Even NASA has Journal Power!

If you’re like me, you’re hunkering down for safety, while your head and heart try to process what this pandemic really means on a day-to-day basis.

Astronaut Scott Kelly (the twin who was in space for a year) offered some inspired tips on what it takes to live effectively in isolation.

The NYTimes shared an article written by the astronaut. One of the unexpected findings was the importance of keeping a journal while in isolation.  You can read “I Spent a Year In Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share” on the New York Times (you may need a guest log in to view the content).
His tip on journal writing is about mid-way into the article (bold added for emphasis):

NASA has been studying the effects of isolation on humans for decades, and one surprising finding they have made is the value of keeping a journal. Throughout my yearlong mission, I took the time to write about my experiences almost every day. If you find yourself just chronicling the days’ events (which, under the circumstances, might get repetitive) instead try describing what you are experiencing through your five senses or write about memories. Even if you don’t wind up writing a book based on your journal like I did, writing about your days will help put your experiences in perspective and let you look back later on what this unique time in history has meant.

Turns out you CAN be a rocket scientist. All you need is your journal!

Power for Your Journal

Captured Moment is a writing technique from Journal to the Self that empowers us to write memories from the five senses. It is just one of 18 techniques I teach. My next online class starts April 16th. Join me! Learn more on the Workshops page, download a free sample first, or schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own journey, especially in these uncertain times.

NASA Photo by Bill Ingalls.

Journal Power

Spread Kindness – Join FREE Journal to the Self Online

This is a tough time, but we’ll get through it. The best thing to do as a community is social distancing. But let’s keep spreading kindness. As my way of sending a little ripple of love and healing into the world I am offering three free Journal the Self Online workshops.

This is normally a six-week, self-paced program. But if you have extra free time and can commit to doing the class in half the time, I’d love to have you. 45 spots! You just need to commit to at least one hour of reading/journal work per day for three weeks, and be open to working on your own growth, creativity, stress reduction and self-care during this time!**

Apply coupon ‘JournalPower’ at checkout to take the class for free. 

Any book angels out there? There are two optional texts recommended for this workshop. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing the books for anyone who is either under a medically-required quarantine, or for anyone who might have limited income right now. I will match you up with a student! Email Laura.TeamSage@gmail.com with subject-header “Book Angel”. $35 donation.

** I am keeping in mind that this situation is very fluid and if your situation changes, I understand if you have to drop out.

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Pi Day

‘Pi’ Chart Wisdom in Your Journal!

My in-laws are a family of math people, and bakers. So we never miss out on celebrating Pi Day. (Our favorite is a cookie-cake with the Pi symbol on the middle — a circle, of course. We waited so that we ate it at exactly 3.14 1:59!)

A great Pi-related journal prompt is the List of 100. This is great if you want to generate big ideas, and tap your intuition in the process. Start with a prompt, such as:

100 things I am grateful for…

100 things I’m feeling stressed about…

100 marketing ideas…

100 ways I can help others…

100 lessons I have learned…

100 things to delegate…

You get the idea! Pick a topic and get ready to write.

Here are a few pointers: Write very quickly. Number as you go. Repeat, repeat, repeat is ok! If you get stuck, just write ‘stuck’ until the next thing comes.

Now comes the Pi/Pie Chart part — reread your list. Look for patterns, themes and insights. Assign items to categories, count and make a pie chart with the results.

Don’t forget to write a reflection of the overall process or outcomes to wrap it up (link is to an audio file, you might have to download the free app first). Every List of 100 is different. Sometimes you get big insights while writing the list (especially somewhere between items 66-100 on the list), sometimes while sorting or doing a pie chart, and sometimes while reflecting on the overall activity.

Join me for Journal to the Self

List of 100 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.

Topics du Jour – Connecting Your Priorities

Topics du Jour is one of my favorite journal techniques because it’s so clever, simple and effective. The idea is easy – brainstorm the top 30 words that mean the most to you. Represent your own priories with names of people in your life, values or skills, your favorite activities or hobbies, etc! Then assign each to a number.

Now you are ready for Topics du Jour in your journal. Write about each topic on that date of the month. Let’s say your daugther was born on the 7th. So you assign her name to #7 and write about her on 7th of each month. Want to do a monthly check in about your finances? Maybe assign it to #15 since Tax Day falls on the 15th of April.

Check out this short webinar to learn more and set up your own Topics du Jour practice. And, learn why I write about ‘synchronicity’ on the 13th of each month!

 

 

 

Topics du Jour is just one of 18 techniques I teach during my Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page, download a free sample first, or schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.

Prompting Yourself to ‘Spring Forward’

We’ve gained an hour of sunlight (but I do miss that hour of sleep!). The earth still appears to be sleeping, but change is afoot.

In your journal this is great inspiration. Try a Springboard or a Clustering write.

Spring forward…

As a Springboard write, use the words as your prompt and follow your writing.

As a Clustering write, place the words in the center of a page and circle them. Then branch and sketch as it suits you.

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.

Use Your Journal to Spring Forward, Farther!

Springboard and Clustering are just two 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.