaction so I wrote it all down in detail in case it happens again. lol

      I downloaded the free trial version, hopefully once it’s up i will have the new one lol

    • Reply Mz.T July 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Ok. I’m going to buy a journal this weekend.

      Hmmm… I might have to resort to illegal means to get photoshop.

  • Reply Ms.Oreoluwa July 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Sabirabbit!
    I absolutely love/adore journals. However my writing is so poor I find it hard to read what I put down. I recently discovered my journals from when I was 15 and I am always always always amazed and how much and how little has changed about me from then to now.

    Its definitely a subconscious progress tracking means.

    Urgh now I’ve become one of those long commenters I detest!

    But Love journals still!

    • Reply Sabirah July 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      But I love long comments! lol! I wish i could find my old journals!

  • Reply noiroublanche July 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I haven’t kept a journal in a long time, i was too scared somebody might read it. its a brilliant way to keep a record of one’s journey, and reading old entries can be sooo emotional.

    that’s kind of why i started a blog, but i can’t put really personal stuff out there so I might start again in my reset notebook.

    Thanks for this Sabirah!

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