I've been keeping a journal of one sort or another since I was about ten years old. Over those years, I've written countless pages, mused about life, love, creativity and everything in between. Some days I write pages and some months go by when my pen doesn't touch the page. And over those years, I've realised however the words flow, it is totally ok. My journal is a sacred space, a place I know I can always come back to, an important part of my paradigm shift and my creative journey.
This past month, while I've been working on other projects, my journal has sat beside me each day, but has often remained closed. I know it's there whenever I need to take a moment, each page ready and waiting to envelop my words, calm my busy mind and allow me to rediscover my voice. A few days ago I felt a calling, a reminder that it was time to write again, the old fashioned way, pen to paper, straight from the soul. And with the precious month of August ahead, a time that holds so many emotions for me, I knew it was the perfect time to journal my heart out.
So in August I'm going to do just that, with a special little project called, 'Journal Your Heart Out'. My plan is to fill a page (or more if I'm feeling inspired) of my journal, each day of August with conscious soul musings, straight from the heart. I'll be sharing snippets of my pages and words each week both here and on Instagram and I thought it would be a lovely opportunity for fellow journal keepers, writers and wordsmiths to join me in some ramblings of the heart. I'll be using the hash tag #journalyourheartout on Instagram, if you'd like to share your pages.
So if you've got a journal that's been collecting dust, or you're feeling inspired to start something brand new, I thought I'd share a few things I've learnt and taught over the years when it comes to writing from the heart, to kick start your creativity.
Take your journal with you.. This one is so simple, but so effective. Just take your journal everywhere you go. When you go to pick up your phone to check Instagram, pick up your journal instead and write a few lines. Keep it beside your bed and on the kitchen bench, allow your journal to become part of your everyday. Find a pen you love, keep it close and don't be afraid to just dive on in.
Let the words go.. So often an empty page sits before us and all that white, all that empty space can be a little bit scary. We start to judge our words before we even write them. We worry if someone might read them, we worry that they won't be pretty enough. My solution.. Just let the words go. Don't worry about spelling, syntax or what people might think, just let the words fall onto the page, however they please. I promise it will feel amazing.
Embrace your dreams.. One way to get started with your soul musings is to write down your wildest dreams. Perhaps even start with a list of things you'd love to do, places you'd love to visit, details about the home you dream of building, the garden you'd love to grow. Writing these beautiful visions down, even the smallest details can not only open your heart to new possibilities but be a wonderful manifestation tool as well.
Write with gratitude and love.. A really powerful way to connect and rediscover your voice through journalling is to write down what you are grateful for, what you love. Filling your pages with positive affirmations, gratitude and moments that bring you great happiness will free your mind, ignite your passions and fill your soul with joy. It's magic and all kinds of wonderful.
'Creativity is magic. Don't examine it too closely'. Edward Albee
We can change the world one page at a time. Follow your heart, write out your dreams and watch them unfold in the most wonderful of ways.