Journaling for a Better Me

Personal journal

Guest Post by Sue York

Journaling has always been a challenge for me.  I kept one as a child but have since lost it over the years.  In my early twenties I had always wanted to keep a journal perhaps to tell my children how I met their father and they came to be.  Unfortunately my former husband decided it was his business to read it.  So I quit writing in it.  I have since not been able to trust that I could keep a journal.  I tried one of those software journal programs for computers and it worked quite well until my computer crashed and it was lost.

So I am back to square one and working on keeping a journal by handwriting it.  My current husband is very trust worthy so I have no fears there.  I mostly write about issues with work to help me sort it out, what I am working on as far as my writing goes, my children and their adventures in life thus far like my son going into the USMC.

I truly would love to get the details out of my head about the issues I continually have with my mother.  Love my mother but she frustrates me beyond all words.  I live in the same town as my mother but I do not see her nor talk to her that much due to my frustrations with her.  I suppose that here somewhere is a start to that journal, huh?

I know that journaling will also help with my writing.  I so want to be one of those writers who can stay home and write and get published.  I only have one book under my wing and I published it my self.  That is not an easy task or easy to market.

So I guess I am making a start journaling and it also helps with Mari’s eBooks I have been able to purchase that give me the ideas and strength to do so.   And my daughter journals without actually me telling her what a difference it will make in her well being as a young woman. 

I am not sure if this is the type of “personal journal story” you were interested in or looking for but this is what I have.  I took the 27 day journal challenge and even passed it along to friends.  I know two of my friends did it and I believe it sort of helped them at taking a look at their marriage. 

There are so many aspects of journaling that can help in very different areas of people’s lives.  Marriage, personal, work, writing, feelings, family.  I just touched on a few here because they are the ones I am working on.  I write on each of these in different journals so as to keep my brain focused on what’s important with each one.  What I may need to work on and what I need to expand on in life. 

I thank you Mari for all you have provided on your website for those of us who need the help and didn’t know where to find it.

My pleasure, Sue.


Sue is the Author of 'Dividing Tides' and can be found at