Since I was a little girl I have always heard that you should keep a journal and for the most part I did. But with time and life getting busy I found it hard to open up a journal and actually write about my day. I needed more space between writings to actually have something to write about. Then I started understanding the wonderful purpose behind a journal.
Hearing about my Grandparents and Great Grandparents and what they were like, the adventures they had, the life they lived through journals, pictures, voice recordings and video let me have a glimpse into their lives and drew me closer to them.
I now keep a family journal with a blog. An easy way to share with family and friends about the comings and going of my life but the real reason is for my children. I do it for them. So when they are older they have something to look back on, that their children can see what their grandparnets were like. Life is so precious and short in some ways that if I was to leave this world tomorrow then I would want to have something to give them and that would be my journal.
I also write to remember the tender mercies from my Heavenly Father. There are countless times in my life, whether they be big or small, where I have felt like the Lord was lifting me up, protected me in some way, blessed me with a small miracle or brought me the beautiful gift of being a mother. When I am struggling with whatever any of us struggles with, I can look back at the times where my life has been blessed, where I was happy or I got the help I needed. When you look back during dark times at ways that can help you through those trials then you will be lifted again through that trial you are going through.
Here are some fun ways to keep a journal that may fit your lifestyle.....
Keeping a written Journal
Writing down about the happenings in your life can be really rewarding in the future. If I like the look of the journal I tend to use it more. If you like to sketch then make drawings or doodles in your journal as well to help remember a story or a place you visited. This is a great way to keep a history for yourself.
If we take the time everyday to write something we are grateful for, that happened that day, our lives will be much happier. A Gratitude Journal helps us focus on the positive and it helps to lift the burdens that we may have.
"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." ~Frederick Keonig
Start a Blog
A blog is a really great way to share with your family, friends or even the world about your life and the journey your on. Print out your entry's and put them in a book or binder so that you can always have access to the Journal you are keeping on line.
A letter and a gift
This also could be for yourself too. If you look ahead and say, 'I am going to write a letter to myself and open it on my Birthday or when I accomplish my goal'. This could be a fun way to reward yourself for accomplishing a goal by putting money or something of value in the envelope to help motivate you towards your goals.
I remember writing a letter to myself of the qualities I wanted in the guy I married when I turned 16. I used that as a guide while I dated and tried to become as many of those things on my list too. Then when I found the person I wanted to marry I looked at my check list to see if he was aligned with the kind of man I had always wanted to have......Oh, he was and so much more.
Keep your letters to look back on to see where you have been and where you are at now.
A video Journal
Do you like being on camera? Create a video log and interview either a child, a parent, a sibling or yourself. This is a good way to capture what you looked like, what fashions were in, your voice for posterity, your mannerisms, and an easier way to keep a journal. Even voice recordings on tape are a great way to keep a log about your life.
New chapters in our lives happen all the time. A good way to mark that time is taking a picture of yourself and writing down things that you liked to do at the time in your life. This could be a new job, graduation, each year on the first day and last day of School, becoming a parent, becoming a grandparent, after a loss or moving to a new place. Life happens and there are so many chapters that come and go and we all change during those times and it is fun to see where we were at what we liked and how we lived. Questions you could ask yourself could be; Favorite thing to do, favorite food, favorite outfit, what your political views are, who you voted for and why, etc. Have fun with it and keep it in a binder so that you can look back and see how you have changed. Do you like what you see?
A Year of Memories
Have you ever tried looking back on your year and think... 'What happened this year?' You could start this jar anytime and for one year stick notes of note worthy things in it like; That thing that made you laugh so hard, miracles or tender mercies from God, a service that was done to you, service you did to someone else, Something that broke your heart or things that made you want to be a better person. The list is endless. Then you can look back after a year and see all the things that happened to you. Then you can put them in clear protective sheets and stick them in a binder....viola, a journal.
A Postcard Calendar Journal
I really like this idea. You have 365 cards in a box with each card representing a day of the year. You can have each month separated by a photograph, postcard of places you have traveled to or anything else your imagination comes up with. You then can write down a year as your heading for that line. Then write down something special that happened on that day in a few words. Now you have something simple that helps to remind you of certain stories that you can look back on.
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