It all started in 7th grade as a diary where I could write down my daily events and experiences. Although there may be some insights in this journal that is displayed as to the person I have become, mostly it’s filled with the names of all the boys that my teenage hormones made me think I was totally infatuated with! As the years continued, I wrote poetry, spewed out my pain, wrote of my joys, and basically fumbled my way through journal after journal.
Even though most of it is probably useless, this process has led me to where I am today as a writer. They contain my life history as well as my family’s, my growth as a person, and my climb out of grief. Journaling can be anything you want or need it to be. There are no requirements, degrees, or experience. You just need a pen, pencil, notebook, computer (although I like old school writing) or a sketchbook.
This blog came about because I have been teaching journal writing classes for the last few months and have seen the amazing benefits of this process. It may be as simple as being able to recall dreams, and I’ll share one of my student’s entries on that in my next post.
For 2017, I want to bring journaling to you either in the classroom, a workshop or right from your computer. So starting on January 1, I will post a photo, my journal entry, and a prompt that will hopefully inspire you to begin your own journal. This journal can be for healing, life goals, transformation, family history, or whatever you feel you need. It can be all of these and more. It’s completely up to you.
The only thing I ask is do it every day. It’s a practice that will only get better as you do it.
I want to thank all the people who have supported me in my writing. I am very excited about all that is to come in 2017. Follow this blog for your daily prompts and feel free to follow my other blogs and my mailing list to stay updated on all my upcoming events.
Finally I want to thank my niece, Alysia Thomas, for giving me permission to use her photos as my daily visual inspiration. She is amazingly talented!
Go to my website www.janinedetilliocammarata.com for all the details. I look forward to taking this journey with you and look forward to your comments!