I, like many others, experienced a sense of journal overwhelm in 2016. Inspired by the likes of The Happiness Project’s Gretchen Rubin and kikki.K’s Kristina Karlsson, I set out to diarise the year – from writing a gratitude journal to keeping a sentence-a-day log. To begin with it was a lot of fun, but at times I struggled with the commitment and it started to feel more like a chore than a pleasure.
There is one beneficial journaling habit I’ve managed to keep, however. And it’s incredibly simple. I started an inspiration quote journal. Anytime I encountered a quote or soundbite that resonated with me I jotted it down in my pocket-sized notebook for safe keeping. Updating this journal has required minimal effort (I only write in it when there’s something worth documenting), and it’s practise I encourage all of you to adopt.
Depending on the range of quotes you collect, your journal can then help you cope with a crisis in confidence, a challenging time at work, a breakup or even grief. I use mine as a form of “wellbeing insurance” and flick through it whenever I need a boost. Here are three quotes from my notebook that I constantly return to…
3 QUOTES FROM MY INSPIRATION JOURNAL
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
“Don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands. You are not going to be you, fixed and immutable you, forever.”
“When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Alexander Graham Bell
Do you also jot down quotes that inspire you? And if you were to start a quote journal today which soundbites would you include? Have your say in the comments section below…