When I left my full-time job almost 2 months ago, I purchased a “One Line A Day” journal to track my journey through self-employment. For those who have never heard of this type of journal it is designed with only a few lines for you to write each day and is set up to span 5 years.
I started it on my last day and have been faithful to write in it ever since. When I purchased the book I had hoped I would write positive things that happened each day and look back with fond memories of my younger self. However, that has not exactly been the case.
While I have tried to remember to be positive, I think I have been pretty true to myself in my daily entries. I have had good days, bad days and days when I feel there is nothing worthy to write about. What I have noticed mainly is my tendency to use this as a way to vent.
My first thought when reflecting on my journaling journey, thus far, was that I complain too much and I am missing the point of this daily exercise. However, after more thought I realized that the point of this journal is to write, period. There is no expectation attached with this book, no rules to be followed. In fact it would appear that if venting is what I am doing in this journal then I am expressing myself in a healthy way rather than spewing my woes on someone else.
So, in all I am happy with my daily journaling. I am learning to let go of expectations and allow myself to continue to write freely and lead each day happier and healthier. If you are interested in purchasing a similar journal, I would highly recommend it! You can get them on amazon.