Hopefully the journaling journey is going well so far! I have to admit, I am certainly struggling little bit as far as consistency right now as I am trying to figure out when and where journaling fits into my life and schedule. I have not spent time with my journal every day, but I have made a solid effort to write in my journal at least 3-4 times per week. I think, for now at least, this is a win for me! I hope to get to a point where I am journaling for 20 minutes every single day, but I am trying to avoid putting too much pressure on myself as I work my way up to that!
How about you? What does your journaling commitment look like right now? What are your goals for your journal? I would LOVE to hear all about it. If you have gone the way of the artist and decked your journal out with fun doodles and such- upload a pic and share the inspiration!
I do have to say that the few times I have locked myself away in solitude for 20 minutes or so and committed to write in my journal this last week, it has been very uplifting. I even found a good deal of catharsis from the couple of days that I wrote about some tough stuff. It does feel good to get things out of my head and my heart and onto paper. I seem to have more mental and emotional energy to spend on other things after spending a few minutes giving those issues and feeling a voice and then being able to get rid of them (or at least the burden of them) and begin to heal.
One of the things I learned this last week is that it is important to set goals for myself through this process. I went hunting for a bit of journaling wisdom from other bloggers I look up to in this area and came up with a few ideas on how I can use this week to create a few goals for myself before moving too much further forward. If you feel the same need to better organize your journaling purpose, check out these ideas that I will be implementing into my journal and you can too.
Week Three: “A Moment That Impacted Your Life”
For Week Three of our journaling challenge, we are going to continue the theme of self discovery.
Week One (January 1-7), we challenged you with the writing prompt: “I Come From…”
Week Two (January 8-14), we asked you to think of at least “16 Things That Bring Your Joy”.
This week (January 15-21), we encourage you to dig deep and write about “A Moment That Impacted Your Life.”
This can be something that happened in your childhood or something that happened yesterday. It can be a moment that had a positive impact on you and inspired a new direction in your life, a moment that made you recognize that you were headed down a path that wasn’t where you wanted to be going. It could be a moment that had a negative effect on you, a moment that created a deep physical or emotional scar that maybe you are still trying to heal from. This can be a moment of solitude or a moment that revolves around an event or the actions of another person. Whatever moment pops into your head- write about it. Whatever direction your thoughts take you- write them down. Even if the direction your mind wanders makes no sense, write those thoughts and feelings down anyway. It may just be that your mind needs to purge itself of the emotions or the lies that have become tangled up in the memory in order to make some sense of it and maybe even to reveal the lie for what it is so you can establish a new truth in order to begin healing.
This writing prompt can be something that you write about one day this week, or it can become something that you explore for the entire week. If after one journal session you still feel like there is more to write, keep going until you feel emptied of it. If it only takes you one journal session, here are a few more writing prompts to dive into the rest of the week:
- Write about your best friend (maybe even write him/ her a letter)
- Write about your favorite place
- What is one thing your life needs more of?
- What is one thing your life needs less of?
- Write about the best thing about today (or if you journal in the morning, the best thing about yesterday)
- Take a chapter from the book you are currently reading and write about it (what you liked, didn’t like, did the character learn anything, make a mistake or grow in any way)
If you have decided to join me in including a short but sweet character study on the Women Of The Bible into your weekly journaling, here is this week’s challenge!
On the heels of Christmas, I though this week I would take a look at Mary, the mother of Jesus. She has always fascinated me! Her story can be found here:
- Luke 1: 26-38
- Luke 1:46-55
- John 19:25-30
- JOURNAL CHALLENGE: As you read these passages, imagine yourself in Mary’s place. What thoughts and feeling might you experience? Would you accept the things the angel had to say with the same calm humility? What does her story reveal about her character and her priorities in life? What are some things you admire about / can learn from Mary?
If you want a little more structure in your study of Mary, and other women of the Bible, may I suggest grabbing a copy of this book! It is wonderful!
I hope you have a great week full of inspiration, healthy choices, personal growth and emotional healing! Come back next week for Week Four of our Journaling For Your Health Challenge!