Journaling is a positive way to channel your creative energies and get focused on your goals. The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to start a journal. The blank page represents the boundless opportunities that await. Here are some things to consider before starting your journal in the new year.

Your Journal and Life are Works in Progress

Sometimes a journal full of blank pages can be intimidating. But writing can be very therapeutic. Journaling allows you to be self-expressive with no judgment. Writing allows you to clear your head of all the thoughts that might be clouding it.

Make one of your goals this year a commitment to be perfectly imperfect. Be yourself, flaws and all. Don’t labor over each sentence in your journal in an attempt to make it polished and worthy of a writing award. Remember that if the writing comes from inside of you, it is always the right thing to write.

One of the great and cool things about starting your journal in the new year is that you will be able to look back on it a year from now and see how much you’ve grown. If you make journaling a habit you will notice that your ability to communicate through writing improves with time.

Don’t judge your writing ability in the early stages. Don’t despair over where your life is when you start. Realize a journal and the life that inspires it, are works in progress. Just start writing and enjoy the process.

The Difference Between Being Selfish and Practicing Self-Care

Keeping a journal can also be an act of self-care. When we practice self-care, we are making an effort to be the best version of ourselves. When we become the best, we can be our ability to serve others increases. In that context, self-care is magnificently unselfish.

Taking time each day to write down your thoughts is wonderful self-care. It will help you assess feelings and emotions and help you to create the best version of yourself.

Journaling is about the journey. The journal you create this year could help you appreciate your own journey toward practicing self-care.

Over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing more posts about practicing self-care, especially in the winter time and self-love. If you don’t want to miss out on these posts, you can sign up below to get them sent straight to your inbox.

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