Chrome - Handwriting Journaling Junkie
Q: Hi! I love your blog. It's been a huge inspiration for me to start keeping a journal again. My problem is that the times I feel like journaling are my absolute lowest. Then, when I go back to read, it's all the worst. I just bought a new notebook and I think I want to start writing about my plans for the future. Those things that might never happen, but I would like them to. Do you have any tips that can help me keep from getting discouraged?

Hi! Thank you very much for your support. I really appreciate it. I’m so glad you’ve begun writing again! 

It seems like you and I are occasionally in the same boat. It’s a habit for writers like us to pick and choose our darkest times to write in our journals, but it’s only natural! Most of us are introverts and we need something to make us feel better when we don’t feel like blabbing about our problems to an actual person. We don’t like to make it all about ourselves, do we? 

I suggest that instead of writing only when you’re feeling low, that you also fill your journal in with these kinds of activities: 

  • Since you’d like to think more about your future instead of dwelling on the depressing past, make a Bucket List. Write down all the places you want to go and all the things you want to do so you’ll have a record of the things you will look forward to. Check these activities off as you go so you’ll feel more confident about your life! 

  • Write down 1-5 positive things that happened during your day. Even if it seemed gloomy, there’s always a silver lining. 

  • Make a list of 10 important things you must do each morning, so that when you get these tasks done at the end of the day, you’ll feel more accomplished. AND you’ll be closer to your future goals.

  • Organize your schedule in your planner.  Color code each even at each specific time interval with sharpies or colored pencils so that you’ll never get discouraged from what needs to be done! Use your journal as a helper to write down what you’ve completed. 

  • Write down 1 silly thing that has happened during your day. It can be something you’ve seen another person do, or it can be something you’ve done on accident that you think is absolutely hilarious. When you’re feeling low, laughter is the best medicine. 

  • Rambling. Sometimes you just need to get rid of all your negative feelings. Write down every single negative thing that pops into your head. Get it down on paper. Then, when you’re done, crumple it up and throw it away or watch that sucker burn! (This is a great stress relief technique that I myself have used from time to time.) 

Essentially, if you want to torch the sad days and replace your pages with happy memories, you must be willing to do the work.

Be productive and keep yourself busy. You need a distraction! 

Make the best of your new notebook and keep a positive outlook on life by allowing yourself to laugh at the small mishaps. Become organized and confident. Make a plan and put yourself out there! 

And remember, to treat yourself with respect.
Be good to yourself. Compliment yourself each day, no matter what. Recognize that you can do better when you make a mistake and that you’ll do even better when you try next time. Write only words of compassion and love for the person you are and the person you will become in the future. 

That’s a sure-fire way to gain more of the success and happiness you crave. Let your big plans shine through your writing. 

We all feel discouraged sometimes, but it doesn’t do us any good to stay that way for the rest of our lives. Life isn’t meant to be one big pity party. It’s supposed to be fun and exciting and intense and magical and completely crazy. And it’s also supposed to lead you to new opportunities that you won’t want to miss. 

I hope these suggestions have helped you out and I wish you all the happiness in the world. Please cheer up and keep trying! 


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