The Power of Journaling: I’m Stronger than I Thought How journaling saved my life

I remember vividly when I was at a beautiful island of Gili Trawangan, a friend wanted to ride bicycle to circle the island. Now, the island look small from the map, but it took at least 1,5 hours to circle it around. The most difficult part is when you have to go through the sand beneath you, difficulty level: 5 out of 5. Especially when you never exercise before. It was the deepest hell.

I almost fainted when I finally arrived at the restaurant where my friends were hanging out by the beautiful beach. I tried to act cool. Boy, I have completely forgot about the white sands and the beautiful turquoise beach. Toughest times make you forget to be grateful. I only remember losing breath and focusing to stay alive. What doesn’t kill you, will make you tanned!

Looking back, I went through some tough times in my life. It felt like history now but I had been in a very depressive situation where life is a daily agony, sadness and unhappiness.

If you’re walking through hell, keep going.

I survived by excessive journaling.

When I need it the most, I can journal every 10 minutes. It’s when I feel the kick of negative thoughts or past memories that no longer serve me, I will jot it down in my journal. People say it’s brain dump, it literally is dumping out dirt off your brain to make space for better thoughts. This has been keeping me productive even in my most darkest moments.

Your MBA and other qualifications won’t help much in this world without maturity and the wisdom that coming out of it. You are responsible to be response-able to situations. No time to blame but to reflect: what can I do better to change this and grow?

I will talk more about my journaling techniques in 2017, and how I changed my life literally through writing.

For now, have a productive day!



A writer of 30 books. Co-Founder & CMO & Initiate StartupLokal, the biggest startup community in Indonesia. Co-Managing Director of Girls in Tech Indonesia.