10 Reasons To Start Writing In A Journal and 10 DIY Journals

Recently, I had a chance to peek into the journals of friend, composer, author, and master traveler, Margaret De Wys. Margaret has made traveling a seductive art form and her journals inspired the book, Black Smoke: A Woman’s Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation. Margaret is game for just about anything, and she keeps track of her escapades by journaling. Some write journals knowing they will be published, like Margaret does. But, most people journal for themselves.

Journaling (or keeping letters or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Prominent people throughout history have kept journals. Presidents have maintained them for posterity; other famous figures for their own purposes. Oscar Wilde, 19th century playwright, said: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”

10 reasons to make journaling a daily habit:

1. sharpens writing skills
2. can help heal emotional experiences
3. helps keep track of ideas
4. writing is relaxing and it relieves stress
5. journals have unconditional acceptance
6. keep a document record
7. learn to reflect about yourself
8. to feel in control
9. for a creative outlet
10. to document travel or an event

Next: 10 DIY Journals

10 DIY Journals

1. Photo Journal
2. Postcard Journal
3. Home Project Journal
4. Fabric Mini-Journal
5. Travel Journal
6. Cereal Box Journal
7. Hardbound Journal
8. Hand Sewn Journal
9. Book Bind a Journal
10. Hand Stamped Journal

Do you journal? Whether creating a journal is the culmination of a globe-trotting trip to save the world (as Dave has done in Haiti) or a place to store the ramblings of the day, making an all-accepting journal will fuel the body, mind and spirit.

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Helen F.
Helen F.5 months ago

I'd like to say that writing is one of those skills every kid has to develop and practice all the time. Students have to write papers so they can learn the art and craft of writing and learn about themselves as students and human beings. But quality paper writing is definetely the hardest college assignment every student has to do, as he has to be a master of excellent writing skills, know reliable recourses for graduate level essay writing and has to write a paper before deadline. Well, students solve this issue in different ways. Some kids resort to Dissertation Writing Laboratory for grads and professional writers and some of them work day and nights on paper composing.

William Ford
William Ford3 years ago

Great. More time for God then.

jayasri amma
jayasri amma3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Siti Rohana
Siti R.3 years ago

thanks for the article.

ruth a.
ruth a.4 years ago

I do Morning Pages and very glad I started it.

Sharon Richardson

Thank you!

Genoveva Martinez
Genoveva M G.4 years ago

Great ideas for sure, I may try it! Thanks

Susan Pernot
Susan Pernot4 years ago

Great idea. What a way to look back and see how ones ideas have changed or how much one has grown.

Emma Frandsen
Past Member 4 years ago

Every day I write at least 5 things in my journal that I am thankful for. I recommend that everyone try it--it does wonders for your mood and attitude :) I always feel more positive

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.