Do you ever gaze wistfully at those photos of creative women hanging out in cool coffee shops with their friends and their journals? You know, a little chitchat and connection and then time to actually breathe, relax and write.
Just time and space to pour whatever is on your mind and in your heart onto the page.
I love that too and that’s why I’ve created Journal Club. It’s your time each week to hang out in our online coffee shop with a community of creative hearts.
In Journal Club you’ll get a whole lot of support and just the right amount of structure to actually start and maintain a journal practice. Every week we’ll play with prompts and have time to free-write. We’ll doodle too! We’ll also have a chance to chat and get to know one another, which we can continue in our private Facebook group.
Whether you’ve been journaling for decades or this is your very first time, you’re welcome in Journal Club. This is your time. It’s going to be magic!
In all my years as a creative living coach and in the hundreds of interviews I’ve done as the host of the Creative Living with Jamie, the one practice that creatives tell me they return to again and again and again is journaling.
This simple practice of putting pen to page allows us to discover our truth, express our self and hear our own voice.
This simple practice can transform everything.
This simple practice is magic.
Gifts of Journaling
Journal to Know
One of the greatest blessings that we can give ourselves is the gift self-knowledge. All of our decisions, our dreams, our creations come alive when imbued with the power of our true selves. A journal can help us discover, recover and remember exactly who we are.
Journal to Discover
One of the magical properties of journaling is that it reveals to us all sorts of things that we didn’t know we knew. As our hand glides across the page, we begin to hear our own truth expressed in brand new ways. We come face to face with intuitive insights, unexpected ideas and unexpressed dreams. As we discover what lies within, we are able to guide our lives by our inner compass.
Journal to Express
Your journal is a safe place for everything that is within you. It is a place where you are free to fully express the real you without inhibition or second-guessing, without judgment or fear. In your journal you can say, do and be exactly who you are.
Journal to Explore
Your journal is like your studio. It’s a place where you can explore options, play with possibilities and dance with ideas. You are free to imagine, envision and invent. Follow inspiration wherever it leads and you never know just where you’ll end up!
Journal to Create
Your journal can be a conduit for creation. Drawings, stories, poetry, songs, designs – all of these things and more can come to life on between the covers of your journal.
Journal to Think
Your journal is the perfect place to work things out, to wrestle with questions and to plot and to plan. Use your journal to think things through, to wonder and to question. It’s the perfect place for brainstorming, for mind-mapping and for all manner of lists. What seems a confusing jumble in our mind can often become clear on the page.
Journal to Remember
Your journal can be a place where you gather the moments of your day, where all the things you want to remember can be lovingly tended and kept. From your to-do list to all of your dreams, from your doodles to your gratitudes, your journal can be a snapshot of this moment in time.
Journal to Ground & Release
A regular practice of journaling allows us to release excess energy, emotional steam and burdens we might not even realize we’re carrying. It allows us to connect with ourselves and remember who we are, giving us ground to stand on and allowing us to release what no longer serves us.
Journal to Be
Your journal is your journal. You can be, say, do anything you want on your pages. There is room for all of you – the brilliant and the blasé, the moody and the motivated, the heartbroken and the enraptured, the grateful and the grandiose. Whoever you are in this very moment, however you are feeling, all you have to do is show up to your journal and be.
Journal Club Gives You…
Sometimes it’s hard to take time for ourselves. Joining the club will help draw a line around this time that is especially for you and your journal. Time to think your own thoughts, find your own words, hear your own voice. Time for you.
A Lot of Support
Journaling is generally a solitary experience. With Journal Club you get your own time to write but you also get the guidance of a creative living coach plus the encouragement of a supportive creative community. Talk about the best of both worlds!
Just Enough Structure
Journal time is you time. No one is going to tell you what you have to write. We’ll have a structure to our time together and I’ll offer prompts to open up the possibilities but you can always, always, use your time in your journal your way. Period.
A Creative Community
In addition to our weekly journal time together but we’ll have our private Facebook group. I know we’re going to have a great time together!
- Journal Club happens live online Fridays at 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST. The inaugural club will meet for 6 weeks: April 1, 8, 15, 22 (the Full Pink Moon!), 29 and May 6 (The New Moon)
- We’ll record every club session so you’ll be able to take part whenever is convenient for you. Of course, you’ll want to be there live as much as you can to be a part of our great creative community!
- We’ll be meeting online in my “Zoom Room.” You can join via your computer or call in, whichever is more convenient for you.
- A journaler for decades, I am a creative living coach who has led creative workshops covering everything from dreamboards to journaling for entrepreneurs. I am also the founder of Give a Girl a Journal, a do-good initiative that brings journals to girls around the world!
- In addition to our weekly meet-ups, we’ll have a private Facebook group where we can continue to be in community and encourage one another’s journal practice throughout the week.
The Studio’s Very Own Journal Club
April 1 – May 7
LIVE: Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm EST
Recordings available if you can’t attend live
Registration (regular price): $72 USD
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