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Dear Future Self

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Anne Frank

Inspired after reading The Diary of Anne Frank, I started writing in a journal at age 11. I haven’t stopped yet. There are some of my journals that are fun to read again; and some that I will probably never open – hello teenage Brooke. I don’t write every day; and sometimes months go by without any entries – hello new mom Brooke.

I can’t explain why, but journaling has always made me feel better. The problems don’t completely disappear, but there is something magical about writing through the anger and frustration and joy and movement of the day that fills my soul.

We seem to have more time at home these days; although life hasn’t slowed down, has it? I encourage you to try something new – try journaling. If you’re not sure how to start, I have 2 recommendations: a) start in the morning during breakfast and write some thoughts about the day ahead, small tasks, big dreams, and what you’re eating; or b) write before you sleep about what happened that day and include a thank you to something/someone. I like to write as if my future self is reading it.

I’m a pen-and-paper person but I found this list of unique online journals.

Won’t we all want to know how we lived during these times?

Are you currently journaling? Tell me why you journal here.


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