- cope with the frustrations of infertility
- calm my anxieties as a 30-year-old college freshman
- record my joy at the adoption of our daughter and receiving my B.A. degree
- witness my grief at the loss of my father and brother
- hold all of my fears and questions during both my breast cancer episodes
My journal is a safe place to vent and a trusted friend who always keeps my confidences. To that end, I share these thoughts about writing with you and invite you to explore writing for just 15-minutes a day.
The word journal comes from a French word meaning “day.” A journal is a record for yourself, about yourself. It is a daily record of a writer’s thoughts on various topics. Journal writing is a creative, empowering path to self-discovery and change.
A journal may be many things: a sounding board, a collector’s cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue, a letter to yourself, a laboratory, a jewelry box, a treasury, or a dream-catcher. It is a record, an entry book that is kept regularly, but not necessarily every day. A journal is not “Dear Diary.” Nor is it only a record of your day-to-day life. It is a chance to keep track of your thoughts, record information, capture ideas, and perhaps stash parts of newspaper or magazine articles you find interesting. A journal is not meant for publication…although blog posts, articles and books have started within journal pages. Many people have discovered a trusted and valued friend in their journal.
By writing in a journal you will be better able to:
- Communicate with yourself and others
- Ask for what you want
- Retain clear thinking
- Articulate thoughts
- Express yourself clearly
- Express your feelings
- Translate your thoughts to paper
- Get your point across
- Become a better listener
- Increase negotiation skills
- Create and chase your dreams
- Open your heart and mind
What will you journal about today?
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