We’re starting this new year with a simpler newsletter design. We hope you like it, and as always, your feedback is most welcome.
In this month’s newsletter I wrote an article, Consciously Closing 2008 and Starting 2009. It builds on an article from last month’s newsletter about reviewing last year’s journal. With information gathered from looking back, you can look toward the future.
The second article is a journal writing technique that doesn’t take much time to do, but that offers opportunities to write even when you seemingly have no time.
And finally we have several new webinars we’re pleased to announce:
• Two free introductory webinars: February 12 and 24
• Poetry from Journal Entries, with Sheila Bender in February–scheduled for the last two Wednesdays in February
• Writing for Emotional Balance, with Dr. Beth Jacobs–four Tuesdays evenings in March
• Managing Loss, with Sue Meyn–four Wednesday evenings in March
For an overview of all webinars, go to www.lifejournal.com/webinar_upcoming. Hope to meet you in one of these webinars!
Consciously Closing 2008 and Starting 2009
In last month’s newsletter, I wrote about reviewing the past year. If you have had a chance to review the year and have written some journal entries about it, now–several weeks later–is a good time to re-read what you’ve written. I’ll bet that re-reading those entries now will reveal new perspectives.
You might choose to dialog with the year–the whole entity, or dialog with a particular event (either personal or cultural), or dialog with a person who played a pivotal role in your year, or dialog with a project in which you participated.
Another suggestion, from Sue Meyn, leader in our recent Fresh Start webinar and certified journal therapist, is to say goodbye to 2008 by listing your regrets, resentments and appreciations of the year, using the Gestalt therapy model.
Then, with 2008 behind you, you can focus on your hopes, expectations, and dreams of 2009. How do you take what you learned from 2008 (and the years before) and apply it to 2009?
What do you want more of in 2009 that you experienced in 2008?
What do you want to disappear or limit in 2009 that you had in 2008?
What do you want new in 2009?
Of course you may have goals that will take more than one year to accomplish, but you can incorporate them in 2009.
As Henriette Anne Klauser, encourages you to do in her book Write it Down, Make it Happen: Knowing What you Want–And Getting It! ,write down your goals so that you will attain them. Although this process at first sounds simplistic, Klauser supplies evidence that the act of writing your goals is a set-up for reaching them. A key point is that writing what you want helps you define your goals.
A Good Writing Exercise When You Don’t Have Time
Do you sometimes feel that you don’t have enough time to write? Here’s an excellent tip with credit to Kathleen Adams (www.journaltherapy.com). Do a “Five Minute Sprint.” The five minute sprint is just that–you write quickly for a very brief and concentrated five minutes. Unlike a running sprint where you have to warm up and stretch before your start running, with the five minute sprint, you just sit down and start writing whatever pours out of your hands.
“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”–Robert Heinlein
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”–Emily Dickinson
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