Cultivating gratitude in a journal is a wonderful practice to have, but it's only part of the equation. It only follows that we should act on those feelings of gratitude by expressing our thanks to those around us…Read More
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…Read More
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...Read More
There's Margaret Atwood quote that I love, "You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality." and that's the inspiration for today's prompt…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Gratitude journaling comes in many forms, from stream-of-consciousness ramblings to structured bullet-journal spreads to simple list making. But if you don't know where to start, it can be difficult to find motivation. That’s where journaling prompts come in…Read More
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..Read More
February Is InCoWriMo, aka, International Correspondence Month. The idea is simple: to hand write one letter every day for the month of February. 28 days. 28 letters. 28 recipients.
Simple, but maybe not so easy...Read More
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.Read More
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Gathering family and friends around the table for an epic feast is something I will always look forward to. But it requires a lot of work, too, and amid all the cooking, cleaning, and hustling, it's easy to forget that Thanksgiving is about so much more...Read More
If you have ever picked up a notebook, pen poised and ready to write, and stopped short because for some reason you found yourself lacking (perhaps you hate your handwriting, or you think that what you have to say isn't meaningful) this is for you...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Sometimes I think dreams are just dreams. Other times, I think dreams speak to us. Some part of ourselves whispering into our ear in the night, a voice so small we rarely hear it when we're awake.
Last night I had a dream like that. I remember it vividly, strong and clear.Read More
Starting is the hardest part. That first blank page staring us in the face, daring us to mess it up. The worry that one misspelled word, one poorly laid line, and we will prove ourselves inadequate. The fear that our handwriting just isn't pretty enough.
Whatever the reason, the first page is an intimidating thing, and can kill your journaling before you've even started. Sometimes it's fear that stops us, or the pressure to make things perfect... other times it's writer's block, a complete lack of inspiration. If either of these sounds familiar to you, here are a few ideas that just might help.Read More
An introduction page is a simple exercise I like to do at the beginning of my journals, as a way to get my thoughts flowing and break past the seemingly inevitable writers block that comes from opening a new journal to a blank page.
The intro page is a simple way to set my intention for this new journal, and to know that if I pick it up five years from now, I can easily see exactly where and who I was when I began it.Read More