One of my goals for 2015 is to write more. Writing has always been important to me. I would definitely still describe myself as quiet and more reserved, but growing up, I was painfully shy and I found writing to be a good way to get my ideas and thoughts out there. I also have a HORRIBLE memory…so writing things down has also been a way for me to remember things that happen.
I’ve kept journals on and off since I was maybe ten or so and have recently started back up again. There’s just something about grabbing a pen and paper and writing about whatever is on your mind that is so cathartic. Whether I’ve had a good day or a bad one, I like to take a few minutes to jot some things about it down.
Towards the end of last year, I wasn’t writing nearly as much as I wanted to be. It seemed like every time I sat down to write….writer’s block. But with the start of the new year, I made a promise to myself that I would buy a blank notebook and fill it with anything and everything – journal entries, ideas for something bigger I want to write, to do lists, doodles, concert tickets, letters from a friend, whatever.
I’ve learned that even if you don’t think you have anything to write about, the best thing to do is just write. Write about your day or about what you want to do tomorrow, write about something that made you laugh, or about what you hope to accomplish in the next five years…it doesn’t really matter. That’s the best thing and probably my favorite thing about it – that nothing is too mundane or off limits. There are no boundaries. Let yourself capture all of the unfiltered moments in your life. It doesn’t matter if what you write is imperfect or unpolished, just getting it down on paper is enough.
So, if any of you guys are thinking about keeping a journal, I say do it. Even if you don’t think you have anything to write about.
Need a little inspiration? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Write about your favorite place on Earth. What do you love about it and why is it special to you?
2. Make a list of all the things you want to do or see in your lifetime.
3. Write about someone that’s important to you and include your favorite memories of them.
4. Write down all of the things you’re grateful for.
5. Is there something you’re struggling with or something you’re excited about? Get it all written down and clear your head.