Journaling is powerful. Writing is a simple practice that has the ability to make such a difference in your heart, mind, and perspective.
Jotting things down on the regular helps me to organize my business ideas, reflect on my travel experiences and strengthen my spiritual walk. Beyond that, it helps to relieves the burdens of life and find peace.
Keeping a trusty notebook close by is a must. In one of our recent posts we talked about how journaling helps you to build a relationship with your mind, relieve anxiety, track goals, spark creativity, and so much more. Read more about the benefits of journaling and how this habit can change your life!
At first glance, a journal may seem like a stack of blank pages bound together. But, my friend, they are so much more. Those blank pages hold limitless potential.
Explore 8 different ways to fill a journal below!
1. Travel Journal
If wandering is your passion, start keeping track of your trips and adventures. Travel journals are an awesome way to help you remember every adventure. Jot down where you went, what you did, what you ate. Who went with you? Be sure to write that down, too! Maybe you found a great hole-in-the-wall restaurant, or you met your soul-twin halfway around the world. These are the little details that make a trip memorable, so write them down. Tangible items like photos, tickets and postcards can help your little notebook come to life, too. Each time you open your travel notebook, it will immediately take you back!
2. Prayer Journal
Praying is the way we communicate with our Creator. The amazing thing about a prayer journal is being able to look back and see how your prayers were answered. Sometimes, it takes a few years for His timing, but those situations are often even more special. God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is “Yes,” sometimes the answer is, “No, I have something better for you,” and sometimes the answer is just, “Not yet.” You should feel free to write down every prayer, no matter how seemingly small or large. God knows our heart but wants us to share it with Him. Remember to pray for those around you, too. We all know a friend or coworker who is in a stormy season and needs our prayers. Writing these things down serves as a reminder to pray often, too, as we’re called to do.
3. Gratitude Journal
Write down something that you are grateful for each day. It doesn’t have to be big. Maybe an old friend called you out of the blue, or you got to enjoy a delicious meal with someone you care about. Being mindful of these little things and looking back on them will help you to recognize more of the good in every day. With the news and social media constantly at our fingertips, it’s easy to become consumed by the negative things happening in the world. There is so much positive to be seen, if we just open our eyes and hearts to it. A gratitude journal is a way to focus on the good.
4. School Journal
It’s scientifically proven we retain more information when we write it down. Writing activates more senses, and it can double our recall. If you are in school, I challenge you to take physical, handwritten notes. It can make such a difference! Keep a notebook for each class to keep all of your notes organized.
5. Goal Tracking Journal
This has been a game changer in my business. Looking at the big picture can seem scary, impossible, and intimidating. But, breaking it down into some action steps can help you to be more active and diligent in pursuing them. Plus, then you get to look back and see all that you have accomplished. Anything is possible with a little game plan.
6. Bucket List Journal
What have you always wanted to do or learn? Where have you always wanted to go? Make a master list of all of these things. Even better, as you check them off, write a little blurb about the experience, and don’t forget to list the date! It makes it so much fun to look back at all the memories you’ve made.
7. Quote Journal
Keep track of the inspirational quotes, lyrics, and verses that hit you in the feels. Sometimes, you hear or see the perfect saying in the moment you need it the most. A quote journal can be a collection of your favorite words. As you look back through your favorite quotes, you can share with someone else and inspire them, too!
Nurture your creative spirit. A writing journal can be a combination of any one of these ideas listed above, or something totally different. It can be a place where you jot down homemade stories or drawings, little jokes and inspirations. This notebook can be a place for you to spill what’s on your mind, whether it’s cohesive or not. That’s the beauty of it; a writing journal can be whatever you want it to be.
These are just a few different ways that you can use a journal, but when it comes to your creative mind, the possibilities really are endless! So, pick up a fresh notebook, and just get started.
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