It all started when...
I was eleven years old in the seventh grade. A Teaching Artist came to my class for 6 weeks, to introduce journaling. The magical phrases I heard were, "you can write anything you want" and "it's yours, so nobody else has to read it".
I quickly understood that this was something just for me + my thoughts. A safe space in which to process. That was 30 years ago, and I've been journaling ever since.
That's why I'm doing this 30 day Journaling Challenge for the month of December. Sign up here. ! Here's how it'll work:
- You decide. Listen, I’m an advocate for journaling but I’m not the journaling police. You’re fully grown and therefore you get to decide if this is right for you.
- Commit to writing for twenty minutes a day. Do it at the time of day that’s best for you. Set a timer if you wish. Remember journaling isn’t about creating perfectly crafted essays. This is an exercise in free-writing. Free as in write whatever the f*** you want!! Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, margins, etc. This is about letting go and creating mental space, welcoming in peace, ridding yourself of emotional clutter, all in a safe space. (Think Julia Cameron’s morning pages from the Artist’s Way. Truth be told, I was a little pressed at first to write for twenty minutes a day, then I tried it and realized it was much easier once I got into the flow.)
- Once you join, I’ll send a weekly check-in email, complete with some questions to ponder, an inspirational tidbit, like a quote, poem or vignette from one of my literary heroes, for a little motivation to keep you in the game.
- By December 31st, you’ll receive an invitation to a virtual gathering hosted by me. Think of this as our culminating party!! We’ll light a candle and set some intentions for the year, reflecting on lessons we’ve learned and I’ll share some fun writing exercises and creative activities (think vision boards and soul collage) that you can do on your own time.
I’m excited to share this space with you. The world is full of crazy right now, and those of who are called to contribute need to be centered enough to give from a space of fullness. But also, I can’t think of anything I need more right now than peace of mind, a feeling of groundedness and connection, and of course more love, and more light.
Click here to join me.
I’ve never journaled before. Do I have to go out and buy a new notebook?
Nope. Not unless you want to. I have used legal pads from my husband’s office, cheap composition notebooks from the dollar store, and torn pages out of my kids barely used notebooks lying around my home. Printer paper works too. But you’ll want to probably want to date it and keep in in a pile.
I’m not a writer. Is this really for me?
Sure! This challenge is way more about the process of downloading mental clutter. We live in a world of constant spectating, constant chatter, but forget to give ourselves a space of stillness and reflection. Write whatever comes to your mind, it doesn’t have to make sense.
The timer idea gives me anxiety. What if I get stuck?
Simply breathe, my friend. Then start by writing, “I don’t know what to write”. See where that takes you.
What if I miss a day?
No problem at all. Pick up the next day. The point is to just keep going, without shaming yourself for not being perfect. Remember I’ll be right along aside you, and I’ll be honest about the days I miss as well.
The holidays are approaching. I really don’t have time for this, Verse.
I understand. We each get 24 hours a day. Totally hear you. I’ve lived that lie a few times too. Because everything else was more important than me. Because keeping up with the sales and the hosting and the demands of work and the kids and the partners and spouses and all the household needs is exhaustiiiiiiing, right? Right. So give yourself 20 minutes out of 24 hours. Trust me. You’re worth it.