People journal for a myriad reasons. Teachers encourage students to journal about their learning. Counsellors suggest tracing memories and thoughts in writing. Travelers record sights and impressions on the road. Writers and other creatives journal ideas or reflect on the progress of a project.
Some days I write to get a load off my mind or to unclutter my thoughts. I might plan a trip or a project or make a list of things I have to do or am grateful for.
Joan Didion said that she writes "entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
Quite often I surprise myself with what I discover about my thoughts and feelings with my pen and paper.
In this blog I want to explore the reasons we journal, and why you might want to start or persevere in a journal writing habit.