Finding Purpose—You Are Awesome!

adriennemishlerIt’s a new year, and I am excited about bringing more journal prompts and forms of expression to you. This week was the first of my monthly journaling workshops. So many came out to learn about journaling and others are hooked by the written word and the accepting and encouraging community we have created.

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Journaling at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

One of the first prompts we wrote from was the quote from Adriene Mishler, an actress, yoga teacher, and entrepreneur. Sarah, a fellow writer and journaling extraordinaire, introduced her to me with another quote from Mishler:

“You don’t need fixing, you don’t need to waste energy searching for tools to help you get what you don’t have. You have everything you need.”

This is so true. In a world tainted by anger and fear, we often forget we have the power within ourselves to create positive change and to make choices that fuel us. It’s important to look inside ourselves and know what makes us so awesome. For when life gets tough, we can dip into those awesomeness reserves and know we have what it takes to live a life that fulfill us and make us better people.

So the awesome in me bows to the awesome in you and asks:

What makes you awesome?

Don’t be shy. Let it out. Share what makes you special. Stand in your awesomeness and don’t be afraid to let the world know it.

Grasping Gratitude

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Some of the participants from my spring 2017 journaling workshop!

It’s easy to be grateful when you are surrounded by wonderful people who are willing to experiment and try journaling. Pictured are some of the people who I connected with during my last journaling session. We did an exercise that I call Grasping Gratitude. I believe that no matter how sad or despondent we get in life there is always hope, there is always something to be grateful for.

They are holding some of their personal gift boxes that they created to grasp a part of their childhood that is sacred to them and reminds us of what we may have lost or can bring back into our lives that gave us happiness.

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I wrote about my teenage years and how I rode my bicycle all around town to work, to karate, and over the many hills and mountains surrounding my home. There was a huge sense of freedom venturing out on my own, meeting new people, and challenging myself on longer treks. My parents didn’t worry about someone abducting me and follow every move I made. They gave me the freedom and support to do what made me happy.

I biked quite often in my adult life and loved biking with my kids. For the last few years, I haven’t biked as much, as I worry about the safety on the roads and whether I’m strong enough to still do it.

Remembering the thrill of riding my bike without hands flying down a hill was nostalgic. I may not do that again, but I plan to ride my bike on the road, either with friends or on my own. It’s a joy that I let go and doing this exercise brought it back for me. I am grateful that I can still ride a bike and revel in the freedom of the road!

Venture back into your childhood and see what you are grateful for and want to bring back into your life. The exercise is below. Share your thoughts!

Thank you to everyone who participated and join my newsletter at http://www.janinedetilliocammarata.com for upcoming workshops!

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