Ask yourself this question. Would journaling enrich your life?
Great. Then I will share some of my secrets, how-to; and benefits which will spur you on and challenge the creative thoughts that already exist within you. I value and hear your brave decision to begin, maybe improving on what you have already started or just increasing the perspectives in which you already are working.
You can also find blank journals at many places. Your local gift card shop may have some that will cost you and arm and leg. Maybe you received one from a a friend years ago and it's been sitting in a desk drawer - get it out. One of the best places to find journals is your local thrift store or garage sales. That's right- maybe one or two pages have been scribbled on with good intentions. Read them and then rip them out and make it your own at a very affordable price. Currently you find me writing to you from my iPad. I have had it for 3 years and love it. E-readers have writing apps available. Sorry. I do not advocate texting for journaling, Yes, I use my iPhone to make notes of a thought, notion or dream I want to remember, but we are trying to keep alive the value of well expressed beautiful words and sentences.
Gods hand in the making of me was unique and that uniqueness was making its way to the top as I desired God more than the shallow affections of the past. Sounds emotionally weighty I know but when you have been given a fresh set of eyes on life, wisdom and understanding push way to make a place of DESIRE in your innermost parts. DESIRE costs you something, it cost HIM something as well.
If God were the only one that ever read my blog that has to be enough for me. Journaling bears the same value. It’s like a conversation with musical notes. A bird sings not knowing that anyone is listening but he sends forth a sound with great care, strategy & excellence calling into the wind declaring to his mate, offspring, territory & joy in his heart. I value the thoughts that have been shared with me, realizing that I do not own them, they are shared. If circumstance opens up a window to voice them I see the value I have placed or sown being returned to me. Many call that fruit.
If I can't write it I draw it. It I can't draw it (Evernote has a slick white board in its app) I find a picture that makes me feel the same way. You're the director of the movie. I do not waste time with every detail when it's mundane. The detail I go into depends on the questions I have been asking? I want to capture the "mood" of the moment and how I learned or heard it. It's priceless!
Journaling has given me a freedom of speech, speaking to whomever I choose to entrust with its content.
Journaling is a measure-er of my heart and what freedoms I treasure.
Journaling reminds me to be thankful, careful and considerate
These pictures tell you what I think of my country and the sacrifice my family has partnered with to uphold its freedoms. It shows what my family "collects" old International trucks, and how we share those "unique" antiquities.
The iPad tool I'm using can connect me to the world or lock me in a room with no use for people. Freedom to choose how I spend the hours of my day and what future I'll look at tomorrow.
The tools and tips I shared with you can’t be purchased online or locally. They come from within you. My desire is that the value I have placed on written “life”, motivates you to an application and personal form of copy & paste the found freedoms that will speak in your future. I bless your adventure in journaling.
Kristen Wambach, wife, Mom of 4 adult boys, preacher, writer, "bow & poof" expert.