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By September 15, 2015 ,

Since I penned the post "Why I Write," I've seemed to have come to a better understanding of my actions, and I am more resolved to jot down my ideas and random thoughts. So, for the first time in years, I am keeping a journal!

I'm one week into journaling and I've realised that:

1. A journal is a good place to vent your frustration and sadness. In the process, you'll be able to get clarity about the issue that makes you frustrated/angry/disappointed/sad. It's a good way to get rid of the negative feelings, and work towards rectifying the situation.

2. A journal is great for recording ideas and dreams. In fact, my journal has inspired me to blog more. I'm clearer than ever on what I want out of my blog, all because everything is recorded. It motivates me to put my words into actions. Since my journal is on my night stand, it has become a habit of mine to record some of my more bizarre dreams on my journal. When I looked back, the central theme of some of my dreams can definitely be workshopped into a short fiction piece.

3. A journal is a wonderful self-improvement tool. I've find that I strive more to be a better person to others and myself since I started keeping a journal. For example, I promised my sister that I would bake her a cake next time I visit. Usually I would forget about it. But somehow I didn't want to disappoint her this time and I baked her the cake she wanted. She was overjoyed, and that made me happy too.

4. A journal has given me more control of my future. Since this is a 365 day project, I've envisioned my goal and what I hoped to pen on the very last entry. Although nothing is certain in this world, I've started getting a clear vision of the steps I can take to get to where I want to be.

5. A journal encourages me to think beyond the obvious. I am determined to not leave any pages blank in my journal, so it has prompted me to stop and think about the little things in life, for materials to write in my journal. In the process, I'm more grateful for everything.

Does Steve knows I have a journal? Yes. I have nothing to hide from him. Sure, some posts may be girly, but they are not things that I would purposely kept hidden from him. I don't shove my journal in his face and force him to read through my scrawls and charts or what-not, but if he ever feels the need to discover something more, he can trawl though the pages and decipher my terrible handwriting!

But seriously, if you are cheating on your spouse or if you have done something terrible, please see a therapist or someone about it, instead of writing it down and hurt your spouse or your loved ones that way. It's a horrible way to find out that you've been betrayed.

On a more positive note, Kikki.K has a wonderful variety of journals and it will definitely appeal to the stationery lovers. I think journaling is a hobby that I will keep for a long time. I've found much joy in it, and I hope you will too.

“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.” – Will Self

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