A journaler’s New Year’s Resolution

January 5th, 2015

This time of year is equally exciting and intimidating because you can see hundreds of bloggers posting resolutions, lists, projects, goals – all these really incredible things that they want to accomplish in the new year.

Like many people, I’ve always tried to define my hopes for the year in one word. (They’ve been: Together as we built our home in the hangar, Slowly as we whittled down the project list, and Unleash as we became parents.) I’ll gladly take an opportunity to reflect on where we are and where I’d like our family and myself to be in another year, mostly because I enjoy looking back at the previous year. I’ll share more of that with you shortly.

Right now, amidst all the goals and resolutions, I don’t want you to burn out when it comes to journaling. Dreaming big is important, but if we’re not careful, those giant dreams can quickly transform into another to-do item. You’re busy enough as it is. Your journal keeping shouldn’t become another chore you need to cross off to consider each day a success.

And if you set a resolution related to journaling, sometimes that happens. Yuck.

That’s why I made this week’s complimentary Gadanke Workshop all about the idea of having fun and not worrying about where your writing takes you.

why journaling isn't a waste of your precious time

Play. Embrace imperfection. Make mistakes. Have fun with it! In this week’s workshop, let me show you how. (Hint: it won’t involve journaling every single day. I promise!)

By the way, how sweet is that little tracing of Niklas’ hand in my introspective She journal?! I’m so lucky he stayed still for me – gosh, I love that kid.

8 New Year’s questions for your journal

January 1st, 2015

8 New Year's questions for your journal

I know it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of a fresh slate. There are resolutions to make, a little word to pick for the coming year, and a hundred neglected things to organize and simplify. I’m right there with you.

But as you pack up Christmas ornaments and decorations, tucking each little story away until next year, I want you to pause. Really pause. How has the past year been? There were beautiful moments, and there were hard days. I imagine there were times when everything was so fantastic that you wished the day would never end. There were also those mornings when you probably wanted to throw the bed covers over your head, never to get up and face the day.

With both the good and bad, here we are. It’s a near year. Pull out your journal and write about it.

I’ve been answering these questions for years, always tucking them into the last page of my Christmas journal or the beginning of my introspective writing prompt journal, She so I can easily reference them in the future. It’s fascinating to look back at previous years’ answers. There are certainly details I would have forgotten or been unable to remember when they happened.

Here they are: 8 New Year’s questions for your journal

1. What are five words that describe the past year?

2. What’s something that made me smile last year?

3. What’s something that made me ache last year?

4. What are five moments with others that I really loved last year?

5. What mistake did I make last year? What did I learn?

6. What’s a great gift I gave to someone in need last year?

7. What do I hope to learn or accomplish in the coming year?

8. What are my three wishes for the new year?

How to briefly journal about your day when life is busy

December 23rd, 2014

I want you to do me a favor. Actually this is a gift for you to give yourself.

Life is hectic right now, I know. There are a thousand things to do and hundreds of distractions all around. You’re being pushed in every direction, scrambling in the holiday rush.

Just pause a moment.

Document a bit about your day.

This holiday season is different than last year, and it won’t be the same next year. Sure, many things are traditions that’ll never change. Yet other things alter gradually, sometimes without us even realizing it. These are all the bits of life worth documenting and celebrating. Whether you’re surrounded by family or feeling quite alone, write every so briefly today, will you?

My newest complimentary Gadanke Workshop is live to help you, especially when your time is so limited:

how to briefly journal about your day when life is busy

Gadanke Workshop 10: How to briefly journal about your day

I can’t give you more time, but I think this workshop will help you make the most of the time you have to journal.

I hope your holiday is merry and bright. Our family sends you the warmest of holiday wishes. Thank you for letting me be a part of your story. I’ll see you here again soon.