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The Accidental Journal-ista

Posted by Cindy Stone on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

I have always loved reading.  When, as a child, I read The Secret Garden, I knew right then and there what I wanted to do. I wanted to move people emotionally the way that story had moved me.  I didn’t tell anyone my desire.  It seemed so out of reach for someone like me.  I wasn’t a standout student in school, nor did I come from a family of great accomplishment. We were a struggling working-class family. My destiny seemed written in the dirt I played in.

My grandmother bought me a locking diary after my mother died when I was ten. I suppose she thought I must have some thoughts I might like to write about.  I got no further than Dear Diary.  That was how Anne Frank addressed her diary.  I couldn’t think of anything to say, other than most banal statements of life. My aspirations became buried under years of shyness, lack-luster performance, and emotional blunting caused by unacknowledged grief.  Tumultuous teenage years were a given. It continued to be a time of great loss as I constantly lost the keys to the house, my wallet, my school books, and more importantly my innocence, along with other unmentionable things.  What I didn’t lose was my profound lack of confidence.

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The 2 And Only Rules of Journaling

Posted by Mari L. McCarthy on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

Your journaling power practice is your own, and it gives you the freedom to express yourself in any way you choose.

But to get the maximum benefits available to Y. O. U.:

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6 Journaling Techniques for Practical Problem Solving

Posted by Amanda Johnson on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

Keeping a journal could mean a lot more than recording the main events of each day. Unfortunately, despite the scientifically proven benefits for the physical and mental health, lots of people carelessly perceive journaling as an activity for teenagers.  Well, contrary to these perceptions, journaling is a very old tradition that has been and will be practiced for a long time.  Many successful people do it, and they do it for a very good reason.

To become a better problem solver, you need to train your mind.  You must cultivate and preserve the right thoughts and proceed with the right action.  Moreover, you could take advantage of several journaling techniques which will boost your ability to solve problems in a practical manner.

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Topics: journaling for problem solving, journaling techniques

Honesty is Powerful

Posted by B. Lynn Goodwin on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host B. Lynn Goodwin and introduce her candid love story, 'Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62', as part of her WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.

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Topics: Living honestly, power of honesty

My Journal: A Cauldron of Creativity

Posted by Carol Ohmart-Behan on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

From my first treasured faux-leather "Daily Diary" with its clasp and key that held my adolescent secrets (securely, I hoped!), to the present assortment of three or four notebooks "in use", journaling has held a central and beloved place in my life.  It's a many-decades love affair that's covered all the bases from dashed-off entries of life's dailiness, a place to practice my writer's craft, journals holding my dream-notes, ponderings on life's enigmas and challenges, and perhaps most powerfully, a valued companion of my spiritual odyssey.

I was blessed to grow up in a home with a mother who made time nearly every day to write in her own diary or notebooks, a many-volumed treasure now lovingly preserved in two large cartons.  Her example to me of how women were entitled to private reflective time is a priceless legacy.

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Topics: journaling for writers, journaling for creativity

Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship

Posted by Fiona Maria Simon on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 10:15 PM

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host Fiona Maria Simon and her inspirational story of the struggles and triumphs she experienced while following her dream, as part of her WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.

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Stress Relief: Journaling To Calm Your Inner Critic

Posted by Catrin Cooper on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

In the US, there are millions of people struggling with stress.  The levels of stress are unhealthy enough that they can destroy the person’s mental and physical health.  Too much stress can weaken the immune system and contribute to many heart diseases, like stroke and high blood pressure.

Just mentioning the word stress can make your head spin as you think about your to-do lists, meetings, and schedules, as well as kids, work, and money.  Whatever triggers it, it distracts you from your sense of calm.

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Topics: Stress Reduction Journaling, stress reduction, Using Journaling to Reduce Stress


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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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!