Why Everyone Should Start Journaling

Why Everyone Should Start Journaling

Journaling has become such a huge part of my life, and I invite you to explore how it might benefit yours.

When I was nine, my grandma gave me a journal with a note inscribed into the front of it prompting me to write inside of the journal. She told me that she had been journaling since my age, and at the wise age of 83, she showed me how many journals she had filled since. There were so many I could not begin to count. When I asked her how she had enough to write about in each of them, she told me that she wrote whatever came to her mind, her thoughts, her anxieties, her joys and anything else in between. Since then, I have been writing in my journals and have already filled quite a few of them myself.

When I urge my friends to write in a journal, I am almost always met with the same response: “I don’t have anything to write about.” Journals are a collection of bound empty pages there for whatever it is you want to write. It does not have to resemble a diary in which you recall events of your day by any means. You can write poetry, business ideas, or dates that are important to you. I see my journal as something that holds that particular moment in time as it was when I wrote it because I was currently experiencing the thought, idea, or feeling. Journals can be used for sketching too, something I have often done when I am too exhausted to write words in the pages.

Journaling should not be forced but should be something you want to do so that at some point later in your life, you can reflect on these entries and see how much you have grown or changed. I have found my writing to be so rewarding. There are moments in my life that I completely forgot about until rereading old entries and, for this, I am forever thankful for my diligence in writing.

For me, journaling is a way for me to process what is going on around me. When I am not turning to a friend for advice, my journal is sitting there waiting for me to vent to or plead for help even if it is an inanimate object. As I write, I am forced to process whatever the situation may be and usually end up coming to some form of conclusion on my own. I have found that this is because physically writing my thoughts and feelings makes them more concrete and allows myself to accept what is happening and be able to move forward.

I think that journaling has made me much more in tune to myself outside the opinions of others. When it is just my journal and I, there are no expectations or secrets that should be withheld. There are no judgments or people I am trying to impress. I am able to be raw and real. I encourage every person to pick up a journal and start writing, even if it starts out as just writing one word per day.

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20 Quotes to Live By

Words of wisdom for your enjoyment
  1. “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind” . – R.J. Palacio
  2. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” . – Charles R. Swindoll
  3. “ A day without laughter is a day wasted” . – Charlie Chaplin
  4. “The future depends on what we do in the present”. – Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – JFK
  6. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  7. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walter Elias Disney
  8. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.” – Unknown
  9. “A true test of character isn’t how you act on your best days, but how you act on your worst days.” – Unknown
  10. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
  11. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… you can learn from it.” – Rafiki, Lion King
  12. “ If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do,-- then you’re gonna watch—your life go by without ya.” – Laverne, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  13. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. “ – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  14. “Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.” – The Breakfast Club
  15. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump
  16. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuess
  17. “ Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
  18. “Two things define us. Our patience when we have nothing and our attitude when we have everything.” – Unknown
  19. “Sometimes in life, your situation will keep repeating itself until you learn your lesson.” – Unknown
  20. “5 by 5 rule. If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset about it.” – Unknown

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Best 10 DIY Wedding Decor Ideas

Wedding Decor Ideas

 Weddings have become a serious expense even if one hopes to have an inexpensive simple day of love and celebration …on a budget.  Food, décor, attire, photography, venue hire, retinue expenses all adds up and as one always intend to marry well and just once, savings is an imperative in an ever expensive world.

Location and décor

Wedding decorations on a budget is possible regardless of how impossible it may sound at the time. You just have to be tenacious and smart together with patient and exploratory, in advance, when considering your wedding and budget. Look at venue alternatives that can be as naturally ambient and without weather risk. Venue hires have become incredibly costly so look at garden, beach and forest options. When considering your dress, look at an emerging designer who is looking for a good break and exposure with advertising than a fancy established brand. Often, designers deliver a high grade finished dress as they aim to mostly impress. 

Natural is beautiful and innovative approaches to partners are certainly possible

Wedding decorations on a budget can extend into flowers, entertainment and even into food. If you are an exploratory person, engage the likes of emerging artists, contemporary books and expertise to make your day come alive beautifully. Natural pickings of flowers from a garden can be well planned and planted or if in season, picked from nature and sourced for the table centerpieces wedding bouquets and even hair accessories. Innovation around décor can extend into using origami paper folds into beautiful design to place on tables, suspended from the ceiling and which can even include a note or poem. Trade exchanges for food may be a bit harder but if you offer to promote free via your organization or website, discounts can apply. For a dessert menu, we all have aunts that have a recipe of a sweet treat that can be called on each to supply one for a tea table. This takes out of the budget. Home brews of lemonade can make for a soft drink instead of a purchase and the main meal, starter and wines can be a bit more “invested” into for the day. Entertainment is no different in the negotiation process. You can call on emerging musicians and photographers to capture the day for a fraction of the costs.

Presence and Presents

Try have your guests contribute towards the wedding decorations on a budget for the day as a gesture. This beats getting a gift like a toaster for a gift which you may not want. You can always communicate it as “add beauty to our beautiful day” and have a family at a table bring a flower setting for the table and / or a bottle of wine. You can give them guidelines on color and and theme and have a family arrange a flower piece as they like. Then compliment with a closing evening of what each flower bouquet from each contributor symbolized for you, the bridal couple.

Wedding decorations on a budget can be fun. Just make sure speeches and thank you are not after too much of bubbly. Have fun, you only marry once…ideally!


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