The last few years have been pivotal for me, and I wish I had journaled more consistently back when everything began to change. At the beginning of 2016, after a particularly challenging year, I finally began to journal here and there. But much was missed in the gaps: opportunities to better understand myself and my journey, opportunities to develop good habits and a stronger focus, opportunities to inspire and empower my creative self.
This past year, I have been more committed to my journaling practice—though, certainly not perfect—and I feel grateful for both the process and the stories and curiosities within. The words of our past selves are insightful. They serve as a reminder of memories and emotions forgotten, of challenges overcome and efforts realized, of dreams and intentions changed or still yearning for a chance to become something.
When we put pen to paper, we release an inner wisdom that I believe is essential to our growth and depth in life. By doing this daily, we provide ourselves with a space to express our personal visions, to hold ourselves accountable to their necessary goals, and to celebrate the baby steps and milestones along the way.
This is precisely how I intend to focus my journaling practice in 2018, because for too many years I have dreamt without truly doing the work. Mostly out of fear, but also by way of distraction. There is always something easier or seemingly more pressing to do, but the result is always the same: a feeling of failure and disappointment.
My mother used to tell me growing up, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” This coming year feels like a good one to do something different.
While I will surely have more than one intention for the year, my primary and focused intention will be to invest in my creative vision—even in the tiniest of ways and without the expectation of perfection (that last bit is big for me). There are still details to be sorted as to how this will come to be, but daily journaling will undoubtedly be the space in which I keep myself motivated.
As I prepare, I will be reflecting on the following resources:
- Your Year in Review: 50 Questions by Anuschka Rees
- A Simple Guide to Setting and Achieving Your Life Goals by Leo Babauta
- How to Conduct Your Own Annual Review by Chris Guillebeau
- The Ultimate Guide to Motivation: How to Achieve Any Goal by Leo Babauta
What is your primary intention for the coming year?