So…you want to start a journalling practice.

I encourage all my ladies on the Deep Healing Rites of Passage to keep a journal. Some of them love it, some of them hate it.

I think what scares people the most (and this was true when I was a copywriter too) is the blank page. You’re not sure what you have to fill it with, but you expect it to be good, insightful, almost meaningful on the first go.

Truth is, the first things you usually write down are crap. Because you gotta get all the junk out to get to the golden nuggets. You’ve got to write until it doesn’t make sense anymore…and then looking back at the writing, there will be certain words, phrases and sentences that will stand out to you.

THAT is the art of journalling.

For those of you want to start a journalling practice but aren’t sure where to begin, here are my top three tips:

Start by writing 3 things you are grateful for every day. That’s it. If you want to write more, great. If you don’t, no worries. A gratitude practice is the easiest to start with, plus it’s got a lot of benefits!

Use journalling prompts to give you that extra boost and channel your writing in a specific way.

Try free writing for fun. It’s like word vomit on a page. It’s an excellent tool if you need to get out of your own head. It will often give you some coherent thoughts on the page in hindsight too.

Most importantly, have fun with it. There’s no pressure, no one is going to see this journal except you and if you are scared with what’s going to come up on the page..that’s usually an indication that you need to give voice to the thought that scares you anyway! Face it head on and you’ll move past it sooner.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Ali x

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