Hello dears! I want to share with you all a new habit that I’ve picked up that I am rather passionate & excited about: journaling 🙂 I was talking with a dear friend several weeks ago, and our conversation got on the topic of journaling. She talked about how journals from the past are some of our best resources for recorded history today, and hearing that just really clicked with me. Now, you all know just how much we girls love & appreciate history, and realizing that fact just turned on a light-bulb in my head. Here is a way that I can somehow contribute to remembering this era, 2016 and beyond, and just record my history, my life. Almost my own personal Stepping Heavenward, if you will.
My inspiration not only came from the conversation I had, but also from my sister Brigid. She has been journaling consistently for over a year, and she has the sharpest memory of some of the smallest happenings, because she wrote it down in her journal. Through her journal, she has a way of looking back at old times and remembering, which is an invaluable thing! And I want that for myself, especially as I am coming into a new phase of life with a sister getting married, me adventuring into various endeavors, and just growing up and figuring out this whole “almost-an-adult” thing 🙂
When I was younger, I had a huge obsession with notebooks, but I never had the patience to fill them with anything. Any time that I would try to journal, I always lost interest within a month, and my entries were sporadic. Eventually I decided just to toss the whole idea and go my merry way without any obligation to recording my day-to-day. Well, fast-forward years later, and here I am, with a new notebook in hand, and about a month in to consistently journaling everyday. And it feels like it’s something that is going to stick with me for a long time.
There are so many benefits I have encountered through my new habit:
- I have a place to write down not only events of the day, but what is going on in my heart, my spiritual life, etc.
- Journaling gives me a time to be quiet and reflect on the events of the day, which is such a refreshing habit.
- I get a chance to work on my hand writing, lol 😉
- In my very plugged-in lifestyle (FB, instagram, pinterest, the works…), it’s a chance for me to unplug and reflect, and just take some time away from a screen.
- I get to see just how much I grow in character over the months and, hopefully, years that I journal. I’m already seeing differences from the time that I started almost a month ago!
- It’s an excuse to write in a pretty notebook & use my Cross pens 🙂
When I was thinking about beginning this new habit, I knew that I didn’t want to set a certain entry standard, or too lofty of goals for myself. Just so long as I write something, no matter how short or long, no matter the content, every single day: then I have achieved my goal. Attainability is key for me with starting anything. I knew that if I was to be consistent with journaling, I would have to be realistic about my expectations. I simply purchased a sweet, timeless notebook on sale at Rifle Paper Co. one day, and began journaling as soon as it arrived. No procrastination, no high and lofty dreams, just doing.
So what about you? Do you journal? What do you do to unplug from life and reflect on what is happening in your day-to-day? I would love to hear from you all!
-Charlotte, the youngest sister