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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Gratitude Prompt #12 - Four-legged Friends

Gratitude Prompt #12 - Four-legged Friends

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you probably already know how deep that bond can be. How these four-legged beings can walk into your life, and into your heart, just like people do. Perhaps even more easily than people do, because we know if we love them, they will love us right back. They aren’t afflicted with the baggage most of us people lug around with us… They are like children, open hearted, innocent, and…

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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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Gratitude Prompt #11 - The Day We Met

Gratitude Prompt #11 - The Day We Met

When I was eleven, I met my best friend in the waiting room of a chiropractors office. I was awkward and shy, keeping my head down in a box of Magic Cards when he walked over, said that he liked Magic Cards too, and gave me his number.

I often think about the strange circumstances that led to that meeting. All the little things that needed to line up just right in order for it to happen, not to mention the courage it took for an eleven year old to introduce himself to another eleven year old…

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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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Gratitude Prompt #10 - The Best Part

Gratitude Prompt #10 - The Best Part

Every night before bed, my husband asks me: “what was your favorite part of today?”

Okay, maybe not ever night. But most nights. And if he doesn’t ask me, I ask him. It’s a simple way to end the day on a positive note; to reflect on what good happened, when the natural tendency is to rework and mull over all the things that didn’t go so well…

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The 6-Minute Diary - Review and Giveaway!

The 6-Minute Diary - Review and Giveaway!

I recently shared this diary on social media and asked if you wanted to hear more about it — the response was a resounding yes, and the makers of the 6-Minute Diary were kind enough to sponsor this post and supply three notebooks for me to giveaway to you! Read on to find out what I like about this diary, and enter for a chance to win one for yourself…

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Gratitude Prompt #9 - What Moves You

Gratitude Prompt #9 - What Moves You

Maybe it’s subtle little “aha!” moment, or maybe you’ve just head the biggest revelation of your whole life. Maybe you’ve been moved to tears, or laughter, or had to rewind again and again to let an important message really sink in. In big ways and little ways, music, art, and films move us. They can help us learn who we are, comfort us, challenge us, pump us up or slow us down, and even give us new ways of looking at the world…

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5 Ways To Up Your Productivity and Motivation

5 Ways To Up Your Productivity and Motivation

I’m no expert when it comes to productivity, but as someone who has struggled over the years as a work-from-home entrepreneur there are a few things I’ve learned that have helped me turn unmotivated days into productive, successful ones. Writing about this subject in my journal inspired me to share it with you — and hopefully inspire you to make the most out of today…

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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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