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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,

Karlas Signature

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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,

Karlas Signature

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.

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How to Embrace More Ease + [Free Worksheet]

I feel the pace increasing as the last vestiges of summer slip away.  How can we embrace more ease as we step into this fall season?

In today’s article I want to explore the topic of ease.  Specifically we’ll look at what ease is and how we can translate this into our personal lives.

What is ease?

To help us get started, let’s look at how the dictionary defines the word ease.  Here are just some of the definitions I found on dictionary.com:

“freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort”

“freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind”

Ease defined: “freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort” Click To Tweet

Synonyms for the word ease include: calm, content, satisfaction, serenity, restfulness, & enjoyment

With this definition and synonyms in mind, let’s take a moment to explore how we can translate this idea of ease into our own lives.

Let Go to Embrace

As I read through the definition and synonyms of ease, I found I was most struck by the words “freedom from…”  There was a sense that I needed to let go of something in order to make room to embrace more.

Ease needs us to create space in our lives in order for it to exist.  With this in mind, I want to invite you to use the following journal prompts to explore how you can create space for more ease in your life.

Journal Prompt Questions

Pull out your journal or download this free worksheet and use the prompt questions below to explore how you can start to embrace more ease in your life today.

Download this FREE Journal Prompt Exercise

  • What did you notice as you read through the definition and synonyms for the word ease?  
  • What words or phrases stood out to you?  
  • What would having more ease in your life look like? 
  • What is one area in your life that you would like to embrace more ease in?
  • What is one thing that you can practice letting go of this week to help you in this one area?

As you go into this next week, I encourage you to focus on embracing more ease in the one area that you identified in your journal writing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

With Gratitude,

Karlas Signature

P.S.  Check-out my FREE self-paced e-course, Write Beginnings, If you would like to get started with journal writing but don’t know where to begin.

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How to Use Sentence Starters in Your Journal Writing + [Free Worksheet]

This week has been filled with lots of words.  Words of new adventures, healing, growth, celebrations, and frustrations.  These words have been shared with friends, family, clients, & my dog!  These words have been written, typed and scribbled down on notepads.  It’s been my privilege and pleasure to share these words, my personal journal writing process, with the students in my latest e-course.

In last week’s blog article, I introduced you to some basic strategies to help you get started with journal writing.  You were also invited to join me for a new e-course, Write Beginnings: 5 Tools & Techniques to Help You Get Started with Journal Writing.  In case you missed it, you can find the article here.  While the live version of the course has ended, you can still join us as a self-study student.  Click here to learn more and to sign-up.

I thought it might be nice to give you a little peak into the course by introducing you to one of the journal writing techniques we explored this week.  In today’s article I’m going to introduce you to Sentence Starters.  Sentence Starters are one of the easiest techniques to use to get started with journal writing.  Today, you will briefly learn about this technique and have an opportunity to practice using it.

How to Use Sentence Starters

Let’s get started by first, defining what a Sentence Starter is.  A Sentence Starter is a writing prompt that provides you with the first few words or phrase of a sentence, that you are invited to finish.  Sentence Starters can be completed with one word, a short phrase or a couple of sentences.  This type of writing prompt is great because it helps you answer one of the first questions new journal writers often have;  “What do I write about?”

Sentence Starters are a great tool to use if you are new to journal writing. Click To Tweet

This technique is great to use when you’re just starting out with journal writing.  Because you are given words to start with, it can be a gentle way to help you connect with your own words.  It’s a little bit like playing a game of “fill-in-the-blank”.

To use this technique, you simply need a few words or short phrase as a writing prompt.  To focus your writing, it’s good to use one or several sentence starters that you might hear in the natural course of conversation on a particular topic.  If it helps, you might also think about a question and then see how you can turn that question into a sentence starter.  For example: “What do I want to wear today?” might become “Today I want to wear…”

Now it’s your turn!  Click here to download this free worksheet so that you can practice using sentence starters.

[Download your FREE Worksheet Here]

Do you have another technique that you like to use in your journal writing practice?  If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

If you enjoyed this exercise and would like to learn more about the practice of journal writing, I invite you to sign-up for Write Beginnings, which is now available as a free self-paced e-course.

Make sure you come back again next week, where I’ll be giving you a sneak peek into my art journaling process.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

With Gratitude,

Karlas Signature

P.S. Don’t forget to visit the classroom to learn more about Write Beginnings and to register.  This FREE e-course is now available for self-study.