Have you ever set out on a bold new course, then suddenly lost your way?
It’s a terrifying experience. You sense you’ve made a mistake, but you wonder what might happen if you can manage your fears long enough to catch a glimpse of what’s ahead.
I’m not always that brave, but this time I did wait for clarity to show up. Now, after a few months of pondering and planning, I’m turning the Pearl Diver blog into something new. Instead of bringing you the stories of other amazing people, I’m giving you the tools you to write your own.
If you’re new to journaling, you may not believe it will do much for you. Will you feel like you’re actually telling a story? Maybe not, at least in the beginning. But as you continue, you’ll find you’re listening to yourself in a way you’ve never done before. Your innermost thoughts will emerge and make themselves clearer. You’ll unearth the attitudes and beliefs that are guiding your actions, which gives you the power to reshape them. That’s why journaling can be so powerful when you’re navigating a major life crisis such as divorce, chronic illness or the loss of someone or something you cherished. If you’re living with depression, anxiety or any other mental health condition, regular writing sessions can be a comfort and a guiding light.
In future posts, I’ll dive deep into questions you may have about journaling, self-care and keeping our balance in this bewildering world of ours. I will share what I’ve learned while creating local journaling workshops and following my own curiosity about why scribbling in a notebook is so valuable for so many of us.
I hope you’ll drop in often and invite a friend or two. The benefits of journaling are way too wonderful for us to keep it a secret.
If you’d like me to cover a specific topic, please email me and I’ll try to include your thoughts in a future post.