It’s a new season for journaling! Spring 2021 feels like we are emerging – slowly, carefully please – from the depths of the pandemic. With vaccinations increasing, there is truly a sense that we are moving forward. It will take time for our activities, work, and relationships to solidify into a NEW normal. I believe that when we look back five years from now, we will see seismic changes caused by the pandemic and its aftermath. Journaling as we emerge from the pandemic is a great tool.
Journaling Through the First Year of the Pandemic
About a year ago, I wrote about journaling through the times we were entering –
I also offered a journal that is still available as a free download here: http://carolbrusegar.com/Journaling-Through-Crisis
(Keep reading – there’s a new journal free to download at the end of this post!)
I chose to journal weekly in this format. I have now over a year of weekly accounts of what happened, what I did and reflections on them. I look forward to continuing through this year.
Journaling Through Year Two
Now that we are emerging from the worst of the crisis, it is an ideal time to not only record the halting and tentative steps forward but to anticipate and plan for YOUR next stage. This is a perfect opportunity to do something new, something bold, something beautiful. It’s a time to use your insights from the past year.
I invite and encourage you to set aside time to journal in the coming weeks and months. Journaling in this new season of spring and of emergence from the strictures of the pandemic can be helpful in multiple ways.
- Recording and reflecting on your experiences as we move into a new phase can help us make decisions.
- Journaling can be a tool in establishing new patterns and habits as our lives change again.
- Our journals as written records of this time in our personal and global history will be a treasure for future review and reflection.
This new season for journaling is unique. If you already journal regularly, consider some new uses and ways to focus your journaling. If you are an occasional or novice journaler, take this opportunity to jump in.
To assist you in journaling as we emerge from the pandemic, I offer you an updated version of the journal from a year ago – one focused on creating the future. You can download it without charge, print as many of each page as you want, and put it in a folder or binder where you can use it regularly. Here it is: http://carolbrusegar.com/moving-forward-journal-2021