I started this blog because I wanted a way to document my life as I travel around the globe. I also wanted to improve my writing skills since I haven’t focused on writing ever since I graduated from the University of Georgia back in 2012. After that, I worked as a pastry chef so writing essays and philosophical arguments didn’t happen.
I committed to posting on this blog after a journaling experiment. When I lived in Glasgow, a friend of a friend recommended I started journaling non-stop for 30 minutes to an hour every morning. She advised me to do this straight away, the second I wake up, as a way to jump-start my creative processes for the day. The intent of this type of journaling was to boost creativity since I’d be writing in a continuous flow, never stopping, simply writing and writing anything and everything that came to mind.
I tried this for a few weeks, journaling most mornings for at least 30 minutes. It was difficult to get used to this routine at first, but I soon realised the benefits to writing every morning. I would write about my dreams, my goals for the day, and anything that was stressing me out at the time. I found that writing about these things every morning forced me to confront my feelings and helped me better understand how and why I was feeling a certain way.
I felt like I was better able to express myself, since putting my thoughts and emotions into words takes time, as opposed to just feeling angry or stressed in the heat of the moment.
Writing helps sort out your emotions.
This is my favourite benefit from writing. If you are going through a difficult time in your life, jotting down all your emotions into a notebook or laptop is an excellent way to get your feelings out there. If you are stressed about something, writing about it forces you to examine the precise reason why you’re stressed out.
What’s the cause? What led you to this situation? Are your feelings justified? Can you adequately explain why you feel a certain way?
After writing about how you feel, you might realise you put yourself in that situation, or that the situation isn’t as bad as you first thought. Perhaps you’ll find your feelings are unreasonable, your frustration over-exaggerated, or your anger misplaced.
Writing makes you a better communicator.
Regular writing inevitably leads to better communication skills because it forces you to organise your thoughts in a clear, coherent way. Being able to express yourself to your friends, family, and lover precisely the way you intend is critical in every situation. How else will others know how you feel? You must be able to verbalise exactly what you mean.
Writing documents your journey.
Whether it’s a personal journey or an actual journey around the world, I recommend you start writing. Everyone is on a personal journey of growth and self-discovery. Imagine looking back on your journal or blog in a year or even after a few months. This is a great way to see how far you’ve come.
I reflect on things I’ve written from years ago (elsewhere, not on this blog) and am amazed at how much I’ve grown. If you’re like me, you’ll look back on your former journals and realise the things that seemed so terrible at the time weren’t so terrible at all. You’ll be reminded that you survived those moments and persevered to get to where you are today. You’ll feel empowered to work through any difficulties in the future because you’ll know you can endure them. This is why documenting your life through writing and reflecting on it helps you grow.
Writing can help you achieve your goals.
This empowerment from writing and reflecting will help you achieve your goals. Write about your goals and aspirations every day. You’ll have documentation of when you first set a goal, and every single day that follows. And every day that passes where you haven’t achieved your goal, you’re forced to explain to yourself why this is the case. This always motivates me to act. By committing my goals in writing, I’m forcing myself to confront my progress or lack thereof.
What are your goals? Have you been taking real steps to achieve them? What’s the true reason for your lack of progress? If you are unhappy in your life, why? Are you the only person holding yourself back?
These are some of the questions you won’t be able to avoid if you make writing a priority.
So how can you start?
Simply start writing. Buy a notebook and write with a pen, or type into your laptop or computer. While typing is faster, I still recommend keeping a notebook with you at all times because you never know when you’ll be inspired to jot something down.
Your journal or blog doesn’t need to be public. However, one benefit to having an audience is that others can learn from your story and provide insight and support if they have similar experiences. You can always blog anonymously, as well. Ultimately, you decide how much of your life you wish to share with others.
Commit to writing every day. You can set a time limit, like 30 minutes each day, or choose daily topics. It will be difficult to get into the swing of things when you first start writing but believe me, it will get easier the more you do it! I’ve been posting on this blog for six months now. When I first started, I struggled to find interesting topics to write about every day but now I always have a few topics in mind.
Write about whatever interests you. Write about your hopes and dreams, your stresses and the troubles you face. If you find yourself focusing on negative emotions as you write, try to make a conscious effort to focus on the positive. If you keep this up, you may find this completely changes your outlook on the difficulties your face and your life in general.
How often do you sit down and write at length?
Do you enjoy writing? Why or why not?