How journaling transforms your life

Do you want to find the answer to an important life question? Do you want to find your voice? Do you want to transform your life?

If so, journaling is the perfect place to start.

Listen to your inner wisdom and truth

Journaling helps you find the answers that are always always within you, the answers you’ll never find outside yourself.

It’s through introspection and analysis that you’re able to listen to and understand your inner wisdom and truth.

Sometimes you won’t want to face the truth. Sometimes you’ll come up with excuses for why your inner wisdom is not enough to decide on an answer.

But always, with time, you find the answer to the important life question within yourself.

Strengthen your unique voice

Journaling helps you find your voice. Despite your messiness and imperfection, journaling helps you figure out who you really are at the core.

Journaling also helps you explore what you’re not and what you don’t stand for. Journaling helps you honor your journey.

Transform your life through self improvement

Keeping a journal helps with self improvement. When you reread your journal entries, you become aware of yourself and your life.

You become aware of your thinking, your patterns, your actions.

There comes a point, when you start to question all of it. When you ask yourself:

Why do I believe this? Why is it that years have gone by, and I keep telling myself the same story?

And even though you won’t see change over night, this awareness helps you think differently and helps you set new beliefs because you’ll stop buying into the old belief systems.

Journaling helps you believe in your inner wisdom, become confident in your voice, and become aware of the ways your beliefs affect your thinking and actions. This is where the transformation of your life begins.

When There are No Words

How do we communicate? If a writer were to describe me as a character in a fiction book, they’d write: as she talked, her hands moved to show emphasis on the point she was trying to make. Do you talk with your hands?

One of the best classroom management tips I’ve learned was teaching students how to ask to go to the restroom and get a drink of water by using sign language. When students ask to go to the restroom they sign the American Sign Language letter “r”. If they need a drink of water, they form a “w” with their fingers. As soon as I see these signs, I either point to the door or nod.

What are other ways we use to communicate beside hand gestures and body language? Tone of voice comes to mind. In a lesson the other day, my students caught my low level of enthusiasm when I’d ask them what they thought the tone of my voice was. I was giving them examples of “tone” of voice in effort to teach them “tone” in writing.

They said: “frustrated”, and, truth be told, that had not been my intention, but they got the point either way. My earlier classes had answered “cheerful”, the tone I was going for. My energy level had affected the tone of my voice in the later classes.

Another form of expression is our behavior. This brings to mind the saying actions speak louder than words. Behavior can give us insight into our thoughts, feeling, values, and personalities. It lets us communicate with others. For example, being on time to work everyday sends the message to our employers that we are responsible and reliable.

Communication and expression in all form is fascinating because it reveals so much information when we choose to pay attention.

Dear Writer with Frustration, Inspiration, & Passion

Dear writer,

I’m with you. Like you I’m waiting for my breakthrough.

Out of frustration and out of inspiration I write here.

First, because even when literary journals or magazines have rejected my works, I refuse to believe that my writing isn’t worth publishing. Second, because Etty Hillesum, a not-so-well-known writer died too young and with her died her dream of becoming an established author. (Eight of her diaries were published in one book, but that doesn’t mean that’s all the writing she had to offer the world.)

I can’t let others write my story. Not anymore. To be honest, I don’t even know that my story is being told.

It has become too dangerous to wait until literary journals or magazines give my work approval. I can assure you that my story like your story is the story someone else is looking for right at this moment.

Lately, I’ve been writing with a combination of more urgency, more purpose, and more transparency.

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