personal growth

The Shift Key: The Key to Effective Journal Writing

Did you ever play office as a kid? I remember pretending to be a worker in an office with an old typewriter that we had. I’d set it up in our NY suburban living room on an Edward Wormley end table—not knowing how chic that little piece of furniture was….

Best Tip for Weight Loss: Write to Lose Weight

One recent study published in Psychological Science showed that those who wrote for just 15 minutes about something that they personally valued lost more weight during the next several months than those who wrote for 15 minutes about something without direct personal meaning. The study included 45 woman undergrads.  Each…

Improve Your Listening Skills with Journal Writing

In this past Sunday’s NY Times, the name of an article caught my eye, “The Art of Listening” by Swedish author Henning Mankell. To be honest, the art of listening is one that I’ve not mastered as fully as I’d like. I confess that in many conversations, I’m often quietly thinking one…

Transitions: A Rich Time for Journal Writing

In my earlier career I conducted studies of the richly productive area where sea meets shore. The coast is a dynamic place, where tides swish in and out; where barnacles and mussels cling to rock or shell; where seagrasses abound attracting small fish which attract bigger fish, which of course…

Writing with your non-dominant hand

When journaling, have you ever found yourself  writing about the same issue over and over and over and you feel like you are not making any progress? Here’s a tip that will help you make some headway:  Write with your non-dominant hand.  You might even want to start a conversation…

Monica Seles: “Big on journaling”

Last Friday, NY Times Health writer, Tara Parker-Pope interviewed tennis star Monica Seles.  Seles was in the height of her career in 1993 when, during a tennis match in Germany, a deranged spectator stabbed her in the back with a kitchen knife.  Not surprising, that incident affected Seles deeply and…

Accepting emotions

I am learning a lot during the webinar that Dr. Beth Jacobs is offering. The four session webinar is called Writing for Emotional Balance.  (She’s the author of the book Writing for Emotional Balance.) Last night, the second of a series of four sessions, Dr. Jacobs spoke about acceptance of…

Writing for Emotional Balance Webinar

About a year ago I read the book Writing for Emotional Balance. I was impressed. There are plenty of books about journal writing that I’ve read, and sometimes, I feel like they are re-hashing of similar material.  But this book was different from any that I’ve read. The author, Beth…

Invest in Yourself!

You don’t need me to remind you about the challenging times we are living in. The question I pose is: What is the best strategy to make your way through these challenging times?  What can you invest in now to help you prosper in the future? My answer: now, more…

Journals: Decoding the Invisible Ink of Your Life

When I was in elementary school I was intrigued by magic and how it worked.  I wasn’t as interested in performing the tricks as I was in understanding how they worked.  In one of the magic books I read there was information about invisible ink and how to make it…