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Three Obstacles to Journal Writing

Posted by Tara C. Pray on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 07:35 AM

Journals and God-inspired dreams go together.  And journals also go together with self-discovery, self-expression, self-care, healing and personal transformation.  I am a BIG advocate and believer in the power of pen and paper.  It is a tool that can help create positive and lasting change in our lives.

When I was in the eighth grade, I was gifted my first journal. It was one of the best gifts I could have received because it was the start of what is now a lifelong practice and passion.  If you were to peek into my bag, you would find a journal and a bunch of colored gel pens.  I am always prepared to write at a moment's notice because I never know when I will need to capture something on the page.

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Topics: journaling tips

Courageous Journaling

Posted by Antoinette Truglio Martin on Mon, Oct 09, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

Originally I began journaling as proof of my writing ambitions.  I was a young teen—maybe younger.  Marbled composition books, diaries with locks, and beautifully bound journals were cluttered with ramblings of story starters, poetry experiments, and quiet observations.  I did not notice that my thoughts and heart were quietly affirmed.  I just wrote—some days more than others.

Then cancer hit.  Fear, anger, and doubt were cast front and center. Hearing and speaking the words shook me to the core, even though my prognosis that I’d survive Stage I breast cancer was excellent.  But I needed to be brave, and courage was not in my skill set.  I knew I had to stay connected and be supported by the people I loved without frightening them or myself.

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Topics: journaling for health, journaling for courage, journaling for hope

Journaling—My Launching Pad to a Healthy Life

Posted by Jenny Patton on Tue, Oct 03, 2017 @ 07:40 AM

When I was seven, I made my own journal out of legal pad paper—a little book that sparked a passion forwriting down my thoughts, feelings and desires. E.M. Forster asks, “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” Here’s my take: “How do I know who I am until I see what I think?”

Even though I knew how much journaling helped me make decisions, solve problems and reflect on the person I was becoming, I let life—work, kids, other responsibilities—take over and didn’t journal during most of my twenties. During those years, I developed endometriosis, tendinitis, Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis and other autoimmune illnesses.

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Topics: journaling for health

Information (Age) Overload? Grab a Journal and Write!

Posted by Will Donnelly on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 07:34 AM

Most of us are now constantly overrun with information, and our minds are discovering the downside to the “information age.” It’s never been easier to get mentally foggy and enmeshed in our daily obligations and distractions, while slowly letting go of our deepest and most important desires. Too many of our lives, unfortunately, get frittered away by detail, as Thoreau says, and the price for this is great.

The philosopher Plato long ago said “Know thyself,” and few paths are as effective as the simple practice of mindfulness. We get hooked on patterns of belief about a particular story we have been telling ourselves, such as “There’s never enough money” or “Love is impossible to find”, etc, whether or not these stories are actually true. Using mindfulness, we pay attention to who we are at any given moment to look for patterns that are either causing, or easing, suffering.

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Topics: (JTC) Journaling Tips, Daily Journaling

The Power of Affirmative Journaling

Posted by Casey Demchak on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 02:10 PM

The first 100-story building was not designed and built by someone with a 50-story imagination. Now, I don’t know who this person was, but I’m certain before this building existed, the designer focused a lot of thought on it, and wrote about it by putting pen to paper (no personal computers back then).

By 1) focusing his or her thoughts on this 100-story building, and by 2) writing about it, the building’s creator hardwired the feeling of creating the building into their mind before it existed in physical form.

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Topics: Daily Journaling, affirmative journaling

Should Teachers Require Students to Keep Journals?

Posted by Susan Stuck on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Yesterday was the first day of school for my daughters. When I didn't get any frantic phone calls from my daughters or their teachers, I knew all was well and my daughters would be fine. I then went about my day, working and tidying up.  Before I knew it, my girls were home, complete with papers to sign and syllabuses to read, as well as some online questionnaires to fill out.  Each girl was interrupting the other as they excitedly discussed their classes, their assignments, their teachers, and the cutest boys in their classes.

When I got to the syllabus for my sophomore daughter's English class, I had to sign a "Parent Journal Release." This was part of the English curriculum and each student is required to bring a composition notebook in which to write her journal entries.

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Topics: Daily Journaling, Journaling Privacy

Hell, to the Power of No!

Posted by Eric Trant on Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host Eric Trant and his amazing new book, Risen, as part of his WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.

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My Journaling Journey

Posted by Anthony Billoni on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Maybe turning 50 was a flashing yellow light.  Maybe I was afraid the light was about to turn red – on reaching significant goals I had set for myself.

What came to be my daily journaling habit was years in the making.  Recently I came across an online journal from close to 10 years ago. Just one entry.

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Topics: morning pages

Self-Healing With The Solar Eclipse

Posted by Joan Porte on Sat, Aug 05, 2017 @ 07:32 AM


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Topics: self-healing, karmic astrology, solar eclipse

A Journaling Come Back

Posted by Angel Fridholm on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 @ 02:45 AM

In my life, one thing I have been able to count on is journaling.  Now I will not sit here and say I only have one journal, am dedicated each day, or that I make the time, though I can.  All of this would be untrue.  What I will tell you is, I have numerous journals of all types, scraps of paper, even a few online ones too, I use several writing utensils depending on my mood, one consistency is lighting my apple cinnamon candle.  It’s a must have for me!

So, when I journal it varies.  To top it off I may journal in a different journal each time.  What helps is that I date it no matter what type it is. It all depends on mood or whether I have a set journal, say for health, exercising, ranting, or other.

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Journal Writing Benefits

I started journaling over 18 years ago and soon realized the wonderful benefits journal writing can have.  When I started this blog, it was with the intent to share my own experiences and the incredible health benefits I was experiecing through my journal writing practice.

As things have evolved and I've continued to experience the impact journaling can have on overall  health -  including physical, mental, emotional aspects -  the content here has expanded to cover all the ways individuals can benefit from their own journal writing.  

In addition to sharing my own experiences with journaling, this blog now includes guest articles from other writers - including health practitioners, coaches, psychotherapists and others.

Whether you are an exerienced journaler or new to the practice of journal writing, this blog will provide you with many different voices, insights and ideas to inspire your journaling journey.  

In addition to the personal stories of other journalers and contributors, you'll also find journaling writing tips, prompts, videos and more. 

We publish blog articles throughout the week!   So come back often!