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By Pam Boyer

The terms writing and journaling are sometimes used interchangeably, but when I refer to journaling I mean a record of whatever you want to capture in a written form.

I was always one of those kids who wanted to keep a diary. I asked for them for Christmas and Birthday gifts, started to keep them daily and then stopped when I got busy.

One diary starts when I’m 10 and covers the first week in excruciating detail. The next entry is when I’m 12 and listed the 6 boys I’m interested in at school. Over the years, I stopped and started any number of times, but the desire to document my thoughts and emotions continued. Eventually, I discovered Morning Pages in “The Artist’s Way” and started a consistent journaling practice.

The terms writing and journaling are sometimes used interchangeably, but when I refer to journaling I mean a record of whatever you want to capture in a written form.

It’s not meant for anyone else’s eyes, only your own. Journals are a primary tool for self-discovery and can be used to focus on certain areas you want to explore like dreams, spirituality, relationships and creativity.

"One of the reasons I keep journaling is because it helps me see the story of my life from a more objective perspective, and I think it will do the same thing for you."

There are many documented benefits to journaling on a regular basis for emotional and even physical health and I will talk about that more in another post. One of the reasons I keep journaling is because it helps me see the story of my life from a more objective perspective, and I think it will do the same thing for you.

When I feel bored or limited by my options taking the time to journal helps me move into a different state of mind. It gives me a place to record my gratefulness when things are going well and my fears when they are not. Your journal can become your most constant companion when others are not available.

Over the years, I’ve added to my morning pages habit. I regularly use sets of prompts and journaling techniques to expand what I’m writing about. This has moved me into Memoir and some fiction as I work with emotions, images and memories from the past. I still start my day with my three-page morning pages to clear my mind and to ground me in the life I’m living.

As we move forward, I will focus on a specific journaling technique each week offering you prompts for your own journaling. We'll be doing this via Facebook. If you haven't already, join us!

Don't wait for me. Give the ones that interest you a try and start a morning pages habit of your own.