On Journaling

I've kept a journal pretty much since I was twelve. My blogging has been an extension of that for a while, but ever since deciding I was going to do One Little Word the amount of journaling I've done on paper has gone WAY up. 

And you know? I really enjoy it. I missed the act of writing things down on paper just to get them out, and it's a nice way to document the exciting and mundane things I've been doing in my everyday life.

It's also been a great way to brainstorm for the blog, and to really look at what I want to do and how I want to grow this year. What growth opportunities do I have - and where are they? 

But really, for me, it's a way to get back into something I love but haven't been able to do much of lately - write. When I started using my Moleskine for journaling and not just lists, I wasn't sure of the value of writing down my everyday. I mean, I have a pretty set routine, and sometimes it feels like from the outside looking in it's, well, mundane. 

And I may be repeating myself by saying that, but I was intrigued when I found an article in The Atlantic about The Value of Remembering Ordinary Moments. I liked the discussion about how spending five minutes writing about your day can add value to your future. And I realized just how much I enjoy (even when I cringe) looking back at old journals and seeing how far I have come since I was a teen and even a young adult.

So I journal. And I write about the every day, as well as my thoughts, feelings, and ideas. It's a mix of things. I also add an interesting fact about the day if I can - like learning yesterday that Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show. I find the more I journal, the more I want to journal, and the more I get done. 

Because really, for me? Other than reading, there is nothing like wrapping up my day with the sound of my fine-tip sketch pen scratching along the paper in my notebook. It's another way I'm documenting my life, one page at a time.