So I lead a lot of journaling workshops—mainly because I really believe in writing’s ability to help someone find her voice. People are initially resistant to journaling because they see it as just a Dear Diary type form where you fill up the page with your rambling on what happened today and how you feel about it. That is certainly one type of journaling but not the only tool that one can use in journaling. I call one of my favorite journaling tools “Sentence Stems.” I basically give people in my workshop (and in a workbook that they take home from the workshop) the start of the sentence and ask them to complete it. Sentence stems are short, direct, and insightful— you get a lot of bang out of your writing buck. Here are some recent sentence stems that I completed. Feel free to share a completed sentence or two of your own!
The best part of being a 30-something is… having realized some answers for myself and being able to live from that place of experience and knowledge.
I deal with day to day stress by… working out, eliminating the voluntary stresses in my life, and calling my sister with a request of “can I just vent?”
My top priorities right now are… (professionally) to restock my creative well this summer with lots of reading, painting, and movie watching and to find a publisher for a book that I am dying to write and to finish a book proposal on another idea that has me excited.
If I had more time… I would play more—go enjoy the outdoors, see more movies, read.
I can’t get this thought out of my head right now… Lola sure is stinky. She loves to swim come springtime and girlfriend took a dip yesterday. May have made her happy, but she’s choking up her girl right now. Must. Go. Remedy.