Our Favorite Memory Journaling Ideas
Journaling is a great way to record your precious memories and immortalize important events in your life. Journaling, or diary writing, has numerous benefits. For example, it's a good way to relieve stress and anxiety, as the act of writing alone is enough to take your mind off the daily stresses in life. Journaling also allows you to express yourself in creative ways.
When we write in a journal, whether a traditional journal or a digital one, we are able to organize our memories into a record. Archiving our memories in a journal will allow us to reflect back on the person we once were during a particular period of time, and see how much we've grown throughout the years.
There's no limit to the types of memories you can record in your journal. After all, our life experiences are as varied as each new day is unique. We all have good memories and bad memories, but in this article, we'll focus on the former rather than the latter. It's the good memories in life that are worth keeping and reflecting on. Don't know where to start? No worries. Read on to see our five favorite memory journaling ideas.
1. Childhood memories
Many of our most cherished and vivid memories are those from our childhood. Even though you might be an adult now, that doesn't mean you can't write about your childhood memories. Journaling takes you on a trip back down memory lane. You can gather old photos or paper memorabilia, like tickets to games and amusement parks your parents took you to, and glue them on to the pages of your journal. This create a multimedia story that really brings your memories back to life.
If you'd rather use a digital or online journal, you can create a Memories Timeline that will not only securely host your childhood memories, it will also allow you to share interactive visual media and stories with others. If you like, you can even use it to collaborate with close friends and loved ones, so that everyone gets a chance to tell their own story about your childhood.
You can publish, archive and share your memorable photos and videos online, securely, if you use a Memories Timeline. Think of it as a digital scrapbook, but with more benefits — like being able to share your memories with family and friends across the globe. Another advantage it has over a traditional physical scrapbook is that your Timeline has multimedia features. It's the perfect solution to host digitised photos. Other features include data protection, customizable privacy settings, and a user-friendly design editor.
2. Holiday memories
Holidays create a lasting impression on us because they are truly special. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and New Year's events only come around once a year, so our memories of them are vivid. Through journaling, you can write about your current holiday event in real time, or you can write about holiday memories from the past.
Journaling about our holiday memories will remind us of the true meaning of the holiday spirit and, more importantly, the time we share with family and friends. After all, the holidays are when we spend time with our loved ones and create new memories. So, get to writing — there's always a holiday just around the corner.
3. Vacation and travel memories
One of the most common reasons why people write journals is to capture their travel experiences. Travel journaling is a tradition of many famous explorers, frontiersmen and women, and even vagabonds! Journaling and traveling are just made for each other. In fact, one of the reasons why journaling has regained popularity over the past decade is because travel has become more affordable, much easier, and more trendy. And, of course, because travel can change our views, our lives, and who we are as people.
So, take your journal with you on your next adventure! Write down the places you've been, the people you've met, the new cultures you've learned about, and the experiences that helped make you who you are today.
4. Family Memories
Our family represents our roots in life. Regardless of the many different dynamics and ways you have of relating to each family member, you are all bound together through shared DNA, or through sharing a life together. It's no surprise, then, that you most likely have some strong memories of your family. The people we call family are usually around during holidays and vacations, but they're probably there even on "regular" days. Journaling is a great way to record your memories with family members, from your great-grandparents to your own children, and everyone in between.
If you want to make a digital journal of family memories, and you do it on your Memories Timeline, that Timeline can become a kind of interactive family tree. Memories is a better option for this than other ancestry platforms because a Memories Timeline is more user-friendly, and makes editing and adding to Memories much easier. Your growing Timeline will become a reminder of the importance of creating memories with family, and recording your family history so it's preserved for future generations.
5. School memories
Even if you weren't too fond of school — especially during the exam period — it's likely that some of your most vivid and possibly cherished memories happened during your school years. Think about the time span between pre-school and your graduation. That's a big chunk of your life. If your life was a book series, your school years would take up at least one volume.
Journaling will allow you to look back on those fond school memories, like your first day of school, field trips, meeting your now-best friends for the first time, or any funny stories you recall. There are so many memories you can write about just from your academic years. For instance, you can dedicate an entire journal notebook to your high-school memories, and another one to your primary years. By the end of your journaling project, you'll essentially have an autobiography or memoir.
So, what are you waiting for? Open the cover of your journal and put some ink onto those blank pages! Or, open a Memories Timeline and start creating your digital journal today.