Want to start journaling? Here's some help getting started.
A short and sweet blog post today because, contrary to popular belief, I don't always like to write essay-length posts for this blog. A month ago, I wrote about the habit of writing and suggested two ways of starting to do so for the sake of mindfulness: a thought journal and a blog. However, there's a chance that you're not convinced about it yet and thus haven't started a daily writing routine of any sort. Or maybe you have, but you're in a funk and can't quite get into a nice flow.
Fear ye not!
Today, I share an extremely useful resource to help you kick off your journaling routine. It's a 90-minute journaling webinar from February by the brilliant people over at Fizzle. I've talked about these guys quite a bit now, so I don't think I need to repeat how much of a fan I am of their work and how much I respect them.
This is not your usual webinar that lists bullet points of what you need to do or talks about some boring scientific reasoning behind this practice. They walk you through the process with you instead of talking at you. They demonstrate that journaling is absolutely not the stereotypical activity of writing crap like: "Dear diary, Mark looked really cute in class today but why doesn't he ask me out? Do these clothes really make me look fat?" It baffles me that people, for some ludicrous reason, think about this when they hear the word "journaling", but let's leave that to one side. All in all, it's a refreshingly original take on this practice and really emphasizes the fact that this can work for anyone as long as you find a method that works for you.
Just a little note before you watch it. Chase is often a pretty philosophical type, in the funny/weird sense of the term. I find it fantastically entertaining stuff to listen to, but it might not be for you, so just wanted to put that out there before you watch it.