Our first Summer Challenge is to keep a journal. We recently wrote a short blog post on the benefits of keeping a journal, but we’ve added to that list since its been published. Previously we shared that journal writing is beneficial because it can help you feel in control of things, helps to build writing confidence, it can help increase self-awareness and can help decrease high levels of stress.
Keeping a journal over the summer helps to strengthen your writing, keeps your mind active and it can be fun! The best part about keeping a summer journal is, there isn’t a format you have to use or any special writing assignment you have to complete. A summer journal should be fun! You can write a story, answer journal prompts, make lists or, some days you don’t have to write much at all! You can also use your journal to collect memories like cool photos, ticket stubs, wristbands…anything you’ve collected over the summer from a fun day trip or vacation. Your journal can be private so you can also keep it as your diary. The cool thing is, this is your journal so YOU get to decide what you write in it.
To help you get started we have a free resource that you can download or bookmark on your phone and/or computer. This resource can also be printed out if you want to keep it on your desk or refrigerator. It is a collection of journal prompts, ideas for making lists and two story starters that you can use when writing in your journal.