When You Remember This Year, Remember This...

When You Remember This Year, Remember This...

It’s that time of year again — time to wrap up one planetary rotation and prepare for the next. Journalers everywhere are setting up their January spreads, reviewing their year, and strategizing for the future.

Well, except me. I admire the year-end creativity, but personally never have my act together enough to do all the things. It’s all in my head, but not on paper. Except one thing… the highlights.

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5 Words To Fall In Love With

5 Words To Fall In Love With

Language, if you think about it, is a magical thing. The ability to communicate a meaning, a feeling, a piece of your inner most thoughts to others. And yet, language can be limiting, too. There's so much that goes on inside us that we can't always find the words to express.

I'm a self-proclaimed lover of words (a logophile, if you will), so you can think of this as an ode to some of my favorite words. Their meanings help me understand my world, and put a name to things that previously were lost at the edges of my vocabulary…

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Self Care vs. Self Soothing (Journal entry #773)

Self Care vs. Self Soothing (Journal entry #773)

Self care vs. self soothing. I’ve been thinking about these terms recently and am finding that for me, there’s some nuance to them.

The term ‘self care’ is used so much lately, and most often in the context of setting aside a chunk of time in which to take care of your own needs. Time to relax, time to pamper yourself, time to meditate or do yoga or go for a walk. Whereas ‘self soothing’ I hear most often in the context of…

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Gratitude Prompt #8 - What A Trip

Gratitude Prompt #8 - What A Trip

Going on vacation is something we all look forward to, but after a trip is done, how often do you look back at the photos, relive the memories, and think: how lucky am I to have been there?

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson…

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National Gratitude Month 2018

National Gratitude Month 2018

Fall is a time for reflection, as the weather turns cold and the trees let go of their leaves. It’s a natural time to slow down, spend more time with family, and appreciate the little things like hot, steaming mugs of coffee on crisply scented mornings.

Fittingly, November has been officially dubbed National Gratitude Month…

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Gratitude Prompt #6 - Modern Technology

Gratitude Prompt #6 - Modern Technology

If you are reading this article, you're probably sitting at a computer, or using your phone, or perhaps some other device. You're connected to the internet, just a few clicks and keyboard taps away from anything you want to know. You live in a time when you have access to more knowledge than even the most learned professors just a handful of decades ago…

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Gratitude Prompt #5 - Thank Your Body

Gratitude Prompt #5 - Thank Your Body

When it comes to our bodies, we tend to be especially critical. We take for granted that they should do what we want, and when they fall sick, get injured, or just don't work as expected (or like everyone else's), we can be ruthlessly harsh on ourselves. Not to mention how our bodies look, and the shame and disappointment we can carry around our self-image...

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Gratitude Prompt #3 - To The People Who Raised Us

Gratitude Prompt #3 - To The People Who Raised Us

This week's prompt is all about thanking the people who raised us. We all have things we wish our parents had done differently -- maybe we even have some long-held resentments or hurts. But in almost every case, we can look back and see that our parents are, at their core, people who love us and strived to do their best for us. By remembering that they are their own people, with their own struggles and flaws, we can recognize the good they gave us and the tremendous care they put into making us who we are…

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Gratitude Prompt #2 - Thank Someone Who Helped You Through A Hard Time

Gratitude Prompt #2 - Thank Someone Who Helped You Through A Hard Time

This week's prompt is a special one, because it comes in two parts. Part one is reflect and write about a time in your life when someone was there for you. Part two is to put down the pen, close the notebook, and express your thanks directly. While journaling can cultivate our personal sense of gratitude, it's no substitute for saying thank you to the people who need to hear it…

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Dear Stranger (An Anonymous Letter)

Dear Stranger  (An Anonymous Letter)

You walk into a local cafe, order your coffee or tea or sandwiches, and make your way to an empty table near the back of the room. As you sit down you notice an envelope, inconspicuously left behind on the seat. It's addressed simply "To Whoever Finds This." First you aren't sure if you should open it, but after taking a few cautious looks around the room, curiosity gets the better of you..

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2017 Gift Guide for Journal Lovers

2017 Gift Guide for Journal Lovers

One of the beauties of journaling is that it doesn't require a ton of supplies or special tools. You can do it anywhere, any time, with any paper and pen you have.

However, finding the perfect notebook, pen, or accessory that speaks to you is part of the fun! A beautiful notebook can feel like a sacred place to store your thoughts, and a pen that glides can motivate you to express yourself. While they may be just "things", having the right tools can actually make a big impact on how we feel.

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Fountain Pen Day | 2017

Fountain Pen Day | 2017

If you had asked me a year ago what a fountain pen was, I would have had a hard time coming up with anything more than, "uh, a really old pen?"

Since then, though, my world has expanded quite a bit. And yes, fountain pens are really old pens -- but they are more than that, too. Fountain pens were the earliest writing instrument we had that carried the ink inside the pen. Hence the name, because the ink flowed out of it like a fountain. Prior to fountain pens...

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National Gratitude Month | 2017

National Gratitude Month | 2017

I used to think I was a pretty grateful person. I said 'thank you' easily, and tried not to take for granted all the ways in which my life is full and blessed -- from the clean water and roof over my head, to the opportunities and people in my life.

But there is a difference between knowing you are fortunate, and feeling appreciation for all the things that make it so. The difference...

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