So I sat and thought a bit about what I want this space to be. It’s something I’ve felt called to do for awhile now…and I want to make sure it fits me and my mindset. So here’s the thing….this space is for anything and everything. I’m a go with the flow kind of person, and that’s how we will move forward here.
Today…I want to talk about my why.
I think it’s really important to put your thoughts down on “paper”. It’s very therapeutic and I really feel like it’s an opportunity to organize myself.
For those of us ladies of a particular era…we grew up blogging. There was no internet so it wasn’t actually called that at the time. It was your diary. A private place to jot down your thoughts and feelings, your secret crushes and the girls at school that pissed you off. A place to write down your darkest thoughts and wildest crazy dreams and goals. It had a little tiny lock and chances are, either your younger siblings or parents cracked into at some point and shut you down.
When I was a teenager, I got in major shit for the things in my diary and I got shut right the eff down. So…I stopped. And I think this is true for many of us.
Fast forward to a few years ago. A major loss in my life and I didn’t know how to handle it. I am one of the very fortunate people that have access to benefits at work. I was incapable of physically speaking of my loss at first. I could NOT get words out to talk about it with anyone other than Mike and Kristina. I knew from past experience I needed help with this because the way I handled my dad’s loss was not healthy. So I reached out to my EAP and chose email counselling. The first instruction was to treat this as a diary that talked back and asked questions. So, I did just that. I spent time getting a lot of my fears and emotions out by email. It helped me so incredibly much that I can’t recommend it enough. When it was “complete”, I moved on to peer counselling but still felt I needed a private outlet.
That led to journalling. And I’m finding as I talk about this to other people that nowadays, alot of people journal. It’s the new dear diary. Writing in my journal is very therapeutic. Sometimes I write to myself, sometimes to Kayla or my dad, other times to nobody in particular. I look back at some of the entries and am shocked at how bad of a place I was in. I partially credit the journalling with where I am in my mindset today.
Which leads us here. I am choosing to blog as a creative and therapeutic outlet. This will be a space where I share personal thoughts and feelings but also tips and tricks to get into that healthy mindset and whatever the hell else I feel called to talk about that day.
So that’s the why and what for the blog. My question to you is:
Do you journal? If so, why? If not, why not?
I’m interested to see your thoughts!
Til next time.