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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How To Begin | 5 Ideas For Starting A New Journal

How To Begin | 5 Ideas For Starting A New Journal

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.

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An Introduction To My Journal

An Introduction To My Journal

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.

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