3 Reasons Why I Journal + 10 Creative Journal Prompts

Growing up, I was always one to keep a journal. But, as I grew older, I the habit slowly faded from my life.

Recently, I had been going through a very difficult struggle that I just couldn’t seem to work out. When all else failed, I turned to my pen and paper. Just like that, my love for journaling re-emerged. The resurgence of the practice has shown me how important it is to make daily writing a habit. Today, I’m sharing a few reasons why, PLUS I’m giving you a list of 10 creative journal prompts to get you into the habit of journaling, too!

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It helps me connect with my intuition

I’ve been a long-time follower of Jess Lively and her podcast, The Lively Show. Jess claims that there are two parts to our minds: the ego and the intuition. According to her, the ego is the loud voice in your head that screams out judgments and rationalizations, while intuition is the peaceful part of you that know what you truly need.

For me, journaling is a way to push away the frantic thoughts that cloud my mind, allowing me to connect with my heart and listen to what it truly desires. As I write, I find that my mind slows down and my true feelings begin to emerge from my pen. In this way, I tend to learn a lot about my values – sometimes, they are things I didn’t realize before, but they make perfect sense after I write them down. Journaling is my favorite way to stay in tune with my truest self.

It helps me solve problems

I used to always be the person who had to turn to others for advice or validation. Now that I’ve started journaling more habitually, I can turn to myself for the approval and advice that I seek. Talking through my problems with myself has lead to much more authentic and autonomous actions. This all goes back to being aligned with my intuition and listening to what my heart needs.

For example, I recently struggled to make a huge career-related decision. I journaled about it every day for a month, documenting the good and the bad. In the end, I was able to look back on those entries and see the situation from a broad perspective. This made it so much easier for me to solve my problem and make a decision with confidence.

It’s a healing practice

Sometimes, life can get hectic. During those times, it can be easy to spend time complaining or worrying about what’s next. When I realize that my negative thoughts are starting to bring down my disposition, I turn to my journal.

My journal is a safe, nonjudgmental place where I can harbor my thoughts. I take all of my negative thoughts and complaints and I pour them onto the pages. This allows me to completely clear my mind and start fresh. (Plus, it saves my husband from listening to me complain all night long!)

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Journaling is an incredibly freeing and creative practice. I’d highly encourage you to make room for it in your daily life! 

Do you journal? Why do you indulge in the practice? I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you’re ready to start journaling, I’ve created a list of 10 creative writing prompts to get your wheels turning. Download them below!

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  • I feel the exact same way about journaling! It’s helped me so much, and I always feel like it declutters my mind.

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

    • Emily

      Yes! I love it so much. I want to try the book Let It Out. It’s full of fun journal prompts.

  • Interesting. I may have to try.

    • Emily

      Good luck!

  • KP

    I should get back into the habit of journaling. It helps me process things so much better.

    • Emily

      I agree! It’s always my fallback when I’m in need.

  • I love journaling too. Like you it helps me heal, distress and open up my intuitiveness. But it also helps me to remember things

    • Emily

      Those are all great reasons to journal!

  • I never really wrote into a journal accept when it was required. Instead of writing how we felt we wrote stories,poems, or drew. I think that would be very helpful.

    • Emily

      I bet that’s a fun way of journaling, too!

  • This is such a beautifully written post! I used to journal but it’s so hard to find the time nowadays!

    http://www.diaryofatorontogirl.com

    • Emily

      Thanks, Jessica! I sometimes feel like I don’t have time to journal, too. I usually do it first thing in the morning or quickly before bed.

  • This is awesome, Em. Journaling truly is healing. I feel very similar to you. I used to journal all the time as a little girl, but I feel like I’ve lost that aspect of myself. In a way, my blog is like my journal, but I still feel like journaling shouldn’t be “typing.” At least for me, I’m old fashioned 😉

    • Emily

      Thanks, Chels! I agree with needing to feel old fashioned. There’s something about putting pen to paper!