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Writing a journal helps you to prioritise and clarify your thoughts. It gives you a unique perspective of your own life.

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Hey, I’m Joel, the creator or Ramble.

I’m fascinated by writing as a means of reflection and self improvement. Journaling has helped me become a better, happier husband, father, son, and employee.

I built Ramble because I needed it myself. All the other products I tried were either too complicated, inflexible, or not private enough for me.

Ramble combines my love of programming, design, writing, philosophy, cryptography, typography, and minimalism.

I hope it helps you as much as it’s helped me. If it doesn’t, I want to hear about it! You can always email me directly at joel@drapper.me.


Joel

What people say about journaling

“In my life, I had to discover that writing in my journal is valuable for me—whether my grandchildren ever read it or not.”

Brad Wilcox

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Dr. Seuss

“The best way to track your activities of the day is to write them down; the best way to track your activities of the week is to write them down; the best way to analyze your progress through the year is to have written it down. Why? So you can look back on it, because by keeping a written record of your life you will be more accountable. By putting into writing the action steps that you have planned, you will easily see what works and what doesn’t. Most people just trying to get through the day, never writing anything down, never keeping track of their progress along the way; never really knowing if they are doing all they can to reach their goals, to drive their ambition.”

Jim Rohn

“I really liked the idea of creating a journal myself. It’s like the way I clear my throat. I write a page every day, maybe 500 words. It could be about something I’m specifically worried about in the new novel; it could be a question I want answered; it could be something that’s going on in my personal life. I just use it as an exercise.”

Elizabeth George

“I’ve always loved journaling as a way to clear my mind. Whether I’m traveling or at home, the first thing I do when I wake up is pull out my notebook and record positive things that have happened to me as well as uplifting thoughts.”

Gloria Reuben

What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved?”

Spencer W. Kimball

Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.

Mina Murray, Dracula

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.

Martina Navratilova

“My daily journal, kept over all these years, has helped provide some specifics which I most likely would not otherwise be able to recount.

Thomas S. Monson

Everyone should have a form of a diary. It’s a great release.”

Stanley Victor Paskavich

“What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself and throw the burden on my book and feel relieved.

Anne Lister

“People often use the excuse that their lives are uneventful and nobody would be interested in what they have done. But I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations.”

Spencer W. Kimball

The ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly.”

Rolf Smith

“May I suggest that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper… You will bless the lives of many—your families and others—now and in the years to come.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

“As I view it, in every family a record should be kept… that record should be the first stone, if you choose, in the family altar. It should be a book known and used in the family circle; and when the child reaches maturity and goes out to make another household, one of the first things that the young couple should take along should be the records of their families, to be extended by them as life goes on… each one of us carries, individually, the responsibility of record keeping, and we should assume it.

John A. Widstoe

“Sacred experiences gain validity by being recorded… and seen over a period of years, a life recorded day by day and page by page assumes pattern and purpose. A journal thus becomes a vehicle for seeing God’s interaction with us.

Janet Brigham

“Almost every morning I write in my journal. I’ve been keeping it for a long time - I’ve filled more than 50 books. I write about what’s going on in my personal and spiritual life or what’s going on at work. It helps me keep things in perspective, especially when things get crazy or I get stressed or we have obstacles.

Blake Mycoskie

“I haven’t written for a few days, because I wanted first of all to think about my diary. It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I—nor for that matter anyone else—will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.

Anne Frank

If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, and unique individual, keep a journal.

Jim Rohn

“When our children were very small, I started to write down a few things about what happened every day… I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: ‘Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?’ As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.”

Henry B. Eyring

Journals make it easy for me to look back over my own life and see the progress I am—or am not—making. They can motivate me to stay on course or make positive changes.”

Brad Wilcox

The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.

David Hare

Journal writing … [provides] a place for self-expression where one can afford to take a risk, experiment with ideas and materials, and even make a mistake.”

M. Joan Lickteig

“Whatever it is that you write, putting words on the page is a form of therapy that doesn’t cost a dime.”

Diana Raab

Treat the past as a school.

Jim Rohn

“I don’t want to live in a hand-me-down world of others’ experiences. I want to write about me, my discoveries, my fears, my feelings, about me.

Helen Keller

“I started writing a journal, and I was learning so much along the way. How to deal with your family, how to deal with your friends.”

Tom Brokaw

“It helps to write as the character that I am trying to be, and try to journal every day as them. Once I’ve already recorded thoughts as this person, it’s easier to just flip back through and be like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is what she’s thinking; this is what she’s feeling.’”

Brianna Hildebrand

“Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell.”

Louisa May Alcott

“Writing in a journal each day, with a structured, strategic process allows you to direct your focus to what you did accomplish, what you’re grateful for, and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day, feel good about any forward progress you made, and use a heightened level of clarity to accelerate your results.”

Hal Elrod

“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”

Jack London

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth

Write what should not be forgotten.

Isabel Allende

“There is something about journal writing that causes us to meditate, to recommit, and to receive spiritual impressions in the process of such pondering. Frequently, you will have cause to rejoice at how the Lord has been sensitively involved in guiding and watching over you and those you love and care about.”

L. Edward Brown

“But gifted people learn to get from the day. They don’t let a day end without picking up some valuable experience, some emotional content, some idea that may positively affect their future. To get the most from the day, to learn the most from a day, you need to be able to reflect on the day. And how can you reflect on a day unless you recorded it in history?”

Jim Rohn

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.

Natalie Goldberg

I keep a quotes journal - of every sentence that I’ve wanted to remember from my reading of the past 30 years.

Richard Powers

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

Ernest Hemingway

“I resolved to start journaling every day, and so far I’ve been journaling every day, and it’s been great.”

Charlie Worsham

“Never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things—childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves—that go on slipping like sand through our fingers.”

Salman Rushdie

“A lot of people don’t like to spend money on a journal because they’re afraid to wreck it, which is understandable. I buy beautifully made leather-bound journals because I have lost my fear of the blank page.”

Keri Smith

Writing is medicine. It is an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion for any difficult change.

Julia Cameron

Putting words on paper regularly is part of the necessary discipline of writing. A journal is a great way to do that.”

Pearl Cleage

“Should we not have respect enough to God to make a record of those blessings which He pours out upon us and our official acts which we do in His name upon the face of the earth? I think we should.”

Wilford Woodruff

Journaling has become one of the most gratifying and fulfilling practices of my life. Not only do I derive the daily benefits of consciously directing my thoughts and putting them in writing, but even more powerful are those I have gained from reviewing my journals.”

Hal Elrod

“Thoughts are created in the act of writing. [It is a myth that] you must have something to say in order to write. Reality: You often need to write in order to have anything to say. Thought comes with writing, and writing may never come if it is postponed until we are satisfied that we have something to say…The assertion of write first, see what you had to say later applies to all manifestations of written language, to letters… as well as to diaries and journals”

Frank Smith

“Every important event in our lives should be placed in a record, by us individually… If you have accomplished something worth while during the day, put it down; it may be of use to posterity.”

Joseph Fielding Smith

“Self-reflection is so healthy. Journaling works for me - when I record the details of what I’m going through, whether it’s a relationship issue or negative thoughts, I can look back and see how far I’ve come. It makes me proud to see my progress and how I got through a bad situation.”

Kelly Rowland

“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”

Charles de Lint

Don’t trust your memory, jot it all down.

Earl Schoaff

“As the number of studies increased, it became clear that writing was a far more powerful tool for healing than anyone had ever imagined.”

James W. Pennebaker

“If it isn’t apparent easy to see right away, if what you’re doing is happening in such small increments, if you’re not sure if you’re on track, then you need to be writing it down. You need to keep a journal anyway, but if you really aren’t sure that what you’re doing is making measurable progress you need to keep a written record, you need to write down everything that may be relevant in your day: what you did, who you saw, what you felt, how it may or may not affect you now and in the future.”

Jim Rohn

“Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.

Jim Rohn

What happens to us is not as important as the meaning we assign to it. Journaling helps sort this out.”

Michael Hyatt

“Get a notebook… a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies.

Spencer W. Kimball

Just write every day of your life. Then see what happens.

Ray Bradbury

“I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot… and memory is important.”

Judy Collins

“I personally believe that the writing of personal and family histories will do more to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the fathers to children than almost anything we can do.”

Hartman Rector, Jr.

“Some may say [keeping a journal] is a great deal of trouble. But we should not call anything trouble which brings to pass good. I consider that portion of my life which has been spent in keeping journals and writing history to have been very profitably spent.

“If there was no other motive in view [except] to have the privilege of reading over our journals and for our children to read, it would pay for the time spent in writing it.”

Wilford Woodruff

A life that is not documented is a life that within a generation or two will largely be lost to memory. What a tragedy this can be in the history of a family. Knowledge of our ancestors shapes us and instills within us values that give direction and meaning to our lives.”

Dennis B. Neuenschwander

“It may sound lame, but I’ve been journaling since I was in third grade. I love it! It makes me feel calm and happy.

Brittany Snow

A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to “become.” It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.”

Brad Wilcox

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.

Christina Baldwin

“I journal so I do not have to remember everything. It frees up space in my brain and will help me remember when I forget about it later.

Stacy Duplease

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