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Journal Writing: A Do-it-yourself Project

Journal writing is usually considered a do-it-yourself project. Yes, thank you, I’ll do it my way, the way I want to. And it SHOULD be. Journal writing is a highly individual and personal activity–one that is usually private, and an activity that doesn’t require anyone, ANYONE to tell you how…

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….

Improve Creativity by Keeping a Journal

In the New York Times, there’s an interesting debate about what fosters and squelches creativity.  One writer, Richard Florida, claims that cities are the source of creativity. I think that cities may at times cultivate creativity, but I don’t think that’s the key factor. One NYT reader, “was from Chicago”…

New webinars available!

I am excited to introduce a new set of journal writing webinars that are now available in February and March.   See the column on the left for specifics. I am a big fan of webinars. Webinars are convenient and require no travel time.  They allow you to interact with some…

Keeping a Journal Resolution

Many of us renew journal writing with vigor at the beginning of the year.  There’s a sense of turning a new page and starting the year fresh. with new habits and routines.  There certainly is a spike of LifeJournal sales this time of year–indicating many people make keeping a journal…

Write about your kids now for a meaningful gift later

I’ve been busy with family this last week and half and I’m enjoying it.  My children are home on break from college and we’ve had great discussions about politics, their future, some of their childhood memories–you know, the whole gamut of family discussions.  And now my young nieces–5 and 8…

5 Reasons to Keep a Journal NOW

1. LESS STRESS: The world economy is floundering and many of our personal financial situations are uncertain.  We’re living through stressful times with many  feeling anxiety from losing our jobs, from dwindling earnings and/or savings, or from having too much debt.  Writing about emotions is a safe way to vent…

As year ends, good time to review your journal

Periodically, it is helpful to step back and take stock of your life. Re-reading your journal as the year ends is an excellent way to do that.  You have captured the subjective views of your life in your journal entries, and, with the aid of a wide-angle lens of time…

The Swiss Army knife of journal software: LifeJournal

I’ve been thinking about the hammer analogy of the previous post. Yes, journals are tools that people use for a variety of purposes.  And I’d then suggest that LifeJournal is the Swiss Army knife of journal software: Many cool tools packed into one easy-to-use program.

Your purpose in keeping a journal?

Just like a hammer can be used to build a mansion or a tree house, a fence or chair, journals are tools, used for many purposes. Whether you use your journal to write about your family and kids, your personal growth, your health, your spiritual growth, or to maintain a…