Nathalie's Notes

Raising the Hardy Boys

If I could pick one habit to convince others to try, more than good nutrition or brushing teeth, I would urge the practice of journal writing. For everyone. The mission statement I keep working on includes turning people on to the practice and helping them stay with it. I believe in the power of that process more than any other. It's a form of mediation, prayer, focusing … if I didn't write in a journal, I would be … heavily medicated.

I think the whole Dear Diary image turns off most everybody but 8-year-old girls, I get it. There's just so much more to it than that. Journaling isn't just for writers and scrapbookers, though arguably, is essential to the craft. I have so much more to say on the topic but have been searching for the "perfect" way to introduce this passion of mine and my intentions for sharing it with you. I decided, as usual, to just begin. All around me last month, this subject kept coming up so I finally got the message to stop waiting and start now. There are so many ways to keep a journal, I suspect some of you already do and don't even know it. I look forward to more conversations about this.

For now, I'm curious to know if any of you do any type of journal writing and, either way, if you are interested in learning more about ideas, methods and techniques to help you do so?

One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was teaching a journaling class. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to do that again.

My column this week is about one kind of journaling. I'm more nervous about this column because it means so much to me. I'm also hopeful that it will inspire a few folks to try it. We'll see.

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