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4 Reasons to Start Journal Writing

I started journal writing consistently in 2012 and was practicing it sparingly before that. It has become a part of my nightly ritual and a great way to put my life into perspective. From my experience, I have come to see how beneficial (and fun) it can really be and now, I recommend this practice to everyone!

It can be hard to get into the habit but after awhile, it becomes something you naturally want to do. Not to mention, the gratification of completing a notebook will definitely get you scribbling! There are many reasons why you should start journal writing, but here are my top 4!

4 Reasons to Start Journal Writing

Express your feelings

You would be surprised how satisfying it is to write out your thoughts and feelings! Journal writing can help you get through your inner struggles without the fear of offending anyone or having anyone else hear about it. You’re letting it out without really letting it out.


Writing in a journal for a long time will give you a great sense of how the course of your life is going. You may only remember so much but the journal has all the details! Reading back what you wrote months or even years ago will give you an awesome look as to where your mind was at different times and how much you have grown. It puts everything into perspective.

Setting goals

Speaking of putting things into perspective, journal writing is a great way to document your goals, whether they are short or long term. Writing them down will assist in holding yourself accountable for reaching them. Not to mention, looking back sometime later is a great way to see how far you’ve come! Most of the time, I reach goals and don’t even realize it until I look back at a previous goal list.

Having trouble holding yourself accountable? Read more about my strategy for setting and obtaining goals

Keep your brain sharp

It’s been proven that frequent reading and writing does wonders for the brain. Journal writing will not only help to keep your brain sharp but your vocabulary and penmanship too!


Need some more motivation? Head to TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Home Goods, or Target for a great selection of beautiful and inexpensive journals. Having something pretty to write in makes the practice even more fun!

And if you’re really having trouble getting into the groove of journal writing, then try out my 4-Week Journaling Challenge! It’s super fun and guaranteed to turn you into a full-on journalista. 🙂

Journaling Zero-to-Hero Challenge

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4 Reasons to Start Journal Writing

Have you ever journaled before? What stopped you from keeping with it? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Seersucker Sass

    I agree with all of this! I made it a goal to journal more in 2016, and it’s amazing how much better I feel after doing so. I also really enjoy looking back on older journals to reflect on personal growth or to seek inspiration.

    March 21, 2016 at 11:53 am
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