Thought to paper.

October 11, 2011

Yesterday, we held a journaling / writing workshop at the shop.  As the organizer of the event I was mostly worried about how many woman would show up, how the night would run and if we had enough wine.  Those worries quickly diminished once the workshop started.  Led by  my amazingly talented friend April, I got so much more out of the night than I ever expected.  We were given three different exercise with time to share and reflect on each afterwards.  The first was to write about a single moment you had in the past week that impacted you in some way. It had to be a happy, good moment but the point was to describe that specific moment as vividly as you could.  I loved this one. My moment came to me instantly and it was a great reminder how every day moments should be cherished almost as much as the big moments.  We take the little moments for granted but they're actually what make life so special.  The next prompt was to write as many things in your life that are "working." I thought, okay this will be easy, my life is great, lots is working- wrong. I came up with 2 things and then was completely stumped. Part of the challenge was not writing anything negative which I found I did in every single one of my entries.  After reflecting on it, I realized it was my way of validating or justifying the good in my life.  April asked, "Why don't you just allow the good to be?" I loved that question and have been thinking about it ever since.  It's so true. So often we feel like the good things that come our way have to be for a reason, not just because. The third exercise was to list the ten most important moments in your life.  Again, I thought this would be easy but it was extremely hard. After four, I didn't know where to go.  The obvious things were the easiest- My wedding, the times I moved to LA, New York and back to Cincinnati. The first time I went to Europe, spending time in El Salvador but the moment I keep thinking on was one that came into my head so unexpectedly. It's almost as if I didn't realize how special it was until I was asked to write about those moments in my life.  It was with my brother the night before my wedding.  He gave me a letter that was so unbelievably touching (that's all I'm going to say about it :) but I loved that that moment came to mind when thinking of the most special moments in my life. At the end of class April suggested that each night we take five minutes to write down one win of every day- It could be as simple as getting dinner on the table, but i love the idea of taking time to remind ourselves of our own goodness.  


  1. Well, now I'm teary. So very glad you enjoyed the night - I really did too. What a great group of women. Can't wait to do it again.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this Linds- I was so sad to miss last night...but I am appreciative for the tidbits you shared. I am a "journaler" and am happy to apply some of the tips to my own writing. Definitely always easier to spout the frustration rather than celebrate the wins- no matter how little. I hope you all do this again!

  3. This is awesome. Every time I get down on myself, I always have to stop and list out what in my life is great. It's the best way to stop focusing on what's not working. Besides, if we study what is good in our lives, we'll know better how to transform what isn't.

    xo, Mel.

  4. yes, ladies. it was wonderful. thanks for sharing your comments! if you're in my area, we'll definitely be doing it again next month!

  5. I love this! I want to go to a writing workshop now, just so I can tap into those kinds of moments. Thank you for sharing. :)


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