Pour it All Out on Paper

by Lorne Holden Anne Frank. Mark Twain. Lewis Carroll. Stevie Nicks.

What do all these remarkable people have in common? They kept a diary. They wrote down what mattered to them and ultimately their thoughts have come to matter to us. Where would we be without the words of the incredible Anne Frank to help personalize a difficult chapter in human history?

Anne Franks

You may not want thousands of people reading your innermost thoughts in the years to come, but there are many reasons to keep a journal now. Here's a few to get your brain tingling:

Keeping a journal is a great way to harness your creativity. If you write in a way that is completely stream of consciousness, you may find yourself in a new place with new ideas that you never even knew you had. Writing can also be a tremendous cathartic release. You can say all those things to your journal that you might not want to say to the people in your life. This way, your journal can become a way to hear your truest thoughts and then get your balance before you approach other in sticky situations.

Journal writing can boost your self-esteem. Not only does the act of writing feel good, but it allows you to reflect on events in a safe environment where you can process things without fear of judgement. There is so much data about the benefits of journaling that psychologists and counselors often encourage people to write, write, write.

person writing journal

Writing daily is a great way to document both disappointments and successes in a way that can invite balance and reflection at a later date. There are many glorious paper journals (see Becca Strouts great selection below) in which to pour your heart into. I personally am a fan of the hand written as I revealed in my last post, because you not only have a record of your thoughts but those thoughts are recorded in the way only you can record them, however, if you like the idea of working with a device there are some wonderful journaling Apps, such as Day One.

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Ultimately, journaling is a record of who you are right now. It's a private conversation between you and you and in our increasingly distracting and noisy world, the importance of this couldn't be more....well....important. Ultimately, you'll be able to read back and see how who you are now is the result of who you have been, where you have been and what has happened in the years prior. If you don't have a journal already, ask for one for the holidays and then pull out that pen. Chart that dream. Register that hope. Process that heartbreak. It's all a great way to stay connected to yourself and alive to the flow of your life.

Lorne Holden is an artist and author of the bestselling book "MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day/The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done."  Check out her website for news of her amazing program "LifeBloom" - a three week adventure in making things happen. She likes to jot down her thoughts in .....yes, ten minutes a day.