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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.

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.

 

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash.

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.