I’m on a mission to help us bring more fun, creativity and beauty into our lives through journaling.
Great question! I’m glad you asked. ;)
These days I spend a lot of time writing for work, but it’s something I’ve done for fun on and off anyway since I was a child. Whether it involved writing stories, keeping a personal diary or any other activity to fill a blank page, I’ve never been very far from a pen and a notebook. Although I’ve written in different formats for as long as I can remember, writing, both fiction and journaling, has taken on a more central role in my life over the past ten years or so. And once I started focusing on writing, I found I was much clearer about what I wanted to do with my life and discovered a sense of purpose. What induces that feeling is different for everyone, but for me it was writing.
This is where I’m coming from:
Whenever I want to do something different, think something through or imagine another world, putting pen to paper is always my first step.
As I child I “rewrote” favourite books, changed song lyrics and kept diaries, the kinds that I would cringe-to-read-but-secretly-love-to read again. As an adult I started to write fiction of my own and, when I was looking to make significant career changes, I turned to a blank notebook to figure it out through writing.
I put the positive shifts in my life down to including intentional journaling in my personal wellbeing routine* and now I’d like to share developing a journaling practice with you.
Let me ask you a question. How was your day?
I’d be willing to bet it was busy.
I’m not really going out on a limb there, am I, because every day’s a busy day.
Between work, home, children, other family responsibilities, dealing with the traffic when we’re commuting or picking up the shopping, breathing in exhaust fumes and fighting with tech that’s supposed to make our life easier, it’s no wonder that the constant pull between competing demands leaves us tired out by the time we fall into bed to get ready to do it all again tomorrow.
We acknowledge how lucky we are and how grateful we are, of course we do, but sometimes the day-to-day just feels relentless.
I’ve been there, and still am sometimes, but since I’ve included intentional journaling in my routines, I’ve started to feel lighter and brighter with more creativity in my life. Without really knowing what I was doing initially, I also began to get to know myself better, learned how I react to situations, clarified what I want and don’t want and made inroads into shifting the balance of my life towards what matters to me most.
Writing and journaling has made my life so much better.
And, what’s more, we can do it in a way that’s FUN.
Are you with me?
We all face the multiple demands of modern society and we all have different personalities and experiences that inform how we act and react, but I reckon there’s a common ground – wanting to be happy and live our best life.
So, where do find the fun, creativity and beauty we long for?
I believe it’s in light, colour, slowing down, fresh air, nature. It’s in books, reading, the sweet smell of flowers, heavy rain on a warm day, cherry blossom, autumn leaves.
It comes from shifting our focus from the hamster wheel onto what really matters. Gaining the self-confidence and trust to feel assured in our own lives. Taking the time to think, taking the time to intentionally create the beauty and fun we need to bring fresh air to our soul.
It comes from developing a personal journaling practice that helps us express our creativity and inject more fun into our lives.
If that sounds good to you, then let’s keep in touch. The best way is to sign up to join the email community. And, if you feel you’ve not got time to even think about developing a writing and journaling practice however much you’d like to, I’ve got your back there too! When you sign up I’ll send you a free PDF to help you carve out time in your day or week for you. Why not give it a go? And, even better, you’ll be added to Elle Turner Creative’s mailing list so that you receive updates, inspiration, some exclusive content and occasional offers. You can, of course, unsubscribe from updates at any time if you find the emails are not for you. (There’s a link to ETC’s privacy notice at the bottom of the page that lets you know how your personal info is used).
*(most people call it self-care, but I hate that term. It actually gives me the heebie geebies 🤣)
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