Eliminate the distractions and just make the time, as best you can.
Journaling and solitude can open the wave of clarity.
After moving from Louisiana to California some years ago, my life expanded and began to blossom without me consciously even knowing.
The knowledge and growth I’ve obtained here, in this ever-changing city (Los Angeles) within a magical state (California), is bountiful — and one particular habit I’ve anchored to who I am that has helped me through it all is journaling.
I’m constantly surrounded by the hustle mentality. The city vibrates with such high energy and creativity that it’s hard to not get caught up in it all — to just want to keep going and going, a foot on the pedal over 100 mph.
Putting down roots here, and while on my continuous journey of expansion, I’m often reminded that I need to take some time to myself — some solitude.
I’ve found the best way for me to truly gain all that solitude has to offer, is to go out on the road — maybe even go camping. A night under the stars brings some good clarity. But oftentimes, I’m unable to get away like I’d like, as a lot of us are unable to. That’s just how it goes sometimes. But when that happens, I’ve learned that it’s best to just begin when and where I can — just begin.
Taking some time to block out all of the noise around you can help elevate you. Whether you’re a busy teacher, a doctor, a young adult finding your way or a stay at home mother — journaling can be beneficial, a form of self-care, and can yield all the good things.
Invest in a journal.
Easy first step, but a good journal is essential. Lines, no lines, it doesn’t matter — as long as it is a good piece of material and book that draws you to it. Like a warm welcome, inviting you in — your journal is essentially a friend.
Best time depends on your schedule.
Finding the right time that works best for you is important. It’ll help hold you accountable, as well, and make it easier for you to stay on track. It’s just like working out and having date night, find the right time that works best — making the time is what’s important.
I find that mornings and evenings are best. Morning journaling can begin as a moment for gratitude for what’s to come and what’s happened the day before. Beginning your day with gratitude sets a good tone for the rest of the day.
Evening journaling, after a long day at work, can be a good time to reflect — to see what all worked, what didn’t, and to see what to bring with you into the next day.
Whether it’s morning, evening, or some time in-between, eliminate the distractions and just make the time, as best you can.
Let the mind go.
Grab your pen or pencil and just start writing. Leave the good, worrying, and the hurt all on the page and see how you’re able to work through it all just by letting it out. Let the mind go and see how it bears fruit.
Clarity, hard truths, peace.
And when that wave of clarity comes, ride it. Let the joy from it rest in your core.
Be intentional with your words.
On the flip side, be intentional with your journaling and choice of words when it requires it.
You’ve heard of a vision board. Writing down your goals — and with intention — can help bring them to fruition. It can help carve a path out for your mind and give you a route to see clearer. It can help be the breakthrough you need to achieve those goals.
See it all in your mind first, put it all down on paper, and then step out and get to it. Be intentional.
Journaling isn’t for everyone, but I want to encourage you to invest in yourself in some small way. Whether it’s journaling, meditating, reading a book, going out for walks or runs — create your solitude. For the sake of your growth. Begin, however you can.