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July 25, 2017

Things I Never Told My Mother

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:30 pm

meandmom70s There are always those ‘things’ we don’t want to tell our mothers, especially our mothers. What things hadn’t you told your mother. What things would you still not tell your mother. Write out your narrative in as much detail, including emotional, content as possible.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 24, 2017

Best Compliment

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:24 pm

Long Stem Red RoseWhat is the best compliment you ever got? Who said it? How old were you? Where where you? Did you have to do anything for the compliment? Did you earn the compliment? Describe it in all its details. Include place, time, emotions, repercussions, and all that is involved.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 21, 2017

Women

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:34 pm

Thinking Cute Kid Girl Looking. Instagram Effect Portrait Think for a minute. What woman in politics do you admire? What has she done that puts you in awe? Would you have had the courage to do what she did? PBS has been viewing a magnificent series on women. I sat riveted to the TV listening to the women who made a difference in paving the way for the rest of us, all over the world. Write in detail how the woman you admire has changed your thinking, how you recognize her contribution to women, and how you can evince some of her qualities.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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 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 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

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