Journal Jumps

Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don’t look at it and wish you had painted something different. 

-Author Unknown

Journaling provides a safe outlet for self-expression and self-exploration.  It is a great way to promote personal wellness while learning about yourself inside and out. Journaling may help to clarify values or life purpose while discovering what is important now.  It also helps to release feelings or emotions that may be troubling or overwhelming.

If the thought of using a journal seems scary, intimidating or just plain boring, experiment with the idea of journaling.  Pick a journal that fits you.  This may be a journal with or without lines, small, medium or large, etc.  Don’t pick something that feels too perfect to “mess up.”  Yes, there will be some cross-outs, eraser marks, and spelling errors.  This is part of being human, but if the thought of misspelling a word makes you cringe, think about writing with a pencil.

Begin by making a commitment to write down a word about how you feel or how your day went at bedtime.  Hopefully, over time your journal will become a container for your thoughts, feelings and ideas so that you can sleep more restfully.  As you become more engaged in the practice of journaling, think about how you can commit to this process fully.

The practice of journaling is unique to every individual.  Sometimes a few words is all it takes to feel some relief from emotional pain or present life circumstances.  For others, a few words may quickly become paragraphs and paragraphs may become long entries or stories.  In the end, it is not about how much you write, but how the writing feels to you.  The hope is to implement a journal practice in your daily life so that an inner sense of peace, gratitude and happiness emerges.  Like anything else, journaling is an ever-changing  journey.

Below are Rachel Dack’s Journal Jumps.  They are aimed to help promote self-expression and self-exploration with a splash of positivity, strength, gratitude, peace and joy.  There is no right or wrong way to use them- their purpose is up to you.  Hope you enjoy the jump into journaling!

1. Seeking Balance

2. Little Victories

3. Follow Your Bliss

4. Gratitude

5. Inner Peace

6. Tools in Your Toolbox

7. 100 Ideas for Pleasure

8. Your Admirable Person

9. The Treasure in You

10. Identify Your Triggers

11. Fear and Change

12. 2010: Gratitude and Success

13. Paint Your 2011 Canvas

14. Relationship Reflections

15. Happiness Now

16. Connections to the Earth

17. Self-care

18. Childhood Memories

19. Tuning into Abundance

20. Living Authentically