LifeJournal™ Newsletter – February 2009


Reflecting on a meaty quotation is one way to kick start a journal entry. The first article in this month’s newsletter is about how to add quotes to the LifeJournal software and includes a tip about how to distinguish your quotes from the ones that came with the program.

The second article is about a journal technique that builds on the five minute sprint, the technique that I described in last month’s newsletter. This technique takes little time, but effectively moves you quickly into writing with depth.

I also wanted to let you know about a new “Talking Page” just posted on my blog. The Talking Page features six people who tell us briefly how journal writing has benefited their lives. If you are interested in being included on this talking page, send an email to me at

Ruth Folit

PS THREE NEW WEBINARS are soon to begin! (Sign up now for better rates, and be sure there is still space for you.)
(1) Sign up for a two-session webinar with Sheila Bender about how to take a journal entry and turn it into a poem. Sheila’s webinars are fun, information filled, and very practical. Allan Ginsburg took the prose he had written in his journal and changed where he broke the lines and created poems. You can, too!

(2) During these tough economic times, many more people are dealing with losses: loss of employment, loss of income and financial stability, as well as the ever-present life losses of divorce and death or illness of a loved one. Journals are excellent tools for working through and managing loss, and gifted journal instructor Sue Meyn will guide you through best ways to deal with loss by writing about it. Join Sue and me in a four-session webinar in March on Wednesday evenings.

(3) Who among us doesn’t use our journals at times to try to manage overwhelming emotions? Psychologist and author Dr. Beth Jacobs, during the four-session webinar in March on Tuesday evenings, will help you physiologically understand emotions, how we process them, and how to work with them using specific journal writing exercises. Join Beth and me in learning emotional management skills which will lead to profound changes in the quality of your life.

AND one more note: There’s still time to sign up for Sheila Bender’s annual conference–this year the conference is on a cruise in Alaska!

Adding your Favorite Quotes, plus a Tip:

Reflecting on a quote of a deep thinker is one way to open doors to your own deep thinking. Quotes from authors and philosophers often carry you into a different stream of contemplation, into a new vantage point that may illuminate some corner of life. Of course you don’t have to agree with the quoted passage, but simply reading it may stimulate meaningful internal dialog as you follow the thread of “what ifs” and “then that means” into new intellectual territory. All this from one top-quality quote! 


Journaling Technique:The Multiple Five Minute Sprint

In last month’s newsletter we introduced a journal technique known as the five minute sprint. As you can tell by the name, the writing technique involves writing non-stop for five minutes. No warm up. No planning or forethought. Just sit down and write. It’s a way to help you overcome the feeling that you don’t have any time to write, or that you don’t know what to write about, or that the process is overwhelming. The benefits are that you write more consistently because you can always find that five minutes in a day to write.


End Quotes

“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people”–Thomas Mann

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”–Joseph Chilton Pearce

“This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.”–Brenda Ueland