Journaling To Connect With Yourself
I have been journaling for the past 25 years. In fact, I probably have enough journals to fill up an ENTIRE home library.
People often ask me, “Lisa, what should I be writing down or how do I journal the right way?”
So, I’m here today to tell you there is no right or wrong way to journal. Journaling is based on you. No one else’s journey is quite like yours, so no one else’s journal will be quite like yours.
My own personal journaling practice has evolved over the years. For me, it is not just about writing things down, it’s more about CAPTURING IDEAS and INTENTIONS and letting CREATIVITY flow. I jot down what I’m thinking, how I’m feeling, random ideas and God’s downloads to me. I don’t have any particular rules or any rigid order to my journals.
Lately, I have actually been writing a lot less and using an AUDIO JOURNAL a lot more. An audio journal helps me to remember the energy and tone of my thoughts, so I can recall not just what I’m thinking but what I’m feeling as well.
Sometimes I wake up at night and grab my phone to record an idea. Or, I audio record on the plane or at the airport if something creative pops in my head.
I believe journaling, whether written or audio, is so important (so much so that I ask every student who comes on my campus to do so) because it allows you to capture a “picture” of your life as it is right now
Now, I don’t mean a physical picture of your life, like your front door or your kitchen. I mean jotting where your relationships are. What feels good about them or what might be uncomfortable. Jot down your belief systems…what excites you and what has you afraid? Jot down your health. What status is it in? What are your goals there? What are your pain points?
Jot it all down–your intentions, your goals, your dreams. The things you might not be ready to take action on right now, but you will be in the future. Also, jot down the frustrations and tolerations. Why? Because when you are working to transform your life, those pain points won’t always be there. You want to remember the progress you’ve made along the way. Because most people don’t make 180-degree changes; they move the needle point by point.
Remember, I love, love, love reading your comments. So please keep talking to me. This is your home and your community. And here, we have DYNAMIC, COURAGEOUS conversations. Because I’m not interested in doing all the talking. I want to hear from you.
So, leave me a comment below as I’d love to know how journaling has supported you. What do you think of starting an audio journal? I’m curious what’s important for you right now to take a mental picture of.
And in case nobody has told you lately, I LOVE you and BELIEVE in you. And I will always be your sister in prosperity and possibility.