I’ve been keeping a diary for most of my life. On and off I pen musings, memories, what’s happening at the time, places I’ve visited and people I’ve met. I’ve chronicled heartaches, joys and silly stuff I’d have otherwise forgotten. And I’ve often poured out my heart and vented on paper when times were hard. Always for myself and no one else, for journaling is a place of sanctuary, solitude and freedom. Then I got out of the practice and stopped for awhile.
Nine years ago I discovered a purpose made Gratitude Journal, created by Melanie Spears right here in Australia. It combines not just gorgeous daily pages for journaling, but moon orientation charts, inspirational quotes and an astrology guide. It’s a beautiful companion that I cherish like a friend. I don’t have to pretend with it and I can tell it anything. I’ve been writing in one ever since.
“So this year’s diary is dedicated to the freedom that exists inside all divine masculine and divine feminine beings, irrespective of external realities. Bring it on.” Melanie Spears says.
Today I start a new year and a new Journal.
Are we ready to start creating our new story?
The Power of Gratitude
We all know that giving thanks for our blessings cultivates a rich and fulfilling life, that acknowledging even the smallest gifts can have huge effects. And we also know how the Universe aligns with what we put out there. Think positive thoughts, give thanks for what you have and receive more. Think fearful and negative thoughts and you’ll likely receive more of that too.
So it’s important that now, more than ever, as we enter 2022, we put our focus on what we do want and not what we don’t want. We’ve been conditioned to live in fear and not faith, especially over the past 18 months. When we let go of past programming and align ourselves with our inner power and intuition miracles can happen.
For me journaling is something I do at the end of the day. But it doesn’t matter how you do it, whether you journal to prepare for the day or to review what’s passed at the end of it.
There’s no rules. This is for your eyes only, unless you want to leave it for your grandkids. But if not, be weird, be wild, be curious, be fun, be whatever you want to be.
Journalling to me is more than simply rehashing the day. It’s a way to open up to what my soul yearns for. It creates calm and stillness and in a way, it’s a form of meditation.
I can’t think of a better way to start a new year than with an attitude of gratitude. It opens us up to all sorts of opportunities.
The Road Ahead
This is a photo of our car and van, our Outback Jayco Journey, taken on the Oodnadatta track in July 2021. It’s the cover of the current On the Road Magazine which has my travel story on Oodnadatta inside, plus many other great pieces. However it was my photo of our rig on the cover that was unexpected and an absolute thrill.
To me, these printed articles, including my regular column, are another form of journalling, except these stories I share with the world. I intend to keep creating more content this year and Im always grateful, no matter how many times my stories are published.
As we begin our new year in Geraldton, I look ahead and see a long stretch of unknown territory we’ll be heading into in a couple of weeks. I feel anticipation, excitement and a tinge of uncertainty, but mostly a deep sense of gratitude for where we are.
I trust and surrender in the knowing that we’re exactly where we’re meant to be and that our journey on this Earth is evolving all the time. The best we can do is live life as best we can, keeping our energy and vibration high and giving thanks for the moment because, ultimately, that’s all we have.
Wishing you all blessings, hope, peace and love this year. Cherish each moment and remember that life is a storybook of wonder and we’re all the authors and creators of our own story. So let’s make it a magnificent one.
In love and light always