A New Way To Journal

At the beginning of the year, there’s usually a rush to the gyms, to counselling and to a new mental space. A mental space we tell ourselves is far more improved than the one we were in during the last year, even if only 2 weeks have passed.

The entry into 2021 feels a bit desperate to me. It doesn’t hold with it that hope of bettering ourselves, I just feel like everyone is hurting so deeply that we’re trying to put as much space as we can between ourselves and 2020.

The new year mentality, that ancient “New Year, New Me” proverb, has buckled under the weight of groundhog day. Lockdown after lockdown, seeing people break restrictions constantly, it’s so disheartening.

So, I want to make a little effort to resurge that Ancient Proverb. This is a new year. This is a new version of us, albeit a slightly hardier, restricted version. I definitely don’t want a resurgence of that toxic positivity though, so I’m starting small.

One thing I’m trying to practice is spending more time recognising what I am actually feeling. I think I know what I think (“When will this be over?”), but I don’t think I realise what I feel (“I”m feeling trapped”). 

I also don’t think I’m alone with this.

I think this seems very daunting to me at the minute, to project my feelings on a world I know I don’t understand. I have decided to start smaller, and to reflect on a huge love for me: Poetry.

Katie bought me This Book I have been interested in for a while now. For 365 days of the year, this book delivers for you a beautiful, or funny, or sad poem. The poems are matched with the seasons, with certain yearly events.

For me, someone who craves stability more than anything at the minute: It is so comforting to know that already prepared is a poem for all my happiest days, all my darkest days, but also the days which will slip by without me realising. Here is my companion to talk to every night of the year, who is ready to listen.

I always enjoyed the idea of journalling, but eventually, my thoughts became chaotic, unorganised and uninteresting. With this book, I do a different type of journalling.

I have a post-it note which I write how the poem makes me feel, and I stick it onto the day the poem is for. I write my overarching thoughts of the days, what I hope for the future, what I enjoy, or what I’m grateful for. Some days I write “didn’t like poem” or “poem okay”. This isn’t something I feel pressured by.

It is fascinating seeing what comes out, simply with the prompt of a poem.

I title each post-it “Dear” and the date. It is simple, but wonderful. Plus you don’t harm the book in the process, which is a thought which brings me a lot of simple joy.

Perhaps you could try it, or perhaps you love journalling. I would love to hear about what you do at the minute to feel grounded, and yourself.

Have a wonderful day, friends.

Evee x

28 thoughts on “A New Way To Journal

  1. Love this Evee,
    Starting where you are, with what you have is absolutely where you should be.
    There is nothing ‘small’ about it. Right now the best thing we can do for ourselves, is to take one step at a time, and ensure we don’t get overwhelmed by the world – or indeed our thoughts.
    This is more than simply thinking positively, it’s about reframing what is to what can be, and there in lies our power to find our own inner light.
    As vgeorg says, and I wholeheartedly agree, you have a wonderful way with words.
    Unlike both of you, the state of my ever excited brain doesn’t always manage to journal, so post it notes often have to suffice!! but it does allow me to order them later into some kind of sense!!

  2. We are very optimistic this year, God willing. It’s going to be special and where the world’s problems can fix some, if not all of them.

  3. The Post-It is a great idea and will be quite the revelation when you look at everything at the end of the book. Back when I had a hard-copy weekly calendar for meetings, appointments etc., I used to stick notes in frequently, my notes and notes from others. Also, at the beginning of the new year, I would page through several weeks at a time and put in a simple note, How ‘ya doing? About three of these notes for the year. This for me, was a way to check-in with myself to understand how I was feeling and assess what I was doing. It was a simple but invaluable way for a reality check.

  4. Love this. It’s interesting how language limitations place a container around something that has no boundary lines. I think I know what sad means but I don’t. It’s just a label, and the feelings that rise when I’m feeling sad are so rich and complex that they defy description. I love words and language. But often I fall back on the Zen and Tao training and remind myself of this, what is the feeling without a label? Great post. Take care of you.

  5. I listen to a poem each morning before I get out of bed. It helps to get me grounded before the day hits me. I like the idea of using the post it to mark your day and your feelings. It is a wonderful idea. Thank you.

  6. Writing helps me to get what I am feeling out. It helps me try to find the answer to some of my questions that haunt. There’s just one problem…I don’t do it consistently because I am a procrastinator and I don’t make time to enjoy writing. I love the idea of having the book of poems that I can read and analyze how I feel, what emotion it evokes in me. It’s hard sometimes for me to put my thoughts into words because my mind is constantly moving from one place to another, and I can’t stay on task 😪. I have started a cpl of books but have done nothing with them 😔. It’s difficult to find the motivation to keep writing. Sometimes I look in the house (my head) and it’s empty and I figure what’s the point. Going to look for that book and try to carve out a time for me to write and create the books I have envisioned. Thank you for this its awesome 👌 👏

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