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For The Love Of Writing
Since I was a child, I have always been writing. Stories, poems, thoughts and secrets written in a diary. I loved English class, book reports, essays, creative writing projects. But oddly enough, it was only in the last few years that I have called myself a writer. I haven’t published a book, never submitted to a writing contest, and until this blog, didn’t publicly post online (under my own name at least…but that’s another story).
But I have volumes of writing dating back decades. And still to this day I write in a journal, almost daily. It is part of my self-care routine, how I cope with stress, and how I untangle the “knots” in my life. (You can read more about my other strategies for managing stress here). When I fall out of habit, I notice. My thoughts are more scattered, I don’t deal as well with frustration, and am more prone to turn to negative ways of coping (like a full-on, total carb-fest!)
Journaling isn’t difficult to do. You only need a few basic supplies like pen and paper. But I have found that kicking it up a notch, gathering supplies together, putting in some thought to the process, gives it a bit more meaning, thus making it more likely to become habit. There are no rules, no templates to follow. Don’t concern yourself with spelling and grammar (unless you’re a bit obsessed about that, like me…). Make it as short as a few sentences, or as long as a few pages, whatever feels right in the moment.
Here is a list of my list of Must Have Supplies for Creative Journaling……