Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!
Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!
#9 Keep A Journal
The first rule to keeping a journal is that there are no rules. Keeping a journal helps you keep in touch with who you are and how you want to live your life. Art journals, prayer journals, writing down daily thoughts, blessings, complaints, and struggles can all be a way for you to express yourself and get things out of your head and in a place only you have access to. Although, journals do not have to be a private thing- it is your journal therefore you have the control.
I personally have a prayer journal. I believe this not only helps me get things out of my head and on paper but it also helps me have a better relationship with God…a double whammy if you will. But, when starting your journal, it can be as structured or as loose as you wish.
Whether you want to treat it as an everyday task or a formal method of tracking your moods, thoughts, and feelings as a way of spiritual growth, a journal can help you find YOU and help you live a calmer and more simplistic lifestyle.
Remember that every lifestyle change, or in this case an addition, starts with baby steps so start small. Begin with a to do list or a shopping/wish list. Start a bucket list, write about the things that make you happy, food you love, things you hate, places you long to go to, people who have inspired you, your favorite quotes or songs and books you want to read. The topics and the positive effects that will arise are endless.
I hope you get yourself a journal and begin writing. It is never too late to start documenting, drawing, and reflecting on your life.
May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.