I Keep a Personal Journal
Life Story

5 Reasons I Keep a Personal Journal

I keep a personal journal to…

  1. I keep a personal journal to remember. By writing down my experiences, it helps me remember them more clearly. I want to remember the little details I might otherwise forget. Additionally, I include my thoughts and how I felt at the time. I want to remember those happy joyful moments during the hard times. Also, I write about those harder experiences too, because, while they are often painful, I learn so much from them.
  2. Writing in my personal journal helps me see my challenges more clearly, so I am better able to work through them or deal with them. Writing the situation down helps me to see it from a different perspective, from a more distant perspective. I can better see the situation for itself, rather than my more instant reaction to the situation. To read more about how writing through challenges has benefited me CLICK HERE.
  3. I keep a personal journal to clear my mind. Sometimes my mind feels cluttered with thoughts: lists of things that I need or would like to do, also concerns or worries I currently have. Often, just the act of writing down what’s on my mind helps me to clear my mind. It renews a feeling of peace and helps me to let go of items that really don’t matter so much.
  4. Through keeping a personal journal, I can look back at my own life. I can see ways that I have changed. Also, I can more easily recognize patterns in my actions or thoughts. Looking back, I can see how I got from one point to another. Additionally, I better recognize how challenges I’ve experienced have helped me in my life.
  5. I keep a personal journal with the hopes that it will be of value to others, including my posterity. I write for me in the moment that I’m writing. My journals are kept private, other than select entrees that I don’t mind sharing; however, I do have my personal journals as a reference. I can read about how I felt as a child, teenager, or during milestones. There are experiences I can share with my children that do relate to them or a situation they’re facing. Also, I’ve been able to share experiences I had recorded with others, that I might have otherwise not recalled so clearly. Opportunities present themselves. I write my beliefs and my faith down as well. I do try to share that with my family outside of my personal journal; however, there is something more lasting about having it written down. To read more about how I share my journal with loved ones CLICK HERE.

 

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4 Comments

  • Jane

    Thanks Meagan. I am so glad that you have started this blog. I am terrible at keeping a journal. I start and then stop and then I start again. I am determined to keep going. I appreciate being able to come to your blog and get ideas and suggestions to keep me going. Baby steps right?

  • Jaelle E Kaylor

    This is so awesome!!! I’ve never heard of anyone else who has kept a journal their entire life!! My mom started a journal for me the day she found out she was pregnant- i begged to take over when i turned 8- i told her that if i was old enough to be baptized i was old enough to write in my journal! I ended up getting the best birthday present ever that year- my very first personal journal . Its a Beezus and Ramona journal- another huge favorite of mine lol!! I’ve got journals from the day my mom found out she was pregnant with me up until…well today lol. I just turned 40 in April! There is one year missing – i threw it away in a fit of teenage angst lol. I have a creepy detailed memory tho so no worries- i remember what happened lol. I have been prompted the past couple of years to begin taking my journals and organizing them online- basically writing my life story- and it’s pretty full of “adventure” lol. I thought that it was probably so my posterity would be able to read about how i overcame trial after trial after trauma etc etc- bht i keep getting this little spark of a feeling that maybe heavenly father wants more. So- i got a website and domain name- set up my Instagram and then covid hit. It’s been a really really difficult 12 plus months for me personally- biut thank goodness for my journal! My therapy my friend! I absolutely 100 percent agree with every word you wrote about why you journal- same girl same!! A couple of nights ago i felt strongly that it was time for me to start focusing again on the steps that heavenly father ( or God or higher power etc… whatever you believe in ) has kind of “placed” in my heart- to prepare me to begin to share some little stories here and there on my little puny Instagram Haha @riseupshinebe if you click on the picture with the bright yellow chair- that’s all of my journals! And basically continue to organize very slowly my life story onto a private blog for now but eventually ive got big humongous dreams for .y little generic ugly blank website lol!! Im just so excited to read your entire blog now lol! I think we are going to be great friends! have a happy week!! – jl ( its spelled jaelle – pretty sure my mom was on drugs still from the Csection i had a completely different name for entire pregnancy up until that moment ‍♀️‍♀️ it’s awful no one can ptonouncr it- its literally two letters: J.L. ok i need to go to bed im thinking that im pretty darn hilarious right now so that’s usually my cue to go to bed ) nice “meeting ” you!! ❤

    • Meagan Campbell

      Jaelle,
      Nice to “meet” you too. Thank you for the kind comments. That is awesome to hear that you are a fellow lifetime journal keeper and that you share the same reasons I do for keeping a journal. I enjoyed reading about your background, what you are working on, and your inspiration. Thanks for sharing. I like your collection of journals. Good luck working on your life story. From my own experience assembling my life history (no, I’m not close to finished) that is a huge, but worthwhile project.

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