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Journaling 101

Posted by Saemone Griffin on


I was the little girl who always had a diary. My favorite was the one with the little tiny lock and key. Thinking about it warms mHow to journal/what do I journal abt?y heart and fills me with nostalgia. The first image that pops into my head is me at my desk in my room writing like I was putting serious stuff in there but it was prolly just what I ate that day and who had me messed up at recess lol. I did my writing before bed and although the content was light compared to what we go through now, it was most definitely a cleansing release. I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, but I was creating a habit and laying down what burdens me before bed and not taking it with me.

 

Most of us diary girls lose the desire to keep it up along our journey somewhere but I’m here to encourage you to pick up where you left off. You’ll probably call it a journal now and that’s A OK. The same principles apply now with your journal; it’s your safe place. It’s where you will let go of what’s bothering you, trace back patterns, he honest about trauma, and it’s one of your strongest tools on your healing journey. There’s no other eyes here. No other opinions. No need to keep up a facade. When you allow yourself to be raw, open, and honest you allow yourself room to heal.

So what do you journal about? Literally ANYTHING! The main thing you should do is forget spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Some call this process dumping. Just focus on getting the thoughts from your mind to paper. Start off by debriefing your journal bestie about your day. I like to start the entry off with a few words describing the vibe of my day. Was it tiring? Exciting? Eye opening? Then I expand on why from there. Talk about how you felt and what you took from it. Entries don’t have to be long or drawn out. You may have a 3 sentence day and that’s fine! You just want to be as open and honest as possible.

 

Soon it will feel like the safe place it is and you’ll find yourself craving that quiet time to yourself. Remember to be patient with yourself. Let your pen glide on paper judgement free. This is healing and it can be messy. Be gentle and enjoy the process.

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