Good Morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog post Friday Edition.
Check in with that teen in your life yet?
There have been quite a few family dinners at our house this week. We got our youngest son a pair of waders for taking out the docks at our family cabin this weekend. When I watched him put them on, I realized how long they were and how tall he was. We could hear him walking around the house with them on singing “I’m a big kid now.” And that he is.
Continuing on this week’s theme of Just Write, I thought of one more thing the Just Write method is good for. And that is journaling.
As a young girl, my parents bought me those little diaries with the lock and key for Christmas every year. Did any of you have these too?
I still have mine packed away in a box of things I have saved from my childhood. I was pretty good about writing something everyday. Notes and thoughts about things a young girl goes through while growing up. I take them out every once in a while and appreciate the things I went through in my younger years.
According to the VeryWellMind.com website, journaling involves the practice of keeping a diary or journal that explores thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life. Remember what I talked about on Monday and Wednesday how writing about that desk stirred up some memories for me? Well, you can use the same method to ask yourself, “how do I feel today?” and just start writing what ever comes to mind. I have done quite a bit of journaling with my own thoughts and feelings and have found it works well to Just Write and see what I may discover about what is on my mind.
Journaling, like the Just Write exercise, can be done manually with pen and paper, or could be done on a computer or phone. There are journaling apps you can get to help guide you through a program to journal about specific themes like leadership or grieving. I’m a fan of pen and paper when I journal and like to pick up fun notebooks to journal in. This is cover of the one I’m currently writing in.
Sometimes writing is an easier way for people to share their thoughts than talking to someone about them. I received my diaries as gifts as a kid which I believe got me to start journaling. Maybe give a fun journal and a pen to your teen and see what they use it for? There are a lot of crazy things going on in the world right now and they may not have thought that writing about their feelings is an option. It might be a creative way for them to figure out how they feel.
Deep Valley Virtual Book Festival
Be sure to check out the Deep Valley Virtual Book Festival! It is happening tomorrow and Sunday! Lots of authors and books to choose from. You will be able to see me there with my author page and on the YA Authors Panel tomorrow afternoon. Here is a link Deep Valley Virtual Book Festival.
The Hard Way
Looking for a coming-of-age novel that focuses on the teen challenge of peer pressure? Check out the first book in The Way Series called The Hard Way. It is available through Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited) and through a link on the books tab on my website. I’m offering a free preview to chapter one when you sign up for my email list. Look for the pop-up box when you go to my website or fill out the information on the subscribe tab.
Have a great weekend!