Monday, August 26, 2013

Mommy Monday: Journaling

I've been trying to get our new home continuously more organized, and clean out boxes to make more space and de-clutter. I came across a box of journals I've written in through the years. It was so fun to read through some of them!

It was interesting to see the way I wrote when I was younger, as well as read my thoughts and experiences from times in the past. I'll continue to read through them, as they're reminders of things that were important enough to me to write down in the first place.

I'm considering going through each one and typing out what I've written. I know it's special to see the journal itself, and see my handwriting from over the years, but at the same time, they take up space and will only continue to pile up through the years, as I continue to write. At least I could have all my thoughts in one place, and it's still something to share with my kids later on.

Writing has always been a great outlet for me. Anytime I feel I can't clear my head, or have too much going on, I write. I write out my thoughts, prayers, hopes, needs, etc. It's for me, so I share openly and honestly. It's been very therapeutic through the years, and I often find myself encouraging others to keep a journal, especially if it's something they've never done before.

Some of us have a difficult time being vulnerable with other people, and when that happens, it's so nice to be able to share your raw thoughts and emotions on paper. Especially when several years later, you can look back and see the changes that have happened in your life since that time; good and bad.

This isn't a post just for mommies, but I've added it here to reach out and suggest you try journaling sometime. If you don't know what to write, just start with something. What's going on in your life right now? What are struggling with, or very excited about? The words will start flowing, I promise. Give it a go. If it's not for you, then stop doing it. No harm done. But if you realize it's a great outlet, then keep going. Keep a journal every year and give your family something to read when you're gone. Or something for your kids to look at when they're old enough. I think it would be pretty cool for them to read what you wrote when you were their age.

Some things I've journaled on or about over the years:

Life experiences (i.e. trips out of the country, mission trips with non-profits, etc)
Family vacations
Hardships, heartache and loss
Successes and dreams reached
Sermons and verses that have touched me in some way
Prayer requests and prayers that have been answered
General thoughts and feelings

There's no right or wrong way to journal. Try it and see if you like it!

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