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The truth about journaling



journal and tea on lap in the morning

Every morning while sipping an English Breakfast tea I take to the journal—to process yesterday, prepare for today, give myself a pep talk, ask for direction, soothe a heartache—whatever it is I need on the day pours onto the page.


And I feel better for it.


Because I want to know what I feel and need and want and don’t want—everyday.


But I know it's easy to get tied up in the myths about journaling -- those pesky popular false beliefs that will stop us if we let them.



So here’s the truth:


✅ any notebook will do


✅whatever time you can spare is enough


✅spelling and grammar is not required


✅the blank page is your trusted ally


✅just show up and be who you are where you are


✅you won’t know what it’s like if you don’t try



People journal for all sorts of reasons and when they know their WHY they're more likely to return to the page (if you want to get clear on your reasons-- your WHY -- download my FREE eBook Start Journaling Today).


But even when you want to journal, the blank page can look a little scary.

Where to start? What to write?

So here are a few sentence starters to use from my own journals:


I wonder if…

What I want is…

I really feel…

I just don’t know about…

It’s not ok that…

I need to make room for…

I loved it when…

Right now I’m…

I’m afraid…

Wow!…

I can't believe...

I’m so thankful for…


Journaling is a practice and a process -- sounds cliched I know -- but that's because it's true! So trust it -- and trust yourself. As the last truth on the list suggests: you won't know until you try.


And if you need a little more nudging remember there are FREE eBooks on my EVERYTHING page and some personal journaling stories on SUBSTACK -- also free to read and subscribe to.



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