Put it on Paper: Life Between the Lines
by: T. Renee Miller
We've all heard the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words"; well it's true, there are thousands of words you can use to describe one snapshot of one moment in time. I encourage you, take the picture, but write it down as well. There is power in journaling!
So what exactly is journaling? Journaling can be defined as "to write one's observations or thoughts in a journal. Thus, a journal is a personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.
No longer considered something “just for teenage girls”, journaling should be a daily habit for anyone for countless reasons…here's my top 3:
Journaling can help with achieving goals. When you put your hopes and dreams on paper, you are more likely to achieve them. You are more apt to hold yourself accountable to get it done. In reference to goals, consider your journal as the blueprint to life you’re trying to build.
Journaling can also build your level of self-discipline. When you commit to doing something, i.e. journaling 20 minutes every morning, you form a habit. As you form a habit in one area of life, you will realize how easy it is to begin forming habits in others.
Journaling can help you heal. Expressive writing is very therapeutic. The next time you feel anxious, stressed or even happy…write about it. You’ll find the more you write, the better you feel because you are releasing feelings from your mind and committing them to your journal. After all, your journal is your personal record.
"Journaling is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time." ~Mina Murray
Life is filled with swift transition so try not to miss any of it. Go grab a journal and fill it with your hopes, dreams, fears and feelings unto it overflows. Put it on paper and live your life between the lines.