July 2019 marks the 2nd anniversary of my book Find Your Lane. In my book, I share the importance of writing in a journal. Do you have a journal that you write in on a consistent basis? Journaling can provide great insight into yourself and your life. Keeping track of your thoughts, ideas, and progress is also an excellent way to learn more about yourself. A journal can also be something you can share with your children or grandchildren one day so that they can get to know you better. It can even serve as a legacy and be given as a gift.
When my sweet grandmother was dying of cancer back in 1998, my wife bought me a journal to write down my thoughts. She thought it might be a way to help me grieve and give me something to look back on. I recently looked at it and realized it is now one of my most prized possessions to hand down to my children or grandchildren. It’s special moments in time that marked our life in such a special way. Each writing entry is a milemarker. I can remember the time and the place for most every moment. It includes moments such as our last days spent with our grandma, our kids’ events, when our brother in law and his wife had their first child, when we purchased a new home, phone calls to family and friends, sporting events, and more. I wrote in it off and on for close to 20 years. My mom later bought me a multi-year journal that captured brief moments and have been developed a practice to write in it every day. Since then, I have been writing in many journals to capture milemarkers in different areas of my life such as work, health and fitness, and prayer journals.
When we first start writing in a journal, it can sometimes be a struggle to know what to say. One of the ways to overcome this is to just write down what you did for the day or who you connected with. Always date the entry as well. This is something you will appreciate when looking back in time. Writing in multiple journals can also be helpful. I have since started a leadership journal, sales journal, prayer journal, fitness journal, and now a book project journal. It’s a great way to capture special moments from various aspects of your life to share with others.
When you look back, it gives you confidence and a sense of accomplishment. So many times we forget about all of the good we have been a part of or some of the success we have enjoyed on our journey. When we capture this, it will be a milemarker for us to look back on when we need some inspiration.
Here is the good news… Next week, I will be introducing my latest publication: Milemarkers, A Five-Year Journey to help you capture brief moments to write like you would on social media. It will be filled with inspirational quotes and reflection questions to share at the end of the month. You can use it to write down daily important tasks, something you learned at the end of the day, track your to do list at work or at home, kids/grandkids sayings, ideas for your career, interviews, someone you are praying for each day, track your goals, and on and on and on… and the best part is that it won’t take long for you to write in it each day to help you develop the daily habit of writing to help you record your personal journal… A Memoir!
Wouldn’t it be great to have your grandfather or grandmothers journals? Some of you may have these and know this joy and what it will be like to share with others. The best part will be the treasure you are creating for the one that holds it next! Be on the lookout for Milemarkers. It will be better than a book to read, it will be your book to write… It’s your legacy!
Milemarkers coming July 2019! It also makes the perfect gift!
Quote of the week:“there are 86,400 seconds in the day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with the.” Jim Valvano
Call to Action: If you have read Find Your Lane, feel free to post a review on amazon to mark the 2nd anniversary month. and help us spread the message! Also, do you currently journal, share what you enjoy most about it below and let’s help inspire others to get started!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “milemarkers coming soon” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email email@example.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” available on amazon.