Thursday, 31 July 2014

Journal Your Heart Out..

 'I write to discover what I know.' -  Flannery O'Connor

I've been keeping a journal of one sort or another since I was about ten years old.  Over those years, I've written countless pages, mused about life, love, creativity and everything in between.  Some days I write pages and some months go by when my pen doesn't touch the page.  And over those years, I've realised however the words flow, it is totally ok.  My journal is a sacred space, a place I know I can always come back to, an important part of my paradigm shift and my creative journey.

This past month, while I've been working on other projects, my journal has sat beside me each day, but has often remained closed. I know it's there whenever I need to take a moment, each page ready and waiting to envelop my words, calm my busy mind and allow me to rediscover my voice.  A few days ago I felt a calling, a reminder that it was time to write again, the old fashioned way, pen to paper, straight from the soul.  And with the precious month of August ahead, a time that holds so many emotions for me, I knew it was the perfect time to journal my heart out.


So in August I'm going to do just that, with a special little project called, 'Journal Your Heart Out'.  My plan is to fill a page (or more if I'm feeling inspired) of my journal, each day of August with conscious soul musings, straight from the heart. I'll be sharing snippets of my pages and words each week both here and on Instagram and I thought it would be a lovely opportunity for fellow journal keepers, writers and wordsmiths to join me in some ramblings of the heart. I'll be using the hash tag #journalyourheartout on Instagram, if you'd like to share your pages.


So if you've got a journal that's been collecting dust, or you're feeling inspired to start something brand new, I thought I'd share a few things I've learnt and taught over the years when it comes to writing from the heart, to kick start your creativity.

Take your journal with you.. This one is so simple, but so effective.  Just take your journal everywhere you go.  When you go to pick up your phone to check Instagram, pick up your journal instead and write a few lines.  Keep it beside your bed and on the kitchen bench, allow your journal to become part of your everyday.  Find a pen you love, keep it close and don't be afraid to just dive on in.

Let the words go.. So often an empty page sits before us and all that white, all that empty space can be a little bit scary.  We start to judge our words before we even write them.  We worry if someone might read them, we worry that they won't be pretty enough.  My solution.. Just let the words go.  Don't worry about spelling, syntax or what people might think, just let the words fall onto the page, however they please. I promise it will feel amazing.

Embrace your dreams.. One way to get started with your soul musings is to write down your wildest dreams.  Perhaps even start with a list of things you'd love to do, places you'd love to visit, details about the home you dream of building, the garden you'd love to grow.  Writing these beautiful visions down, even the smallest details can not only open your heart to new possibilities but be a wonderful manifestation tool as well.

Write with gratitude and love.. A really powerful way to connect and rediscover your voice through journalling is to write down what you are grateful for, what you love. Filling your pages with positive affirmations, gratitude and moments that bring you great happiness will free your mind, ignite your passions and fill your soul with joy.  It's magic and all kinds of wonderful.

'Creativity is magic. Don't examine it too closely'. Edward Albee

We can change the world one page at a time.  Follow your heart, write out your dreams and watch them unfold in the most wonderful of ways.

Much Love
xxx

13 comments:

  1. What a wonderful thing to do. I hope your writing and musings provide you much comfort this month as they do many other times. I will be holding yours and ben's heart in precious thought this month. X

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  2. Such a beautiful idea. I love your tips too, very inspiring.

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  3. Ah I love this. This year I don't keep a journal, I just write some memories down and put them in a jar so I can read them whenever I want :) x
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

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  4. I've been journaling for as long as I can remember, and for me the biggest change in motivation and consistency happened when I understood that I write to express gratefulness and dreams, not complaints and worries. Journals from my teenage years are full of the latter. Now, as an adult with probably more worries than I ever had as young, I find myself giving more expressions to the good things in life. Hopes, dream, longings ... journalling is truly a place of soul food! :)

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  5. My journal used to be my trusty sidekick, but over the years I've slowly wandered away from it. Thank you for the inspiration to start journaling once again. I love the idea of adding bits of color, design + inspiration within the journal to compliment the words/feelings in the pages.

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  6. I am joining you this month - my journalling has evolved from black pen on lines to lots of colour and lots of words squeezed in between. Im currently exploring simplicity in life and happiness and this meme will give me the oomph I need to consider and write daily so thank you x

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  7. I've always kept a journal, that is up until the last three years or so. I think I allowed myself to get too busy but I'd love to get back into it!

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  8. My journal is a hallowed place for me as well, I just love it and find refuge in it. I might not write every day this month, but I'll be joining in a page-sharing journey, one that I've never been brave enough to partake. Thank you for the motivation.

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  9. Goodluck, I loved reading this. I will endeavour to do the same when writing in my journal.

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  10. I love this! I've been meaning to get back into journaling, and I have so many empty or half filled ones lying around. This may be just the kickstart I need. Thank you for sharing!

    xx, Lizzie
    www.octoberjune.com

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  11. I've been journaling again lately...I'll definitely follow along and share!

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  12. This sounds like a wonderful thing to do and you've inspired me to start it myself! I've been wanting to start a journal for ages but I just couldn't find the right way to go about it which probably sounds silly! But I feel like this will give me the aid that I need to start and continue it. So tomorrow I'll go out, buy a journal and get journaling!

    Holly xx
    http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk/

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