The great thing for me about journaling is that once or twice a year I sit down and read through all of my journals. This bi- annual practice has proven to be both insightful and productive. For example, it can solidify my thinking in an area, it can show me how I am not thinking clearly about something, etc.
How does journaling affect my creativity? Well it isn't directly connected but I find having a well sorted out heart and mind allows me to be more creative. Journaling helps me by taking the things which are bothering out of my head and putting them down on paper. I am then able to confidently walk away from it. Things seem to work themselves out over time and a journal is a helpful recorder of that truth.
Paper Blanks journals
A journal I made for my internship in Texas, at Teen Mania Ministries.
My journal while I was in South Africa.
A journal that my dear friend Ana gave me.
Journaling is not an every day thing. It is more when I need to get something out of my head onto paper. I also write out my prayers to God, which is something I started years ago. It is amazing to have a record of my prayers and then realize months or years later how they worked out.
I think the greatest thing about writing in journals is perspective. I always struggle with perspective. Problems always seem bigger that what they are, they feel like they are never going to change. Journaling shows that they do change and that God is faithful to help me through it. It's not always the circumstances that change it is more my attitude towards the problem that changes.
Well I hope this inspires you to go get a nice journal and write down your thoughts and feelings.