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Journaling Your Way To The Life You Desire

The title of this post may sound a little like I’m a life coach or in an episode of Iyanla Fix My Life but that aside, I’m hoping that you take this post seriously and give journaling a try. I have been writing in my journal for years upon years now. I was one of those diary-writing teenagers and I guess I transitioned from my diary to a journal probably inspired by a self-help book, blog post or meme that I came across.

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I was always a big fan of lists because who’s brain can remember everything I want to buy or get done? I would literally write lists of all the things I wanted to buy on my summer vacation overseas so I didn’t forget everything. Then I would get a quarter of my budget as spending money and be left with figuring out shopping as opposed to eating but that’s a different story for a different day.

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My Personal Journaling Experience

I’m not sure why it works but it does. There’s something about writing down your intentions and setting a date and time. It’s important to be as detailed as possible about what it is that you want to accomplish and why you want to accomplish this goal. It sets off something in your focus and something in the universe to bring the goal to life. I wanted to share with you one of the times most recently that this has all worked out for me and in real-time.

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This is a journal entry I made on April 20, 2016. I highlighted a few areas I wanted to you note. Why? Because when I opened my journal a few weeks ago to make another entry, this was my last entry in my journal. I should really try to do this more often. It was uncanny to me that I moved into an apartment not 30 days later that had these exact characteristics.

Characteristics like a water tank that when I was searching, I didn’t even pay much attention to and yet somehow ended up with a place that has one. My kitchen is beautiful, there are kids here for my munchkin to play with and the complex is gated and in a great neighbourhood. My location allows me to save on gas because it’s 2 minutes away from her school and 7 minutes away from my job. Score!

Read more: How to Discover Yourself Through Journaling

Why it works

When I tell you I blew my own mind. I just wish I had insisted upon a place with a balcony because I surely do miss my balcony and my view. Next time. I’ve amazed myself like this before when it comes to my professional life using journaling to map the path of my career. It works. I don’t know why but it works. It keeps you focused on the goal and helps you to map the way.

It sends that energy out into the universe and orders your steps along the path of success. It doesn’t work like magic, you’re not going to write down everything today and achieve it all by tomorrow, but it works. You’re going to achieve the thing that you want the most. That you’re focused on the most, that you work on the most. Journaling helps to clear a path of uncertainty.

I googled “the power of journal writing” to try and cite some experts to help me back up my claims and it was hard for me to choose just one article as the power of writing in a journal has been spoken about in the fields of business, mental health, general happiness and wellbeing, entrepreneurship, and even fitness.

“I have been journaling on most mornings for about a year now and have noted that my day goes better and I am more patient on those days when I write,” says Gloria Silverio, certified personal trainer and wellness coach based in Delray Beach, Florida. “I have been under more stress than usual lately because of an international move that my family is making, and I have not been journaling regularly because of all that there is to do to prepare.

On a morning when I felt particularly burdened, I sat down to journal and was surprised at how the stress and feeling of being overwhelmed began to melt away as I filled the pages. It was a wonderful feeling, and I finished the session much more relaxed than when I started.”

If only to help you clear your mind for a long day ahead, you should be journaling. Some health benefits of journaling are listed below.

How to change your life through journaling.

5 Reasons to Journal

Journaling every day offers numerous benefits that can enhance your life in meaningful ways. Here are five compelling reasons why I believe daily journaling is a valuable practice:

Clarity and Reflection: When I journal daily, I can untangle my thoughts and gain clarity about my feelings and experiences. Reflecting on my day allows me to better understand my emotions and reactions. This self-awareness empowers me to make informed decisions and navigate challenges more effectively.

Goal Tracking and Achievement: Daily journaling provides a space to document my goals, aspirations, and progress. Regularly noting down my achievements, big or small, reinforces a sense of accomplishment and motivates me to stay focused on my objectives. I can track my growth over time and adjust my strategies as needed.

Stress Relief: Writing in a journal acts as a therapeutic outlet. Expressing my thoughts, worries, and joys on paper can alleviate stress and reduce anxiety. It’s like unloading a burden from my mind, creating a sense of relief and calm. This practice also helps me identify recurring sources of stress and find ways to manage them.

Creativity and Problem-Solving: Keeping a daily journal nurtures my creativity. I can brainstorm ideas, sketch out plans, and explore new concepts. By jotting down my thoughts freely, I unlock innovative solutions to challenges and expand my thinking. This creative space allows me to experiment and learn from my experiences.

Memory Preservation: My journal serves as a time capsule of my life’s journey. Writing about my daily experiences, interactions, and observations helps me preserve memories that might otherwise fade over time. This record becomes a treasure trove of personal history that I can revisit to relive moments, share stories, and pass down to future generations.

The habit of daily journaling offers a range of benefits, including enhanced self-awareness, goal tracking, stress relief, creative stimulation, and the preservation of memories. It’s a practice that encourages reflection, growth, and a deeper understanding of oneself and one’s experiences.

Do you journal? If not, have I convinced you to give it a try?

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5 Comments

    1. Hi Neti, it’s been awhile hasn’t it…i hope to be back for a good run this time. Thanks for always visiting.

      1. Hello Irie !
        Great article, I have started so many journals through the years, but I never really stay persistent. And I certainly don’t write the way you are suggesting here, to write your goals, and plans, and dreams…
        So how do you journal ?
        I think I may have missed a section , I found your article on Pinterest. Thank you !

        1. Hi Anabel, I just write! I write about whatever is on my mind at the moment. I daydream and write about what I want, what’s troubling me, what I want to accomplish… anything. If you’d like, you can join my gratitude challenge where I provide 28 days of journal prompts to get you going in a daily practice. Find out more about that here https://iriediva.com/express-gratitude-more-abundant-life/ thanks for stopping by!