LifeJournal™ Newsletter – March 2009


This month our newsletter’s focus is on journal writing and traveling. I read and reviewed the book Globejotting:How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals.  The book  inspired me so, that it kicked up a memory of a hilarious anecdote from a trip 30 years ago, that I had almost forgotten. I hope it inspires you to write about some or your memorable travel stories, and also do include journal writing on your next trip.

We are offering some new webinars. If you haven’t attended a webinar, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how technologically easy they are, how efficient they are (no traveling time or expense!), and how you have immediate access to experts from the comfort of your home. Here is  information about three upcoming webinars:

1. We have two spots left for the Writing for Emotional Balance webinar. The first of four sessions begins Tuesday, March 17 at 8-9 PM eastern time (5-6 PM Pacific).   Hurry, there’s not much time left to enroll!
2. Announcing a new webinar with life purpose and creativity coach Tina Games-Evan: Journaling by the Moonlight.  This webinar is for women looking to the moon as metaphor for personal growth and using journal writing as the tool. Four sessions meet Thursday daytimes in April. Learn more!
3. Announcing a new webinar with longtime journal instructor, Sue Meyn: Invest in Yourself.  This is a webinar for our turbulent times, about how to use your journal to tap into your inner abundant resources.   Four sessions meet Wednesday evenings in April. Learn more! 

Hope to see you soon at a webinar!

Ruth Folit
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Review of the book Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals by Dave Fox

Dave Fox’s book Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals is an enjoyable and worthy read.  Dave’s forte is his deep knowledge of keeping a journal while traveling.  Part of the excitement and appeal for traveling is that it is an adventure—you don’t know what your destination will be like, who you’ll meet, what the local customs are, or how you’ll find your way.  He discusses emotions that people commonly feel when traveling—fear, excitement, exhaustion, exhilaration—and how they affect your journal writing. Fox also discusses the issues many—traveling or non-traveling—journal writers have in common: for example how to write in depth, rather than just what-I-did-today reporting; and how to overcome self-censorship.

A recurring theme in the book is how to handle the conflict between experiencing the traveling vs. writing about it.  This is a continuous dilemma for every person who travels and who also wants to record the trip in some form.


An Afternoon Canoeing in the Everglades

[Globejotting author, Dave Fox has such an infectious passion for travel writing, that after reading his book I dredged up a memory of a crazy but true travel story that occurred more than 30 years ago when my husband I took a trip to the Everglades. I should be preparing my taxes, but instead I wrote this. Hope this inspires you to stop working on your taxes and have some fun writing.–RF]

Marc and I were in the Everglades for a few days escaping the cold December weather of New Jersey.  We were visiting friends in Sarasota, and they were kind enough to lend us their car for a couple of days so we could visit the “real Florida,” We headed to the Everglades.  We had no plans and no equipment except for a couple of sleeping bags, but being 25 years old and spontaneous adventurers, that wasn’t a barrier.


End Quotes

“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.”–Louis L’Amour

“The longest journey is the journal inward.”–Dag Hammarskjöld

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”–Steven Covey