OMC 30-Day Quarantine Challenge Check-In: Journaling


OMC 30-Day Quarantine Challenge Check-In: Journaling

It’s Laurie here! I took the challenge of journaling for thirty days in the month of April. Here are some of my thoughts so far:

  • Journaling actually does improve my mood. (Ha! Go figure.) I don’t have empirical data or anything that proves this fact, but I just feel it – you know what I mean? Journaling is my mental catharsis, even if it is just for a few moments a day.
  • Listening to your body (and brain) is important. Perfection isn’t. I totally have not journaled every day. On the days that I haven’t journaled (there have been exactly four so far), they’ve been long days filled with trying to “do it all.” By the time I even thought about my journal, it was when I was finally crawling into bed around 10 o’clock. I had to ask myself: in this moment, what would benefit me more – journaling or sleep? I chose sleep. And that’s okay.
  • I’ve journaled in a variety of ways. Other than the three styles I had originally blogged about, I decided to do a “Day in the Life” type of journal just to try it out. I basically kept my journal with me all day long and quickly jotted down the time and what I was doing – everything from drinking my first cup of coffee to grading student papers to laundry to watching a movie with my son. By the end of the day, it was super satisfying to see everything that I had accomplished. (Turns out, moms do a lot!) Journaling in different styles has kept it fresh.

Honestly, I’m just glad I’ve (mostly) stuck to it and I haven’t given up yet. I see progress in my willingness to journal and my overall mood – and isn’t that what it’s all about?


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An educator and freelance writer, Laurie has a love of connecting with people through her words. She has a degree from UConn in History and Native American and Indigenous Studies and had the plan of working in a museum, but ended up teaching for nearly a decade instead! In addition, Laurie was a barn rat growing up, and has fifteen years of experience riding and training horses. While Central Florida has been her home for ten years (and loves it - hello, Disney!), she proudly identifies as a New Englander and will forever root for the Patriots and Red Sox. She’s a wife of a lawyer, mom of an almost kindergartener, stepmom of a high schooler, and dog mom to a quirky Shepherd mix named Eleanor. Connect with her on Instagram @laurieannwriter


  1. Enjoy your writings…evokes a lot of memories for me…thanks. I have been keeping a journal for many, many years…everyone can have a good laugh after I’m gone!!!!
    Keep it up,,,it does help. Grammy Mickey,


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