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Why you should keep a diary or journal

I’ve been keeping a diary on and off for the last four years. In different notebooks and for a while on my computer – nothing serious. Until last June. I was in Amsterdam with my mum and lately I had been writing in my diary almost every day. And I was into it. I really enjoyed sitting in my bed and writing about my thoughts by the end of the day.

In Amsterdam, I went to a store called HEMA where I found a simple blue, thick notebook with an elastic around it. Let’s just say I fell in love (I have a HUGE notebook obsession!). It was surprisingly cheap so I bought it knowing that it would be my new diary.

I started writing in it the 1st July 2015 and I’ve been writing in it regularly (2-7 times a week) since. It’s been almost a year and looking back it has been an amazing journey. I am now able to read my thoughts from last year and see my personal development. It is incredible what can happen in a year and I’m honestly really touched and overwhelmed of how much I have learned, experienced and changed within the last year.

Imagine reading about your boyfriend problems from last year and see how much you’ve changed. That is not just a funny experience (well, it depends on how much you’ve moved on, haha) but also a very life-affirming experience.

Writing what you feel is therapeutic for many people. It is a way to process your thoughts and feelings without having to talk about it. It obviously doesn’t work for everyone but it is definitely worth a try. You don’t have to spend money on a beautiful journal. That’s not what it’s about.

Maybe you’ll have to try out different ways. Maybe it works perfectly for you to write on a computer or on your calendar as a short note? Personally, I cannot write in my diary if I don’t use a black fine liner size 0.5. It is weird, I know that, but it’s what works for me. And I’ve learned always to have a black fine liner size 0.5 with me.

I want to touch the subject life quality as well. Life quality is very different from person to person. Some people find life quality in designer clothes and other people find it in vegan food. I once had a nightmare where I was old and in a hospital dying. I was thinking about my life and realised that I had let pass by. I had focused on what other people wanted instead of my own dreams and wishes. And I regretted not having lived my life more detailed. I know it sounds weird but this dream and those feelings have haunted me ever since.

So to me, life quality is mostly about doing everything with passion and living my life detailed. Stop up and enjoy the moment not worrying about what people think. A way to live life more detailed is to perpetuate the memories and details as much as possible. For example, through writing about your life.

Keeping a journal or diary is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It is an amazing way to get to know yourself better and track the progress of your goals and dreams.

Do you keep a journal or diary? Or do you plan to try it now?

Stay happy, stay beautiful
– Ellie xoxo


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