J For Journaling: A To Z On Mindfulness For Newbies #StayMindfulWithMSN

Welcome to A To Z On Mindfulness For Newbies

The tenth letter to be explored in A To Z on Mindfulness For Newbies is J. J is for Journaling.

Journaling is writing or recording of your thoughts, experiences, and observations. It is a simple way of writing about your feelings, memories and life lessons in a journal. And the journal is a space where you can write freely, whether you are tracking your food intake or remarking on your own feelings.

Journaling has its own benefits as the stress buster, building a positive mental attitude and good keepsake of sweet memories. And I use journals for a variety of purposes, but I feel, a journal is always a private space where I can be honest with myself. 


Journaling is writing or recording of your thoughts, experiences, and observations. It’s a simple way of writing about your feelings, memories and life lessons in a journal.


A To Z 2018 Challenge - J For Journaling


Different Kinds Of Journals I Have In My Life


  • Quotes Journal – Record for my favorite and quotable quotes. I love quotes very much. And Quotes Journal was the first one I started with. Referring to my favorite quotes and authors will boost up my confidence level.
  • Family Happy Journal – Record of happy moments in our family. We, myself, my hubby and my son will write into this journal about our happy moments like birthdays, our anniversaries and achievements. 


Family Happy Journal


  • Gratitude Journal – Record of expressing gratitude for all our blessings in life. I started to practice gratitude inspired by Vidya Suri. And I started using Gratitude Pie inspired by Upasna.



  • Travel Journal – Record of our travels to various places and destinations. I usually collect travel itineraries, photos, cultural items, flora and fauna varieties of the places we traveled. Going through this will be a refreshing one for all of us in our family.
  • Mindfulness Journal – Record of my mindful me moments. This helps me to be present at the moment and celebrate my life.
  • Blogging Journal – Record for my blog ideas, works, collaborations, and my social accounts. I use daily, monthly and yearly planners for my blog works. This makes my blogging journey smooth and easier.
  • Recipe Journal – Record of simple, healthy recipes that I come across in books, TV channels, and food blogs. I also add photos of dishes I prepared and enjoyed by our family. with date and occasion.
  • Spiritual Journal – Record of rare, ancient temples visited and slogans I used to recite during my prayers. I also write about the history and importance of those temples.
  • Bullet Journal – Record of all my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks such as my financial tracker, my goals, my diet plans and my daily chores. This is my recent love and I found it very interesting.


J For journaling


Other words to explore 

Joy, Judging, Juicing


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25 thoughts on “J For Journaling: A To Z On Mindfulness For Newbies #StayMindfulWithMSN”

  1. Journaling is something like an extension to diary writing I guess but it is a lot more elaborate. You can maitain so many kinds of journals. The difference between maintaining a diary and journaling is that we can maitain something like a quotes journal as you say where we put in our quotes for encouragement whereas a diary is completely personal.

  2. beautiful thoughts on journal. journaling is one of the reasons i came into blogging. yea, i do maintain journals.birthday remainders, budget journals, my expenses and savings, my thoughts and ideas, snippets of my life, recipes and good reads.

  3. Journaling is indeed transforming. There was a time when I used to keep dream journal. It helped me a lot in understanding why dreams happened, how to predict future from one’s dream, and many other things. 🙂

  4. I began maintaining a journal ever since college, and it’s one activity I simply love. Now I may not be as regular, but I do have my personal diary in which I write stuff that makes me happy, sad, angry…or my goals for my blogging, even recipes I wish to try out. Anything and everything…and I hide it from prying eyes! 😛

  5. Vasantha,

    I wish I could stick to journaling. It really is a wonderful way to preserve memories to pass down to family. DH had a great uncle who used to keep journals. I always wanted to read his but never got around to asking. He lived to be 100. For many of those years, he drove his car. The only time I managed to keep a journal was while pregnant with each of my children which I recorded my OB visits and progression in for my baby to read one day. It’s time for me to scan these and present them to my grown children, especially my oldest since she’s going to have a baby later this year. Thanks for the journalling tips and ideas. I will give this notion closer consideration. It’s never too late to start.

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketches ‘Jars & Jelly’

  6. My first journal was when I was in 5th grade. I heard or seen (i don’t remember now) somewhere about maintaining diary and it sounded cool to me. I used to write each and everything in it. Later when I understood the real meaning of maintaining Diary , it seemed so childish tomw seeing my first journal.

  7. Earlier during the year I started practicing journaling and must admit that it did me a lot of good. I agree with most of the benefits that you have mentioned in the post and like the categorization of the types of journaling.

  8. I really resonated with this post. I have maintained a journal on and off in my life. I had one journal in which I used to write down lines from books that had made a huge impact on me. Its been a long time since I have made an entry in that journal.

    Also when I was going through a bad phase in life and felt like no one would understand me, I used to write out my thoughts in a journal…that used to help me immensely to pour out my innermost feelings and feel lighter.

    Thirdly after my delivery I again went through a phase when I was very lonely because my very active social life had suddenly vanished and I was spending hours on end in a single room with no one to talk to. I started writing again as a way to document my thoughts and feel like I had someone to communicate with. My husband convinced me that there must be other moms like me out there feeling like they are alone and need to connect with someone so I should share this writing publicly…that’s how my blog was born.

    Lastly my entire A to Z theme is kind of like a journal of my baby’s first 2 years, but from baby’s point of view 🙂

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