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July 20, 2017

Sound

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:47 pm

The Alarm Clock Icon What was the first sound you heard this morning? Write about it in full. What was the sound like, give it a metaphor, a similie, an analogy.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 19, 2017

It’s Gone On Long Enough. . .

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:54 pm

answers Start with the sentence, It’s gone on long enough. . ., then sit and write about what’s gone on long enough in your life. Sitting in silence can help you get focused, then write, write, write. How do you want, whatever has gone on long enough, to change? What are you willing to do to change it? What would it look like if it no longer went on?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 18, 2017

A Fight That Changed My Life

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:14 pm

fly Sometimes we reach a part of life that makes us give up something for a bigger gain. It can feel like the fight that will change our life. Have you had one of those? Perhaps it was a health issue, or took place in your relationship with your mother, or a decision you had to make when all was against it. Write it out in full detail. What happened? Why did you have to fight so hard? Was it worth it? Why?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 17, 2017

If

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:27 pm

alwaysaway I like to take the beginning of sentences and run with them. So here’s one for you today:

If I could have things my way I would . . .  (taken from The Mindful Writer, Still the Mind, Free the Pen)

Write in full detail. Let your imagination run into the future, creating things the way you would create them if you had all the power, and who knows, maybe you will discover – you do!

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 16, 2017

Flower

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:59 pm

callalilly If you were a flower, which would you be? Would you be a strong calla lily, a delicate pink tea rose, a unique lady’s purse, tiny and colorful? Why would you want to be that flower? What attributes does it have that you want? Where would you want to be planted? Why?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan (charcoal flower drawn by Jan)

July 15, 2017

Bit of Wisdom

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:23 pm

Thinking Cute Kid Girl Looking. Instagram Effect Portrait What is the last bit of wisdom you received from your mom? How old were you? What brought her to speak to you about the topic? How did you feel about it? Will you follow that wisdom?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 14, 2017

Scavenger

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:58 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera I love being a scavenger. When I was a Girl Scout, we would have scavenger hunts every few months. Being farsighted I found lots of items not on the list of things the Girl Scout leaders planted for us to discover. When I go camping, I usually come home with money, pocket knives, once I found a Coleman griddle, and so much more. Today I found this feather on my morning walk. Not sure what kind of bird it is from. Perhaps a mockingbird?

What kinds of things do you find? Are you a scavenger too? How does it feel to find things? Where have you found items?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 13, 2017

Winnings

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:48 pm

Vegetable garden - little gardener with harvests of organic toma Whether your winnings for the day was a handful of homegrown tomatoes or money at the horse tracks, write about a time when you were able to enjoy some winnings. Where were you? What did you win? How did it feel? Was it an abundant winning?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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July 12, 2017

First Thing

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:02 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera Write the first thing on your mind this morning. Was it a dream you had last night, a problem you need to solve, an emotion that is being carried through each day, perhaps grief or struggle? Write it out in detail slowing down your mind to get it all on the pages.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 11, 2017

Being Prepared

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:25 pm

Cute Little Girl  Puts Her Shoes What is the one thing you always want to be prepared for? Some women have to have shoes for any occasion that arises, just in case. Some have to make sure their gas tanks are always full in case they suddenly have to take a long trip. We each have something we do to be prepared for something that might happen. What do you do? Who taught you to do that? What would happen if you didn’t keep yourself prepared? Write out your story.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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