The 1 Week Challenge is where I challenge you to find something you are passionate about – besides those darling children! This week, I challenge you to pick up a notebook and start the therapeutic process of keeping a journal.
When I was a teen, I had a little black book. No, not that kind of black book. Clean up your mind.
No, this little black book was a small spiral bound notebook with jet black pages and a spider web across the front. Within these pages were all my whiny, angsty, teeny thoughts. How my parents were ruining my life, my crush didn’t know who I was (because he was in a movie – duh), and my little brother wouldn’t leave me alone. Anytime I felt like I needed to scream, slam things, and cry my eyes out, I locked myself in my walk-in wardrobe, grabbed my black book and scribbled my thoughts down until I felt better.
And I did feel better.
There is something to be said for keeping a journal. It really is as therapeutic as people say. So, your challenge is to start a journal and write in it every day for 1 week.
Here’s how to get started:
Dedicate some time to journal
Sounds obvious, but if you tell yourself “I’ll do it at some point today”, it won’t get done. Dedicate some time each day that is your sacred journal time. This time may differ each day – during the week it might be before the kids wake up. But maybe you want to sleep in on Saturday and your kids will be at the grandparent’s for an hour – there’s your journal time.
Set a time for each day; any time from 10 minutes to half an hour is perfect. Although, if creativity grips you and you write pages and pages – embrace it!
Find your perfect journal
Ok, perfect might be a bit of a stretch, but your journal should make you excited to write when you hold it. Maybe a simple composition book works for you, or maybe you can’t resist the pretty notebooks in Paperchase – either way, find the book that works for you.
Personally, I love the feel of a leather traveller’s notebook (Stori Dori is my go-to!). I’m currently using one gifted to me by my dad!
Make it pretty – or not
All you have to do is type ‘journal‘ into Pinterest or Instagram and you become bombarded with stickers, fancy lettering, and cutesy little sketches. Now, maybe this format gets your creative juices flowing and you could spend hours scrolling through the images, double-tapping until your heart’s content.
Or maybe you just need a piece of paper and a pen. There’s something enticing about simple, minimalistic journalling.
I slipped into the artsy side of keeping a journal a few years ago and I loved it; it especially helps me when I just need to switch off and be creative. But, other times I have too much on my mind, too much to say. Grabbing a biro with the end chewed off and scribbling my problem down is the best way to work through any major issues I have, and I certainly feel better after it.
So, journal however you feel comfortable. The aim is to get your thoughts out of your head so they aren’t running repeatedly through your mind and stressing you out. How you put those thoughts to paper is completely up to you.
Let go and be free
I’ve saved the most important point until last. BE FREE.
This is your journal, and unless you choose otherwise, no one is going to lay eyes on it but you. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t poetic, words are spelt incorrectly, or the first half makes zero sense. The point is to write and write and write. Even if you’re not sure what to write about, write the thoughts in your head as they come. Here’s a sample from a journal entry I wrote when I literally felt like I had nothing to write:
I don’t know what to write. I’m sat here writing in a journal with literally nothing to say. What’s the point? Maybe I should just give up and try later. Ugh, I can hear the kids waking up. Typical. As soon as I start doing something for myself their radar goes off and they descend! I’m so exhausted I can’t be bothered doing anything right now never mind making breakfast. Ok, deep breath and get it done. Maybe once I give them porridge I can write some more whilst they eat?
See? Worthless drivel for most of it. I started to get stressed when I heard the kids were awake so early, but as I wrote through the thought process, I felt better, more positive, and I had a plan – throw food at the kids and they’ll leave me alone! Without my journal I probably would have sat sulking and moaning in my head for ages before reluctantly dragging myself out of bed, filled with resentment. A journal-win, if you ask me.
Show me those journals!
If you try this challenge, I’d love to see how you get on! Tag @ourdailywonders on Instagram and show me your journals!