The other night, I was in an inexplicable funk. You know the kind? You can’t quite put your finger on what’s up, but for a short period of time, you just feel unsettled and unbalanced. Nothing is wrong, exactly, but it doesn’t feel right either.
And so, for the first time in a couple of months, I pulled out my journal. I started writing with no end goal in mind, no plan to document the minutia of my days, no outline, no thesis statement. Just writing. I wrote about my kiddo turning one and about my turning 30 and about where I am in life and what I’m doing and where I’m headed and how I feel about all of the above.
End result? Clarity and focus and pushing the figurative reset button on my evening.
I’m not a consistent journaler, though I have been keeping a journal for nearly a decade now. My journals are full of quotes, sermon notes, stream of consciousness writing, recaps of exciting or new experiences, letters to my kiddo, and goals for the future. The content ebbs and flows based on the season. Sometimes, I write multiple times a week. Sometimes, months go by before I write a new date in the top corner of a new page.
What I’m getting at is this: there is power in the act of writing. There is a clarity and peace that comes from putting your thoughts down on paper. You don’t have to journal on a schedule or feel pressured to write “Dear Diary, Today I….” type entries. Your journal is for you. Write down a quote you heard or read, make a list of things you’re grateful for, or write down the highlights of the past week (month? year?). Maybe you’ll proudly join me in the ranks of Inconsistent Journalers, too!
To get started, you just need a pen and a plain old spiral bound notebook. But that’s not as much fun! I’m in the market for a new journal soon, so I’ve been stalking amazon, and here’s what I’ve found:
You can never go wrong with a classic Moleskine
I currently have a Thomas Paul (photo above), and love the cloth case and the zipper pocket.
If you’re a parent and want to journal about your kids, I can’t say enough good things about my Promptly Journal.
The colored edges on the paper of this black, leather journal are so fun.
For writing, I love my fancy pen–it’s a pigma micron, fine point, and the ink flows really well (like a gel pen!), but without the bleeding through the page like gel will.
Do you journal? Any recommendations for what my next journal should be?
In case you’re interested…. taking stock on what’s working when it feels like nothing is.