Where I keep my journals

October 2nd, 2014

where i keep my journals

I keep my journals at my desk.

It’s the desk that got displaced when a crib took its spot in the bedroom. It’s the desk that now tucks in behind the dining table – my writing sanctuary when the baby takes his nap. If I lean forward just a little as I sit here to write, I can see his little body rising and falling as he sleeps behind the glass doors. The chair goes back and forth between the dining table and my desk.

But the journals do not move.

I have misplaced my journals far too many times to know this. When I forget where I put them, I start to forget to write. And that’s when stories start to go untold. These journals of mine – they need their place, just as we all need our place to retreat to.

I love this simple corner of our little home.

Finished journals (like Love Where We Live, where I documented our life in Germany) rest with journals that still have stories untold. The one on top is my favorite, of course. It’s You Are Loved – Niklas’ baby book, still flagged with sticky notes where I want to add photos or record a few facts.

If you’re feeling stumped on how to create a writing routine, start here. Find a sanctuary. Yes, I pay bills and schedule appointments at this desk. But in that drawer? That’s where my stories begin.

Favorite poem journal entry

September 26th, 2014

poetry journal entry

If you flip through the pages of all the Gadanke journals that people have shared, you’ll see a lot of really fun ideas for the mini envelopes that come in many of our writing prompt journals. I absolutely love these envelopes.

Let me show you what I did with the one that comes in the She journal.

First, my supplies:

1. I stuck a piece of paper tape across the envelope.

2. Dipping the letter stamps into the black ink, I started spelling. My original plan was to say “Poem in my pocket,” but there wasn’t enough room. So I drew a heart and filled it in with my red pen.

That’s it for the envelope. Pretty easy, huh?

3. I printed off a copy of one of my favorite childhood poems – The Swing by Robert Lewis Stevenson – and wrote a few notes about why I think I liked this poem so much. (Obviously, I can’t exactly remember, though I do remember reciting it on the swing set in the back yard.)

4. I folded the paper up and stuck it in the envelope.

It’s an easy entry with a rich story. Try it!

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Be brave! Free printables for your journal

September 17th, 2014

We’ve been waking up to frost on the ground. Brrr! Like it or not, autumn is coming to Montana. Any changes in the weather where you are?

I recently shared a few printable, free journal pages in the Gadanke newsletter. The newsletter is a place for encouraging you in your writing practice and celebrating what makes you jump out of bed. I’d love to have you join all of us. I’m not going to dive into the reflection about bravery and journal keeping that I shared. (Ha – you have to subscribe for that.) But I will share these pages with you. Just print them and add them to your journal.

be brave journal entry

Click here to download the pdf.

Just before a storm blew in, I put my pages in Gadanke’s most popular writing prompt journal: the introspective She journal. (It’s such a powerful one for preteen to adult women.)

how im being brave journal prompt

Go do brave things, folks!

Psst… and make sure you share your pages online with #mygadankejournal.