A Journal’s Purpose (Part 2 of a Journaling Series)

What is a journal?

A journal is a book of remembrance, a personal timeline, an autobiography, a family history.

A journal is a collection of your life stories.

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Encourage your children to keep a journal. They will appreciate it when they are adults.

A journal’s purpose is to give you a place to record any and everything that has to do with being YOU.

It’s never too late to start a journal or pick the habit back up again.

Get a notebook, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies.

                             ~Spencer W. Kimball

I have five basic tips for keeping a journal:

  1. Set aside a specific time each day (once a week at the very least) for journaling.
  2. Write from your heart and let your thoughts flow out. Just be yourself.
  3. Give specific details of your most significant memories. Details might include location, time of day, your emotions, people involved, goals set and accomplished.
  4. Date each entry with today’s day, month, and year. If you are writing down a past memory, make sure you also include that date or timeframe as best you can remember.
  5. Write both first and last names of people you mention, even family members and close friends.
Don’t forget to include the “weeds” of your life- your mistakes, trials, and fears. We learn and grow through opposition.

Sometimes you may feel like your life is too mundane to record, but there is something to be said for the ordinary. Isn’t it comforting to know others have been where you are now?

Your journal will be one-of-a-kind, just like YOU!

There are many benefits that come from the habit of journaling:

  • Detailing your most significant moments in words will preserve them for all time.
  • The act of journaling has meditative qualities, especially if you choose a quiet setting. You will often feel relaxed, reflective, and at peace as you journal.
  • Journaling is therapeutic. Keeping a journal can be similar to talking to a counselor or a friend who listens attentively and never judges.
  • Journals become a type of legacy for your posterity.
  • Journaling may help you recognize and appreciate your blessings. In a later post we’ll explore the joy of keeping a gratitude journal.
  • When you handwrite your journal, your memory may improve. That’s because the act of taking pen to paper helps us remember important things.
  • Journaling may help you truly discover yourself. You will get to know yourself better as you journal.

♥ If you keep a journal, what tips and benefits would you add? Stay tuned for more posts in this series. Thanks for visiting my blog. ♥

12 thoughts on “A Journal’s Purpose (Part 2 of a Journaling Series)

  1. An amazing post with fabulous information! I do believe keeping a journal is a great way to keep track of things in life. Writing out feelings help realize what the problems are and you are able to refer back to the journal. On July 1st, I started a bullet journal to keep track of symptoms and hopefully find a trend. The bullet journal was inspired by a fellow blogger that is truly amazing!!

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      1. You are welcome! I will definitely try to figure out a good way to blog about my bullet journal. I am still kind of adding different things to it that I find helpful! There is no right or wrong way to do it, but I am still pretty hard on myself to make it perfect!!

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      2. I’m learning to just enjoy the process of things and not care so much about perfection because that is often subjective anyway. I’m sure your bullet journal will turn out to be amazing and “perfect” simply because you created it. 🙂

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      3. I think I need to learn that as well! It is a lot more fun to just enjoy life instead of always trying to make things perfect! I think perfection is just an illusion anyways!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!!

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  2. Such a good idea to include first and last names–I rarely do, but your suggestion has me realizing the challenges inherent to future generations in casual references to names and places.

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