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

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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

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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10:28AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Great. More time for God then.

4:54PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

thanks for the article.

3:46AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

thanks for the article.

3:04PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

I do Morning Pages and very glad I started it.

1:13AM PST on Jan 27, 2011

Thank you!

8:31PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

Great ideas for sure, I may try it! Thanks

11:59AM PST on Jan 20, 2011

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

3:30PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

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

4:57AM PST on Dec 13, 2010

Thanks for the article.

1:17PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

I've done jounaling for many years and have always found it a good source for sorting. Sometimes the mind just doesn't have enough pigeon holes. :)

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