Get the Most Out of Journaling

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Every week when I post on the blog, my lucky email subscribers get bonus tools and journaling exercises to deepen their self-awareness and find empowerment in their life and every day experiences.

I send out these emails for two reasons:

  1. Because I love you. ♥
  2. Because journaling can be an extremely powerful tool in the coaching process. And if you don’t happen to have a coach (such as me!) in your life right now, journaling is absolutely, in my opinion, the next best thing.

Just like everything else in life, when it comes to journaling you get what you put into it.

So if you want to have those amazing “Ah Ha!” moments, be a great coach to yourself, and find amazing power in the pages of your journal, you’ve gotta get focused, get centered, get introspective, and get ready to work.

Here are five steps you can take to get the most out of your journaling experience:
  1. Get a Journal.
    If you don’t already own a journal, get one. Dedicate these pages and space for yourself to write, remember, reflect, draw, and work. These pages are the book of your life, so invest in something you love, something you find beautiful, something you can enjoy, and something you will covet. My little red journal is one of my most prized possessions.
  2. Get Comfortable.
    Find a peaceful space and time that you can write, free from distractions. This is YOU time, make some coffee or tea, curl up in your favorite chair or sunny spot, and enjoy!
  3. Get Centered.
    Centering is how I begin every coaching session with my clients. Take a few deep breaths, let go of the distractions of the day, quiet your monkey mind, and forget your to-do list. Maybe you’d even like to meditate for a while to find the peace and stillness that is this present moment. Be still, be focused, be here and now.
  4. Get Free.
    This is the most important step if you want to have powerful moments of insight and clarity. Journaling works when you allow yourself to be completely unedited. Write FREELY. Don’t think too much, or worry about what someone else might think if they read it, just allow whatever it is to pour out of you and onto the page. This is a judgement free space for you to work. Know that no matter what spills out of you, there is nothing good or bad about any of it. Let this be a process, sometimes you have to write for a while before you can shed away the layers and get to the heart of the matter. Just like with coaching, sometimes you must work many layers to find what it is your heart and intuition have to say. (P.S. they have ALL the answers!)
  5. Get Creative.
    It’s ok if you aren’t feeling super word-y, the possibilities of the page are endless: draw, doodle, color, brain storm, day dream, cut and paste in photos, or copy down favorite quotes. Your journal is YOUR space to be expressive!

You better believe that this post is going to come along with some awesome journaling exercises this week! You want in? Subscribe HERE!

Have a free-flowing week, and journal happy!

Sarah

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