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Posted by Nancy Mills on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

When I was six - or maybe I was five - my mother gifted me an Annie Oakley skirt something like the one shown in this post.  But, mine was filled with pockets that were filled with guns and my fringe was white leather.  I loved that skirt with my life.  I ran around the house in my boots, hat and skirt, and when I came upon someone I was mad at - and there were many choices - I whipped out my gun and yelled at the top of my lungs, “bang, bang your dead.”

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Topics: empowerment, the power of giving

A Year of Journaling and Journeying

Posted by Georgie McBurney on Tue, Jan 02, 2018 @ 08:30 AM

Around this time a year ago, I faced a fork stuck in the road.  To stay in my council home and attempt togo back to a full time teaching job; or continue counselling training, keep the pony and instead let my home go to the next person on the council homing list. Teaching had made me ill in the past, emotionally, which then manifested physically and forced me to stop.  My flat and this area now reminded me of losing my foster daughter; whom I have know all her life because she is also my niece.

My sister's journey in life was turbulent and her resilience was tested to the extreme. She became severely mentally ill after one trauma too many and eventually her daughter was removed from her arms one night by the police. Social services placed her 10 year old daughter with a stranger, whilst my sister ran away and became a missing person for many years, before finally being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and given the help she needed years ago. There was no father on the scene; he had been incarcerated for 15 years just after my niece was born. It took 10 months for my niece to come home to her family. Social services fought against me and looked through my past with a fine tooth comb. I had two medals for my country, having served in the Armed Forces, worked for two police forces and was at that time a secondary school teacher.

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Topics: Journaling Therapy

Everything is Connected

Posted by Jen Payne on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host Jen Payne and her wonderful collection of poems, 'Evidence of Flossing What We Leave Behind', as part of her WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.


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Your journey of self-discovery

Posted by Jenetta Haim on Tue, Dec 05, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Many years ago when I was a Theosophist I was told by a well-meaning old man that I would be a healer. I only half listened to his comment because I never imagined for one minute that I would be doing that, or have any skills to do that.  However Roland was my friend and I enjoyed many a meeting talking to him and his wife over a cuppa.

As time went by and I experienced many different jobs in the Business world, Insurance, Banking but never quite settling I still kept a keen hand on learning about herbs reading books by Dorothy Hall and Louise Hay.  Over the years the reading turned into numerous courses and working on myself with such things as meditation and empowerment workshops, as well as sitting at the feet of traditional Indian masters for many years.

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How Journaling Helped Me Manifest a Life I Love.

Posted by Cheryl Sutherland on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

I first got asked to start journaling at different personal growth seminars I went to.  Facing my fears, crying over past trauma, pushing through fears… easy… journaling was the WORST THING EVER.  It was a supreme level of vulnerability that I didn’t let myself go to until I decided to change my life.

It took me a very long time to get into journaling.  I inherently had so much resistance to it for all the reasons journaling is so good for you.

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Topics: journaling power

The Therapy Journal: A Novel

Posted by Steven Wineman on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

A psychotherapist, Becky Hoffman, has her own untold history of severe childhood trauma.  Lathsamy, Becky's client, as a child was enslaved for three years by a sex trafficking ring in Thailand.  An unplanned pregnancy throws Becky into crisis.  A raging little girl is buried deep in Becky's psyche.  A journal, unfolding in a dialogue between Becky as overwhelmed client and Becky as therapist, helps her begin to heal her violated self.

This is the landscape of my novel The Therapy Journal, just published by Golden Antelope Press.  It's a story that chronicles the struggle to break the stranglehold of trauma and live a life in which human connection and joy remain possible.

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Topics: Journaling Therapy

The Healing Power of Journaling

Posted by Britta Eckhardt-Potter on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

I have been journaling since I was a child.  I used to have this really pretty journal when I was a about 10 years old, which was pink and purple and had sparkles all over it.  The most important thing at the time was that it had a lock.  Even until today my journal is something very private to me.

I still have those journals from my teenage years and I sometimes flick through them.  It makes me smile a lot to read about my secret crushes on boys and troubles in school.  

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Topics: journaling to heal, healing through journaling

Moving Beyond Writer’s Block

Posted by Mary Maurice on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host Mary Maurice and her captivating new book, Bertrum Lee, as part of her WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.

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3 Tips for Creating a Fulfilling Writing Practice

Posted by Melanie Faith on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 06:00 PM

As a writing teacher for the past twenty years, I sometimes marvel at the delightful ways I’ve seen my students grow and gain confidence as writers—of all ages (I’ve taught from middle-school-aged through retirees), backgrounds (many of the students I tutor at one of my jobs are international students), and skill levels (from unpublished hobbyists through authors trying new genres at Women on Writing to English grad students).  Not only has writing emerged as encouragement in their lives, but it’s become a validation and a motivation to express themselves.  

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How to Use Writing as a Tool to Become Mindful

Posted by Mary Walton on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

When you talk about mindfulness, the first activities that pop to mind are usually yoga or meditation.  Rarely will writing be a primary thought.  However, it’s staggering how much research and how many studies have been done to prove the mental benefits of writing for yourself.

So, with such firm evidence, how can you start writing to help yourself become calmer, more present, more relaxed, more aware and happier in general?  Today, we’ll explore several techniques you can start using straight away.

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Topics: Journaling for Mindfulness

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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!