LifeJournal Newsletter- May 2014

This month marks the fifteenth anniversary of the launch of LifeJournal.  It’s been a wonderful and exciting journey, thanks to each of you! Keep reading, there are special offers included to help celebrate!

We now have two variations on our LifeJournal software: LifeJournal Online (which is accessible through your web browser on Macs and PCs, iPads and other tablets) and LifeJournal for Windows (which runs on your Windows hard drive).  These last two links take you to sign up for the trial version, allowing you to try before you buy.

And remember we also offer eight LifeJournal Add-Ons (additional Prompts, Quotes, Tips and more written by experts in the field) which “flavor” your journal for your own customization: for Writers, for Emotional Balance, for Creativity, for Spirituality, for Staying Sober, for Christians, for Educators, for Divorce. You can buy one or more Add-On in any combination to best reflect your interests.

I know from my own writing and by speaking to thousands of LifeJournal customers that journaling can be hugely satisfying in its own right.  However, there are times when we find ourselves not writing as much as we’d like. And because journal writing is such a solitary sport and there’s little external encouragement and engagement, one of the roles that LifeJournal and its sister organization the International Association for Journal Writing ( plays is to help you stay inspired to write.  Come join us in any of the following exciting options:

  • An online, flex schedule poetry class with Sheila Bender, Writing Personal Poetry: Writing Poems from Personal Experience. There’s still time and room to join! Learn more here.
  • A telechat with Samantha Bennett on Thursday, May 15—Get It Done: From Procrastination to Genius in 15 Minutes a Day. (Who wouldn’t love that?!)  The interview is for any creative person—poet, artist, musician, writer. Sam has a new way of viewing this world, of turning things on their heads, to understand and thus overcome some everyday problems of creative people. Some journal writers use their journals specifically for creativity; some don’t. But I bet that EVERY journal writer is creative in some way. This is free to IAJW members.
  • Two different personalized e-study courses where you do the reading on your own and then get personalized input from the creator of the course. BONUS! Both are one sale (33% discount for this month!):

    Read more below about a customer’s idea related to enjoying an e-study courses.

    To your writing,

    Ruth Folit — LifeJournal Software–click the LIKE button!

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    Photographs and Journal Keeping: Is a picture worth a thousand words?

    by Ruth Folit

    Sometimes when I have a few stray minutes—perhaps before I go to sleep, or while I’m waiting in a long line at the supermarket checkout—I flip through the photographs on my phone. It’s a pleasant experience as I remember trips I’ve taken, celebratory parties I’ve been a part of, people I’ve visited, or beautiful hikes I’ve enjoyed.  The experience of looking at those snapshots is quick and easy, and stimulates good memories and feelings. Does this picture-taking of one’s life constitute a form of journaling?

    You could view the photographs as a form of a journal—perhaps more accurately called a log. These photographs are a basic record of bits of your life but there’s little interpretation. And although photographs do, by definition, offer a particular point of view, most of us when taking pictures aren’t especially attentive to the point of view.  Especially with digital smart phone cameras the cost of taking pictures is close to nil, we usually just quickly snap the shutter and without much thinking about more than capturing the moment.

    How does this kind of quick photography compare with journaling in the traditional sense?

    The adage tells us that a picture is worth a thousand words—but does taking the picture and later viewing it have the same impact on the photographer as writing the thousand words has on the writer (both in the writing and the re-reading)?

    When journal writing you often are processing something that occurred in your life. You are using language to translate the events, thoughts, conversations, perceptions, important decisions, and the complex history of family relationships into a story or a narrative.

    With writing you are often spending time, deliberately creating together a coherent picture of a puzzling or disturbing or intriguing thing that happened.  It requires a complement of both cognitive and emotional detective work.

    Using language–and the research backs this up–carries you to a deeper level of comprehension.  You may notice that after writing about the troubling situation, suddenly the fog of confusion and perhaps some concommitant irritation is gone.

    Pictures indeed ignite memories, but language helps you interpret and process the memory.  Want the best of both worlds? Include a photo occasionally in your journal and then write about it!

    Take an e-study course with a friend!

    By Ruth Folit

    One of the pleasures of running LifeJournal is speaking with customers.  I learn about their journal habits, how long they’ve been journaling, what got them started, and more.

    About a week ago someone called and said a friend had told her about Beth Jacobs’ Emotional Balance Clinic, the personalized e-study course.  She wanted to sign up for  the independent-learning e-course, too, and she and her friend wanted to do it together.  She asked if I could help synchronize the timetable so that they received the material and assignments on the same day.

    I was happy to do that, and thought it was such a great idea that I’d tell you about it.  If you have a good buddy that you want to work with on a particular e-course, sign up for it on the same day. You’ll have the best scenario: having the independence of working on your own, and having a buddy to discuss when you want to, and getting individual feedback from the instructor. What a fabulous idea!

    End Quotes

    “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”—Virginia Woolf

    “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”—Eudora Welty

    “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”–Ansel Adams

    How To Buy (or Trial) LifeJournal Online and LifeJournal for Windows

    To order online:

    Click here to buy LifeJournal Online. 
    Click here to try LifeJournal Online.

    Click here to try LifeJournal for Windows.
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    International: 941-227-4410.

    To order by mail, send a check payable to Chronicles Software, and mail to:

    PO Box 220

    Sarasota, FL 34230-0220