It's almost as if there is a stigma around journaling, today. As if it would be weird for you to try to organise your thoughts rather than to leave them cluttered in your mind. That recording your memories is odd & shouldn't be done. Because we shouldn't feel or think too deeply. Of course not.
I've always had a journal for as long as I could remember- though the content has changed drastically. It used to be stories of "she said this" and "I said this" and "I hate him". Then it progressed into dreams and schemes, into recording things I'd learned and places I dreamed of going.
Journaling is good for so many reasons. This first thing it does is give you that sense of calm. It can be your own little therapy. (Maybe the title of this blog should be why you should write actually). I write everything down, so much so that if you went into my room I'm sure you could find out everything about me.
Writing helps me to plan but it also gives me that sense of creativity. One of my favourite books at the moment is note to self by conor franta. He writes down his thoughts poetically and it really is lovely to see his thoughts- unscripted, unfiltered.
Not that I'm as interesting as him or anything. Just that I find it sweet to document how you're feeling and what you're thinking in this part of your life.
I also think it's nice to show how your mind ticks by spilling your thoughts, your favourite pictures and quotes into paper. It's sweet to confide in something that is only yours and something no one else can take from you.
Writing helps to add some kind of order to busy lives. For me it also gives it purpose. I learn from mistakes and I can read it all back so I don't forget one part of my sometimes messy teenage years.
When I say journaling I hope you know that I don't necessarily mean the cliché "Dear Diary", it's more the recording of your thoughts, something to turn to, to spill how you feel.
Here is a video I think you should watch if I haven't already convinced you enough. Margot showed me that it really is okay to journal. You can make it as aesthetic and as cool as you want but really journaling should be expected... it's an easy method of therapy and organization.
I remember so well seeing this video and falling in love with Margot's vibe. I think people don't journal as it's made to seem so silly and childish but I think I'll write and scrapbook for the rest of my life because it's such a great way to release your worries. I even blog. That shows you the extent of my love for sharing and writing. A lot of people don't even know that they journal. Journalists, bloggers and even people who scrapbook & do photo albums do a form of journaling.
I'm in the mood to inspire you tonight. Especially you c'est avril. So get ready to be inspired as I show you how to create the most beautiful journal - one to rival any of mine anyway...
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