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September 29, 2016

Transparency is very important to me. Being open and honest with myself as well as with others is one of the ways I hold myself accountable. In the spirit of transparency, I would like to share with you about the 14 Day Journal Journey I created and why I created it.

 

To start, journaling has been an important part of my self-care and healing journey. I understand the importance of journaling and how helpful it can be in overcoming challenges. However, I found myself in a journaling rut. I was not inspired to write about anything. Anxiety, stress, and frustration came up at the mere thought of journaling. When I got past those feelings and actually put pen to paper, it felt inauthentic, like I was forcing myself to write. So I took some time and brainstormed what could help me get my journaling groove back. My first thought was "aren't most things more fun when there are other people involved?" My next thought was "ok, I've gotta figure out a way to hold myself accountable to journaling and actually do it!" Then it dawned on me to create some sort of "challenge" related to journaling that I could invite others to join. Instead of using the word "challenge," I decided to use the word "journey." It felt more inspiring to think of this experience as a journey to healing that everyone could participate in rather than something limiting like a "challenge." From that internal conversation, the 10 Day Journal Journey was born. I was very excited. It seemed as though this would be just what I needed to restart my journaling habit. Or so I thought.

 

The first few days of the journey were awesome. I was getting amazing feedback from the participants and I was journaling consistently everyday. At some point, however, I slacked off and stopped journaling consistently. The 10 Day Journey was such a success that I decided to extend it four more days! I thought for sure I could journal everyday for the last 4 days of the journey. I was incorrect. I wrote more during the Journal Journey that I would have had I not created it and participated in it, however, I did not write everyday. I am at peace with that. I am happy and grateful for the writing that I completed and understand that this is still an area of growth for me. I am sharing this with you because it's important to meet yourself where you are. If you "fall short" of a goal, find gratitude in that and learn from it. Recognize your areas for growth and focus on those.

 

What I learned from this experience was that journaling each day was overwhelming for me. I basically went from journaling once or twice per week to attempting to write every day for 10 days. That was a huge jump. What was born from this experience was a restructuring of the Journal Journey. Starting in October, there will be a monthly journaling theme each month. When you join, you will be sent a journaling topic related to that theme each week. October's theme is body image! The hope is that you will become more aware of the internal conversations you have about your body and be inspired to shift your "body talk" to being more powerful and uplifting. I am excited to see how I will relate to journaling weekly rather than daily. I am also excited to hear the feedback from 14 Day participants as well as any October participants!

 

There is still time to sign up for the October Journey! The sign up form is on my home page. The last day to register is October 2nd. The October Journey starts on October 3rd!

 

Happy Journaling!

Love Peace & Flow,

Erica

 

 

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