FROM THE VIDEO:
BIPOLAR & RELATIONSHIPS: Couples Journaling
Relationships is a popular topic for Polar Warriors. It’s popular in my videos, in the comments, in the coaching calls I do, and it’s also really important in my personal life. I always get really excited when I learn a new technique, or find a way to make a great relationship even better.
One of our viewers, Jennifer Clark, suggested something in the comments today that I felt was brilliant. Quote: “Another suggestion is starting a couple’s journal. It helps a lot with feeling herd and understanding how each other feels. Great tool for communication with people who have a hard time verbalizing when manic. I can somehow find my words with a pen, but not my mouth. And sometimes, as I’m writing, I realize how ridiculous I’m being. END QUOTE. Jennifer – THANK YOU SO MUCH for joining the conversation and sharing something that works for you. That’s the essence of the Polar Warrior community… Sharing what WORKS. I’m super grateful to have viewers like you <3.
Now… I’ve done journaling most of my life, but it’s always been a very private endeavor. I literally bought my first journal in 3rd grade (and had a hell of a time hiding it from my little brother). I have that weathered green journal around here somewhere. Even has this tiny key to keep secrets inside like the date of my very first kiss.
I also journaled a lot in my early 20’s and during my Karate teaching days. I had some pretty fancy journals given to me by students, so of course I had to use them. That whole time I never thought once about including my partner in them. I always fantasized about my partner reading it someday – like when I’m gone or something, but why wait. Why leave so many questions and memories unexplored, unanswered. With the whole “tomorrow isn’t guaranteed” thing, I think it’s a wonderful idea to journal as a couple. OF COURSE you can still have your own private journal too. Nothing wrong with that.
I did some poking around online and landed on a wonderful article from this year that talks about “10 ideas for keeping a couple’s journal. It was posted to a journaling supply website by Jessica Huffman and I think it will be a valuable share for the channel. I also found and ordered the neatest book on Amazon called “A Year of Us – One Question a Day to Spark Fun & Meaningful Conversations. Before I jump into our 10 tips, please know that I am not affiliated with, sell, endorse, or represent any product mentioned in this video. I’m simply sharing some cool resources I found. Let’s get to it!