By Karla Lawrence

Brave Farewells New Beginnings

What it Means to be Brave, Farewells, & New Beginnings

“Bravery is not the absence of fear. It’s the ability to move forward in spite of it.”

As I’m writing this, I have just entered my final week of seeing clients.  Creative Counseling & Consultation Center, the private practice that has carried my dreams for the past 6.5 years is closing.  The “whys” of this belong to me, but are steeped in the same work that I supported so many of my clients in doing; staying true to myself and living a life of authenticity.

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3 Self-Care Practices for Times of Transition

3 Self-Care Practices for Times of Transition

There is never a “perfect” time for us to practice self-care.  Recently, my self-care routine has been disrupted due to a significant schedule change.  My daily responsibilities have increased causing me to lose time that I normally have for personal reflection and journal writing.  I’ve also (temporarily) lost some other cherished practices including, my preferred workout and creative times.  In focusing on my new responsibilities, I allowed these “old” routines to fall away.

If you like me, find yourself struggling to hold onto your cherished self-care routines while going through transition, I want to offer you the following 3 tips.

1.)  Practice Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is simply a conscious act of staying aware and staying connected to the present moment.  Practicing mindfulness can help us manage these times of transition and keep us from becoming overwhelmed by the changes.  Mindfulness can help us pay attention to each moment that we are in instead of worrying about what hasn’t happened yet.

2.)  Practice Increased Self-Compassion

Increasing your practice of self-compassion is also a supportive self-care tool.  There can be a tendency to slip into negative self-talk when you find yourself not doing what you are “suppose” to be doing.  By reminding yourself that you are in a period of transition and that it is normal for your regular routines to become disrupted can help you combat the internal critic.

3.)  Practice Flexibility

Finally, practice flexibility.  If you are someone who holds to a very specific routine and find that unexpected (or expected) changes throw you off track, practicing flexibility can help you ride the waves of change more smoothly.  Practicing flexibility helps you more readily identify solutions to challenges instead of being overly focused on what’s “not” working.

Journal Prompts for Transition

If you are currently navigating a transition I want to encourage you to pull out your journal and spend some time reflecting on the following questions:

  • What am I feeling most challenged by in my current transition?
  • How can I practice more mindfulness, self-compassion, and flexibility as I navigate this change?

Do you have any practices that you’ve found helpful during times of transition?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

With Gratitude,

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the art and practice of noticiing

The Art & Practice of “Noticing”

As an artist, I’m aware of a call to “find my voice.”  A way of expression that feels authentic and true to me.

The search for this “voice” is ongoing and ever evolving.  With each canvas or journal page, bits and pieces can be found.  In the lines and brush strokes, color choices and tools used.  Each act increases knowledge of this voice; this self.

The same can said of journal writing.  When we write, we learn a little bit more about who we are.  The words we use and those we don’t.  Our choice of writing tool or digital program.  The style of writing we choose; free form, structured, short, or long.  How often we commit ourselves to the page.  Each act helps us find our voices and express who we are.

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As you go into this next week, I want to encourage you to practice “noticing” in your writing process.  Allow yourself to write when you feel called to write and to not write when you don’t.  Use the journal and writing tools that you are drawn to in that moment.  Don’t force it.  Just allow yourself to notice what speaks to you.

In this way you will slowly but surely begin to find yourself and your voice, on the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

With Gratitude,

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journal writing- personal essay

What is Journal Writing? – [A Personal Essay]

What journal writing is to me

My journal is a safe space.  A place where I can come and bear my soul or say nothing at all.  I am able to share here without judgement.  I have the freedom to come and go as I please, knowing that when I am ready, my journal is waiting for me.

My writing fills the backs of old receipts, Post-it® notes, flash cards, paper scraps, leather bound pages, and digital landscapes.   There is no “right way” as long as I write.  I write my thoughts, feelings, dreams, desires, fears, & hopes.  I write down conversations I’ve had and conversations I wish I could have.

My journal captures memories and the things I wish for.  Ideas are explored and hopes are whispered.  I create myself on the page.  I can add in and edit out and practice this version of me into reality.  All from the safety of my journal pages.

I write reminders and affirmations when the “busyness” of life threatens to overwhelm me.

My journal is scribbled words that are sometimes hard to read.

My journal is lined and blank pages.  Digital documents and paint splattered notebooks.  My journal is priceless but not precious so I always feel free to use it.

I write sometimes and I write often.  I practice forgiveness and encouragement on these blank pages.

I write my prayers and profane words.  My journal is a constant contradiction.

I write because I have to and I avoid writing for the same reasons.

My journal is a place where I grow into myself more and more each day.

This is why I write.

-excerpt from my personal journal in response to the question: What is journal writing to me?

If you have been curious about what journal writing is, I hope you have found these personal reflections supportive for your journey.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

With Gratitude,

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P.S.  If you’ve been curious about journal writing but don’t know where to begin, check-out my free self-paced e-course Write Beginnings.