When I first started journaling regularly, I began to develop a deeper relationship with myself. With that came a desire to express myself creatively and I even began to imagine the possibility of starting my own creative online business.
And something else happened too: my relationship with my partner improved.
I didn’t plan for this to happen. I certainly didn’t start journaling with the intention of improving my relationship. But it was a happy side-effect.
In fact, it wasn’t until I looked back on the benefits of journaling after doing it for several months that I realised how wonderful things had been in our relationship at that time.
Why did our relationship improve? I think it’s because I had made myself a priority.
It sounds paradoxical, but by putting myself first – by regularly journaling, connecting with myself and nurturing my creativity – I had formed a better relationship with myself, which had a flow-on effect to our relationship.
I’ve heard it said many times that you can’t love someone else or be truly loved by someone else until you love and accept yourself.
Over the past six months, through my journaling, I have developed a level of self-acceptance – no, self-love – that I have never before had.
For the first time in my life I can honestly say that I love and accept myself, exactly as I am, with all my imperfections. Journaling (and quitting dieting) has helped me to get to this point.
By loving and taking care of myself every day, I have become a happier, more secure and more creatively fulfilled person. And this has had a profound effect on my relationship.
In what ways? Well, we don’t argue very much at all. We actually spend less time together, because I spend a lot of time doing my creative things (he’s very understanding because he has his own creative things), but the time we do spend together is quality time. It’s enhanced by me being happier, more relaxed, more fulfilled and more in touch with who I am.
So, if you’re looking for a way to improve your relationship, try taking some time out for yourself regularly to journal or do something creative.
Have you noticed any outward improvements in your life or relationships because of your journaling practice?