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Journal Your Way To A Peaceful World

Are you as sad and concerned about our World as I am? Watching the news, you probably cringe observing the World seemingly falling apart. What if you could take more control of creating a peaceful World?
Journal your way to a peaceful world

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Journal Goals, Live Goals

see the light by journalingWe are coming up on the first of 2018.  I posted this same content on my blog last year and, here we are again.  As usual, you probably are beginning to gather up in your mind the goals for the upcoming year and beyond.  In the book, Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Anne Klauser, writes that “life is a decision”.   With 60 plus years under my belt, I can say it is true.  The focus of this blog, Journal Goals, Live Goals, will give you some tools to begin.

I would like to recommend that you begin journaling now to bring clarity to your 2018 goals.  Taking the time to really dwell on your goals will deepen the impact of the result.  Just because we write something down, doesn’t mean it is going to happen.  Yes, it does get the subconscious moving and synchronicities will start to happen, but along the way, we may have blocks and jam ups.  Planning for those blocks ahead of time will make the goal more attainable.

Let’s start with one 2018 journal goal.

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Sticky Note Journaling Week 7 – The Finale

Congratulations, if you are reading this, there is a good chance you participated in the entire Sticky Note Journaling Series.  The purpose of these weekly exercises was to introduce you slowly to journaling.  I hope you realized that this practice doesn’t have to take a lot of your time.   Journaling isn’t just about writing.  It can open up your life with just 5 minutes per day.   It is “your” time.  I would love to hear some feedback on your experiences the past 6 weeks.

This week, each day choose one of the 6-week topics that touched you.  Then, expand on the theme for five minutes.  You’ll need a bigger piece of paper for this or several sticky notes.  Set a timer, if necessary. When you journal about a topic, if you ask yourself who, what, where, why, and when, you will have enough material to fill a piece of paper.

Sticky Note Journaling Themes

The themes for the previous weeks were gratitude, life goals, happiness, forgiveness, random thoughts, and friendship.

Have fun with this week’s journaling.  The past six weeks have been practice for you since my new book will be coming out soon.  The title is JOURNAL OUR WAY TO A PEACEFUL WORLD.

Get Ready to Journal

I hope you continue to follow my blogs.  I will have lots of tips and ideas on journaling.

There are also a lot of journaling groups on Facebook which can help add creativity to your journaling such as  Barefoot Journaling Chronicles  and Barefoot Body Journaling.  Also, buy yourself a beautiful journal and special pen for future journaling.

Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely,

Joan Marie

www.journalyourwayto.com

Sticky Note Journaling Week 6 – Communicate

“Communicate” is the theme of week 6 in the Sticky Note Journaling Series.   Do you call your friends on a regular basis?  Or, do you reach out via text, email, or message on Facebook?  Do you find out what your friends are up to by checking their Facebook page?   Each day this week write one or more name(s)  of someone you haven’t spoken to for way too long on a sticky note.  It doesn’t mean you need to contact them, just write their names.  By the end of the week, you could potentially have 7 friends you might contact soon.  It can be a childhood friend or someone you met last week.

Importance of Friendships

Friendships are voluntary.  There is no structure like a family relationship.  Friendships also change as life moves on.   Surveys show that maintaining friendships is important to your happiness.  Check out this article in The Atlantic, How Friendships Change in Adulthood.

You can choose to keep the sticky note or tear it to shreds.

Have a great week.
Joan Marie

 

Sticky Note Journaling Week 5 – Random Thoughts

It is week 5 of the Sticky Note Journaling Series.  Two more to go!  The theme this week is random thoughts.  The goal will be to write down the first 5 thoughts that come to mind when you pick up your pen and sticky note.  Should take less than 2 minutes.  They can be hilarious, serious, sad, happy, or boring.  It is a “brain dump”.

Sometimes when I do this exercise, I don’t seem to have any thoughts for a couple of minutes.  Supposedly, it is a good way to reset your brain.   If this happens to you,  it is a “gift”.   Some people try for hours to clear their minds when they are meditating.  You did it just by asking yourself “What is my next thought”.    Mind

IF you want, you can pick one and continue writing about it on a larger piece of paper or on multiple sticky notes.

At the end of the week, read through the sticky notes.  Did you have any good ideas?  Did you take any action on one or more of those random thoughts?

Benefits of a Brain Dump or Writing Down Random Thoughts

David Allen in his book “Getting Things Done” advocates doing a brain dump at least once a week.   Having followed David for years, I try to do this weekly and have seen the benefits over and over.  We have thousands of thoughts per day.  How many good thoughts do we actually capture for our benefit?

You can check out David Allen’s book or this article in Lifehack,  How to Do the Ultimate Brain Dump.

You can choose to keep the sticky note or tear it to shreds.

Have a great week.
Joan Marie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sticky Note Journaling Week 4 – Forgiveness

It is week 4 of the Sticky Note Journaling Series.  This week’s theme is forgiveness.  Although it might get a little deep for you, try to stick with it for the week.

Each day you will write one or more things you would like to forgive yourself for on one sticky note.  It can be as little as eating a piece of chocolate yesterday or something much bigger.  It can be something recent or 30 years ago.

Benefits of Forgiving Yourself

Forgiveness is a very powerful healer.  We don’t realize how we punish ourselves daily and the impact it has on our psyche, body, and relationships.  Here is a link to an article from Psychology Today, Forgiving Yourself.

You can choose to keep the sticky note or tear it to shreds.

Have a great week.
Joan Marie
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