Power of the pen

Journaling is My Best Friend

Sharing Stories
March 3, 2024 at 11:34 a.m.
Journaling is a healthy habit.
Journaling is a healthy habit.

Journaling is my best friend forever! 
It was introduced to me by Sr. Bea Koerper, a Franciscan nun who befriended me.

I met her when I was going through hell in my life and was somehow lost. I didn’t want others to know the pains and sorrows I was going through but to show them I was strong and brave.  

However, deep inside, my problems were eating me slowly to death until this beautiful nun talked about journaling in one of her Bible classes I attended.

So, I tried journaling the first night, but nothing came out.  Sr. Bea told me to just doodle or draw what was bothering me.  This time, I did well, my first notebook was filled with drawings of all kinds—some scary, pretty, or even weird.  But they made me feel better.

Next, I slowly used words.  Each time I poured my heart into it with tears rolling down my cheeks, I felt better.   That notebook was filled fast with so many different issues.

As I did journaling, I felt I was being transformed into a strong, confident, brave, and a happy person.

Journaling has been my best friend ever since it helped me save my life from self-destructions.  I shared this technique with my students with the purpose of improving their writing skills.

It worked!  My students were happier and became better writers.  I’m still journaling and feeling happy.  Thanks to my BFF!

Loreta L. Antonio is a Washington writer who has worked with Ariele for several years. Photo of Loreta "smelling the roses."

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