My journal is what keeps me from going mad.
I recently filled up my Eagle notebook, given to me by my little sister as a Christmas gift. Its lifespan was 1 year before I ran out of space. I miss it a lot. So, today, I decided to write about what I keep in my journal and why I love it so much.
First of all, my journal isn’t like most people’s journal. It doesn’t have a beginning, middle, end. It doesn’t follow a paragraph/sentence structure.
My thoughts often flutter incessantly and annoyingly. My journal captures it and shuts it up, giving it a sense of closure.
When I’m overwhelmed or stressed out, I sit down and write whatever comes to my mind. More often than not, I’m already thinking about these things, so what comes out on paper is a flurry of segments, undecipherable rubbish that makes perfect sense to only me. I start connecting my thoughts.
So- my writing looks like this:
In my journal, I frequently assess myself. Where I’m at in life. Am I making a difference. Am I moving forward or at a standstill. This keeps me in check of whether or not my goals need to be adjusted.
After the general first thought, I reflect on the things I’ve accomplished in recent times, and whether I’m happy with it. Here, I specifically list activities that I’ve been pursuing lately. I write down everything worth noting.
Lately? I’ve been pursuing photography (very amateur, but please do check out my Instagram or Facebook for my recent photos!). My goal here is to capture pictures at an perception not thought of before. I have also been spending a lot of time exploring my own backyard in the mountains, and have been doing lots of hikes with my younger siblings.
In my reflections, I also give note to life lessons I’ve learned. I enjoy writing reflection blog posts on my discovery of things in life that I did not understand before. It’s amazing to see the cultural differences between my parents’ generation (raised in Vietnam) and my younger siblings’ generation (raised in the United States).
When I’m not pondering my recent accomplishments, I turn to my future. I list my goals, my to-do list, my list of things to improve on. This is usually where I write down my next steps in career, travel destinations, new recipes to try, things to research, etc.
- Here, I jot down a bullet list of the things that happen while traveling- and especially, my thoughts and feelings on them. I find that when I’m writing about blogs, it’s more difficult to remember what I felt while traveling versus the technical detail (which a quick google search can refresh my memory on).
- I try to come up with a blogging schedule, but it’s easier said than done. I get into inspirations and would write a blog post.
10 Things I’m Thankful For
Something I’ve picked up over the years, is that when I’m down, writing a list of things I’m grateful for gives me more purpose.
- Family and loved ones
- I appreciate where I’m at now, and my awareness of myself, my culture, my surroundings
- I appreciate my small town in the mountains (which I cared for before)
- Autumn and the beautiful photo opportunities
- Classical music (which I’ve been listening to a lot lately)
- Books – currently reading the Kite Runner
- Food – I’m hoping to bake a pie for the first time this fall- eep!
- Writing/blogging – and especially my fellow blogging friends. ❤
- The ability to do the things that I love
- My future
Thanks for reading! This year, we’ve been getting into the Halloween spirit. Ready to take my siblings to go trick or treating! What’s on your journal/itinerary? Cheers to another beautiful autumn. ❤
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