Why I Believe in Journaling
I have been keeping a journal for over twenty years. My “morning pages” as Julia Cameron calls them, are the place where I tell myself the truth.
Sometimes the truth is not pretty; sometimes I’m hurt and angry as I write, sometimes I’m full of joy; but always, I am telling myself the truth.
I would love it if you would join me on a journaling journey … this corner of my website world is not about trying to sell you a journal, it’s not about trying to sell you anything!! It’s going to be the place where I share my journaling journey with you, and where, I hope, I will be able to help you in your travels to yourself!
“Tell the truth to yourself first.”
Let’s Dive Deep and Find Our Buried Treasures
Elizabeth Gilbert says, “The Universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them”.
I believe that by keeping a journal, by showing up at the blank page every morning, you can dive deep within the ocean of your Self and discover your own buried treasures.
How Journaling Can Help You
A Healing Journey
A long time ago, when I was in a pretty dark place, when I quite literally couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, a friend gave me a book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
The main tool in what Ms Cameron calls her “spiritual path to higher creativity” is a thing called Morning Pages … three pages of stream of consciousness writing every morning … basically – keeping a journal.
It changed my life. Keeping a journal CAN do that. Writing every day helped me to see where so much of my pain was coming from, and it helped me start the healing process. It continues to help me every single day.
If you’re scared, because you don’t know how you’re going to fill the blank pages … just pick up the pen and start writing, even if all you can think of is … “I don’t know what to write” … just keep writing. The words WILL come.
As Julia Cameron says, “Leap, and the net will appear.”
Journaling as a Gratitude Practice
Sometimes people find it hard to start writing, they feel as if a gazillion thoughts are running around in their head, and they don’t know where to start, how to grab that elusive loose thread that will unravel them all.
My advice? Start with gratitude! Start by writing, “I am grateful for ….” And fill in the blank.
Do this five times. Once you’re firmly in that place of gratitude, you might just find that your writing will flow.
And if the words don’t come, write another five things you’re grateful for!! Just doing that is enough, just doing that will set you up for the day with a smile on your face!
Empowering Women …
Because Your Words Are Worth It
“Because Your Words Are Worth It” … that’s the tagline for my business.
It’s not just a tagline though, it’s a belief that I hold dear. I believe that every woman’s words are worth it, every woman’s voice should be valued. Most of all, I believe we are allowed to value our own words. We are allowed to believe in ourselves enough to write the words down; we are allowed to journal our wild mind, as Natalie Goldberg calls it.
When women can tell themselves the truth, when they can write down their own story, then they can be free; then they can stop pretending to be something they are not. If you have ever been put down for being yourself, then you know what I’m talking about!
When we can tell our truth, then we can stop hiding our light and we can shine!
Asking the Right Questions
Sometimes the best place to start, is to ask yourself a question. Here are some of the questions that have helped me dive a little deeper …
What am I not available for?
What makes me come alive?
What is something I’ve wanted that fear has prevented me from asking for?
What opens me up to a sense of wonder?
What do I need right now?
What am I ready to create?
Is this what I want to be doing?
Why not come and join my Facebook group …
Women Who Wonder … A Journaling Journey?
I am creating a safe space for women to talk about their journaling journey, to share their dreams and desires, to share their AHA moments, and to share those moments of self-doubt.