When I think about journaling, two things come to mind:
- My mother keeping several different journals — a dream journal, a personal journal, and an art journal — for most of my childhood and into my adult years.
- Being required to keep a journal (and actually loving it) in my middle school English class. Thank you, Mr. Diskin, for the encouragement all those years ago!
These days, no one has to force me to keep a journal.
In fact, over the years, I’ve kept several different kinds of journals. Art journals, travel journals, personal journals, gratitude journals, tarot journals, a 5-minute journal*, and even a failed attempt at a bullet journal.
(Any excuse to buy a new notebook, ya know. 🤷♀️)
These days, I find myself gravitating towards a few specific styles of journaling. They have helped me get to know myself better, dive deeper into my own limitations, and even shift my perspective in profound ways.(more…)