What 1,000 Journal Entries Revealed About Who I Am

Harrison Wendland
6 min readApr 8, 2020

It’s been over 1,000 days in my journal.

I use the Day One app and I love it. Here’s the link: Day One

Now that I’ve gone almost 3 full years consecutively, I’ve noticed a lot about myself.

But it wasn’t always this way…

I started journaling in high school. I think that I was going into my freshman year and my grandmother on my Dad’s side gave me a journal that I could write in and use. At that point, I began journaling almost every night for a few years.

Eventually, I lost interest and stopped for some reason during high school.

Even when I first came to college in 2015, I didn’t pick it back up right away.

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.” — J.M. Barrie

But, I don’t think you should hear it from me. Here is what some other people have said about journaling if you’re on the fence about it. I’ll share my experience with journaling.

Benjamin Hardy wrote a great piece called, “Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life

He talked about the challenge with journaling. And especially the difficulty with journaling on a regular basis.

“Journaling daily is the most potent and powerful keystone habit you can acquire. If done correctly, you will show up better in every area of your life — every area! Without question, journaling has by far been the number one factor to everything I’ve done well in my life.” — Benjamin Hardy

Benjamin Hardy is someone that I greatly admire and for good reason. He is one of the few people that I’ve come across who is as dedicated to learning and continuous growth as I am. There are not many people who squeeze the lemon and continue squeezing until all the juice is out — but they don’t stop there — they eat the peel too, leaving nothing to waste.

He goes into great detail about the benefits of journaling and shares 19 direct benefits of journaling as well as the benefits of a gratitude list and other things. Linked here.

Harrison Wendland

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