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

School’s out for summer. That makes it the perfect time to travel with the entire family without worry that your kids are missing an important lesson in chemistry class. Plus, you know that exploring new cities is also a sneaky way to educate your kids and keep their brains from turning into goop while they enjoy the break. Here are some travel themed journal prompts to get you thinking about your trip. Keep Reading

Happiness

The simple act of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) can have a huge impact on your happiness. This is because writing helps you organize and clarify your thoughts and feelings. Over time, they will help you improve your habitual patterns of thinking. Here are four journal exercises that can help you think in ways that will boost your emotional well-being in as little as five minutes a day. Keep Reading

At the end of the month of May, many of us have a three day weekend in order to celebrate Memorial Day. While barbecues, boat trips, and family getaways are often a part of the celebration, these aren’t the reasons why the holiday exists. Memorial Day is a United States holiday for remembering those who died while serving our country. One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday is to dedicate a journal entry to commemorate those we lost. So take a moment and pause to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day. Keep Reading

Death is a depressing subject that we tend to not think about. But every once in a while it creeps into our thoughts, usually when a loved one is dying or recently passed. I had a friend from college pass away recently and the touching eulogy got me thinking – where do all our stories go when we die?

Maybe the question should be…where do we want them to go? Keep Reading

Journaling ExcellenceWhen it comes to keeping track of your thoughts, current activities or plans for the future, nothing beats a consistent, disciplined journal. Documenting your thoughts and actions is a great way to see where you’ve been and where you would like to go. The key to journaling with purpose is to focus on the specifics that matter to you and avoid the random ramblings that can pull you away from your goals.

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TEnjoy Every Momentraveling is the best way to experience new things and relax. You also want to take the time to reflex on those new experiences, which can be difficult when you’re busy.

Last week I was in Costa Rica. If you haven’t been, you must add this destination to your bucket list. It was one of the best places I’ve ever been. I went with my husband and every day was an adventure: river tubing, hiking, zip lining, ATV-tour through the jungle. We were exhausted and in bed by 10pm each night, waking up early to do it all over again. Only problem was, when could I write down all of these memories? Keep Reading

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