Last month, I was thumbing through my journals from 20 years ago. I noticed that I recorded all my frustrations and sadness in my journals. I thought that’s what journals were for, recording all the negative things from life.
Fast forward to 2017, and I have since started using my journal during my devotions and copying Scripture that is encouraging. I was intrigued by an email I received from Jennie Moraitis to join her eBook launch team. She accepted my application to join her eBook launch team, and I read through her book. Her eBook is titled Happy Journal Happy Life: How drawing your day ignites creativity, boosts gratitude, and skyrockets happiness. This eBook helped me to see journals in a completely different way. I found the smallest journal I could find in my house and a pen and started my first entry in my happy journal.
Here are some of the things I have learned from this eBook. First, to notice the little things in life that bring a smile. Like the leaves that my little boys gave to me from their walk outside with their Daddy. The scribbled paper with a sticker in the middle that my 3-year-old made for me. The little creations that my daughter makes with rubber bands, pencils, and toilet paper roll 🙂 She has a fascinating creative mind.
The second thing I have learned is, even though I don’t consider myself artistic, I can still draw pictures in my journal to remind me of the happy times in my life. Like I said earlier, I recorded all the frustrations from my life. Reading through those entries definitely did not bring a smile to my face. Instead it brought anxiety.
I recorded a blessing in my journal from December 2016. It brought such joy to my heart. I realized that I would much rather record the happy times from my life than the negative things.
The third thing I have learned is that perfectionism is rooted in fear. Perfectionism has kept me from trying new things most of my life. Perfectionism ruled my life. Jennie points out from her book that perfectionism is like a bad habit that you need to stop. Replace your bad habit with gratitude and happiness. Here is the first page in my happy journal. If I waited until I was the perfect artist, I would never start a happy journal. I started with what I had and with the little artistic ability I have. My daughter loves the first page. It brings a smile to her face each time she looks at it!
The fourth thing I have learned is to consider what kind of legacy I want to leave for my children. After I have passed on, do I want my children to read through my journals about all the negative from my life? Or do I want them to read about the happy times and see the drawings I made of that happy time?
I would rather them remember the happy times. I also want my children to learn to record the happy times from life so that 20 years from now they can read through their journal and remember those happy times and smile.
In conclusion, I am determined to notice the happy things from life instead of the negative. Happy Journal, Happy Life has helped me to look for the good in life. It does not matter if I am artistic or not, I can keep a happy journal. I should not let perfectionism stop me from trying something new. I want to leave a happy legacy for my children.
You should read this eBook. It will inspire you to start a happy journal of your own. You can download Happy Journal Happy Life for free here.