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Wreck This Journal: A Perfectionist’s Nightmare

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Yesterday, I put on my lime green rainboots, ran around in the muddy backyard, and then stomped on an open book.  All in the name of creative recklessness. You see, two Christmases ago, my sister gave me a book by Keri Smith called *Wreck This Journal.  It’s full of creative prompts, many of which invite you to pretty much destroy the book.  Here are a just a few of them: “Sew this page.” “Find a {read more…}

Rhythm: Poetry in Our Hearts

Miles to Go Before I Sleep | The brilliant iambic tetrameter of Robert Frost

Some of you may recall that back in May, I participated in “Five Minute Friday,” a group writing exercise hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker.  I found it to be such a valuable exercise for me as a writer to explore the art of conciseness and recognize that I don’t need to belabor over a text for hours upon end in order for it be blog-worthy.  Sometimes five minutes in more than enough time to say something of {read more…}

Lil Journal Project – What Inspires Me

Lil Journal Project: Inspiration via The Thinking Closet

Here’s a glimpse at three of my journal entries from this week’s installment of The Lil Journal Project.  Day 29 called us to dedicate an entire page to a quote; I spilled over onto two.  Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it. -Madeleine L’Engle I first read this quote in college while poring the book, Madeleine L’Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life (a must-read for all writers and creatives out there).  L’Engle’s {read more…}

Lil Journal Project: Word Associations

Lil Journal Project: Word Associations - via The Thinking Closet

So, I know it has been a few weeks since I’ve posted on Ashley Hackshaw’s Lil Journal Project.  I admit that I fell off the wagon during week 4 (too many other fun projects calling my name).  And Ashley took off week 5 to focus on a few things she was working on. However, the word association prompts Ashley came up with for this week were too fun to pass up!  So, we’re back. I {read more…}

Lil Journal Project – Week 3

Captiva Island, Fort Myers, Florida - Lauren & Pop Pop

This past week, Mark and I ventured south to Fort Myers to visit my grandparents, a.k.a. Mor Mor and Pop Pop, and their precious kitty, Ana.  Our time together was so wonderful.  In the past, our visits have been overshadowed by this sense of urgency to savor every moment since it might be another year until we’d see them; however, this time, we had the sweet relief of knowing we’re within driving distance of them! {read more…}

Lil Journal Project: Week 2

Map of my childhood neighborhood; four blocks that made up my world.

Week 2 in the Lil Journal Project was a walk down memory lane.  Here are my first three entries to share for inspiration and with my link-up friends at Lil Blue Boo. Day 6 started off with creating a map of my childhood neighborhood.  (This was the home where I grew up until age seven – – the home of the original thinking closet.)  I used my memory for the layout, googlemaps for the surrounding {read more…}

Lil Journal Project: Week 1

This resolves any suspicion that I might be ambidextrous.

So, I mentioned in a previous post that I was tackling another project to re-teach my hand how to journal.  Here it is, the “Lil Journal Project,” which comes from Ashley Hackshaw, one of my favorite bloggers.  She is a DIY queen with an inspiring story of courage and choosing joy.  Oh, and she happens to be an incredible writer.  I stayed up until 3 a.m. the night I discovered her, just reading post after {read more…}

Nifty Item #2: A Thought a Day

Five-years in one year?  How can it be?!

To journal or not to journal?  That was never a question for me in my last three years as a high school English and theatre teacher.  I was so busy grading papers and lesson planning that I just didn’t have the time to journal, and when I did, I felt too exhausted and drained to “process” my life on the page.  It was truly the last thing I wanted to do. But, oh the guilt! {read more…}