Beginner’s guide to journaling (part 1)

Post written by Orsolya Hernold


Let’s start with a simple question: is it a diary or a journal I am talking about? For me, there are certain differences between a diary and a journal, here is my own definition of the two.


Diaries tend to be memoirs–a detailed description of what happened on a day. I have written diaries many times myself, about my children, and of trips, longer stays in different countries. My goal was to keep the memories of my experiences, capturing life for the future. I imagine myself as I’m reading these journals to my children and grandchildren by the fire in a cold January Sunday afternoon. It’s perfect if you have the same goal with writing (maybe with a different picture in mind),  I’m also very happy that I have those notebooks kept for those times, but the writing experience I would like to share with you is different.


I use the word ‘journal’ in this context: writing with focusing on an aspect of my life. It’s a simple, active learning tool with incomparable benefits. It can transform your life if it is put to use, your consciousness grows; it is a way of self-development. See my motto on the header? Focused writing for conscious living – the concept I regard a worthwhile goal in journaling.

Journaling – a simple, active learning tool

Browse through the topics in the blog, contemplate on questions offered in the posts, choose one and start writing. Insights and new perceptions will come instantly; however, longer commitment is needed for long term change.

The guide series:

Beginner’s guide to journaling (part 2)

Beginner’s guide to journaling (part 3)

Beginner’s guide to journaling (part 4)

Beginner’s guide to journaling (part 5)

Advanced guide to journaling (part 6)

Beginner’s (quick) guide to journaling (part 7)



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