Many thanks to all of the crusaders who stopped by and left comments on my handwriting and custom brushes (see my previous post). Some friends commented on how they find it hard to find things to write about in their journals. I felt the same way when I first started to blog. When I look back at those early entries, the writing was timid and dry. In the last year my writing now flows and I have an endless supply of topics and ideas - too many to record as I juggle a busy schedule of working full-time as a single mother. How did my confidence in my writing grow? By writing everyday! Julia Cameron urges her readers in "The Artist's Way" to journal every morning. I look forward to this time and have discovered that I dip into a deep well of ideas every time that I do.
Each day I receive an inspiration quote from the Henri Nouwen Society. I couldn't believe it when the quote appeared in my in-box titled, "Writing, Opening a Deep Well." I just had to share this with the other crusaders who struggle with writing. Henri says it perfectly when he writes, "But much good writing emerges from the process of writing itself." You may not be a morning person and in that case I suggest you find "your best time" to quietly sit and write three full pages. My morning pages journal is a simple notebook - it isn't anything fancy or expensive. When I start writing it may begin with mundane and routine things but within a few sentences the river starts flowing and I explore so many ideas.
But wait...look what else came in the mail this week, another Henri Nouwen reflection:
Look he did it again! He appeared in my in-box with words that reflect the power of writing and sharing our words with others. I have been touched beyond measure by comments and e-mails that I have received from bloggers the world over. I've taken risks when I share my journey and my personal stories. The risks have been worth it. This feedback has inspired me to keep creating and writing. I feel blessed that I've been a source of inspiration and consolation for so many. In turn the response to my writing has given me more than you can know. I thank you for reading!
Serendipity Strikes Again!
And just when I thought lady luck struck only twice look what came in today: Merriam-Websters word of the day is "chirography."
I nearly fell off my chair at work when I read the word of the day. Now how cool is this? The connections keep happening!
For more inspiration check out Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team challenge. This month it is all about using our own handwriting in our journals.