This post is the final one in my How to Journal series from another blog. I thought it was a suitable transition post, as My Cozy Book Nook is now my primary blog.
Last week I shared my Travel Bucket List – one that I’m sure will change and grow over time.
Today I will discuss how I document my travels … and how these same techniques can also be used to document my life journey.
I owe much of this content to Dave Fox, author of Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals, a book I highly recommend! I refer to this resource at least once a year, and each time I find a new nugget to incorporate in my own journaling routine.
In essence, Dave suggests there are four different stages of travel journaling:
- Pre-Journaling: when you journal your plans for the trip, your expectations and anticipations.
- In the Moment: when you journal while on the trip, speed journaling a few minutes at a time.
- Post-Journaling: when you journal after the trip, reviewing the notes from above, and crafting meaningful entries
- Re-Journaing: when you journal several months or even years later, revisiting these essays and discovering meaningful themes or lessons learned.
In addition, I am a firm believer in the “stepping stones” of life – that is, one experience leads to another and another. Re-journaling allows us to review our past in the context of life as a whole, rather than as an isolated event. Perhaps we can discover the why behind the event – or the lesson learned that will help us navigate a different troubling time.
Re-journaling gives us time and space to review. As Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Re-journaling allows us to examine life – to discover common themes or patterns that would otherwise remain hidden. What choices or behavior robs us of joy? How can we eliminate them? And conversely, what choices or behavior brings us joy – and how can we cultivate them?
I love travel, and I love journaling even more. These Globejotting techniques help me focus on both – and gain perspective on this journey called life.