Updated: Jul 26
One of the most important activities I used to do growing up was journal. I started writing in a journal in 7th grade. I didn’t know it at the time but it helped release many feelings I had in a private book that gave me the opportunity to exhale my frustrations or my questions about life that I didn’t have the answers to.
As time went on, I learned how to reflect on my life story and gain wisdom from my experiences in my life, ultimately learning about myself through each event and looking for patterns. Sometimes I would even utilize my journal and practice intuitively writing, allowing my hand to freely write the answers to my questions, just like Neale Donald Walsh did in the book, Conversations with God.
Was I always on point? Maybe, maybe not, but it taught me how to start trusting my intuition, trust my gut and put aside my logic. Weather I knew it or not, journaling was a tool I had to help me with my own healing. Growing up as an only child, life was often lonely and my journal was a tool in which I’d write my hopes and dreams and help me escape to new places.
As I grew older, I put the journaling away because life happened -- having kids, going to college, getting a full-time job, and so on. My writing was neglected but the irony is that throughout life stresses, this was one of the most important times to journal, to help uncover the issues and gems throughout each life event. Journaling is helpful in unraveling the strings of the drama and getting to the root of issues if we allow ourselves to dig deeper in our writings.
Now as a 40-something woman, I re-started journaling mainly in writing down my goals and creating a road map to achieve them. Just like before, this has been very helpful in my journey of constant self-discovery and I look back at what I used to like vs. what I like now and see how much I've grown into myself as an adult today.
Being a person who likes to help people find their true essence and authenticity, journaling is a tool to help you tap into this, especially as you get older and reflect back on your life through these books.
Below are some prompts you can write on your own time to help you find yourself and in your journey of self-discovery. When you have some time, answer the following questions to help you unravel where you are at this present time.
Remember, journaling is a personal practice, and there are no strict rules on how to do it. You can tailor it to suit your needs, whether it's through daily writing, bullet journaling, or any other form that resonates with you.
And if you're looking for a new journal, check out what I have available online...I have blank, lined as well as guided journals that will help you on your journey!