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2021: The year of the journal

I don’t have any Earth-shattering plans for 2021, but there are always important things that I want to focus on and do better at. And they don’t change much:

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Faith
  • Art
  • Work
  • Finances

The problem is, I don’t usually take a very intentional approach to them, and before I know it, I’ve let my circumstances steer me rather than the other way around. This year was a particularly bad year for that, and between COVID and a job I really wanted out of, I found myself in a pretty bad place.

But it’s a new year, and there is always hope for change. This lovely passage of Scripture, which I learnt as a song when I was a young Christian, comes to mind:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22–23 (ESV)

One new thing I’m going to do this year, to be more intentional about improving these areas, is daily journalling. I think I really need it—not only to reflect on what’s happening in my life, but to get stuff out of my head, to have a healthier outlet for difficult emotions, to record things I’m grateful for, and to record answers to prayer (among other things).

I don’t expect this to be a magic bullet, but I do think it will help me make small, regular changes and at least head in the right direction.

I’ve heard various people raving about the Day One journalling app, so I’m going to give that a go. My first entry will go in right after this. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of difference it makes this year.

Happy new year, everyone!

2 replies on “2021: The year of the journal”

Hi Chris,
I’ve similarly resolved to make more of a journaling habit this year, though I’m opting for a paper based approach as I need to also cultivate less time in front of screens. Good luck with Day One, I’ve used it in the past and did like it. I still use it on my phone to keep track of my Bible reading progress.

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Excellent, Mike! I like pen and paper too, but I think the privacy, searchability, templates and other bits and pieces in Day One are more likely to help me make it a habit.

All the best with your journalling, and happy new year!

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