Journaling for self-discovery

There was a moment in my in life when, buried in hardship, all I could do was cry, kneeling at the foot of my bed, wondering what the future had in store for my kids and me. But after writing down what I was grateful for each night, I fell asleep a little more hopeful, and feeling a lot stronger.

Journaling for self-discovery

Little by little, I filled page after page of positive thoughts that kept me going when I felt weak. All I had to do was go back and read them to feel empowered. I could also gauge my progress. Gradually I went from being grateful for simply hauling myself out of bed in the morning to being thankful for life-changing events, such as meeting a compatible life partner or landing a well-paying writing gig and eventually my dream job.

I may not write in my gratitude journal every day, but I do make a point of doing it every week. I also reread it often, especially on days when I’m tempted to complain about something. All I have to do is go back to those first entries to feel moved to tears by how little one really needs to feel joy and thankfulness.

Writing is a powerful tool. And keeping a record of the positive has helped my family and me be resilient, strong and most of all, grateful, no matter what. Following are some of the tools I´ve found useful to journal and save memories. I hope they help you too!

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by Lorraine C. Ladish at Mode

Lorraine C. Ladish

Bilingual and bicultural Latina editor, writer, speaker, online influencer, yogini and mom. Founder of Viva Fifty! Published author of 18 books. Her most recent book Your Best Age was released by HarperCollins in September of 2017.