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67: What to Journal About When You Don’t Know Where to Start

Journaling can be a really beautiful tool on your path towards self-ownership and empowerment. However, it can be a little intimidating if you don’t know where to start. In this week’s episode of Breathe In, Breathe Out, I discuss how to journal and what to journal about for those who are new to the practice. 


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Welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal Jakosky and I have a confession for you this week. I’m not great at journaling. I mean, I didn’t use to be great at journaling and now I’m okay at journaling and yeah, I don’t even call it journaling. I call it musing and I call it musing because quite frankly, the word journaling terrifies me. It makes me wanna run the other way. And ain’t nobody got time for that. I am not going to journal because of my own personal experiences in life. 

We all have those experiences that make us kind of shy away from different words or phrases or descriptions and whatnot. And so mine, my grandmother kept a journal almost every day of her life. And we were taught that we were supposed to journal for posterity. And so I had a lofty thing that I had to live up to, you know, a grandma every day. And then I had this weight pushed down on me that my posterity was gonna read it, which meant that somebody was gonna read everything that I wrote, which –  that in and of itself was terrifying. And then it was, well, what are those people really gonna wanna listen to or talk, read about? What do I have to say that is going to be of any kind of importance in a hundred years? And really honestly, I don’t think there’s much that people are gonna be, you know, at the time I’m a teenager that doesn’t, so it was really hard for me and I would journal for a week or two and I’d be really good and I’d be so proud of myself because I would journal every single day. And then I would go two years and not write a single word. And then I would journal for a couple of days again. 

So I’ve had this on-again, off-again, relationship with journaling. And I will tell you that I found journaling was a huge gift and a healing process for me in my teenage years because I was going through a lot of stressful, difficult things we all are when we’re in our teenage years. That’s just the way it is. We have a lot of hormonal changes and life changes and friendships and everything is just huge. And I found as a teenager, that journaling really helped me process the challenges that I was going through. It really helped me get all of those emotions and all that upset and frustration out of my heart and onto those pages. And for a while, I actually journaled as though I was writing to an old friend, it felt so much better to write having somebody like a pen pal. My journal was my pen pal, and I would, I was pretty raw and uncensored <laugh> in my journal, but then somebody found it and somebody read it.  

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