If I Lived But 3 Summer Days... (Journal Entry #827)

If I Lived But 3 Summer Days... (Journal Entry #827)

This quote sums up my mood this summer — happily putting off projects in favor of a nap in the grass, reading a novel aloud with my husband, or a game of tug with our dogs. There are moments I feel guilty spending my time this way… but then there are times I think, my priorities are exactly where they should be. We spend so much of our time working, pushing, striving for the things that will make us happy... when sometimes our determination causes us to miss the little joys right in front of us…

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5 Tips to Create a Successful Journaling Habit

5 Tips to Create a Successful Journaling Habit

You’ve probably heard how beneficial keeping a journal can be. How it can be the best form of self-care, the cheapest therapy, the most effective creative outlet, etc. But hearing that you should journal is a whole ‘nother thing from actually finding a comfortable journaling routine.

One of the beauties of journaling is that it can be whatever you want it to be. There’s no formula to follow and no rules to adhere to, no right or wrong way to do it. Super vague, right? But what that really means is…

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Why I Journal - How Gratitude Made All The Difference

Why I Journal - How Gratitude Made All The Difference

“I’m beginning to recognize that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead but something small, numerous, and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row.” - Beau Taplin

It took me years to understand that journaling could be more than a place to vent my frustrations. To let out all the pent up feelings that, as a teenager..

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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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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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