5 journaling techniques to help you gain clarity

5 journaling techniques to help you gain clarity #journaling #selfdiscovery #writing #automaticwriting #gratitude #artjournal #creativity #creativeexpression

When I think about journaling, two things come to mind:

  1. My mother keeping several different journals — a dream journal, a personal journal, and an art journal — for most of my childhood and into my adult years.
  2. Being required to keep a journal (and actually loving it) in my middle school English class. Thank you, Mr. Diskin, for the encouragement all those years ago! 

These days, no one has to force me to keep a journal.

In fact, over the years, I’ve kept several different kinds of journals. Art journals, travel journals, personal journals, gratitude journals, tarot journals, a 5-minute journal*, and even a failed attempt at a bullet journal.

(Any excuse to buy a new notebook, ya know. 🤷‍♀️)

These days, I find myself gravitating towards a few specific styles of journaling. They have helped me get to know myself better, dive deeper into my own limitations, and even shift my perspective in profound ways.

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30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

Journaling has been a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth throughout the course of my life. I grew up in a home where journaling and self-expression were 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.

I’ve journaled when it was just me, and I’ve even managed to journal daily with two businesses to run and a toddler who thinks that 4:55 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to wake up for the day. I’ve probably considered every single reason why I wouldn’t be able to take on such a task.

Wherever life has taken me, I’ve always found my way back to the pages of my journal. Because I know that when I’m able to sit down and write, I FEEL the difference. I have incredible a-ha moments, insights a-plenty, excitement, newfound energy, and am way more grounded.

And then, I found gratitude journaling.

It literally turned my entire world around. First, through the experience of keeping a Miracle Journal based on the ideas found in Melody Beattie’s book, Make Miracles in Forty Days*. A few years later, I stumbled upon another life-changing book called Thank & Grow Rich* by Pam Grout. I spent the better part of a week writing down 100 things each day that I was grateful for.

Each experience cracked me open and helped me connect more deeply with myself and the world around me. Which is why I wanted to create a way for others to experience the joys of journaling and a daily gratitude practice. Consider this the best of both worlds, as each prompt will help you explore a different facet of your life and beliefs, all while expressing a little gratitude for it all. 

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Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers

Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers

I’ve always had a bit of a temper. As a kid, whenever I’d get in trouble I would storm out of the room screaming, run to my bedroom and slam the door as hard as I could, crank up my stereo to peak volume, and yell about the injustice of it all.

I wish I could say that I’ve outgrown that response as an adult, but I’d be lying.

Up until a year or so ago, I would reenact the same behavior of my youth — screaming, yelling, and carrying on while muttering choice words under my breath, slamming doors, and cursing up a storm. I would eventually calm myself down after a healthy stress cleaning session and go on with my day. The only difference being the extreme guilt and shame I would feel after all was said and done.

For a long time, I believed that my anger was justified. It was always over how someone slighted me or didn’t take my needs into consideration. I always had at the ready at least 15 different ways that the other person had botched it or times where they had done something similar and equally insensitive.

It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I saw my anger for what it was: toxic and incredibly self-serving.

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