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Bart Kloosterhuis - 22/09/2021

How I fell in love with journaling and how it helped me build a stronger connection with myself and with others.

I’m Bart, co-founder of Vertellis.

Today I would like to share a personal story with you. Care to join me?

After finishing high school, I went to university. I figured out during my first year that this was not the right path for me. So I dropped out and decided to leave university behind for good. 

Everyone told me I wouldn’t have a future without a degree. Although I stood by my decision, hearing this made me feel pretty anxious and insecure. I had to find some way to learn, grow and develop without having to attend university. And I found it: journaling.

After keeping a journal for over 15 years and inspiring millions of people around the world to do the same, here’s what I learned:

Don’t be a perfectionist.

You don’t have to write every single day, as long as you enjoy it. Focus on the experience itself and how it makes you feel, rather than making it a ‘to-do’. Here’s a tip: ask yourself the following two questions when you’re reflecting on your day: what is going well? What could be better?

By using this framework, you prioritize positive thinking. What’s more, you actively avoid negative thinking, which is a common mistake in journaling!

What else happened when I started journaling? My relationship with my family improved and I became more aware of my relationships. And another thing: I feel happier and the days don’t fly by as much as they used to. I feel more present and in control. Oh, and I sleep a lot better!

Another reason why journaling works so well for me is that it helps me spend less time online and on my phone. It’s just me, my pen and my journal. Old-school offline. It’s that easy!

I see more and more people around me who have gotten into the habit of journaling. More and more people have the desire to reflect (offline). It genuinely makes me super happy to see that people are looking inwards and consciously deciding to make the most of their days and their life. 

Fast forward to today

Because I would love to share my love for journaling with the whole world, I assembled an amazing team and together we created our journal “Vertellis Chapters”. This journal is full of guiding reflective questions, beautiful quotes and sayings, inspiring stories, and exercises that can teach you some of life’s most meaningful lessons. The awesome thing about Vertellis Chapters is that every individual Chapter - there’s 13 all in all - has a unique theme. Some examples include: convictions & self-image, positivity, comfort-zone, influencing your luck, relationship with yourself & others and letting go & growing. 

The foundation of this journal is based on stoicism, Buddhism, positive psychology and countless self-help books. If you want to know more, you can read all about it HERE.

Not bad for a guy who dropped out of university ;)

I hope my story will inspire you to start journaling too! I know I will keep doing it for many years to come. 

I can’t think of a more fitting gift. Invest in yourself and experience a breakthrough in relationships, mental well-being and an increased sense of togetherness and connection to the world around you. My advice: go for it!

With everything that’s going on in the world, a bit of a break, some me-time and positivity can make all the difference to keep your mind happy and healthy!

I would love it if you shared your experience with Chapters (or journaling in general) with me at Speak to you soon!



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