Journaling Fears + Obstacles

May 3, 2017 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

So if you haven’t noticed by now, my journaling videos are some of the most popular videos on my channel to date.

In fact, my “What to Write In A Journal” video has over 100,000 views!


So I think it’s safe to say that I would be doing an injustice if I didn’t give the people more of what they want.

Anyway, I love the excitement and curiosity when it comes to journaling. It’s SO beneficial (which I’ll get to next week).

But today, I wanted to highlight what prevents so many people from putting a pen to paper.

With that being said to watch, “What To Write In a Journal Part 2: Fears/ Obstacles,” press PLAY below.

with gratitude and much love,


p.s. stay tuned for Part 3 next week!


Hey guys. Welcome back. I’m Shaina Leis if you’re just joining. Today, seeing that my journaling videos are all the rage, I am covering some pretty common fears + obstacles that this bad boy creates.

Who knew that a book of blank sheets of paper could be so scary? Paper cuts maybe??

So after extensive market research, I’m just kidding, but some research, I’ve compiled a list of 5 main journaling fears + obstacles and how to overcome them. Let’s go…


If you view journaling as scary or as a chore, you won’t reap the many benefits. And actually I’ll be doing a Part 3 video about the benefits of journaling, so if you haven’t subscribed to my channel, make sure you do that now so you don’t miss it.

OK, #1: I don’t know what to write. This obstacle is a piece of cake to overcome because I did a video for all of you (Part 1) called: What to Write In a Journal that covers a plethora of exercises and ideas.

It’s a fantastic starting point if you’re feeling stuck and mentally blocked. So I will link that video down below.

#2: I don’t have time. Ahhh the excuse of time. Well you had time to watch this video or stalk your ex on Facebook, you surely have enough time to designate to 10 minutes of writing.

Time is not something we just have or don’t have, it’s how we utilize it and prioritize.

If making strides in the betterment of your life is important, than journal, otherwise if perpetuating your depression over your recent breakup is more important, than happy stalking!

But for real, get familiar with the benefits, and carve out time in your schedule to sit down with your journal.

#3: I’m a bad writer/ I hate writing.

You don’t need to be a great writer to journal. That’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t need to make chronological or grammatical sense…in fact, that even takes away from the therapeutic nature of journaling.

Journaling is equally if not more effective when it looks like you’ve thrown up your thoughts, feelings and ideas onto the pages.

And if you hate writing, then there are different types of journaling that will satisfy your fancy like art journaling or you can even make lists instead of rapid writing.

#4: I’m embarrassed to keep a journal. What are we 9, keeping a diary?

There’s nothing embarrassing about wanting to better yourself. World leaders and CEOs journal. (Hence why they’re leaders and CEO’s.)

Once you actively journal and see the results, the feeling of embarrassment will surely subside. And nobody needs to know. It’s our little secret. Which brings me to the last fear…

#5: Someone will read it. This was a fear of mine. If I drop dead tomorrow, I can see it now…my family + friends gathering in my room reading my deepest darkest thoughts.

If it’s a genuine fear of yours, there are of course safes journals with locks or you can absolutely shred your entries once you’ve completed them. Or god forbid, anything were to happen to you, you can enlist a trusted friend to “take care” of your journals.

That’s it for today guys. Remember to check out my journaling playlist below. If you liked this video, give it a thumbs up below. Subscribe for a new video every Wednesday at 10am PT. I’ll see you next week. Bye.


Hi there! I'm Shaina Leis- founder of this inspirational space :) I'm a Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping young adults better themselves and their lives. In this blog, you'll find general advice, career guidance and so much more. Have fun!