Make Today The Day You Start Journaling

I got in the habit a few years ago of journaling (mostly) every morning about what's running through my head. Sometimes, when I'm feeling clear, these nice little essays about life come out. Other times I'm just bleeding incoherent emotion onto the page or writing massive to-do lists.

Journaling is by far the best habit I've picked up since my mom has died. And that's really saying something because I've picked up quite a few good habits and trashed quite a few bad ones.

Journaling has provided me solace in a way that a friend, family member, or therapist can't. Not because they aren’t great listeners, but because I can’t hide with my journal. I have no choice but to be honest with it. It isn't going to spit back shoddy advice or judge me for what I have to say. It’s just going to sit there and let me work my ideas out.

There are so few places that we can do that in life. Say what we think and be who we are. Without cause for anyone else’s feelings. Without guilt, shame, or regret.

If you are struggling with anything in life (how could you not be?), I urge you to pick up a nice journal and start writing it in every morning, evening, or whenever you feel like it. I think you’ll be amazed at how freeing it is to write down what you think—stream of consciousness.

Stuff will come out that you didn’t even know was saved up there. And you’ll be free when it does.

Kate Ward