Several years ago, I followed the instructions of Cheryl Richardson in an intriguing book. She said to journal 3 pages a day for 30 days. I did that for 30 days. It happened at a very stressful time in my life and that journaling really helped me at the time, as well as serves as a reminder to how difficult that time was should I go back and read over it. This reminder is nice to know I survived a really awful time and can survive again. For some reason, after I did the 30 days, I quit. From time to time I pick that journal up and usually try to push myself to write 3 pages. I think that is key to push yourself to write 3 pages, even if all you say is “I don’t know what to write” over and over. Some call it “free writing” or “free narrative.” Something cool happens if you just keep your pen or pencil moving, some “embedded” thoughts come out and you surprise yourself. Blogging or typing on the computer is fun and can be like journaling, but writing in actual handwriting in a notebook is what I’m talking about!
This is a quick tip….consider journaling 3 pages a day for 30 days. If you want to read more about journaling, check out my very first blog post here.
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