A (fantastic) voyage to the interior.

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What do Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Francis Bacon, Susan Sontag, Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and Winston Churchill have in common?

They all wrote in a journal regularly (if not daily).

I’d like to think that the act of writing, reflecting, and understanding what drives you is the key to success. Or, at the very least sets the stage.

Over the course of my life, I’ve dabbled in journaling. I grew up in a home where journaling and self-expression was encouraged. I had an English teacher in 8th grade require daily journaling as part of our class. Hell, my health coach training program incorporated daily free-writing (a la Morning Pages) as part of our coursework.

More recently, all of the books that I’ve read and podcasts that I’ve listened to in the past 6 months have all touted the benefits of daily journaling and self-reflection.

For the past month, I’ve been journaling every single day. With a 17-month old who thinks that 4:55 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to wake up for the day and two businesses to run, I’ve probably considered every single reason why I wouldn’t be able to take on such a task.

And then I remind myself that Beyoncé has the same 24 hours in a day, and she manages to get shit done #likeaboss.

So I pulled on my boss lady pants, carved out 15 minutes every single morning, and put pen to paper. And you know what? It’s been amazing. I’ve had incredible a-ha moments, insights a plenty, excitement, newfound energy, and am more grounded than I’ve been in a really long time.

All because I’ve been putting pen to paper on a daily basis.

As the saying goes… If I can do it, so can you.

Let’s go on a voyage to the interior together and make the time to write every single day. Pick a time of day (ex: morning, evening, lunchtime…) and put it in your calendar. Hit reply and let me know what you plan to do.

And if you’d like a little extra accountability, let me know.

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

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