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10 Awesome Journaling Videos You've (Most Likely) Never Seen

10 Awesome Journaling Videos You've (Most Likely) Never Seen

DO YOU KEEP A JOURNAL? Do you ever watch videos about journaling? I thought not. I mean, who watches videos on journaling? And isn’t journaling pretty much just writing whatever you want on a page? It can be. But it can be much more and much less, depending on your reasons for keeping a journal. AND you can have more than one kind of journal. There are art journals, dream journals, writer’s journals, bullet journals, goal journals, daily or weekly journals. Whatever you want or need or dream a journal to be, you can create it. So, this week, I offer a curation of[...]
Take the 31 Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge!

Take the 31 Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge!

DECEMBER 1, 2016 marks the start of WritingThroughLife’s  5th annual 31 Days of Gratitude Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to extend the goodwill and gratitude of the Thanksgiving into a season-long and, hopefully, lifelong habit of gratitude journaling. Gratitude journaling is quick and easy to do and provides a number of proven benefits, including: Reducing stress levels Raising energy levels Helping to gain perspective and focus on what really matters to you Gaining clarity Improving decision-making based on positive priorities Becoming more self-aware Creating feelings of happiness Encouraging kindness and empathy Increasing your productivity Improving your self esteem Worrying Less [...]
Uncommon Gratitude

Uncommon Gratitude

AS THANKSGIVING APPROACHES here in the States, thoughts naturally turn to the meaning behind the holiday: gratitude for the good in our lives and for all we have. It’s a nice yearly reminder — and, for me, much needed after a particularly tumultuous and divisive election cycle. When you feel stressed by negatively impactful life events, it’s easy to become myopic and forget to see and acknowledge all the good around you. You know what I mean, right? And so, as my thoughts turn toward the abundance in my life, I want to share the gratitude I feel for you, my[...]
30 Journaling Prompts to Help Get Through the Holidays

30 Journaling Prompts to Help Get Through the Holidays

THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. Even when you are happily anticipating the celebrations, family gatherings and downtime from work, the holidays can be stressful. This year, because of the deep philosophical and political divides that emerged during the recent elections, stress levels are running particularly high. And if you are one of the millions of people who dread the holidays because of association with loss or other negative memories, these next six to eight weeks can feel like a gauntlet you must pass through each year. Whether the holidays are a time of joy for you or not, the following 30 journaling prompts[...]
Word for Writers, Part 15 - Adding and Updating a Table of Contents

Word for Writers, Part 15 - Adding and Updating a Table of Contents

ONE OF THE BENEFITS of having learned to use Word’s Styles is that now you can quickly insert and update tables of content (TOCs). Just think—no more manual typing of chapter titles and tedious checks and rechecks to make sure you got the pagination right. It’s easy to add and style a table of contents in just a few clicks. And if you make a change to your manuscript that shifts pagination, another quick click or two updates the page numbering in your table of contents. I've included details step-by-step directions below. But if you don't have a lot of time, the following[...]