Julie loved her life. She had a supportive husband and three kids. She lived in her childhood home that she and her husband were slowly renovating. She was active in her community and felt connected to a large network of friends.
But Julie wasn’t happy with her job. She worked in the administrative office of a local college. It came with good benefits and a generous vacation package. Still, Julie wished she had a more fulfilling career with the opportunity to set her own hours. She just didn’t know what that job might look like.
Journal for Personal Growth
When she finally voiced this thought, Julie’s mother suggested she begin journaling daily. At first, Julie struggled to journal. Then she began to describe her unhappiness with her career. She journalled about the jobs she’d worked over the years, describing which tasks had made her happy and which she avoided.
The more she wrote, the more she discovered she wanted a creative career. She began taking artistic classes at the college where she worked. She tried several different classes before she discovered photography. Within a few weeks, Julie knew she’d found the new career path she wanted to pursue—becoming a freelance photographer.
Journal for Self-Discovery
Journaling can improve your life in so many ways. But one of the most important benefits is that it helps you discover yourself. You learn more about what you like and what you don’t. You begin to understand how you’re wired and what you want to create more of in the world.
But that’s not the only thing that journaling is good for. It can also help you set new and exciting goals. Maybe, like Julie, you’re stuck in a rut and wondering what the next step is. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and want to get clarity before you make your next move.
I started journaling as a way of keeping my thoughts together. It’s been so helpful to go back and discover what made me happy or sad on a particular day and to realize how far I’ve come.
Journal to Brainstorm Solutions
You may already be clear on what you want to create more of in the world. You may already know your goals. But you’ve encountered obstacles when you’ve tried to pursue what you want or you’ve faced a significant setback.
Journaling can still be helpful for you. Often, writing out what you’re experiencing can lead to new breakthroughs that you hadn’t considered before. This is because journalling encourages you to see your situation in a new light.
Use journaling to chart a different course, adjust your sails, or lean into a new adventure. You just might discover something new about yourself or the world around you!