Behind the Scenes: Keeping a Joy Journal
One of the best resources I adopted from my Life Coach was to create a Joy Journal. When I decided to embark upon my 120 Day Challenge, I made a Joy Journal part of my motivational tool kit.
A Joy Journal doesn't have to be complex. In fact, now one of the things I admire most about people who kept diaries through the centuries is that often they wrote down some of the most mundane things like "I bought a dozen fresh eggs today."
When I was younger I use to think these factual accounts were incredibly dull and frankly a bit silly. I mean who would want to read about what someone purchased at the market two hundred years down the road? What about all the introspection, insightful poetry, and passion that should be written in a diary? Come on people, give me something to sink my teeth into!
Flash forward twenty years into my adulthood, and I've started to see the value in writing down the simple things. Maybe people do write diaries to keep a factual record for others, but perhaps there is another reason. I've begun to consider that these daily observations may have been a lot like my Joy Journal -- every day celebrations that keep you in tune with life.
Often I write just one word like "peaches" while other times it is a memory such as "laughing at cutting my thumb." Short or long observations doesn't matter to me, for the effect is the same. Somehow by showing up every day to my Joy Journal and finding something simple to say, I acknowledge the good happening around me. My journal is uplifting and emboldening, for now I find myself more and more reaching for the good in situations that feel stressful or overwhelming. My Joy Journal is one of the best tools for motivating my life, my business, and keeping me on point.