My Life Map: Learning to Journal Again (review)

From junior high right up through my early twenties, I faithfully kept a journal. I can trace the highs and lows and in-betweens of my past by the words I poured out on pages. There were times when I might fill fifteen or twenty pages in a single sitting, often while tears poured from my eyes.

 

There’s a flower pressed in one that my now-husband picked for me while I nervously waited outside the center where I sought help for my eating disorder.

 

Those memories, those emotions are real.  And those journals? Helped me sort through some really tough… stuff, let’s say.

 

I don’t keep a regular journal anymore. I could come up with lots of excuses for that, but the honest one is the same one that applies any time we don’t do something (e.g. read, exercise, etc.)– I don’t MAKE the time for it.

 

The My Life Map campaign through BlogHer’s book club forced my hand. I found some time. I put pen to paper and got back in my groove.

 

Truth? I’m more of a free-writer. I crave empty pages and vast spaces to fill with my every random thought and doodle. But this journal isn’t designed for that purpose– it is “a journal to help you shape your future.”

 

As such, you’re expected to follow some guidelines and think in a more linear fashion.

Did I like it? Yes. 

 

Honestly, I just enjoyed getting back in the habit of WRITING rather than TYPING. I love to blog– and I love to blog publicly– but there’s something lovely about hand-writing words that are only for you. Even though I kind of wanted to depart in my thoughts, it was a good exercise for me to focus on working something out, right there on paper.

 

I may just have to put that lovely Dayspring journal into regular use… :)

 

How about you? Do you keep a journal? Did you ever?

 

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2 comments to My Life Map: Learning to Journal Again (review)

  • I’m glad this got your journaling juices back! As co-author of My Life Map, I’m all about the journal as a tool for communication and reflection. We’ve created a number of journals for people to write their life stories and love stories, tell their sweetie how much they’re appreciated, and now – with My Life Map – to do some life planning. And yes, handwritten is special. More intimate. More journals at http://www.marshallbooks.net

  • I’m glad this got your journaling juices back! As co-author of My Life Map, I’m all about the journal as a tool for communication and reflection. We’ve created a number of journals for people to write their life stories and love stories, tell their sweetie how much they’re appreciated, and now – with My Life Map – to do some life planning. And yes, handwritten is special. More intimate.

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