A journaler’s New Year’s Resolution

This time of year is equally exciting and intimidating because you can see hundreds of bloggers posting resolutions, lists, projects, goals – all these really incredible things that they want to accomplish in the new year.

Like many people, I’ve always tried to define my hopes for the year in one word. (They’ve been: Together as we built our home in the hangar, Slowly as we whittled down the project list, and Unleash as we became parents.) I’ll gladly take an opportunity to reflect on where we are and where I’d like our family and myself to be in another year, mostly because I enjoy looking back at the previous year. I’ll share more of that with you shortly.

Right now, amidst all the goals and resolutions, I don’t want you to burn out when it comes to journaling. Dreaming big is important, but if we’re not careful, those giant dreams can quickly transform into another to-do item. You’re busy enough as it is. Your journal keeping shouldn’t become another chore you need to cross off to consider each day a success.

And if you set a resolution related to journaling, sometimes that happens. Yuck.

That’s why I made this week’s complimentary Gadanke Workshop all about the idea of having fun and not worrying about where your writing takes you.

why journaling isn't a waste of your precious time

Play. Embrace imperfection. Make mistakes. Have fun with it! In this week’s workshop, let me show you how. (Hint: it won’t involve journaling every single day. I promise!)

By the way, how sweet is that little tracing of Niklas’ hand in my introspective She journal?! I’m so lucky he stayed still for me – gosh, I love that kid.