I have received SO many inspiring messages since starting the Happy Hive Mind project! Many of you have reached out to tell me about how sacred journaling is to your daily routine and how much this project resonates with you. Many more of you have told me that you know how powerful the act of daily writing is, but that you have fallen out of the habit due to time or motivation constraints.
I sought out some expert advice on how to find the time to keep up with writing daily. My dear friend Renae has been dedicated to keeping a journal since she was 9 years old, and has been keeping up with a truly wonderful journal-style blog for over 10 years! I asked Renae how she continues to find the time so consistently with 4 beautiful kids under her Mumma-wings. She simply said that you’ll never find the time, you have to make the time for the things that are worth it.
My ever-creative and inspiring friend Juli wrote to tell me about the journaling work she has been doing with patients in a hospital setting.
Juli is incredibly passionate about the journaling process and explained to me the huge mindset shifts the patients undergo within a single setting. Juli had a fascinating observation to share about how she sees many people approach journaling for the first time and a trap it leads them into, and she is generously allowing me to share these observations with you here!
She said that when most of the patients are prompted to write down their feelings and thoughts, they end up with a list of what’s not going so well for them. They focus on why they are in the hospital and what’s wrong with them… she finds them complaining and putting themselves down. Juli says that once that dialogue has been exhausted the writing stops. Those ideas are exhumed and there is nothing left to say.
Instead of allowing this pit-gazing to commence, Juli has devised a beautiful way to shift the patient’s focus towards better days.
The patients are given some pages of inspiring text from Paulo Cohelo and Surfing books, then asked to underline words and passages that resonate with them. They are then asked to take to the writing page and build on what has kindled their interest.
The objective is to break through the daily-mundane and project their minds to the deeper constructs of their identities, what matters to them and who they are – unlinking the sense of identity that forming around being someone who is presently in hospital.
This clever little hack is an excellent writing prompt for us all.
Today is important, today is full of opportunities, but you are more than the events of today. While bloodletting definitely has its place in journaling, it also needs to be set aside at a certain point to stir up that juicy core of creation and fire that you carry around in your belly.
So next time you feel muted by having nothing sparkly-tastic to write, look outside yourself for inspiration. It’s totally more than OK to take a trip on the tailwind of someone else’s words, get your mojo fired up then hop back into your own writing with your roar renewed.
And fear not, fretters, this course of action is far from plagiarising. Writers read A LOT, and Authors live their best lives when they are part of a community of Writers. This includes the Authors of Journals! You’ll find the ink will flow so much faster if you take the time to read more.
Thanks again for all your wonderful messages, please keep them coming!
Huge thanks to Juli for giving me permission to share her wonderful work – you’re a total legend and an absolute BABE! And Renae, you’re ever-inspiring and wonderful, I’m so grateful that I have you in my life!