Brandi loved her life. She had a supportive husband and three kids. She lived in her childhood town where she and her husband are renovating a Victorian home. She was active in her community and felt connected to a large network of friends.
But Brandi wasn’t happy with her job. She worked in the administrative office of a local college. It came with good benefits and a generous vacation package. Still, Brandi wished she had a more fulfilling career with the opportunity to set her own hours. She just didn’t know what that job might look like.
Journal for Personal Growth
When she finally voiced this thought, her mother told her to begin journaling daily. At first, Brandi struggled to journal. Then she began to describe her unhappiness with her career. She journaled about the jobs she’d worked over the years, describing which tasks had made her happy and which she avoided.
The more she wrote, the more she discovered she wanted a creative career. So, she began taking art classes at the college where she worked. She tried several different ones then she discovered photography. Within a few weeks, Brandi knew she’d found the new career path she wanted to pursue—becoming a freelance photographer.
Journal for Self-Discovery
Journaling can improve your life in so many ways. But one of the most important benefits is that it helps you discover yourself. You learn more about what you like and what you don’t. You begin to understand how you’re wired and what you want to create more of in the world.
But that’s not the only thing that journaling is good for. It can also help you set new and exciting goals. Maybe, like Brandi, you’re stuck in a rut and wondering what the next step is. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and want to get clarity before you make your next move.
Journal to Brainstorm Solutions
You may already be clear on what you want to create more of in the world or know your goals. But you’ve encountered obstacles when you’ve tried to pursue what you want or you’ve faced a significant setback.
Journaling can still be helpful for you. Often, writing out what you’re experiencing can lead to new breakthroughs that you hadn’t considered before. This is because journaling encourages you to see your situation in a new light.
Use journaling to chart a different course, adjust your sails, or lean into a new adventure. You just might discover something new about yourself or the world around you!