choosing SELF love

time to rain down some fun on this journaling party!

Happy February 29th!

but 1st....

did ya forget we get an extra day this year?  i didn't.  it's not a biggie but then again we don't get one every year so go chink a glass and celebrate your extra day!

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today is the final post of our month long february SELF-Love { whoop! whoop! }.  how did you do last week journaling with the photos you chose?  leave a comment below about it or better yet, leave a link in your comment to share the post you wrote.

{ i have to tell you i picked my photos after i wrote last week's post { so i could experience this journaling at the same time as you } but, with one thing and another i never got a chance to share what i journaled about one of the pics i chose so i'll be revisiting this prompt later in march } 

the art of journaling is about releasing and renewing

SELF-Love Journaling Series Posts

this is, in itself, a form of SELF-love because in order to take care of ourselves we need to deal with some of the heady stuff behind the events we experience in our day to day.

over the last 3 weeks we've journaled 3 different ways { click here to read about each one } and, we've done a lot of journaling.

but journaling can also be a fun activity.  for this last week, and to wrap up this series, we'll be taking it easy and doing a bit of fun & frolick.  and just who will be putting the fun in journaling?  you will of course!

we're gonna round out our month of SELF-love by creating a "LOVE IT!"list.  yup, you read that right...we gonna create a luuuuvvvv list { you have to imagine barry white saying that...well maybe not, lol }.

anyway, sometimes we need to journal in a quick and easy manner and making a list is one of the best ways to do this.  i've included, as usual, some suggestions below to start you off but i truly want this one to be your special baby.  remember.... it's a just a list and it's all about bring F U N to our writing,   ready. set. GO!

~ some FUNLOVELISTideas ~

an A-Z about a person you LOVE....26 fun, silly, gorgeous, make you smile, moment defining things.  as an extra, i dare you to wrap it | frame it | seal it with a juicy lipstick kiss and give it to them as a gift

your list of your 1st's  .....this one can be private...uhm you now what i mean or so random as to be quirky, like the 1st thing you ever spat out cause it was just tasted nasty but you love it

things i'd rather be doing  ....if you could instantly stop what you're doing right now and head off into the wild yonder, what would you go and do? no holds barred here people!  note: this could also be the start of your bucket list....mmmmh, you say

create a SELF-care list ....slightly different than above.  it's more about creating space for the quieter moments of SELF-love whether that's getting a long overdue massage or sitting in silence thinking nothing, only noticing the ins and outs of your breath.  yes...this.

an -ing list read that -ING list.  you know---- reading, listening, watching, needing, creating, loving, journaling, etc }.  cause you know, you are ing-ing all the time.  is that even a thing???  ing-ing?  can one ing-ing?  mmmh.....

so there you have it.  the raining down of some SELF-love on YOU, the most perfectly imperfect person that you are...because i know and you know too that you deserve it!

i've had a lot of fun putting this series together so much so that i think it might be happening again later in the year.  who says we need SELF-love only in february?  you agree?  good.  i'll give you plenty of notice thru my newsletter.  so if you haven't yet signed up...what you waiting for?????  c'mon now!  { i've even made it real easy for you......just fill out the form below this post to get in }.

before we call this a wrap, 2 things ------ always, always, always take care of your SELF, so there's enough of you to spread around and, continue to write down your heartwords.....cause they matter.

sending loads of love and light your way,


journaling can do what???? dispelling the myths about journaling { part 1 }

i know that many people think that journaling is not for them.

"what!  me.....write stuff? in a journal???!" 

yes you certainly can.  in this 2-part post { click here for part 2  } i want to dispel a few of the myths that tend to hold people back form beginning a journaling practice.  am i talking about you?   mmmh....

Journaling today

misconceptions about  journaling 

myth #1:   i need a special type book.

nah, not really.  don't get me wrong, i can totally fall in love a beautifully bound book full of pristine white pages to write in { my shelves are filled with the ones i've made and ones i've purchased } but a special book is not needed.  i've journaled on the back of a bills envelope before.  the paper DOES NOT MATTER., and i think deep down people do know this.  a book that is special to you is great but if all you have available is a composition notebook or a stack of copy paper you've folded, cut in half and center stapled it up and begin writing.

myth #2:  i'm not a writer and my grammar sucks

nope,  nada.  uh uh.  your journal is for no one else but you.  your thoughts, your way.  your writing doesn't have to be perfect.  your grammar* can take a back seat, this is about you and you alone, getting in touch with your center, your SOUL words and having a sacred place to store them.  oh love, you don't have to have any formal training at all to write in journal, you just need to tap into your heart and allow the words to unfold.

myth #3:  i have no time whatsoever to devote to it

i, too, at one point thought this.  you don't need to devote hours to writing.  i remember when i was the mother of 2 young children with a hubby who was always invariably away on business trips { i called them my single mama days }.  between one thing and another i had allowed my journaling habit to fall by the wayside.  i knew however that writing for me was a release of sorts... a place where i could go for a few minutes and just be meto be with my thoughts, work out a few issues or record the cute saying my kids were forever saying that made me laugh at.  i made it a point one day after getting into bed one night to drag out { yes back then it was a drag to pull out that book and blow off the cobwebs, lol } and write about my day.  just a few sentences.  when i finally tucked my journal away, which back then was a 1-subject notebook i might add,  and prepared to finally go to sleep i remember feeling a sort of  contentment that i'd given myself those 5 minutes to record my day.

in a whole day of 24....can't you gift yourself at least 5 minutes?



*p.s.  true confession: grammar is one of the more impossible things for me to let go as i'm writing, i blame my mummy & thank her for instilling in me this crazy, nerdy love of words }