This week’s guest post is written by Dionna Sanchez.

I am so excited about this idea of creating a Homemaking Journal to pass down. I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Homemaking Journals were actually passed down through generations in the “olden days.” It is a journal where you record in one place all things related to homemaking. You can pick and choose any of the following to include in your Homemaking Journal or include them all if you wish! Keep Reading

People have kept journals for centuries. Some journals, such as those of Samuel Pepys and Oscar Wilde, have achieved fame and notoriety. But for every published journal which gains public interest, thousands of private journals are written solely for the writer’s benefit. One of the key benefits of journaling is the positive effect it can have on health.

What Are the Health Benefits of Journaling?

Digital journal and writing journal

It may surprise you that the health benefits of journaling are physical and psychological. A research program conducted at the University of Texas showed that writing a journal reduces stress, boosts the immune system, and can also ease pain associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Psychological studies show journaling to be an effective form of therapy. People who keep a journal are more relaxed, develop more effective problem-solving skills, and make better decisions. There is also a link between journaling and creativity. Keep Reading

Back to School Journal PromptsWhen I was growing up, I was often so anxious on the first day of school that I ended up sick and missing it. No joke – I actually made myself sick with nervousness. In hindsight, writing my thoughts in a journal would have probably helped tremendously. Then my parents could have talked to me about the worries that now seem ridiculous: What if no one wants to talk to me? What if the teacher hates me? What if no one likes me?

Soon we’ll be back in the routine of taking kids to the bus stop, helping with homework, or perhaps we’ll be returning to school ourselves. Take a few minutes to answer a few of these journal prompts and feel better knowing that you’ve planned for a successful year. Keep Reading

I’m late on my weekly post and with good reason. My husband and I finally closed on our first home together last Friday! We then packed up what was our temporarily living space and moved into our new place.

Write This In Your Journal

Our first floor is now covered in boxes but while the floors were still bare, he surprised me in the most romantic way. We were standing in front of our new house with new door locks to install. He scooped me up and “carried me over the threshold,” popped a bottle of bubbly, and turned on our wedding song. As if that wasn’t enough, he closed the scene by stating, “Make sure you write this in your journal.” Keep Reading

what is the difference between a diary and a journal?We often get the question, what is the difference between a diary and a journal? To the casual observer, a diary and a journal may appear to be the same thing. Indeed, many people use the two words interchangeably, unaware that there are some key differences between a diary and a journal.

So what is the difference and why does it matter to you? If you decide to keep a diary, a journal, or both, it matters a great deal and understanding the distinctions will make it easier to share your thoughts, express your opinions and expand on your ideas.

Every diary is different–as is every journal–but the key differences between the two forms of self-expression are largely the same. Here are some of the biggest factors that distinguish a diary from a journal and vice versa. Keep Reading

Modern life is stressful, and there is not a lot you can do about that. The demands of work and family can really take their toll, and it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed.

Even so, you do not have to succumb to the stresses of everyday life. Learning some simple relaxation techniques can help you get through the day without an emotional explosion, and you do not need a lot of time to make that happen. Here are five effective stress busters you can do in five minutes or less. Keep Reading

This week, we’re honored to have author Diana Raab, PhD, joining us. The following post is an excerpt from her upcoming book, “Writing for Bliss: A Seven Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life.” Click here to pre-order it through Amazon.

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Every few months, it’s nice to look back at the blog posts we’ve done and find out which ones were your favorites. Then we can use that information to create more of the posts you like! It’s also nice for JRNL blog newbies to get a good snapshot of what we have to offer. And so, we present the Top 6 Posts of 2017 (So Far). Keep Reading

For the past few months, I’ve been putting my phone face down next to me when I work. This allows me to concentrate on the project at hand without constant interruptions. When I’m ready for a break, I’ll pick up my phone and check the messages. The Internet–especially social media–are fantastic tools but they’re addicting. That addiction takes up valuable brain space, leaving us less focused on our long-term goals and projects. We replace strategy sessions with short-term garbage information. (I mean, who really cares what Lady Gaga wore when she went hiking? That won’t help you succeed in life.)

Have you come to the realization that you’re spending way too much time online?

🙋Me too. Want to find ways to unplug? Let’s tackle it together. Keep Reading

Today is a special day to honor your Dad. There’s no better way to do that than to listen to him and hear what he has to say. My dad doesn’t like to talk about himself and tends to remain quiet on telling stories about his childhood, so hearing those memories takes a little coaxing. If you’re having trouble knowing where to begin, here are a few conversation starters to get the ball rolling. Keep Reading

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