Today, I’m reaching back in time and sharing my strongest journaling influences. In my early twenties, I worked full-time in the fitness field as a Personal Trainer, and Fitness Instructor. Eventually I held the position of Personal Training Director, helping to mentor and train up and coming staff and other fitness influencers in that field. I know what it is to be an influencer, and to be influenced, to inspire and be inspired.
During the years I immersed myself in my career, and lived from gym to gym, and home to home as a traveling consultant, I also immersed myself in writing. Journaling was my “other” life. My writing life was relegated to the moments I wasn’t leading classes, creating class formats, managing others, training others and squeezing my own physical pursuits in, as well. When I journaled, it was like I came up from under for air. It was the place I felt I knew who I really was. The pages of my journal were like home, no matter where I found myself. You might say, my journal was like my true north. Ultimately, my journal reflected my True North…but that’s a story for another day.
Books can have great influence over us. Some of the journaling books that have truly impacted my life the most are here in this stack. I actually had to re-purchase a few of them as I had let them go years ago.
In the interest of keeping short posts, I will share a bit through writing and video in a few posts. If you have questions about any of these books that I am sharing, feel free to list your question in the comments below and I will share on the video or a future post!
I’m pretty sure the first book that I connected with, and ALMOST came out of my closet, secret, journaling life because of, is Wild Mind- Living The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. She had me with short chapters and life snippets. I felt like there was someone else out there who actually thought like I did. Furthermore she had a name for the way I thought, and it resonated greatly with me. Wild. Mind. Wild Mind. I didn’t think of myself as a writer then, so the subtitle felt completely fake to me…yet, I could not deny when I opened the book and read (at the time) I felt at home, like I had just walked into a living room, where everyone knew my name…enter Cheers music here.
But, truly it shook me into considering that maybe my journal musings weren’t completely weird. That perhaps, there was something to the hours I spent happily scratching out thoughts on paper. Maybe even, I might not be a fraud…because a journaler is not a REAL writer, right? This was what I thought…but something clicked and was affirmed. I felt like I lived a split life. There was an emerging person within me, that was a stranger. She freely expressed herself in the journal. But, when she lived I closed the journal, she disappeared.
After years of journaling, the result of the journey is this: the girl on the pages has emerged, and continues to emerge daily. No longer when I close my journal do I shut myself in, but instead now, live my life as an open book, as one emerged.
This book, was one of my earliest journaling influences, many moons ago. Has there been a book that has influenced your journaling? Tell me how.
I will be sharing other influences to my journaling which are more reflective of my current journaling lifestyle.
Thanks for joining me on the journey!