With my feet firmly back on Australian soil, I thought it would be a good idea to share a few of the things I learned on my travels. I had been dreaming about the trip I just completed since I was a teenager, and while I don’t claim to be any wiser for it, I’ve definitely grown.
Lesson five – Take note. Of the good, the bad. Everything.
I cannot imagine my life without journaling. When I think back to before it became part of my life, I wonder how I ever managed to get anything done, with all my thoughts jumbled in my head and nowhere to go.
Now, journaling is as natural a breathing, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I journal. But my journal is more than just a dumping ground for stray thoughts. My journals are a representation of me at any given point. Of my hopes, dreams, fears, and ideas. Of my fondest memories, and my deepest emotions.
Whether good or bad, I take note of it. On the greatest days, I take note of what I did, what I wore, who I interacted with, what I ate. Whether it was sunny or rainy or somewhere in between. Whether I went out in the world or whether I took time for myself at home. And on the darkest days, I do the same.
And amongst those pages, whether good or bad, are the secrets to what makes me happy. In reflecting on both the good and the bad, you can reveal to yourself those secrets, and move yourself toward creating more and more of the great days, until all that’s left are the great days.