157: How (and Why) to Journal, Even If You’re Not a Journaler! // Kim Christenson of Promptly Journals
It is no secret that I love to journal. If you are part of the 3 in 30 community on Instagram, then you might have seen a photo I posted recently of me with a tower of storage bins stacked almost as tall as I am...and every single one of them is filled with journals! Which is one of the many reasons I thought it would be good to do a podcast on how to journal.
When we moved a few years ago, the friends who came to help us were so confused as they carried in boxes. “Ummm here’s another box that is labeled ‘Rachel’s Journals!’”
So I may have a bit of a journaling problem, but that is because it has been so helpful to me throughout my life to process my emotions and experiences. I have to admit, though, ever since becoming a mom, I have struggled to consistently make time to journal, even though I know how powerful it is. I just have very little alone time, and when I do, it feels too hard to try to put my pen to paper and make something coherent come out.
On today’s episode, I am going to be interviewing someone who is possibly even more excited about journaling than I am (which is saying something), and she is going to give us lots of tips for how we can make journaling a part of our lives and why it is worth the effort.
Kim Christenson is the co-founder of Loom Journals and Chief Product Officer at Promptly Journals, Loom's new home. She is a lifelong writer, journaler, and book lover, and she shares book recommendations for kids and adults, as well as articles on motherhood and mindfulness, on her blog, Talk Wordy to Me. On top of all of that, Kim is a mother of three and a personal friend of mine. I can’t wait for you to learn from her!
THREE TAKEAWAYS FOR WHY AND HOW TO JOURNAL
1. Write what you feel. Let go of the need to document all the events or have perfect spelling and grammar, and just free-write everything that's in your mind and heart.
2. Try Gratitude Journaling. This has been scientifically proven to improve mental AND physical health.
3. Start today. Don’t overthink it, and don’t feel like you have to go back in time and document all of the memories you’ve missed. Just start with today and move forward.
Quote fromSpencer W Kimball: “Your journal is your autobiography, so it should be kept carefully. You are unique, and there may be incidents in your experience that are more noble and praiseworthy in their way than those recorded in any other life. There may be a flash of illumination here and a story of faithfulness there; you should truthfully record your real self and not what other people may see in you. What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved?...Get a notebook, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today.”
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