Friday, 25 March 2016

Five Reasons Why You Should Start a Journal


5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Journal

1. Journaling is a great way to document important life events. I consider myself to be a very nostalgic person so having important events in my life recorded gives me that nostalgic feeling when reading my journal. For instance, I wrote in my journal the day I had to put my cat down in university and whenever I remember my cat I am able to go back and read about her in that journal entry.

2. Journaling allows you to be creative. When I was in school I always had ways to be creative whether it was writing creatively or creating a cool project. Now that I am older and I work with kids I do get to be creative but it isn't always personal. With journaling, it gives me time out of my day to be creative. If you are looking for inspiration, the journaling junkie has a monthly journal challenge to get you writing about all sorts of things! 

3. Journaling holds me accountable. If I write in my journal about plans in the future I feel I have to at least attempt them. I do not want to be forty-years-old and reading a journal from when I was in my twenties about all of these unfulfilled plans I had. If I write about something I am more likely to commit to doing it.

4. Journals give me a place to rant. We have all encountered that uncomfortable Facebook rant by someone complaining of a failed friendship or relationship. Social media outlets are often not the place to post personal rants but sometimes I can be so upset at a friend and have no place to vent to. This is where my journal comes in, I write the problem down and what bothered me about it. I try and come up with a solution and usually by the time I have written the entry, I feel much better about the problem and am already putting it behind me. 

5. Journaling is fun. There is no right or wrong way to journal. Bullet journals are popular but I almost consider them to be a planner like journal and not so much a creative writing tool. Bullet journals can be a creative outlet too though, just not for writing prompts.. I highly suggest you give journaling a try if you have never done so and if you have put journaling aside since you were a child, try it again. 


Do you have a journal? Let me know why you like to journal so much. You can also leave any creative journal prompts in the comments below! 

Xo. Tara Berries

15 comments:

  1. These are all excellent reasons. I love journaling also, I have some journals I started LONG ago it's fun to look back at them and see how I was feeling in the past.

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    1. I love doing that too! Reading back to my angsty teenage years is literally like reading comedy :) Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Oh I used to fill journal after journal! I haven't touched one in years! I really need to get back to it! Your post reminded me of how great it is! Thank you! Maybe I'll start back this week!

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    1. I am glad to have sparked a journal interest in you again! If you need some inspiration, the monthly journal challenges from the Journaling Junkie should help you!

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  3. It's also been a long time for me since I've journaled! I used to do it all the time in high school. I've been wanting to start up again, and I totally agree with all of these reasons :))

    Emily (a fellow peony)
    http://alittlesparrowsblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the comment girl! If you need any more help starting a journal you can always tweet me!

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  4. I love looking back over journals I wrote YEARS ago! It is so interesting to see what I was thinking. Your list is awesome! Great post!

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    1. Thanks Kim! I am glad you looked over your journals, it can be so interesting.

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  5. The accountability factor is what does it for me. I've learned that creativity has to go beyond a pen and paper for me. Otherwise it stays an idea and I don't want to be just a list of ideas.

    I have to get up and do it!

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    1. Yes being accountable for the things you want to do by writing them down and actually doing them is very important. You can complete anything as long as you are motivated to do so!

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  6. I could NOT agree with you more. I'm so glad that I've kept a journal since I was very little, because I now have a record of things I might have forgotten otherwise. Now, I use it as a way to fufill my passion for writing, to express my creativity, and to rant. The wonderful thing about journaling is that you can write whatever you want without any inhibitions.

    Emma | www.creativexplorations.com

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    1. Emma, I am so impressed that you have kept a journal since you were very little! My hat goes off to you. Yes, journaling is a way for me to be creative just like you. Thanks for the comment :)

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  8. I love these reasons, Tara! I've stopped and started journals throughout the years, but I'd love to sit down and start one very soon. I regret not writing things over the years!

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    1. Thanks Alannah! You won't regret starting a journal again. I suggest going into a bookstore and go straight to the journal section. You will get lost for a whole hour looking at journals :)

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