Journaling Joys From the desk of Jill Schoenberg—
One sunny day, a few years back, I was sorting through a keepsake box of stuff from my childhood and discovered some diaries from when I was a child between the ages of 8 – 12.
As I read the diary entries, I was thrilled to re-discover these musings from long ago. I was even more thrilled to gain this precious insight into my thoughts and feelings at such a tender age.
Sadly, I had only recorded a handful of entries in each diary and was left with a deep yearning to read and learn more about myself as a child. Over and over again this one question haunted my mind – “Why did I stop writing?”
The answer came to me quickly.
As a child, I was simply overwhelmed with all of the blank lines in my diary and with the deep obligation I felt to complete each and every page.
I realized that my ideas of how to journal had taken the fun out of keeping a diary.
And so I quit.
Fast forward to today. That story is the beginning of what eventually became my Journal Buddies books.
But that’s not what I want to talk to you about right now.
I want to ask you to contemplate these questions about how you keep your journal:
- Are you taking action to ensure that your journaling remains fun?
- Do you need some help keeping your journaling enjoyable,
focused and empowered?
- If your journaling gets serious that is ok but is it serious
every time you write?
- In what ways have you limited your journal writing and what actions
can you take to expand into new frontiers?
I would love to hear your ideas about how you keep your journaling exciting, fun and fresh and invite you to post a comment below telling me all about your journal keeping ideas.