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What Words Do You Need to Hear Today?

You probably know how much I value journaling. I started journaling consistently about five and a half years ago. Since then I have filled a lot of notebooks. I don’t often look back at past journal entries, even though I know that retrospecting can be a powerful tool. As my stack of filled journals grows, the thought of looking back feels even more daunting. Recently, however, I was thinking about where I was back when I first started journaling seriously—that was a pivotal year for me—and felt curious enough to dig out my old journals.…

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Where Are You Holding Yourself to a Different Standard?

There’s often a disconnect between the way we see ourselves and the way we see others. We say things to ourselves that we would be horrified to say to another human being. We demand perfection from ourselves that we would never expect from anyone else. I very much want to have relationships and be part of a community where we don’t have to hide pieces of who we are. I want us to celebrate together—the big victories and the tiny joys.…

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A Simple Question to Ask About the Thing You Say You Want

During a recent conversation, I was talking about how I want more trust in my life. I want to trust others enough to let them really see me. I want to trust myself enough to know I’m worth being seen and that even if others don’t like what they see in me I’ll still be ok. The wise friend I was talking with asked me a simple, yet brilliant question—What does trust mean to you?…

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What is Saving Your Life Right Now?

We generally know what’s making life hard, but how often do we take the time to notice what is helping? Every year Anne Bogel reflects on the question inspired by Barbara Brown Taylor’s memoir, Leaving Church — What’s saving your life right now? I usually think about how I’d answer the question, but I’ve never written out an answer to share with you. While there are things that remain constant—books, Pixel snuggles, journaling, music, exercise, nature—there are also things that I’m particularly leaning into during any given season.…

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Start as Who You Think You Are

Happy New Year! I’m still getting settled back in after all the holiday travel and celebrations. At this time of year when there is so much pressure to become someone new and better, I needed to revisit these words from a couple years ago. Enjoy! // Occasionally I’ll hear or read a line that seems like it’s speaking directly to me. I was reading the poem, Life is Calling, by Kelly Moore, when the second to last line made my shoulders drop in relief.…

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When Gratitude Feels Stale

I have no doubt you’ve heard the value in keeping a gratitude journal or having some sort of gratitude practice. This time of year there is an abundance of articles about gratitude. Previously, I told you about gratitude’s place in the three tiny lists I make each morning. I love these lists. They only take a few seconds and very little space. They ground my day, reminding me of what I have, that I am loved, and that I am enough.…

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Two Questions for Today

There are days when all the things I want to be doing and the things I think I should be doing keep piling up until I don’t even know where to take my very next step. Worries can fill up my mind until it’s hard to focus on anything else. Sometimes this leads me to dive into a task—any task—to feel like I’m accomplishing something, even if the task I choose is actually more of a distraction than a benefit.…

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Journaling: Getting Started and Continuing

It’s only in the past few years that I’ve started journaling consistently. Before that, I didn’t journal unless I was really upset about something (or had just gotten a new journal). Now, most days, I try to write three pages of stream-of-consciousness (adapted from Julia Cameron’s morning pages). Honestly, most of what I write in those pages is repetitive and boring. But I’ve found it helpful to practice showing up and writing every day.…

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What’s Really Holding Us Back? Two Big Reasons We Avoid Journaling

My journal has become such an important tool for me that I don’t know how I managed before I started journaling consistently. It’s where I’m most honest about what I really think and feel. But as much as I love journaling, I also sometimes dread it. Just because it’s valuable to look beneath the masks we wear, doesn’t mean it’s not scary or painful. I hear from people who would like to have a journaling practice but something keeps getting in the way.…

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The Habit I’ve Been Missing

I’ve been feeling a bit unfocused as I think about what to share with you this week. My schedule has been busier than usual, filled with extra family time and fun activities. The additions to my schedule have been good things, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t distracted me from the practices that keep me engaged with my day-to-day life. My journaling, in particular, has been sporadic at best. Last year at this time, I was in the process of moving to a new house.…

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