Communication is key for friendships to remain solid so they may never break over time and distance. Whether you have known them all of your life or for just a little while.
There are many ways to communicate though, phone calls, text messages, social media and more. But one fun way to communicate is through a friendship journal. Journaling can be done one of two ways. If you and your friend live close, you can both share a journal, taking turns writing in it. If you’re a distance apart, consider journaling about your friendship and then send the journal to your friend. This heartfelt gesture is sure to bring a smile to your friend’s face.
There are so many things you can journal about:
- Cherished memories
- School experiences
- Summer camps
- Places you’d like to see
- Things you’d like to do
- Sports and activities
- Encouraging words
- Your thoughts about the day you met
- Your appreciation for one another
- Choices you’ve made
- Places you’ve been together
- Questions for your friend
- Old friends, boyfriends and girlfriends
- Each other’s family
To help you make your friendship even more special, here are a few tips to consider as you begin your friendship journal.
On the first page or two of the journal, make a note of why you’re creating the journal. Include the date and any inspirational thoughts, quotes or photos you want to share. This will become a treasured item for you and your friend.
Add photos, ticket stubs, receipts, poems, old notes and more to your journal. Decorate it even further with stickers, glitter and other scrapbooking items you can pick up at most any store.
When journaling, dig deep into your subconscious. Document not only your immediate thoughts but also your feelings behind them. The more detail you can give, the more special your journal will be. This is where communication is key and if they are your true friend unconditionally there should be no fear in writing it all out.
You don’t always have to write in a serious tone. There is a reason you and your friend picked one another, be that friend when you write. Be fun, silly and nostalgic as you would if you were talking to your friend face to face.
Talk about things that you appreciate about your friend. Remember, and document, the good times. Share your hopes and dreams with your friend, especially those that include the friend.
When and how long you journal is up to you. Pick a quiet time to write as often as possible, but at least once a week. This will help the activity become a habit. The more you think of and are involved with your friend, the more you have to write about.
Ready to journal about your friendship and share what your friends means to you?