Thankful for this Day!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the sentiment and traditions of this day. As you reflect on this holiday of gratitude, try an AlphaPoem:

Use the letters from the word ‘THANKFUL‘ as your prompt.

Simply write the letters down the side of a blank page. Reflect on the word for a few moments, then write quickly. Just follow your pen, as a rhythmic paragraph unfolds. Perhaps each line starts a new phrase or sentence, maybe not.

Enjoy the impromptu and imperfect poetry of this technique and the inspiration of this lovely holiday.

 

AlphaPoem is just one of 18 amazing techniques I teach during Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page (online and in-person session). Or, if you prefer to sample first, try a free technique, or let’s schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.

 

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Take Aim – It’s Sagittarius Season

The season of Sagittarius reminds us to take aim.

Take a moment to try a journal-writing prompt inspired by the archer of the Zodiac. Try the Clustering technique from Journal to the Self ®:

simply write the inspiration prompt, “Taking aim” in the center of a blank page and circle it.

Take a few deep breaths as you reflect on the prompt. Then brainstorm whatever comes using branching, arrows, doodles or whatever strikes you. When you are done review your clustering and write out a few sentences to describe it in words, themes or insights. Finish with a reflection – how did it feel to write this? What are your ah ahs? What did you notice or observe?

May the confidence and strong sense of self of Sagittarius and your own insights on taking aim carry you forward over the next month.

Clustering is just one of 18 amazing techniques I teach during Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page (online and in-person session). Or, if you prefer to sample first, try a free technique, or let’s schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.

Image by skeeze from Pixabay.

Becoming: A journal to tell your truth, faster

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is celebrating the one year anniversary of her best-selling book, Becoming, with a guided (or Springboard) journal. The prompts are designed to help each of us find our voice and are inspired by the lessons she has learned in her own life as well as some of her most memorable quotes. For example, the USA Today shared this example:

“When they go low, we go high. How do you put this phrase into practice?”

One of the tenants of Journal to the Self ® is the art of telling yourself the complete truth, faster. In her book of this name, Kay Adams explains that this statement came to her from author Sondra Ray. Kay describes why self-truth in your own journal is so valuable:

“Your own truth is not your enemy. Don’t try to talk yourself out of knowing what you know or feeling what you feel. You’ll get the best results in your journal if you give yourself permission to write your own truth.”

On the Becoming Journal’s webpage Obama is quoted similarly:

“It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”

Last year, Obama inspired by sharing her story with all of us. This year, she gives us guided prompts to create the gift of sharing our own story with ourselves.

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Time to Fall Back – A Journal Writing Prompt

Ah. It’s the weekend to ‘Fall Back’. One hour of sun taken from the evening and granted to the mornings. At least for a few months.

Autumn is a vibrant season of change. The colors, the daylight, the weather calls us to let go.

But this weekend we ‘fall back’. It takes resources to weather a change. Your resources might be your inner circle, your own sense of your strengths and values, your self care routine, or a favorite book or song.

Whatever it is, take a moment to reflect on the tools you have to navigate change in your journal. Try the following prompt as a Springboard for your writing. Follow the prompt and write for five minutes. When you are done, reread your writing and jot down a few follow notes based on what you notice, observe in your body or any to do’s that may be popping out to you.

No matter what, I can always fall back on…

 

Springboard is just one of 18 amazing techniques I teach during Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page (online and in-person session). Or, if you prefer to sample first, try a free technique, or let’s schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.

 

Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash.