Let Go of 2019

Whether 2019 was amazing, or you want to forget it, it’s time to let it go. There are lessons in letting go – what hurts, what’s easy, things to repeat, things to never try again. The process of mentally letting go is a great activity for your journal.

List of 100 from Journal to the Self is a great technique for this. (You can read more about this clever and trusty tool in a previous post.) Write the inspiration for your list at the top — try:

100 ways to let go of 2019

Remember the tips: Write very quickly. Number as you go. Repeat, repeat, repeat is ok! If you get stuck, just write ‘stuck’ until the next thing comes.

Once you have a list of 100, reread it all — look for categories, patterns, themes and insights. Later in the list you will probably see an overall gift of wise ideas, look beyond the actual ink on the page for the insightful meaning and lessons. Synthesize this wisdom in a brief write to capture the ideas from the list.

Now write a reflection. What are your takeaways and next steps?

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.

 

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Unsent Letter: The Airing of Grievances!

Whether you’re a Seinfeld fan or not, today is a big day – Festivus! To celebrate, all you need is an aluminum pole, feats of strength, and, the airing of grievances.

I find the episode so funny. But humor aside, the airing of grievances is an effective journaling exercise, the Unsent Letter. It feels so good to let it all out. You have your say, and it’s all one way – the floor is fully your own. When you feel like you’re going to explode, just let it all out. What makes this writing unique is that you NEVER save it. Be sure to include the process for destroying your Unsent Letter once you are done. It’s part of the release process.

If you need a prompt, here’s an option:

I’ve been meaning to tell you…

Once you’ve written your Unsent Letter, re-read it. I like to do a reflection separate from the letter. Often, this becomes the source of a letter or conversation I can have that’s more productive and two-way, or it’s an insight about what’s going on in a relationship or some sort of step I can take. Then, enjoy that process of destroying the original letter.

Release. Feels better!

Unsent Letter 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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Lessons from Stillness

The longest day of the year is here. Today is a reminder of the power of the stillness. The quiet of the winter manifests as an eruption of spring. One is not possible without the other.

What can you learn from the stillness?

This is a great Springboard for your journal. Just write the prompt and follow your pen. Don’t forget to finish by re-reading and jotting down a reflection.

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, same page has info 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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Capture Time Past…to Jump Forward

Capricorn season is upon us – the sign of discipline, resourcefulness, and practical ambition. Time to get things done! Horoscopes may be unscientific, but I always seem to get just the inspiration I need. The traits of Capricorn set us up for the can-do spirit of a New Year. And what a fantastic time to move forward, based on what’s happened in the year just wrapping up.

What a great prompt for your journal — a Time Capsule of the year just past. Get cozy and recall the highlights, as well as the lessons learned in the year just past. Scan photos, emails, calendar notes, whatever prompts your memories. Once you have a recap, write a reflection.

An outstanding launching point into setting priorities and defining goals that really matter to you in 2020. Time Capsule 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.

Envision 2020 – What’s within for you?

Let’s face it. Anyone can set a resolution for the New Year. But what’s the difference among those that bring that January vision to life during the next 365 days?

The key is voice, poise and growth. Together you can create a new mindset, and simple practices that equip you to do the things that really set your heart on fire! And it can all be designed, refined, celebrated and boosted through your journal.

Watch my blog leading up to New Year’s Day for resources, inspiration and ideas on how you can Envision 2020 for yourself! Or take a peek on your favorite social media channel.

To start, let’s look at the core concepts:

Voice: your own truth

  • To define
  • To celebrate
  • To love

Poise: resiliency in each step

  • Turtle, then hare
  • Start slow, go big
  • Mindful, confident, patient

Growth: the start, the goal and the journey

  • Create a journal practice
  • Create the map
  • Embrace the path

It’s time for your own personal call to action: tell yourself the whole truth, faster; then go after it slowly, savoring each step,

Want to start sampling how you can work in your journal to Envision 2020? Check out my special page dedicated to just this topic!

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Trust your intuition: What are your rights?

The Bill of Rights was finalized 228 years ago today. At a personal level, what are your rights — how do they impact your hopes, visions and dreams? If you listen to your intuition you may realize it has a lot to say.

Here’s a way to listen with one of my favorite Journal to the Self techniques, List of 100. (You can read more about this clever and trusty tool in a previous post.) Write the inspiration for your list at the top — try:

I have the right to…

Then use all the 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.

Once you have a list of 100, reread it all — look for categories, patterns, themes and insights. If you are like, me your thinking brain will tire out somewhere around item 50. You might have a few humorous items thrown in around then too (our intuition is clever that way).  Later in the list you will probably see an overall gift of wise ideas, look beyond the actual ink on the page for the insightful meaning and lessons. Synthesize this wisdom in a brief write.

Now write a reflection. What are the overall lessons, messages, themes you observe? What are your takeaways and next steps?

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.

 

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Celebrating special people thru a Character Sketch

Most often, a journal write is private, just for your own use. But some journal writes can be a gift to others — like the Character Sketch. Today is ‘Christmas Card Day’ in honor of the first card being created in England back in 1843. It’s a great prompt to try a new journal writing technique.

The essence of a Character Sketch is pretty simple. Just call to mind someone special.

Use someone on your greeting card list as inspiration!

Take a moment to envision this person — with all of your senses, emotion and imagination. Then write. When you are done, complete with a short reflection.

This is a great tool when you want to understand someone a litle better — and often the takeaway of who they really are to you, and what the relationship means to you are words that are beautiful to share.

Character Sketch 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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Listing Out the Next Right Step

Really inspired by the concept of one thing: the next right step. It’s about mindfulness, being in the present. It’s about stress management, just one step. It’s about change management/transition inspiration, each step leads to a bigger goal.

This theme is a great prompt for one of my favorite Journal to the Self techniques: the List of 100. List of 100 taps the best of your left (thinking) brain and your right (creative) brain. It’s fast-moving and fun and when I use it with an honest question, I always get surprisingly effective results.

Give it a try. Write the inspiration for your list at the top — try

My next step…

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. The fascination kicks in once you have a list of 100. Reread it at that point, looking for categories, patterns, themes and insights that emerge. Don’t forget to write a reflection of the overall process or outcomes to wrap it up.

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.

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.

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