“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” ~Joan Didion
One of the things I encourage others to do as often as possible is to write. Some call it journaling. I don’t care what you call it or how you embrace it, but the practice of writing can be transformative. Writing has been a saving grace for me over the years. It’s helped me find my peace, gain focus, create clarity and most of all, access my truth. We live in such a busy world with so many demands, so it is really important for us to have alone time to get connected with ourselves and writing helps with that.
Author, Joan Didion says it well, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” That quote is so true for me. I have been writing in my journal off and on over the years, but haven’t always had a consistent or daily habit of writing. It wasn’t until I hit the lowest point of my life that I really leaned into the writing and made it a habit. In early 2008 every area of my life was in shambles. I was completely lost in the middle of a huge storm- a failed marriage, in between careers, lack of stability in my finances, and in total confusion about who I was or where I was going. Because I felt so alone, confused and truthfully, terrified about my future, I knew that I needed to be able to access my truth to get through the storm. I had a lot of people around me that loved and supported me. Any one of them could have given me advice and many did. However, I knew that I needed to find my footing and get clear for myself, so I began to journal every day. Rather than looking outside of myself for answers, I looked within. Writing was the main thing that helped me do that.
4 years later, I am in the best place I have ever been in my life. I contribute it to many things. I, of course, acknowledge God’s unfailing help and the love and support of my loved ones. In addition to that, I realize how the writing, as a habit, really got me through it and it still does today. I write just about every day and I will probably continue this practice until the day I die.
I’m sharing this with you today because no matter what your situation is or what you are facing I assure you, you can find more clarity, more creativity, more focus with a little writing. So pick up a pen and paper or open up a word document and just write whatever comes to your mind. It doesn’t have to make sense and you don’t have to share it with anyone. Write for you. Write to process and write to enjoy.
Have a wonderful week!
Corry Ann March