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8/3/15 9:50 A

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I am so gratified to see so many either re-committing to journaling or finding the prompts helpful! I keep an online Journal on LiveJournal, I keep my serious writing (stories, poetry, short story ideas) on WordPress. I keep a daily organizer because I am an organised, planning type and finally I keep a long hand journal in a Moleskine!

I was thinking of bugging Moleskine to lobby Hello Kitty to a Moleskine! That would make my life probably lol. I would like to have a cell phone cover for her but that isn't totally paramount right now. Moleskine is a nice idea! I know I could sticker to my heart's content through a Moleskine...

I am working with the prompts myself since I am able to breathe a little more these days. BLC 28 is almost over and I can use the break honestly. I love the BLC but this session has been truly very busy with my household projects and family time going on. Next go round I'll be the Strength Training lady so I have work to do there, but I have already begun formulating the activities from week to week! I want to do NaNoWriMo in November and that is the entire month of writing or whenever I finish it out. Plus NFL football is important to me during the season, I want time for all of theses activities through the end of the year.

Proper planning is all it takes for me, plus exercise is on the agenda, spending time with the family etc...

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8/3/15 6:41 A

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I am also resolved to re-commit to journaling this month. I have basically been treading water for the past few months, making little progress. The journaling prompts for August caught my attention and I am excited about trying to develop a few of them.

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8/2/15 5:57 P

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Hi all,

I am going to transfer from an electronic journal to a paper journal. I have downloaded a journaling workbook and I want to start it this week in order to improve my dedication to journaling.

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7/31/15 11:39 P

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I decided to start making an informal goal of using the Inner Journey journaling prompts more often. I'd like to use each month's prompts at least once each.

I've not been doing well lately with my fitness goals, in fact I'm on a huge backslide in general. I'm hoping that journaling will help me get back on track.



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7/3/15 7:50 P

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Hi all

I have been doing a lot of oral journaling with positive self talk to review my day before bed. It has helped me to get a better night sleep.

Hope you all are doing well.

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6/22/15 6:53 P

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Did journaling today.Plan to keep a journal on Lupus symptoms to release my frustration with it.

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6/7/15 6:56 P

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Hey ya,

I have been journaling on a regular basis. I find that when I journal, it clears my head. I am able to not only clear my head but track my symptoms as well. I am presently reading Boundaries as well as the Celebrate Recovery Bible. I am seriously thinking about journaling about what i am learning on my Spark Page. The more aware we are of ourselves, the more aware we are of others. I do not worry about what others think when I journal because journaling is about unconditional acceptance of your own ideas.

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6/1/15 6:43 P

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Hi, everyone.

Sandy, I'm happy to hear that your flare up has passed for now.

Tracey, writing in my journal and here online has helped me realize that my writing is for me. If it helps someone else, that is wonderful. If not, it has helped me. I learned not to worry about what others thought of my writing because, after all, it is for me basically.

Have a great week, all.

Just do it no matter what!

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6/1/15 6:16 P

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Hello all,

I am doing better after flaring this weekend. Welcome Tracey and we are happy to have you here.

Have a great day

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Just now found the Journey Caf..I like it! I belong to several groups, but I think that Inner Journey is my favorite. I will have to see how to do a journal on my sparkpage..didn't know that I could. I have only kept a food journal....but this journey is way more than that. The root of it starts with everything in my head and history...the food stuff stems from that.

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Hi and welcome. There are so many topics and ideas here at Inner Journey dating clear back TO 2008. there are also links throughout to journaling sites and articles. We use to have topics that members wrote about on line and we all took part. That doesn't happen so much anymore but would love to see it started again. There is also the Writing Down Page but I was the only one using it and I finally stopped. Members now seem to prefer writing in their real journals.

I still get so much from Inner Journey and the topics have helped learn a lot about myself.

Sandy has research some sites to use for her online journal. There is also a private journal page here on spark people. I will look for the link for you.

Hugs, Gaylinn

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5/19/15 6:49 P

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Hello, my name is Cristal and I am from TN. I have a lot "things" I need to work on, and I know journaling works wonders. Any great programs out there that are free? Where do you suggest I start? Also, do you all have items you write about as a group? I look forward to learning from each of you!


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Happy Monday, everyone. Keep those journals going.

Sandy, I love how you keep pushing through the episodes of fibro fog. What an inspiration you are.

My new great granddaughter has jaundice but is on home treatment. She isn't allowed visitors until the doctor gets the jaundice under control. Apparently her immune system is not fully developed.

My DGD just got her college degree and will soon be heading to South Africa with the Peace Corps. She will be gone 27 months. Her parents are concerned about her safety, but DGD has dreamed of joining the Peace Corps for a long time.

Hugs, Gaylinn

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Hi all,

Even in the fog, I was able to verbally do my journal. I love the free association of doing a verbal journal. Enjoying my day despite the fog.

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Had a wonderful day off of relaxing, journaling, and reading.

Happy Belated Mother's Day

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Sandy, you are ambitious.

Hi, everyone.

Just do it no matter what!

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5/9/15 7:13 P

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Hi Ladies

Smart diary is actually a software program and they have a free version. The community and support are awesome and they want your input to improve their product.

Have been journaling consistently and it really helps me with my focus and letting stuff go. I am so thankful that my focus is back. I have completed my first course for school and starting two new courses on Monday.

It is going to be a busy school summer.

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Sounds like an interesting website, will have to check that out.

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So happy you area feeling better. Sounds like a wonderful journaling site.

Just do it no matter what!

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After long search, I finally have found a journaling program that hits all the marks. It is called Smart Diary and it allows me to journal as well as track my lupus symptoms. I am 2 for 2 in the May challenge. I have been ill all week with an intestinal virus that caused me to have a lupus flare. Not fun but God is good and I am feeling better.

Looking forward to going back to work on Monday but will take it easy. Work has been very supportive. I am also looking forward to church tomorrow as well. It always uplifts me.

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I am in the 14th straight day of journaling at least 750 words. I love the website but now they are going to be charging 5 dollars a month to use the sight. I guess I can continue with the 750 words on a free site. I do have a penzu account and will begin to do my journal there after my trial is done.

Still working on my lupus log.

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Thank you so much for that Gaylinn. You are an inspiration to me as well. You do so much for so many people and you do it with respect, love and dignity. I praise God for you and I am so blessed that you are my blessed sisters. I also praise God that I am with this group. Your inspiring words and actions give me hope.

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Sandy, you are an inspiration to me in facing my life's changes brought about by Meniere's Disease. I love the days when the nausea is absent. They are just not often enough.

Enjoy your non fog day and don't overdo.

Hugs

Just do it no matter what!

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I am so thankful for today. The sun is shining and my mind is actually clear for the first time in months. I have energy and less anxiety. God is so good. I am able to focus on the things that I need to focus on without hesitation. It is a blessed feeling and I love it.

Gaylinn- It has been a long battle for me to move forward in my life. I had to do a lot of changing in my mindset and personal views of how I see the world and the things around me. I am able to express my weakness and verbalize assertively to others about my needs. It has been a blessing.

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Sandy, listening to your body and following its advice is so important. I am glad you are doing that without any guilt.

Hi, everyone.

Just do it no matter what!

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Hello all

I am under a lot of stress but pushing on. I walked 2 miles today and listened to my BIble, It was so relaxing and gave me hope and peace. I joined 750words today which is a digital journal that allows you to just write. It was truly relaxing to journal and get my thoughts out. I have combined my Lupus journal with my prayer journal because I have found that they are both really the same thing. I took off today from work because I really needed a day to rest and just be able to focus on me. I usually feel guilty about this but now, I find I need it to keep going and to stay healthier.

Thank you all for the team goodie. It made my day this morning.

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Hi, happy journalers.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend. Take some time to relax and some to write in your journal.

Hugs, Gaylinn

Just do it no matter what!

Gaylinn
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Hi to everyone. Keep those journals going.

Whoa, Sandy. Who would have connect flu like symptoms to Lupus. I am happy to hear that your journal has helped you understand more about your disease.



Just do it no matter what!

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Hi all,

I found out that my flu was actually lupus symptoms. I am going through a rollercoaster ride with my lupus and fibro. I am pushing through and getting things done. I found a new book on BIblical journaling and I am very interested in trying it to see if it will work for me. I will let you know. The journaling I have been doing with the lupus program from us in Lupus has helped me understand my illness and also how to work with my family and friends to understand what I am going through.

Hope everyone is well,

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Journaling is definitely about the one doing the journal. There is no right or wrong. That is one of the things that is so great about our journals. They are for us.

Sassy220888 has the flu right now and will be back when she recovers.

Myaka, thank you for your leadership of the team. You make it a fun, challenging place to be.

I use to be on a BLC team. But when I started leading a BL team, I found that I simply did not have the time for both challenges. I do stay in touch with my former teammates on Facebook. By the way, the team folded for lack of a leader at the end of my last round.

Just do it no matter what!

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Glad you are with us Viva!

Enjoy the group and getting back into Spark People. I was thinking in terms of journaling maybe you could do some fun, easy topics before delving into more personal areas of your life. Its what helped me when its hard to journal about the harder stuff. Plus I like to add artistic and fun elements to my pages so I can ease up and relax.

Soon I am going to work on a dedicated Art Journal and focus on different topics and I'll post pics to inspire and give others ideas. Journaling to me is quite fun because there is no right or wrong way, it is all about the creativity for me. I used to be a bit intimidated by the idea of an art journal since I didn't feel as if I were an artist, per se. However, anything you feel you have to offer yourself or the world is valid.

Have fun with your journaling!

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look forward to knowing you too! You are going to love this group!

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Hi ...
I rejoined spark last week and also found this team for the first time ... kind of just doing a little exploring currently seeing if I can find my way around emoticon I haven't done much journalling ... only a little of it. It's strange - I know that it helps me when I do journal, and yet somehow I end up being scared to or putting it off. Need to find ways to get through that and let it be the help I believe it can be; so that's one reason for being here along with many others. Look forward to getting to know those here more

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Sassy-

So glad you are able to be a little more active here. Its true in my friend list and in some groups I belong to there are a few Sassy names so I was confused for a minute lol.

Glad you can journal more and have a better day without fog. If you feel at ease please share about your journaling! I have started to work on Art type of journaling in conjunction with my regular journaling so I was thinking about posting with that idea in mind soon. I am going to try to post up once a week with Journaling ideas so members looking for ideas will be inspired and possibly post their ideas. Creativity is a really nice outlet to have in life!


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Gaylinn

Its getting into the 90's here now which I don't mind, 100 and up is the kicker for me honestly. I exercise outdoors so I am careful when 90 and above is going on. I walk in the early morning or later in the evening so the heat doesn't wear me out. I do think my allergies are under control now for the most part.

Stress seems to be the culprit in many health related issues, I control my stress level as much as I can so I am not getting worn down. I live with a few chronic conditions and sometimes the best that can be done is living with what you have. I am grateful to be alive, feeling grateful I can walk, talk and breathe without too many issues. I can see, hear, smell, taste, feel and enjoy being human more so than when I was younger so I smile about that. Prayer and meditation seem to help me a lot along with eating well and exercise.

I've had family members with gallstones and kidney stones so I know that can be quite a bit of pain. Surgery corrected gallstones for a few family members. Prevention is an ounce of cure in my thinking if at all possible. Glad the DGS's fiance is fine with the baby until she can correct the issue.

This is my first BLC round, but with my strong organizational tendencies I pretty much flew through the round. We had challenges for the Weekend and Strength Training but otherwise our group was fairly self-directed in terms of not being too stringent about accountability standards. Some groups had much more drill sergeant mentality and I would have done poorly like that. I've always been self-directed so I didn't want a group that was too military like. I think the group I belonged to was perfect for my personality so I chose wisely. We will finish the 12 weeks next week and toward the end of May we'll begin BLC-28. The hardest part of my round was the TNT (strength training) but otherwise I had a lot of fun and support.

I'm glad members have enjoyed my postings on topics for journaling. I post the topics hoping someone can use the ideas for their projects or writing. April will be fun, just a few days away wow! Have a good week and good wishes for better health!

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Sandy. So glad you are back. I am definitely interested. Please share.

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Myaka,

I am a Black Panther too. Isn't, it funny how those things happen.

Gaylinn- Hi Sis, I just could not stay away. I am now journaling again for my Lupus therapy so what better place to be but here.

I am so blessed to have my first day in three weeks without fog. It is so good to read again.

I will share what we are doing with my journaling if anyone is interested.

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Myaka,

Hi. Your weather sounds pretty much like ours including the wind. I'm glad your allergies are better.

My Meniere's is off and on. Salt and stress seem to be the worst culprits causing the episodes. There is no cure so I just live with it.

DGS' financee now has gallstones. They are controlling the pain with diet until after the baby is born. Then she will need surgery. The baby is fine. She is due May 10 so she is getting close to a the time she will be fine if she is born early. If we all ate like DGS' financee has to eat for now, the weight would come off. She gets absolutely no fat which means mostly fruit and veggies.

I use to do BLC. They have good challenges. I was doing both BL and BLC until I started leading my BL team. My BLC team was losing their leader also and folded. We were the Crimson Butterflies. Your Panther Round is ending and mine is starting. We are in Week 2 of 10 weeks. I love that we are both Panthers. WooHoo!

We have another new member today.

Your journal topics seem to be very popular with members. Thank you for the great ideas.

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Gaylinn-

How are you? Is your weather as lovely as mine is lately? We are sunny and mid-80's now. My allergies have calmed down thankfully, it was rough for a few weeks there! We do have a bit of wind but the pollen has abated enough where I don't have to take allergy pills that make me very sleepy.

I hope the DGS's fiance is alright now, sending good vibes and prayers her way for good health moving forward. Are your symptoms with Meniere's better managed lately? I am doing pretty well, had a rough week this last week with the obvious female body. Anyhow, tomorrow is another start to a week and I am back on the horse. My favourite exercise is walking but I was hurting last week something fierce so I made the decision to beg off until the pain was over. I was a bit of a cranky arse but I am well.

I noticed on your page a panther, so we are both panthers in different ways! I am in a BLC Challenge but we have 3 weeks to go now. Not sure what I'll challenge myself with when we complete this round but I'll figure it out! Happy Weekend~


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Kayah, thank you. The next thing that has happened is my DGS's finance who is 7 months pregnant was airlifted to Loma Linda University Hospital with a kidney blockage yesterday afternoon. The baby is fine and the kidney is getting belter but now her liver is enlarged. The baby is my son and DIL's first grandchild. More tests are being done today so we should have more info tomorrow. This new development did nothing to ease my Meniere's symptoms because of the additional stress.

We have another new member but her page is private. I sent her welcome by spark mail. She did post on the Wall.

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Linndy-

Sorry to hear about Sassy and having Lupus. The Doctors thought I had that once so I know how serious it can be. No worries, we have it covered while you are recovering and coming back up to better health! I just posted the Journal Topics for March a bit ago. I misspelled Journal (Jornal) and was trying to figure out how to edit that misspelling in the Topic headline!
P.S. I figured it out, once in a purple moon I get ditsy for a little bit, all better now :)~

The wind last week and an early Spring is kicking my allergies up but that is spring in the desert for you! My allergy pill last week had me sleepy and groggy so I am avoiding taking those unless it is absolutely necessary. Don't worry about being negative since health challenges can have us annoyed with our bodies sometimes. I have my moments with my bad right knee or digestive issues also. You are right though looking for the positive will help our mental outlook.

Your DGD is heading to SA in July. That is so interesting to be able to make a difference in others lives. Having a dream such as this is so life changing and I wish and send for her good vibes. Two years may seem like a long while but it will go by in a flash for her I think.

Have a lovely fabulous Tuesday everyone!

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thank you, Colleen.

It is a beautiful day in the desert despite the wind. Leaves are popping out on trees and bulbs are up and blooming. With all the rain we should have fields of poppies in the poppy reserve this spring. That is always a treat after a rainy year. So awe inspiring.

I have been whining to my journal about this Meniere's episode. Have to change my attitude and start looking on the positives in my life

My DGD has just been accepted into the Peace Corps in South Africa as soon as she gets her BA degree in May. She leaves July 1. This has been one of her dreams and she is totally excited. I may have influenced her decision to choose S A as I spent time there and love the country. We will surely miss her while she is there for two years.

Have a great day, everyone.

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Been missing your posts. Happy to hear your episode is getting better each day.
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Will pray for SASSY220888 and look forward to seeing her postings as she is able.
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Hi, everyone. Along with the Meniere's episode which is getting better a bit each day, this has been an extremely busy time in getting my Biggest Loser Team set up for Spring.

Sassy220888 will not be taking an active part in leading Inner Journey for a long while. She has been diagnosed with a serious form of Lupus. I do not want responsibilities for our team to add to her stress level.

Have a great day, all.

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I couldn't find the new topic... will re-post when it appears on my computer.

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Edited by: CEKER9 at: 2/28/2015 (03:05)
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You can get the book and follow along with us or just wait until we announce what the next part we are working with and do that.

I found a video that includes 2 of the tools we will be using.

http://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/

Right now we are using the Morning Pages. The fifth tool is the Artist Date. We will probably get to it around the middle to end of March since we are integrating one tool a week.



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Created the new topic "The Writing Diet" in "To Slim Up, Write it Down" we can further discuss the book over there, thanks for the suggestion Colleen!

Any further discussion will take place in that venue so we don't totally clutter our discussion here!

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do we read the book the write suffe down when it comes to mind or what just wondering

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MYAKAYAH ~ Since this is no longer "general" chatting, I think as a co-leader, you might want to move us to a new topic. I'll offer a suggestion of putting it under "TO SLIM UP, WRITE IT DOWN Forum" and maybe call the topic "Write Yourself Right Sized" or something similar and make it a sticky.

HAPPYMAMA and anyone else, please join us working through Julia Cameron's "The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Sized". We are only 4 days into it --- perfect time to start!

I got my pages done this am... it was easier today than normal. I did it after putting in my contacts and it went fairly quickly. My mind kept working instead of doing it's normal going blank act.

Blessings~~~

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HappyMama-The First Tool is Morning Pages from the book. "The Writing by Julia Cameron. Colleen and I are writing Morning Pages every day to get into regular practise with our writing. Cameron suggests using a stream-of-consciousness style and to write at least 3 pages in the morning usually. However, one should choose the best time of day that works. Each week we will move to the next Tool in the book. So Friday starts the Second Tool which is Journaling!

Update-I have done my Morning Pages today and I did a stream of consciousness on the Oscars all the way down to changing my schedule in terms of work. This was pretty easily done and I never lifted my pencil from the page once, even from hand cramp. I was not even disturbed by my cat wanting to go outside which is his favourite thing to do. Yesterday the Morning Pages were harder because I was a bit cranky, too much sleep. It's kind of funny because I've always felt like my writing is more profound with negative thoughts and feelings but not so with that. I was not pleased with what I wrote but every day isn't a Grand Slam.

It seems there is quite the difference between yesterday and today since Sunday sounded like a grump session and today was hearts, unicorns and roses :)~ There is a 180 in terms of tone with the 2 entries. It's interesting looking back in my writing and seeing what came to mind. I usually give a number to my mood every morning and it has been enlightening. I am seeing if the Morning Pages bring up any ideas for NaNoWriMo for later this year. I want to get another WIN since I have 2 finishes now!

Happy Monday and write~



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what is the morning page

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I've done my Morning Pages every morning. I think its alright to do them whatever time you feel comfortable with. Some days can be a little brutal so you work it in when you can!

I'll post up that I completed Morning Pages every day as well. I do it but I don't always remember to post up here that I did so I will write myself a note to post up once a day to remind myself!

So next Friday, we can move onto the Second Tool in "The Writing Diet" then. Every Friday we can move onto the next tool. I'll make sure you make it through the Second Tool. (or at least give it my best shot) it has to come from deep down in you. You have to want to jump over your hurdles! We'll smash them together~

Hi HappyMama! Just let us know if you need any help, as with anything you get out what you put into something. There are many prompts and ideas here if you need them!

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hi everybody i'm new to this just started and i myself am not a journalist kind of person so i hope i can get alot out of this team

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OK, I have my morning pages done for the 20th and the 22nd --- I *forgot* to do it yesterday. I can give a plethora or excuses, but none of them are enough to forgive the lapse of memory!

I'm doing the morning pages in my Journaling program (not online or public) and typing a minimum of 750 words each day. No, time of day isn't important, but I'm finding the later in the day I leave it for the more apt I am to forget it --- yesterday is a perfect example. Guess I need a check list where I have to check things I MUST do for the day or certain days and I can't go to bed unless they are checked off.

Where you want to do it is up to you --- I'm ok with anywhere. Although I will say that if we do it here, others may want to get the book and join us... or just follow along with us without the book. I say more the merrier. I think a day or day of the week to check-in would be good. Maybe a brief check in daily (as possible) would be good to keep us (...ok *ME*) on track and then when we go on to a different task we could have a more comprehensive update. I think we have one coming up on Friday (27th) to discuss and move on to the 2nd tool, yes?

Reviewing what the 2nd tool was, I now know why I rebelled and stopped reading the book. I trust with support, I will be able to get through and passed the 2nd tool!

Well, till next time...

Blessings,
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Colleen-

So let's work on Morning Pages for a week and see where we are at then. If you feel comfortable we can move on to the next Tool in the book. I think we can do either longhand or online. I think the idea is just to get into the groove with writing consistently without censoring ourselves, the idea is to have fun and learn along the way!

I don't think we need a specific time of day, whenever it is good for each of us on the day we want to move onto the next section in the book. We can ask questions or give thoughts and ideas from the chapters. If you would like we can continue to do this here or on our Spark Page, whatever is easiest or comfortable for you. (If you want to get together at a specific time we could arrange that though.)

We can check in each day and maybe give a quick description on how that session went!

Okay, I just saw your post from a little bit ago, good you did some work earlier. To form a new habit sometimes you just need a little nudge sometimes. You know like some people have workout partners to stay on track and accountable, its like that for us and we will have formed a new habit together! In my case, I will have more writing practise since I haven't practised everyday Morning Pages in over a year even if I do write a lot!

My writing pages were about 3 pages earlier and it was a fair amount of free writing. I considered I started out a bit slow and went into a very nice groove! I only quit to have breakfast and do some chores honestly!

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