Congratulations and RJD Link-Up

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5:18 NLT)

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Congratulations for making it into 2016! I am thankful!

It’s that time of the month to celebrate all things journaling, with Dawn and other brave souls who share their musings from a random journal via a featured blog post. Won’t you join us?

Since it’s a new, fresh year, Dawn has some great innovations for RJD. If you’d rather not dig through old journals to see what has transpired in your life, why not try one of her prompts to see what flows out of your soul on to the page? Click here to share in the goodness.

For me, keeping journals, of all sorts, offers me time and space to muse, to reflect, to pray, and to play with words and images.

If the word journal intimidates you, I challenge you to give it another name. Here are some ideas: a sketchbook, a notebook, a diary, a daybook, a planner, a scribble pad, a doodle danger, a smuch printzer, a fooldle folder, you get the gist. Another idea that helps me is realizing that a journal is a container. A container for me to store whatever I want.

For me, pen plus paper equals soul freedom. A personal way to explore, discover and define my life.

It’s not that mystical. It’s not really magical. It’s practical. But once you start, your imagination joins in and it tells you things like: This is the magic wand  you’ve always wanted. This is your secret garden or private retreat.

So today, I’m going to take the plunge with Dawn and try something new. I am going to choose one of her prompts, right here before your very eyes and type out my response for two minutes.

Hold on. I’ll be right back. Setting the timer and choosing my prompt.

#8. I never would have thought . . .that I would call myself a writer or an artist, yet here I am fifty years of life under me and in me and throughout me. I am fifty years old and pretty proud of that fact. It’s silly I know, but I like being fifty. I like being me. I want others to like themselves and me, of course. But it’s not that important anymore what others think of me, because I know that I’m okay. I have all that I need and want and desire and with God for me, and with me I can face…

All done. I ran out of time, so I left the sentence unfinished. Which is fine with me. I can come back to it later and respond more. I even see a new prompt emerging: I can face . . .

Go grab the closest piece of paper and mark maker and give one of Dawn’s prompts a try. Do it for you and no one else. That makes it’s so much more fun, like a special indulgence. You’re worth it! Happy Day, everyone!

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And for my the final revelation of today’s post…that one thing you all were waiting for…drum roll, please…the winner of the journal/planner/book Giveaway is…Kelly Greer! (Send me an email to get all the goodness!)

Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind.

Natalie Goldberg

 

13 thoughts on “Congratulations and RJD Link-Up

  1. Congrats, Kelly! I love this post! Thank you for being so flexible, and creative and showing how easy, quick and refreshing journaling can be! I am sorry I was so late to get my post up, though…look forward to your lovely influence and collaboration in the new year !

    1. Dawn- I am liking your prompts and thinking it would be fun to choose a random prompt from your list each month for my post topic…I love the flexibility and freedom we all enjoy at RJD! I thrive in collaborative community and sacred solitude, just saying I need both!

  2. Kel, I love impromptu “river writing,” a little term I developed once. Maybe someone else has too. Who knows? But I love letting the words flow, as you did so beautifully with Dawn’s precise prompt. You never know where the words will meander when you write quickly without deliberation. I used to hate timed writings–especially short ones. But I’ve learned to adapt. Journaling helps you to do that–to adapt–to go with the flow. That can come in really handy in our uncertain life (and w/ perfectionists like moi). You also demonstrate something I love to share w/ journaling students. When you have left a part of yourself visible, in writing, you can always go back and pick up where you left off. And yet whenever you pick up, you are never quite the same. Writing changes us through and through. And it’s like the old adage: You never step into the same river twice. And who would want to? Life is never boring when you journal it.

    I love you, I love Dawn, I love Kelly (and am thrilled that she won!), I love journaling people, and I love to journal!

    Happy New Year, dear one.
    Lynnii

    1. Happy and Blessed New Year, Lynni! You are the one who lit the fire for the journaling revolution for me…I am so thankful for your tutelage and friendship!

  3. Congratulations, Kelly Greer. And Kel I love your take on the prompt. I believe I will wait until next month to participate. I still have a lot of pain from time to time.

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