Journaling for women
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Does Journaling Really Work?

Happy 2019! Would you like be more intentional with your life this year? If so, will you join me on a journey of self-reflection through journaling?

I’ve never been one to keep a diary, but after reading about the potential benefits of journaling (more here), I’ve decided to give it a try. I like the appeal of taking a few minutes to myself to reflect on what I’m grateful for and be thoughtful about where I am and where I want to go.

After going down a rabbit hole of journal options, I chose two that looked beginner friendly and I think will help me fit journaling into my daily schedule as a working mom with four kids.

Let the Journey Begin

I selected the Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal for simple daily entries of three things I’m grateful for; it has space for an entire year of entries. You could certainly make a daily list on any regular old paper, but for the price, I think this will provide some nice structure. And there’s something about the process of writing these things out on paper that I don’t think would be accomplished by typing them into my smartphone.

For some guided reflection, I chose Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration. It is designed to let you complete at your own pace, though my goal is to make it a part of my daily practice as much as possible.

I’m excited to see where these take me. Will I see any real benefits from journaling?

My purple pen is at the ready. Would you like to come along? Or if you’ve tried journaling, what has your experience been?

Here I go—I’ll keep you updated along the way!

Learn more in Why moms benefit from journaling (and how to get started).

Update: See how I felt after 30 days of journaling.

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