As a little girl, I remember I used to sit in my closet and journal in my Disney Pocahontas diary. The pages were lined and purple. The diary even came with a lock and key! Without fail I would lock away my thoughts, literally, and hide my diary in a far corner of the closet so none of my family members would ever discover it. In the mind of an 11-year-old me, I had a dramatic existence. My trusted journal contained the sordid details of my friends, my crushes, how much I disliked homework, and also how I coped with being bullied. I have a funny sounding name that most people hadn’t heard before. The hideous variations that kids would spew at me through the hallways at school and on the playground still invoke a sadness in my heart.
The point is that my diary contained everything I never wanted to share with anyone else. As a child I didn’t have a lot of close friends because my family had moved frequently through my formative years. That diary was the only constant in my life.
Over the years I continued journaling on and off. I never got into a steady habit until a few years ago when I started developing my mediumship practice. That’s when everything changed.
My strange experiences started showing up in patterns. Things happened in a way that I could sometimes anticipate them. The instincts I had naturally started being proven to me when I had a record to compare to.
Writing my goals, my affirmations, and drawing pictures within my journal helped me focus my thoughts so that I could one day start my mediumship business. It helped me get through a period of time that I was laid off for four months as well and no income was coming in except my unemployment insurance cheques. That was a devastating time, but my old friend – the journal – kept me sane and optimistic. And when I finally got offers for jobs, I would create pros and cons lists to see which I should accept and why.
Have you got a regular journaling practice? What kind of diary do you like to keep? Is it a pretty, leather-bound one? Or, do you prefer just a utilitarian exercise book? Tell me about your journaling practice, I’m very curious to know if you have a practice. If you don’t, why not?
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