A Journal and a Pen. Free Therapy.

Among other treats and delights, my daughter received this for her birthday a few weeks ago:jnl1page

It is just as the title suggests – a little creative companion whose pages beckon list-making, doodling, dreams, and thoughts.jnlwreck

A few years ago, she and many of her friends went through a Keri Smith jnlfinifhphase. Haven’t heard of her? Then you likely don’t have a tween girl in your home. I can’t say how many copies of Wreck This Journal we gifted her friends for their birthdays, but the feedback was always overwhelmingly I love this! My own daughter went through several of Smith’s creations; a perfect way to record ideas, wonderings, opinions, sketches, frustrations, and successes. In other words: excellent therapy.

Remembering further back, the two of us once shared stories in Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter by Meredith and Sofie Jacobs.jnljust

Gone are the days when journaling means a notebook full of blank pages. These days, you can find a host of books that ask questions, draw out memories, solicit knowledge, and encourage doodles.jnlmeyou

Yes! You absolutely can scribble all your fears, joys, frustrations, and triumphs in an inexpensive notebook, but sometimes an interesting cover and beautiful, think paper might be savored and therefore more likely to stick around and be used. (And, if you’re like me, throw in a nice set of ink pens…)jnl52

Journaling can be a healthy way for anyone – teen girl or otherwise – to make sense of feelings, record dreams and goals, and chronicle day-to-day life.

It can also act as a warm-up for your brain. Don’t know what to write? Having a difficult time with any kind of creative project you’re working on? Need to think things through before you embark on a tricky conversation? Try journaling!

They say that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Of course they do! If you take the time to write something down, you’re taking the time to think about it. I’d guess that sometimes our specific goals are unknown to us, really. The act of writing likely makes them real and therefore achievable.jnlwimp

I don’t know about you, but we’re in the time of year when I tend to be a bit more reflective. Is it the recent election? The fact that it gets dark earlier? Or maybe because the holidays are approaching (and with it, the New Year and those pesky “resolutions”)? But perhaps I can attempt to make sense of my thoughts and the world with some form of journal. Perhaps you – or someone you know – could, too.

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