Journaling with Lists
Let’s talk a bit today about the journaling or personal history process. It can be really overwhelming to sit down and just, “Tell Your Story.” Just like with any writing project, it’s easier to start with an outline before hammering out the entire thing.
With journaling, it can be helpful to start by making lists. Instead of writing a detailed description of all the places you ever lived, start by writing a list of places. This will give you something quick and easy to do so you can taste success and progress. It also sort of unlocks your brain and helps you remember things you may not have thought about in years.
Later, you can go back and sketch in details about each of those places or at least the ones that really matter to you.
Today, let’s make a few lists:
- List the people who you consider to be true family. They may or may not all be actually related to you.
- What towns or cities have you lived in?
- Which foods do you love?
See? Easy peasy. You could fill these in later with reasons you love each of those family members, details about the towns and cities, and specific memories about those foods and how you came to love them.
But today, just make lists. And then eat some ice cream. But only if it’s one of the foods you love.
**We can change our lives by how we tell our stories. Journal along with me as I excavate my past for the joy, the goodness, the Awesome. When we’re done, we’ll have a whole Bucket of Awesome, a story to inspire the people we love, and a brighter perspective of who we really are.**
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