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The Empowering Potential of Journaling

Updated: Apr 13



Hey girl! If you're reading this post, it means you're interested in journaling, which is so exciting because putting pen to paper has been my saving grace over the last several years.


And because journaling has been so transformative for me, it might be for you too, which is why I'm publicly sharing the introduction to my first book, Guide to Journaling!


Enjoy


XOXO


Meggy



Introduction

 

“Journal writing is one of the rare forms of writing in which freedom of form and content support each other magically.”

 — Stephanie Dowrick


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What’s up, girlfriend?! I’m so glad you’re here and interested in journaling so you can grow into the ever-changing best version of you and make an impact on the world. This project was inspired by women like you who slid into my DMs on Instagram, telling me, “I’m interested in journaling, but I’m not sure how to start.”


I 100% agree with you that starting a journal can be overwhelming and difficult to do. We may find ourselves bogged down by questions, such as:

 

●           How do I know what to write about?

●           How frequently should I journal?

●           When is the best time to journal?

●           How long do my entries have to be?

●           How can I remain consistent?

●           What are the benefits of journaling?

●           What kind of environment can I journal in?

●           How do I get the most out of this?

●           What if I don’t have anything to say?

●           What if I’m self-censoring?

 

I’m sure these questions look and sound familiar. And I’m sure there are a million others, too. When we want to do something, it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the ‘how’ that we wind up like a twisted pretzel and fall on our faces— well, you know, not literally, but you get what I mean. When we aren’t sure how to begin, we actually prevent ourselves from starting at all because we’re scared of doing it wrong. 


This is why I wrote this book for you. It’s not just another workbook filled with journal prompts and themes to mull over, which you and I could find through a simple Google search. Don’t get me wrong, those can be great, but using cookie-cutter prompts still doesn’t address the problem so many of you expressed to me, which is: How do I journal?

Using my background in education and my experiences as a writer and an impact-driven woman who wants to grow, I’ve made a tactical guide that shows you how to get started with journaling through tangible methods and prompts and exercises. In other words, this guide is meant to metaphorically teach you how to fish— you know, if you give a person a fish, they eat for a day, but if you teach a person to fish, they’ll eat for a lifetime.


 That is what The Power Within Her: Guide to Journaling is all about.



I want to empower you by making journaling less mysterious and more tactical, tangible, and fun so you can in turn empower yourself to self-discover, reflect on personal growth content on a deeper level, process your thoughts and feelings, generate ideas, and create your own content.

And because I didn’t want you to feel like I was talking at you rather than going through this with you, I’ve written this guide as if we’re besties hanging out in your living room, drinking coffee or wine and just chatting it up; that is, I’m bringing you with me as we learn to tap into the incredible opportunity that journaling presents us so we can grow into the ever-changing best version of ourselves and make a difference in the world around us.


To do that, and I mean really do that, I’m going to get super vulnerable with you by sharing stories from my own personal growth story as well as incorporating a lot of my own raw and real journal entries to use as examples. That’s right, I’m not encasing myself in an ivory tower and telling you how to journal like some distanced guru. No, I’m in this with you, using the methods and pouring my heart out onto the pages of my journals to access the potential within myself, too.


That’s what I want for you, friend. To open up your heart and your mind, and to intentionally bring to light all those thoughts, feelings, and ideas within. There is so much amazingness inside you that craves to be let out, and journaling is one truly empowering way to do that.

So, if you’re an ambitious woman who has a burning desire to be more intentional about:


●            Personal growth;

●            Taking time to think and reflect;

●            Having a space that’s just for you;

●            Being quiet and still;

●            Discovering and processing what you’re thinking, feeling, and experiencing;

●            Generating and exploring your ideas;

●            Creating content;

●            Keeping a record of your thoughts, feelings, and ideas;

●            And tapping into all the power and potential within yourself…

 

 Then, guess what?! You’ve come to the right place.


Sometimes, we don’t take enough time for ourselves because we live in a “hustle our faces off” society: we’re tethered to our to-do lists, we’re always on the go, and we’re bombarded with external stimuli all the time. That’s why it is so important for us to find the time— even five minutes a day of our busy lives— to be still, to sit with our thoughts and feelings, and to discover what’s blooming inside of us. Seriously, who knows what lies inside of you that hasn’t yet been realized— whether it’s an abandoned dream, an unconscious struggle, a source of happiness or unhappiness, a new goal, or literally anything else— until you take the time to explore what’s beneath the surface, waiting to meet the day.


By the end of this book, I promise that you will have all the skills and knowledge to create your own sustainable journaling practice so you can keep growing into the ever-changing best version of you.

Are you ready? Are you excited?


Let’s do this!


 

If you want to purchase Guide to Journaling, you can do so HERE!


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