Write it down, make it happen: The importance of keeping a journal
When was the last time you jotted your thoughts down into some paper? Did you know that when you write down a dream or goal it has a significantly higher chance of actually coming to fruition, according to Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California. In fact, it is has a 42% great chance of happening, to be exact. Isn’t that amazing? The simple act of taking a pen & writing something down can literally shape our realities. Thus, reiterating the importance of writing down what is going on in your life, processing it and moving forward to achieve what’s next on your list.
Not all journaling has to be so cut and dry. You can make it anything you want it to be! One way to make it more creative is by adding a sort of scrap-book vibe. You can gather up some of your favorite old magazines, flip through the pages and when you come across something that strikes you as inspiring or important, cut it out and add it into your journal.
For example, if you come across words that you find meaningful or something you would like to work towards, add it in. You could clip out words pertaining to:
Love & Relationships
Happiness & Finding inner Peace
Health & Wellness
Then you can write next to the words, adding your thoughts and your specific goals on how you would like to incorporate this goal into your life. By doing this, it adds more creativity to the process and becomes more of a journal/vision book. For example, I would like to prioritize health and wellness in all areas of my life. So, I begin by focusing on steps that I know will help me on my way. I have implemented these steps by joining a gym, taking yoga classes, having a fun workout routine that changes daily, challenging myself to learn how to cook nutritious meals and drinking more water. All of these little steps will start to become a habit, and then eventually build into a way of life.
When you start your new journal, don’t hold back. Anything you think can happen, can actually happen. Reach for the sky, set over-the-moon goals for yourself. Be bold and brave because anything is possible.
Take some time today to sit in a peaceful and quiet space to think. Think about your life, where you are currently and where you want to be. Write down a list of things that you love in your life and things that you want to change. Write down what you’re afraid of and what you can’t live without. Write about your hopes, dreams and expectations. Draw in your journal and get messy. Just remember, this journal is for you and you alone.
Winds of Change & Gypsy Sole has a wide variety of beautiful journals, come scoop on up the next time you come to visit & get started on that next big dream! Xo