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Welcome to the Journaling Thread. Here we plan to talk journaling from books and pens to blogs and prompts. We'll share our stories, support each other and offer encouragment when needed. Anyone is welcome to share a exercise or prompt to the group as they are always appreciated! Happy Journaling!

Journaling Resources:

Books
Journaling to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth - Open the Door to Self-Understanding by Reading, Writing, and Creating a Journal of Your Life

Journalution: Journaling to Awaken Your Inner Voice, Heal Your Life and Manifest Your Dreams

The Artist's Way

Journals:
Moleskine

Websites:
Art Journal: http://www.jennifernew.com
Art Journal: http://www.kporterfield.com/journal/Illuminations.html
Blog, ideas, self help: http://christinekane.com/blog
Author of "The Artist Way" Julia Cameron's Website
Horoscope Newsletter that also comes with some writing assignments Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology

Prompts/Exercises used in this thread so far:
Starting a new Journal
Clustering
Misconceptions
Journal a Vision/Journal Joy/Journal Gratitude
Ask a Question
You as the Hero
Various Prompts
Dialogue with your critic
Is This What You Really Want?
Sketching ideas from Oriole
post #2 of 126
lately it seems my journaling has been done in my myspace blog I am also known to write them, leave them up a few days, then remove them.


I am going to be more mindful of writing things down in my actual journal. I love rereading the past and it is such a great way to work through things.
post #3 of 126
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OK thought it would be fun to see how many journals everyone has, what kind are they and so forth.

I have been in the blog world, which I consider a journal, since 2004. I love the online blogs/journals because they are easy to navigate through the old passages and to find specific topics from the past.

This is mostly a day to day blog about our ongoings, daily life, and adventures. That blog is still there. And it pretty much turned into a daily life blog/journal.

I also have a food blog (below) that is public and stores our pictures and recipes of some of the yummy food we make.

Two ttc blogs, one private and other other (below) public were created to help me through my (long) TTC journey and to keep friends and family informed without being asked a ton of questions.

I have a Spiritual blog in which i collect ideas, recipes, crafts, pics, thoughts and other correspondence about my spiritual journey.

I know lots of blogs, but it was working for me until...

Around the beginning of this month I felt the need to get back to paper and pen so I went out and bought a blank Moleskine book and have been journaling with a new found passion I've never had before. I've come into what i believe to be a new phase of my life and there are a lot of choices I can make at this point. I felt the need for an outlet where I could really let my hair down and not censor myself. I think I've found it. I'm writing about 5-7 minutes 2-3 times a day. Sometimes more sometimes less and it's really helping me to figure out some things. I love the creativity it's also allowing me to express.

After reading Journaling to the Self I felt such a rush and and I haven't looked back.
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I'm so excited there's a journaling thread!

I have a personal blog where I'm going to write/have been writing some about this personal course I've developed. I wanted to focus myself more in my journaling/reading and so I made up a course for myself to explore...myself.

We have a family blog as well - although it's brand new and doens't have anything in it yet.

I agree about blogging being a great place to get things out...it's so convinient and I can type much faster then I can write.

That being said I also have a pen and paper journal that I LOVE. I write in it for at least 10 minutes everyday. This has been a new practice since my son was born and it is helping me immensely to progess in my healing journey. I find that writing things down and being able reread them has been so so so very useful.

recently I did this exercise (as part of my self-designed course) where I went through my old journals and wrote down words, phrases and themes that jumped out at me...then I glued the negative stuff on a piece of paper in one column with aligning positive words - doing this was completely revolutionary for me - I felt like I was sending my past self love and healing. It was really amazing to see the progression of my growing up in my journals as well (I've been keepign journals since high school)

Could this thread be a place to share ideas of journaling prompts, activities and the like?
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Welcome, Elsa! Wow a self-designed course, that sounds so neat. And Yes, I'm hoping people will share journaling prompts, activities and that like. I loved what you did with your old journal!
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I'm so excited there's a journaling thread!

I have a personal blog where I'm going to write/have been writing some about this personal course I've developed. I wanted to focus myself more in my journaling/reading and so I made up a course for myself to explore...myself.

We have a family blog as well - although it's brand new and doens't have anything in it yet.

I agree about blogging being a great place to get things out...it's so convinient and I can type much faster then I can write.

That being said I also have a pen and paper journal that I LOVE. I write in it for at least 10 minutes everyday. This has been a new practice since my son was born and it is helping me immensely to progess in my healing journey. I find that writing things down and being able reread them has been so so so very useful.

recently I did this exercise (as part of my self-designed course) where I went through my old journals and wrote down words, phrases and themes that jumped out at me...then I glued the negative stuff on a piece of paper in one column with aligning positive words - doing this was completely revolutionary for me
- I felt like I was sending my past self love and healing. It was really amazing to see the progression of my growing up in my journals as well (I've been keepign journals since high school)

Could this thread be a place to share ideas of journaling prompts, activities and the like?
I have done what I call 'harvesting my journal' where I collect prompts (things that I want to expand on or passages that I lik) and put them in a new notebook to carry on in the next journal.

I also used to title my journals when I was starting them and it was uncanny how accurate that was.

Thanks for reminding me, I find that writing online for others to read is keeping me going for now though.

Maybe tonight I will start a new one
post #7 of 126
At work so can't type much, but wanted to sub.

I am an active blogger and haven't put pen to paper in a while.
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i have to confess-- i do not "get" blogging. but then, i personally would never want to put my true self out there. i love journaling because i can really self-create my self and my universe.

there was a thread in decluttering about decluttering old journals. that was an interesting thread-- anyone here post in that? there were a lot of people who said they'd not get rid of old ones... i was one who said i've done it and it was so freeing. in that thread we kind of touched on types of journaling...

i think that might be a key difference... journaling events vs journaling to create...??

anyhow-- i'd posted in the original thread about anais nin... i'll repost that here, cause i'd love to hear if others have read her.

bg~ what's "journaling to the self"?


here's my post from the other thread....
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anyone read anais nin on journaling? i recently re-read the essay in "in favor of the sensitive man" on journaling, and realized how much it must have shaped my own style of journaling. mine are mainly where i, as she puts it, "re-create myself."


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I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me--the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I can breathe, reign and recreate myself...


(wow, that's *really* true today, as it was for me when i began really journaling, in jr high)

i've also been wanting to start a journal for/about my son, i just havent (this will sound lame) found the right book yet. i'm so picky about books! anyone else have paper and pen snobbery issues?
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I also used to title my journals when I was starting them and it was uncanny how accurate that was.
I do this as well - and you're right - the titles are very accurate!
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aweynsayl,

I know exactly what you mean by finding the right journal. I searched quite a few places when I decided to start a journal for my stepdaughter. It had to be the right one. I found it though, it's has plane red leather (fake leather?) cover, very thick, with pages that look gold on the sides. I also needed just the right amount of space between the lines... go figure.

My personal journal looks very feminine, it has a drawing of a woman on the cover. The whole cover is done in various gentle shades of pink.
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journaling junkie here!

I went through phases in my life when I almost lived in my journal, would leave parties or cut evenings-out so I could go home and write about them! Since my dds have arrived, my journaling is like the best outlet for many MANY intense emotions... I went through PPD really bad and my journal was so helpful. It's where I process tough things, create new ideas, write my poetry, and "cry" or "lament" about the shitty stuff that happens. Oh and over the years I've been collecting blank journals that I like... I had to stop myself though because at one point I was buying blank journals more than I was actually writing in them!

When I got my lap top, I thought I would move all my journaling to it, but I LOVE the feel of pen on paper... I'm a fountain-pen girl, too. And just having an aesthetically pleasing book is too good to pass up for me!

Anyway, I'm excited about this!
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Anyone Art Journal? I am thinking about getting back into that to suppliment my blog.
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On-line resources to get healthy and store records

While you are considering journaling your daily activities, I found a free website that allows you to journal your food and exercise, create an interactive calendar, store your medical records, and you can even create a personal health record for each child and store their immunizations and health records. (I did this for my twins.) While it seems too good to be true, they paid me to do it! Look at www.wellness360.com and check it out for yourself.

Be happy, be well!

~Linska
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Anyone Art Journal? I am thinking about getting back into that to suppliment my blog.
details, please?..
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Wish I had some pictures of my old ones. I used a soft Moleskine and used it to sketch, collage, write poems, doodle, paste in photographs, etc. It was separate from my daily dairy. It's a big messy reflection of my creative and moods.

Here are a couple good websites with examples:

http://www.jennifernew.com
http://www.kporterfield.com/journal/Illuminations.html
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I went through phases in my life when I almost lived in my journal, would leave parties or cut evenings-out so I could go home and write about them!
This was me for yeeeeears! I actually felt like my journal was my only real friend for so long. I wrote more than once everyday.

Now I hardly ever write and when I do it's to complain about whatever. I want to, NEED to, get back to it. I also need to quit with this idea that everything has to be written out all linear. When I was obsessed with journaling I drew, wrote poems and stories, copied quotes, and pasted a lot of pictures in my journals. Every entry was my art even if it was just because I wrote it in purple ink. I need that again- a haven in a book.

ETA- I, too, blog but I am finding more and more that I want to get back to keeping personal things personal. I want to get back to treating my life as sacred and not blurting everything out to people IRL and on the orld wide web. I do this far too much.
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This is a biggie

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I also used to title my journals when I was starting them and it was uncanny how accurate that was.
Love this idea. So you would title before you wrote it of after? I've kept one or two blank pages at the front of my journal to use as a indexing system. Just haven't figured out what kind of indexing system I want to use. What does everyone use, if any, to index your journal pages?

Indigo73, Welcome!!

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i have to confess-- i do not "get" blogging. but then, i personally would never want to put my true self out there. i love journaling because i can really self-create my self and my universe.

i think that might be a key difference... journaling events vs journaling to create...??
bg~ what's "journaling to the self"?
Blogging for me wasn't about putting my true self out there it was more of a record keeping event and my most personal blog is password protected so no one can see it. I really like the idea of journaling to create. I haven't read the author you mentioned. I do a lot of journaling events and I'm trying to get away from that and write more deeply, more intimately with my journal passages. Any ideas on how to do that?

Journaling to the Self is a book written back in the 80's and is still VERY relevent today. She talks a lot about different ways to right. I bought my copy, used, for cheap to use as a reference but my library also had a copy. Check your library for it. Even if you've been writting for years I'd totally recommend this book. It's packed to the brim with ideas and creative thinking and techniques.

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Anyone Art Journal? I am thinking about getting back into that to suppliment my blog.
I love doodling but I'm no artist, and I'm not just being modest, I can't draw. I always wished I had the talent of drawing. BUT I do make doodle drawings. It's actually a quick way to journal something instead of writting out all the words, drawing a picture of the scene with minimal text to explain can capture a thousand words quickly.

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Originally Posted by Indigo73 View Post
Wish I had some pictures of my old ones. I used a soft Moleskine and used it to sketch, collage, write poems, doodle, paste in photographs, etc.

Here are a couple good websites with examples:

http://www.jennifernew.com
http://www.kporterfield.com/journal/Illuminations.html
These were very inspiring. Thanks for sharing them, Indigo! I love the idea of collage and pasting things into my journal! I have a blank moleskine now just so I can doodle and add things that wouldn't look good on lined paper.

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I want to get back to treating my life as sacred
Love that!

So when does everyone write? When the mood strikes? At a specific time every day?

I carry my journal with me in my purse I like that I have access to it 24-7 and I can write whenever the mood strikes or I want to capture something right then. This is one down fall of blogging, you have to be near a computer. My mind doesn't retain thoughts very well so having my journal near by always was key to journaling for me. So I write when the mood strikes. Sometimes that's only once a day, other times it's up to 5 times a day.
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Wanted to share this blog. I LOVE IT! I got it from someone on MDC from the treasure mapping thread. She just wrote about "getting vs creating." VERY interesting. I wrote highlighs from it in my journal to reflect on later. All her post are a very good read.

http://christinekane.com/blog
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Blogging for me wasn't about putting my true self out there it was more of a record keeping event ... I do a lot of journaling events and I'm trying to get away from that and write more deeply, more intimately with my journal passages. Any ideas on how to do that?
yeah, that's what i was imagining. i tend to not even mention events anymore, unless it's to explore something they triggered. for journaling more intimately, i'm not really sure of what to suggest-- except maybe to add a centering and heart opening ritual before you write... (i'd, of course, recomend that ol' link in my sig file for this. )

grab a copy of the anais nin, if you can... the essay on journaling is short, you could litereally read it at the bookstore! it might spark something!

thanks for the info on that book! i'll have to check it out.

WHEN? lol. wellll.... now-- whenever the heck i get a chance! heh. i carry a small one in my bag... there are times i grab a moment to jot something down... I used to journal every night before bed. for a while i did something called "morning pages" (from that work book... oh, gosh, what's it called? something about creating your artist... one of those women-y self-work book things.... was really popular like 10 years ago...?) i actually miss this the most. the idea is you write three pages FIRST thing when you wake up (of course, all the women i know who did it totally cheated, because they all did them at the coffee shop... and i'm fairly sure they all showered first. ). you dont censor yourself, you do it free-flowing. (actually, this might help you on being more intimate/creative!) i really miss that-- it sets the tone for the whole day! i'm really wanting to get back to a more... well, i call it "bloomsbury-ish" sense of my creative self. it's a key element of my treasure map (for those of you i "know" from that thread!)...

Oriole~ i'm making myself go look for nice journals this weekend! enough of this holding me back! (and a new pen......)
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... from the treasure mapping thread.
ok, lol! i should add to my siggie that my posts often have a very long time delay, as the boy often takes me away from the computer mid-post.
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