Saturday, October 1, 2016

You Need to Journal If...

I didn't use to journal much.  It's not like I didn't want to.  In fact, I've always liked the idea, I think.  But for the longest time (meaning up until, like two months ago), I only kept a journal sporadically and only wrote when I would die if I didn't.  (Strangely, I very often now feel like I'll die if I don't write.)
It ain't gotta be fancy.  I use a plain ol' spiral noteook!
But lately, I've wanted to get into it more, not just as an occasional thing, but an almost every day kind of thing.  And man, I am so glad I've jumped into it!  When I used up my little purse journal in early August, I began a new purse journal, and simultaneously, a new start to journaling!

This "new" journal I began again in, was actually an old, unused journal I still had from years ago, that I had written verses in at the top of each page (except for the last few), which is just perfect!
If you're wondering why it's blurry, it's because no, you may not read my journal.  Ha!

Wewere at a friend's (multiple friends, actually) house last weekend, and amidst doing homework pondering life upstairs on Saturday night, I came up with a long list of reasons YOU need to journal!  Because I really think journaling is so beneficial.  All Most of these apply to meself too!*  Here's the list (I'm not referring to the picture...).  :D
I wrote this list for Jennie's Creative Play Challenge, week two.
*If all of these apply to you, please go turn yourself into jail before taking over the world.  Thx.

You Need to Journal If...
  • You feel guilt when you write suuuper long letters to friends because you're afraid of boring them, but you need to write it all down.
  • You have big dreams.
  • You have words practically pooping out of your brain and YOU JUST NEED TO LET THEM OUT.
  • You're an emotional teenage girl.
  • You're an emotional human being.
  • You have a disorganized brain.
  • You feel like no one else understands you (this would also be a fantastic time to talk to God + read the Psalms).
  • You want to practice your handwriting doing something productive.
  • You want to be able to write and not care how your handwriting looks.
  • You have lots of secret thoughts and must tell someone, but there's no one you want to tell.
  • You have secret evil plans to take over the world.
  • You are super duper annoyed about someone/something, but you don't want to gossip to others.
  • You've pledged to keep a secret, but you HAVE to tell someone.  RIGHT NOOOW.  (And who better to tell than yourself?)
  • You want your life story recorded for future generations.
  • You want to be remembered in history and have your journal put in some cool museum for people all around the world to see.  After you die.  Duh.
  • You want to record your thoughts, dreams, wonderments, wanderments, and joys, throughout the years to look back on later.
  • You want to remember the small things, as well as the big.
  • You want to come back later and see how your handwriting has evolved.
  • You want to come back later and see how your thought process has evolved.
  • You want to remember the good times, and the bad, and learn from them.
  • You have any life problems, at all.
  • You need to sort your thoughts.
  • You discovered something amazing that will impact the rest of history.
  • You're stressed about life.
  • You want to talk to yourself, but you know it's more socially acceptable to journal.  (Who cares?  I do both!)  (They're basically the same anywho!)
  • You want to talk to yourself, but you're in a situation where if any sound issues forth from your mouth, you instantly die.
  • You need a productive way to procrastinate on school.
  • You need a productive way to procrastinate on life.
  • You're an introvert and people stress you out.
  • You're an extrovert and people stress you out (does that happen?  I wouldn't know.)
  •  You have a speaking disorder but love to talk.  A lot.  (AKA, you mumble and mix up words a lot so it's very hard to talk, and you find it easier to just write it all down.)  (AKA, me.)
I know there have got to be so many more reasons that YOU (and I) need to journal.  What are they?

P.S.  Should I do more posts on journal-y stuffs?  I like the idea...


  1. I've tried starting a journal so many times, but when it comes down to it it's like I can't find anything to write about. Here goes trying it again! :)

    1. I've heard people say that before, and I though I don't exactly relate, I definitely understand! I'm thinking I should maybe write a post on what to write about. Thanks for commenting, Katie!

  2. Oooh, I need to do this! I talk to myself A LOT and have kind of some fun stuff going on in life right now. That might end up in a letter to you, though :)

    1. Haha, saaame! I know right, I always like to write about everything in letters too. It helps when I don't have anyone to write to at the moment though, to write in a journal. Plus I just like to write, so I do both! Thanks for commenting Amelia! ^.^

  3. I have never thought of it like that! I do journal, but I started because of a dare. #Me. Then I just kinda went with it and never stopped.

    1. Haha, what a great way to get into journaling. XD Anyway, it worked! Woot! Aren't you so glad you got into it?

  4. I have never thought of it like that! I do journal, but I started because of a dare. #Me. Then I just kinda went with it and never stopped.

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  6. By the way, people can stress you out if you're an extrovert... I am definitely an extrovert... And sometimes people stress me out

    1. Oohhh, good to know! That's pretty believable, hahaha.

  7. ugh perfection I love this blog I MEAN IT!

    1. Eee, yay! I am so glad you approve! YAY! :D Thank you so much Vanessa!

  8. Yes! Do more journal-related posts!
    I love to journal, but I've gotten out of the habit, and I always lose my journal and it's downright terrible! Hmm. Now I think I shall start again.... Thanks Maggie!!!

    1. Ooh, I'll get on that! Yay!
      Yeah, I used to get horribly out of habit - until I realized how much I love it! And it really helps to have my journal always in my purse. That'll be sad when I get a new, bigger one. Yay, I'm so glad I did something to maybe get you back into it!

  9. In a way, I think my writing almost counts as a form of journaling, it's just there are somethings I don't want to write down about myself or other directly so I put them in the form of characters in stories. :D But I totally agree with this! Journaling is fun!

    P.S. As a half-extrovert, people do stress me out sometimes. XD

    1. Yeah, that makes sense! Having a journal does mean risking all of my secrets, but I think it's secure enough. Or rather, I trust my family enough. Ha!

      Same. I'm more like a half introvert too. Or...half extrovert. Whatever. :D

    2. Haha! XD That's good!

      I think our type have been officially called ambiverts but I prefer half-introvert/extrovert.

    3. Yah, I have heard that. I don't really care what we're called, really. I just like being differant!

  10. "You feel like no one else understands you (this would also be a fantastic time to talk to God + read the Psalms)." <---- YES YES YES YES YES! The Psalms are literally some of the best ever. That book has got to be one of my favorites. It's so relatable.

    I LOVED THIS POST!! I journal pretty sporadically, because I can't really write every single day (I forget wayy too often :) so I just do it every few months and catch up on life. OH and by the way I'm an extrovert (ENFP on the MBTI scale thing) and sometimes people stress me out too, SO. XD

    1. Yesss, I've been reading the Psalms a lot lately. They are amazing.

      Eep, thank you Autumn! Haha, yeah, that's how I used to do it in my old purse journal. And that is totally okay! Welp, not that surprising I guess, that people can stress out all kinds of people! Thank you for the comment!

  11. Oh my, I think all those point apply to me (except maybe discovering something that will impact the rest of history)! Do I really have to turn myself in?

    Anyway, this is a great list Maggie! And I'm glad you've gotten the journalling bug - it really is a great thing. :) I've been journalling for about eight years (not always every day, but at least a few times every month), and it is fascinating to look back and see how my handwriting, and thoughts, and feelings, have changed over the years. It's also encouraging to see how God has answered my prayers and worked in my life.

    And yes, if you wanted my opinion, you should do more posts on journalling. This one was great to read. :)

    1. Uh oh, not sure if that's good! Yes, Jessica, for your own good, do it. Just go turn yourself in. ;)

      Oh, I agree! So glad I got the "bug"! I love seeing the change in all those different areas too. And oh yes, it is amazing to see how God has worked in my life!

      I've started a draft for another journaling post that should be going up soon! Thank you so much for commenting Jessica! (I'm glad you don't actually need to go turn yourself in. :))


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