• Journaling Basics,  Journaling Rituals

    Creating a Journaling Ritual (Or Other Types of Rituals)

    Creating a Journaling Ritual (or writing ritual) to build habits. Creating rituals and habits aren’t as easy as it sounds.  It takes a willingness to look at your life and the habit you want to cultivate. It also requires intention.  A final thought is to have a goal in mind. I’m not saying that you need to have a SMART goal set, just a general “I want to write in my journal every day.” Or, “I will write three joys from my day each evening.”  Simple and to the point, and perhaps a bit of a smart goal. That’s okay too. Creating Rituals When you begin to create rituals for…

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    Journaling Basics

    The Story of Use Your Journal

    Use Your Journal is something that has been a few years in the making. When I started my first blog, AC Hoekwater.com I wanted to talk about journaling and how to make it work for people and for healing. What follows is the story and the thoughts behind Use Your Journal born out of this desire. Thank you for joining me on this journey. My Story Like many people, I’ve journaled for years. Before I really understood what it was, I was intrigued by the images of people writing down the stories of their lives. Journaling was something I wanted in my life. My first journal was a brightly colored…

  • Journaling Basics

    Welcome to Use Your Journal

    So, you’ve picked up a beautiful new journal that you just couldn’t resist. Now what? You’ve been told that journaling is a good idea to help you deal with somethings, but you have no idea where to begin. Studies have shown that journaling is good for your health, but the reality of beginning a journal seems overwhelming. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Use Your Journal is a a place to learn all things journaling. The good news is that there is no wrong way to journal. Does that help? Of course that doesn’t tell you where to begin. The next bit of good news is that, depending on…