Journal Journey: Just Keep Swimming, I Mean Writing!

journaling challenge

Two weeks ago I started a journaling challenge  to help me develop a habit of writing down my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since then, yet I couldn’t have picked a better time to start this challenge. I’m checking in with you girls about the first type of journaling that I’m working with, a simple summary of my day.

The real skill I’m trying to cultivate isn’t journaling itself, it’s the skill of getting back to it when I start to slip up.

I definitely haven’t managed to hit every day on the calendar, and I’ve decided that’s okay. I’ve written journal entries most days for the past couple weeks, and I really think that’s good enough. It’s easy to think, “I’ve failed to write an entry every day, so I might as well just give up,” but that’s not a good way to go after your dreams. Kind of like exercising, right? The real skill I’m trying to cultivate isn’t journaling itself, it’s the skill of getting back to it when I start to slip up. So I’m not going to beat myself up about missing a couple of days writing in my journal, I’m only human.

I knew that trying to write every day during finals week was going to be a tall order, but I wasn’t counting on getting sick as well. Last Monday, I was totally struck down by what turned out to be strep. Great timing with finals. I’m totally good now, but it definitely made the journaling a little bit tougher. Life happens.

I’m actually really glad that I have my journal entries from the craziness of illness + studying, it should be fun to look back and read them once I’m able to decompress a little this summer. I expect the next two weeks to be a lot better for keeping up with journaling than the last two, being out of school and on summer vacation. That also means plenty of time to hang out and read for fun, instead of frantically running back and forth between study groups and practice tests. This is a good thing.

It’s really grounding at the end of the day to put it all in perspective.

I’ve noticed I’m already seeing some positive changes in the way that I’m going through my day since I started writing in a journal regularly. It’s really grounding at the end of the day to write down what’s been going on and put it all in perspective. Sometimes I’ll be worked up about something and when I start to write it down I’ll think, “Wow that wasn’t actually that big a deal.” It doesn’t happen every time I’m upset, but when it does, it’s nice to bring myself back down to ground level and really think about the things that are going on. Combined with the benefits of knowing I have a record of my thoughts and feelings to look back on in the future, I’m really happy with how this challenge is going.

What about you, Metiza girls? Let us know how you’re doing! What’s your journal like, when do you write, and how are you feeling about it?

For the next two weeks, I’ll continue writing short entries (around 150-200 words) summarizing what my day has been like and what I’ve been up to. It’s low-pressure and there’s no need to come up with any deep truths about life. I’ll check back with you girls in two weeks with how I’m doing, so follow along with me and get journaling!