Imperfectly Journaling

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.
— Christina Baldwin

Taking quiet time to imperfectly journal on a regular basis provides a way for you to see, feel, and know what’s happening inside you. There are many ways to journal, which can be daunting or confusing, so I suggest doing whatever feels right for you. There are no rules. Know that you can’t do it wrong. This is, hands-down, the most powerful thing I do to connect with my inner self. 

Journaling is a lot like meditation: there are so many ways to do it, that it’s easy to get stuck in performing the technique perfectly but miss the point of the experience entirely. The most important element is for you to be 100% you. Write, draw, paint (whatever medium feels good to you) what’s on your mind and in your heart in that moment. Do it on a regular basis. This means absolutely whatever works for you: daily, 5-days a week, 2-days a week, weekly, monthly. Start somewhere. 

Journaling is the most direct connection to my inner self. It’s a peaceful, magical place where I am totally free to explore what’s in my mind, body, and heart. I keep a 6” x 9” artist sketch book and a variety of colored fine-tipped markers in a drawer, in our living room where I can easily access them. In the morning, with my first divine cup of coffee, I choose a colored pen and write one page. Sometimes I write more, sometimes less, and sometimes I doodle. The key is that I show up and write from my inner most thoughts and feelings at least 5 days a week. 

If nothing comes to mind, I ask myself some questions. “What am I feeling? What has grabbed my attention lately? Who has inspired me? What’s bothering me?” Usually these stimulate my mind and words flow onto the page. If not, I doodle. This is my sacred time to be with me, to hear my thoughts and feelings, to tinker with my ideas, troubles, confusion and solutions. Sometimes I surprise myself. 

If you'd like to experiment with journaling, here are some ideas to get started. 

Write in a journal for a set amount of time. For example, commit to journaling daily for 1 week, longer if possible. Here are some prompts to get started:

I’m feeling…

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about…

When my mind wanders or I day dream, I think about…

The thing that vexes me most right now is…

I’m really ready to…

I wish…

I feel really good about…