Going Back to Journaling

Date: October 27, 2017 – Friday

I need to slow my brain down and start focussing a bit more. So many ideas, and I know some are good, but they are getting lost to distractions. I think it is time to go back to my daily journaling.

Years ago I started Journaling, more by accident than by necessity. I always had a notebook and pen in front of me and I would write down lists, names and dates. Often I would just doodle. They always looked more like cave paintings than journal pages.

Slowly over time, they began to get a bit more legible and they became more important. They turned from just shopping list, todo lists and scribbles, into feelings, ideas and goals. I also realized that they helped my focus and calmed all the thoughts that cluttered my brain. It actually had a calming affect that I could physically feel.

My Journals allowed me to organize. Now don’t get me wrong, my house was still a cluttered mess, but my brain was becoming organized. My memory was improving and the stress and frustration was very low and some days not even there. Just flipping through past pages seem to make my day easier and happier.

Why did I stop? That is a hard one. I think mostly because of huge life changes. We moved from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast and setting up house has taken so much longer than I expected. To be honest, I am still not completely settled in and it has been 3 years.

Looking back, I can see now I really needed to go back to journalling as soon as we got in the house. My life has been pretty chaotic and my frustrations, memory and scattered thoughts have gotten way out of hand. I can also, sadly, say it is my fault and I own it. There were hundreds of times I actually “thought” about journalling, even made myself a fun art journal. I just never let myself sit down and reteach my mind to “Do it”.  I could come up with probably 1001 excuses not to take the time to relearn this habit, but they would be just that, “Excuses”, something this world has way too many of already and I am so tired of hearing them I don’t want to add to the pile.

“No one is stopping you, Except YOU.”  I know I probably quoted it wrong, but it sure works for me.

So today I Again begin the Journaling Journey. In fact I have already started, this is my First entry. I should say First of today’s entries. I have a nice new notebook and a jar of colored pens sitting right next to me. Funny how just the sight of them makes me feel calmer and happy, or maybe it was being able to sit down and type this post without even thinking about it. Either way, it has already started working its magic for me.

Hope you all have a “magic” day and I am sure you will be hearing from me again soon!

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