MLK and journaling (they’re connected, I swear)

This is my journal!

This is my journal!

50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. He had a dream of a world where all children, regardless of race, worked together, joined hands, and built a better world around them.

I’m trying to spend some time reflecting on my thoughts and feelings and have taken up journaling. What started it was when I was ready Sarah Mae’s Desperate (awesome book!). Each chapter ends with a journaling prompt. Something to write and reflect about. She had a similar journaling prompt at the end of each segment of the Unwired Mom challenge. I really got into it.

I have been really learning some things about myself. Things I think I already knew and could probably have told you if I had to the time to stop and really think about it. But that’s just it – who the hell has time to stop and think any more? I mean, really really think. Dig. Investigate. Wonder. Set goals. Next steps. Appreciate accomplishments. So with the Unwired Mom challenge done and Desperate almost done (I’m kind of putting it off because I don’t want it to end!), I really really wanted to keep journaling.

But then I was like, well, what do I write about? I really didn’t want to go back to my elementary school days of “Dear Diary, here’s an accounting of my day.” (I still have that diary, by the way. It has kitty cats on it). In my quest to find good printable planner pages for my life planner (more on that later!), I stumbled upon journal printables, which sparked my interest. It turns out, there’s a whole slew of “Journal prompts” out there.. even printable journal pages you can fill out and color! So that’s what I’m going to be doing, along with smashbooking, scrapbooking, and making collages in my journal.

I will share my journal pages, when appropriate, with you all – for inspiration, motivation and lessons learned. As I find more journal ideas (and planner ideas) I’ll pin them.

In the meantime, I thought “I have a dream” scrawled across the top of a blank journal page might be a good place to start tonight when I sit down with my journal, my thoughts, my dreams.

Happy writing.

Your turn: What’s your dream?