It has taken me many years to find this balance, to understand the power of journaling and its ability to transform, inspire and manifest. For a long time, I thought my journal had to be perfect and if I didn't write everyday, I wasn't being a 'good' journal keeper. I was pressuring myself, to keep up, make it beautiful, to not leave empty pages or make mistakes. And the more I did this, the less I felt like writing. Then my life changed forever.. and I couldn't write at all. I didn't know where to begin or how to find the words and it was in those moments of grappling with life and rediscovering who I was that I realised I had to let go of what I thought a journal should be and instead create for myself a safe place, a creative nest to curl up into a feel at home.
This is the power of journaling. When you allow yourself to strip back expectations and open your soul, a simple little notebook can become a true heart space, where you are free to explore and rediscover your soul's purpose.
For me, my journal is a truly sacred space. A space that is all mine. One that needs to be nurtured, treated kindly and taken on adventures. One that feels totally safe, a true happy place. And like creating a home, this takes time and patience, which I find is all part of the journey. Since I've let go of those expectations to write daily, to put dates on my pages or even write in page order, I've found I'm so much more free to play and explore ideas. I'm also happy to take time away and come back to those pages like an old friend, beginning right where I left off. And with this freedom I find an energetic vortex flows, allowing for creative abundance and a slipstream to the manifesting of dreams.
Over the years journaling has become a significant part of my life and it's something I'd like to share more about in this blogging space next year. So if there is anything in particular you'd like to know or learn more about, please feel free to leave a comment or email me.