How to Start Journaling


Journaling can be a helpful tool in personal growth. And, it is a wonderful way to download thoughts, identify new ideas, express gratitude, and so much more. You can make journaling work for you in the best method to help you.

Creating this new habit will take a little time to get used to but will present benefits to you with consistency.  There are a few types of journaling for you to choose to get started.


  • GRATITUDE JOURNAL-write down the good things that happens to you. This is a good way to keep your mind focused on positive things. The more we focus on the good, the more good things we allow in our lives.
  • DAILY LOG-write down the highlights of the day or ideas that came up throughout the day. This goes hand in hand with a gratitude journal.
  • FITNESS/HEALTH JOURNAL-make note of your physical activity plans and track your progress and feelings. Keep a log of healthy recipes that you enjoy and foods that make you feel good.
  • GOALS & AFFIRMATIONS JOURNAL-track your goals and positive statements. Write them daily and note how you feel knowing that your best life is happening.
  • EXPRESSIVE WRITING-get creative and write kind messages to yourself, poems, or songs that come from your heart. Be free and let go…and write.
  • PROMPT JOURNAL-select a journal prompt daily to respond to. If you are new to journaling, this will help you begin writing. There are several journal prompts that can be found on Pinterest to help you get started.


A pen that you love and a journal that makes you feel good are all that you need.  There is something to using your hand to write down your thoughts. Journal will require a bit of your time, so it is best to use writing tools that you love and feel right to you. If you want to be creative after your writing sessions, use colorful markers or stickers to embellish the pages.

If you are into digital writing, you can use digital journaling apps to begin your journey. There is no right or wrong way to journal.


Select the best time that works for you.  If the morning is when you are most alert, set aside 15-20 minutes to journal. You can journal before bed to clear your thoughts and reflect.   There is no right or wrong way to journal. This is for you to explore and grow.

Select a journal size that will allow you to take it with you everywhere you go, whether you choose a digital method on your tablet or iPad or your favorite pen and notebook.

Create a journaling routine that works best for you and stick with it.