The Real Reason Behind Your Journaling Addiction

Are you guilty of buying beautiful journals but never finishing them? Discover the hidden reason behind your journaling habits and learn how to break the cycle. Join me as I explore the allure of new beginnings, the impact of purpose, and the transformative potential of journaling. As a planner and journaling enthusiast, I will help you uncover the true meaning behind your journaling pursuits. Say goodbye to blank pages and hello to purposeful journaling that empowers you to heal, grow, and create a meaningful narrative of your life. Don't let another journal become another unfinished chapter.

Ligia Costa


How many times do you find yourself buying a new journal or notebook but either you don't get to use it or you start but you never finish it? Trust me, you're not alone. As a fellow journaling enthusiast, I've fallen into this trap countless times. The allure of a beautiful journal or the inspiration from others can easily lead us down a path of acquiring more journals than we can possibly fill. But why does this happen? What drives our relentless pursuit of new beginnings through journaling? In this blog post, we'll explore the deeper meaning behind our journaling addiction, shedding light on the real reason behind our continuous cycle of buying and abandoning journals.

The Desire for New Beginnings:

Have you ever noticed how starting a new journal or planner gives you a sense of a fresh start? It's like turning the page to a new chapter of your life or beginning a new book altogether. This feeling of starting over is deeply ingrained in us, just like the excitement and hope we feel on our birthdays or the onset of a new year. We crave the opportunity to leave behind past disappointments and failures, and starting a new journal provides that sense of renewal. It's a chance to rewrite our story, to create something better. But often, this desire for new beginnings is accompanied by a lack of purpose.

The Importance of Purpose:

While we may have the best intentions when purchasing a new journal, without a clear purpose or goal in mind, we are bound to lose interest and abandon it. The key to breaking the cycle lies in defining our purpose for journaling. It's not just about writing for the sake of writing; it's about setting specific intentions and goals for personal growth and transformation. Journaling becomes a powerful tool when we use it to address the emotional aspects of our lives that we want to change or heal. It's not limited to career aspirations or to-do lists but encompasses the deep-seated emotions and wounds that hinder our progress.

Understanding the "Why":

When we buy a new journal or notebook impulsively, it's often a manifestation of our subconscious signalling that something in our lives is not fulfilling or aligned with our desires. It's a cry for change, an indication that our mindset and emotional well-being need attention. By recognizing this connection, we gain awareness and can redirect our journaling addiction towards a purposeful practice.

Journaling with Purpose:

To break free from aimless journaling, we must embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-reflection with intention. Start by asking yourself why you feel the urge to buy a new journal. What is it that you're seeking to change or heal in your life? Set clear goals and objectives for your journaling practice, focusing on emotional growth and personal development. Journaling becomes a powerful tool for self-awareness and healing when we approach it with purpose.

Overcoming Challenges and Building Consistency:

One common challenge in maintaining a journaling practice is the struggle to be consistent. Just like going to the gym, it takes commitment and perseverance. There will be days when you don't feel like writing or when life gets in the way. But remember, progress is not about perfection. Even if you miss a day or two—or even a week—of writing in your journal, the key is to pick up where you left off and keep going. Create a routine, block out dedicated time, and eliminate distractions. As you build the habit of journaling regularly, it will become a natural part of your life and a powerful tool for personal growth.

Embracing Transformation:

By journaling with purpose and staying committed to your practice, you'll begin to witness the transformative power of self-reflection and emotional healing. Over time, you'll notice how far you've come, the challenges you've overcome, and the goals you've achieved. Your journal will become a tangible record of your growth and a source of inspiration for the future. Embrace the journey and allow yourself to be open to the magic that unfolds through the written word.

It's time to break the cycle of buying journals without purpose and embrace the transformative potential of intentional journaling. Understand that the desire for new beginnings is natural, but it needs to be accompanied by a clear purpose and goal. Journaling becomes a powerful tool for self-reflection, emotional healing, and personal growth when we approach it with intention. Define your purpose, set goals, overcome challenges, and embrace the transformative journey that awaits you. Say goodbye to empty pages and hello to a meaningful and fulfilling journaling practice.

Remember, the power to change lies within you, and your journal is the vessel to navigate your path towards self-discovery and growth.

Love and healing,