• A-Z Challenge,  Journaling

    Journaling: J is for Journey

    When trying to fit ideas into an A-Z format, sometimes I must take liberties. In this case, travel becomes “journey” to meet the need for a letter J focus. I wrote a lot about travel journaling in Journaling Toward Wholeness:…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Journaling

    Journaling: H is for Happiness

    When I think of journaling, I often associate the process of getting the “bad stuff” out of my head. Emotional journaling promotes better mental and physical health. Seeing problems in black-and-white on the paper helps me think clearly about possible…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Journaling

    Journaling: G is for Gratitude

    The mental health benefits associated with gratitude journaling are well-known. Since I’ve written about them before, I won’t repeat the information here. However, gratitude journaling is not just about giving thanks. For example, when my children were younger we read…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Journaling

    Journaling: F is for Five Senses

    The five senses  — sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch — are important to any writing endeavor. These sensory details help the reader connect to the experience rather than simply re-telling the event. Each of the five senses brings to…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Journaling

    Journaling: E is for Expressive

    Expressive journaling is beneficial to good mental health. It helps release fears, regrets, and painful memories that prevent us from becoming who we were meant to be. Expressive journaling is the brainchild of Doctor James Pennebaker, Chairman of Psychology at…